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If you don’t have the time or budget to go all out decorating every square inch of your apartment for the holidays this year, try these three easy ways to give your space some seasonal flair. Best of all, keeping things simple means there’s less to pack up and store away in January.

Just a Touch of Holiday Glam

You don’t have to decorate every nook, cranny, and surface with holiday bling in order to make your home feel festive. Just a few key accents can give your home an inviting, seasonal boost. Swap out two or three throw pillows on your sofa with some in holiday colors or patterns and incorporate a plush throw to add cozy cheer to your living room. Place a mini, pre-decorated holiday tree on your coffee or dining table. Place a holiday-themed welcome mat and wreath at your front door. Drape twinkling string lights along your balcony or patio railing and voila – instant holiday vibes.

Add Holiday Aromas

Our sense of smell is very closely linked to memory, so adding scents associated with the holidays can instantly boost the impact of your visual decorations. Get some woodsy or pine-scented fragrance diffusers or plug-in air fresheners and place them near your tree (this is a particularly clever trick to make an artificial tree seem more realistic). Strategically place some bowls of potpourri around your apartment to provide tantalizing whiffs of orange, cinnamon, and clove. Simmer some mulled cider (check out Bobby Flay’s popular recipe) or wassail in your kitchen and let that wonderful aroma fill your space.

Put a Personal Spin on Your Holiday Decor

There’s a comforting charm to the classic holiday colors of red and green or white, gold, and silver. But you rebels out there can modernize your holiday decor by using a non-traditional color palette. Trim your tree in hot pink and teal, go patriotic with a red, white, and blue scheme, or evoke a harlequin vibe with contrasting black and white. If you’re nervous about going all-in on a wild color combo or just want to add a modern twist to the decorations you already have, work in pops of a fresh, signature color like aqua blue or purple. Go ahead – make it your own.

Have fun whether you keep it minimal or go all out with your holiday decorating this year. And check out the Olympus Sierra Pines blog for more fun life and style recommendations.