Day of the Dead Decor in Family Room Refresh

Article Posted By: Danielly Lara de Azevedo

Danielly's Day of the Dead decor space after the family room refresh

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.

For our Halloween Style Challenge, Danielly of Un Dolce Hogar celebrates her Mexican heritage by creating a colorful Day of the Dead-inspired decor in a freshly painted family room.

When I was a little girl in Mexico, the Day of the Dead was my favorite holiday. I remember the women in my family coming together to cook and prepare altars for the people that had passed away in my family. The food and company were good, but what I enjoyed most was the wonderful stories surrounding this holiday.

I always looked forward to decorating our house with dozens and dozens of marigolds. My favorite task was pulling off the petals to create a path beyond our doorsteps. The path would lead my great grandma’s spirit into our home. It’s believed that on that night, the spirits of the dead visited their families. As a little girl, I performed this task with pride and joy because I wanted her to know that we still remembered her. Then, I would go to bed content that she would be in my home while I was sound asleep. She would leave at dawn, happy to know that we had thought about her.

Then I grew up and I moved to America. Every year for the past ten years, I have found it really hard to perpetuate this tradition. But last year, I got a surprise package in the mail from my dad with enough supplies to make a little altar for my kids to enjoy.

Day of the Dead decorations

This year I was asked to be part of The Home Depot Style Challenge for fall. My mission: create a space drawing inspiration from the Day of the Dead. I was thrilled! Since it’s been about 10 years since I’ve been immersed in an authentic Day of the Dead, it’s been a challenge. Here is what I did:

I decided to make my living room, the first room you see in my house when you walk in, a Day of the Dead masterpiece. We bought our home over a year ago and every room in the house was painted beige from wall to ceiling. Boring!

Danielly's space before

So, I painted the ceiling (not easy when you’re five months pregnant) and the walls. Unfortunately, it was in the middle of summer, which meant the kids were home 24/7. My four-year-old boy jumped off the ladder into the paint tray when I was making lunch. Patience. Patience.

To brighten the room, I painted the ceiling white. The ceiling never looked bigger and taller in my life.

Tip: Don’t used semi-glossy paint on the ceiling.

I heard that you should use matte paint on the ceiling, but I thought I could save a bit by using some paint we had leftover. When I turned on the lights, the ceiling was all shiny and weird. It cost me an extra day of painting. Painting matte white over shiny white is hard because you can’t tell where you’ve painted already.

Then I ran to The Home Depot to choose the wall paint. Choosing colors is the best part! I opted to use Behr’s Delicate Mist. And I also got a new roller, a paint brush, Dry Dex Spackling  and a putty knife to cover dents and nail holes and a Shur-Line Edger which saved my life when it was time to paint the edges.

DIY supplies for installing can lights

Once all the painting was over, we decided to replace our ugly light trims for new Halo 6 in. Recessed Adjustable Eyeball Trims like this:

Installing a light fixture

Now it was time to work my magic and make our living room a Day of the Dead where my kids could connect with my heritage. Are you ready to see the transformation? Hold on tight!

Danielly's Day of the Dead family room after the room update

Danielly's space after its Day of the Dead refresh

Danielly's space after its Day of the Dead refresh

The details:

Danielly's space after its Day of the Dead refresh

Danielly's space after its Day of the Dead refresh

Danielly's space after its Day of the Dead refresh

Danielly's space after a Day of the Dead refresh

Danielly's space after a Day of the Dead refresh

Danielly's space after a Day of the Dead refresh

Danielly Lara de Azevedo shares her ideas for mothers on decorating, crafts, recipes and creating lasting memories with their children on her blog Un Dolce Hogar.

For more Halloween and fall decorating ideas, see other Halloween Style Challenges as well as our Style Challenge pinboard on Pinterest.

Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate your home for any holiday.

Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using a single Home Depot product as a starting point. Danielly received a Home Depot gift card, but The Home Depot provided no other compensation. The opinions and ideas Danielly expressed are her own.

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