1. Theme it right: Choosing a theme will head you into the right direction, regarding where to start. Themes can be based on the geography where you live and/or special interests.
2. Color coordinate: Selecting your color theme can easily stem from your special interest theme or simply coordinate to enhance your theme. Choose two to three main colors to work with. Color combinations that have a main vibrant color and one or two supporting colors really make your theme unique and well put together. Choose a primary or secondary color for your main color. Gold, Silver, and white make for great supporting colors that enhance your main vibrant color.
3. Some DIY: You can cut costs by making some DIY decorations. Popcorn can easily be strung to make great garland. If you buy a real tree; save the clippings from the bottom to make your wreath out of. Pretty ribbon can be intertwined into your wreath, tree and garland. Pack it away neatly so it can be used for year after year (until it wears out).
4. No mantle? No problem. You can decorate your entertainment unit like you would a mantel. Add garland, lights and even hang your stockings on it. Feel free to decorate doorways as well!
Get creative. Get innovative. Anything that shimmers or glistens can be incorporated into Christmas decorations! Glass and crystal items are complimented when dispersed on a mantel or used in a centerpiece surrounded by garland, ribbon and lit by a strand of lights!