With the temperatures dropping and the evenings get gradually darker, that can only mean one thing: Christmas is right around the corner.
Whether you love or loathe the festive period (and let’s face it, who doesn’t love Christmas?!), after the year we’ve had to endure so far this year, it’s important to keep yourself in high spirits and put the ‘merry’ back in ‘merry Christmas’.
So, with this in mind, we thought we’d compile a few innovative ideas to add a festive touch to your garage door and transform your garage into a Santa’s Grotto – a Winter Wonderland that’s sure to put a smile on the faces of your family, friends and neighbours.
Here’s how to get started.
Step One: Clear Some Space.
While you may be keen to dive straight into getting your Christmas decorations out of storage and putting them up, it’s important to think carefully about your garage redesign in advance and be practical about the space you have available.
If you have tools and other potentially dangerous items dotted around the place, for example, clear them away and make some more room for your decorations to go up.
The last thing you want, after all, is for somebody to get hurt while enjoying their visit to Santa.
Step Two: Lay The Foundations.
Once you’ve cleared some space and have your garage ready to decorate, it’s time for the fun to begin.
Starting with the floor, you’re going to want to lay some form of carpet or rug down so that you can get that nice, warm and festive feeling!
Colour-wise, red is always a good choice to think about – probably the most festive colour there is. However, to give the garage more of a snowy look, white carpets or rugs could be a striking alternative.
Likewise, adding artificial snow could be a super quick, cheap yet highly effective way of adding to the overall experience you’re trying to achieve.
Step Three: Set The Scene.
OK, so now that the floor is done and out the way, it’s time to focus on your walls.
Depending on the look and feel you’re going for – whether it be a snowy indoor wilderness, elf’s workshop or Santa’s grotto – this will really impact the decorations you choose to put up.
Christmas lights, comprised of a colourful mix of reds, greens and blues are a must-have, while an abundance of fairy lights and roof-hanging snowflakes will add to the look as well.
Likewise, candles, tinsel, gold ribbons, wreaths and holly can also help significantly add to the Christmassy vibe, as will utilising dark woods to reflect the lights back off.
Step Four: The Must-Have Additions.
Once you’ve got the layout of the room set up and looking all festive, it’s time to start thinking about the must-have bits of furniture you’ll need to add to your room.
Whether it be a chair for Santa to sit on, a large wooden chest to fill with presents, or a makeshift fireplace to hang stockings from, there are a whole host of ways to bring your room to life with only a few additions.
Plus, you can’t forget about the big one either: the Christmas tree.
They key thing to remember when picking your tree is to make sure it’s not overly big or small in the room – it should be a sensible size and, of course, be very well-decorated, again using a combination of baubles, fairy lights, tinsel and a star on top.
Step Five: Enjoy Your Winter Wonderland!
Once you’ve got your winter wonderland all set up and ready to go, it’s time for you and your family to enjoy it!
You could, for instance, dress up as Santa and invite local children from around the neighbourhood to come and tell you what they’d like for Christmas. Or, you could use the room for your family’s very own festive celebrations, to really add to the overall atmosphere.
Keeping your winter wonderland warm and well-insulated is imperative to making the most of it and keeping your garage secure over winter. Fortunately, thanks to our wide range of garage doors, we can help you identify the best insulation-proof solution to your needs. Simply get in touch with us today and our team will be able to point you in the right direction.