Deck the halls, walls, and tables with boughs of holly, wreaths, and the decorating ideas we’ve gathered together to make your holiday bright!
A Warm Welcome
All Is Calm, All Is Bright
Even the simplest holiday decorations can achieve a high visual impact. Here, an unadorned garland held in place with white ribbon complements a trio of paperwhites in terra cotta pots. Resting a small grouping of wrapped packages on a chair creates an artful tableau.
Call On Collections
To personalize a holiday mantel, combine traditional materials with cherished collections, suggest the editors of Better Homes & Gardens in their book Fireplace Design & Decorating Ideas. Here, a selection of milk glass is set aglow with votive candles and tea lights.
Photo: Fireplace Design & Decorating Ideas
As pretty as it is simple to arrange, this window decoration features miniature wreaths hung from red ribbon of varying lengths. The small red package and single reindeer figurine resting on the windowsill complete this pleasing vignette.
Pull Up a Chair
When setting a holiday table, consider decorative chair covers to transform your everyday seating into a charming part of the overall theme. A red-and-white color scheme looks especially pleasing when paired with fresh greenery.
As Easy as 1, 2, 3…
White pine boughs, green apples, and pinecones—with these three easily found ingredients, you can create festive and fragrant decorations on mantels, shelves, or tabletops.
A Grand Entrance
Dramatic spaces deserve eye-catching decorations, like this banister garland that weaves together pine branches, magnolia leaves, white lights, glass ornaments, and silver ribbon.
A Dash of Sparkle
Grab an extra box of tree ornaments to adorn windows throughout the house. Here, cheerful green orbs and sparkling snowflakes complement the greenery around the window without competing with the room’s neutral palette.
A Splash of Color
Take advantage of the bright colors and heartwarming imagery of the holiday cards you are receiving by using them in decorating schemes! One simple idea is to string a length of red pom-poms in front of a window, mantel, or cupboard, and tie on the cards using a hole puncher and a strip of colorful ribbon.
Why should the first floor of the house get all the attention around the holidays? Feel free to deck bedrooms and even baths with greenery, poinsettias, and tabletop trees. Winter-themed pillow covers are a worthwhile investment: Around the holidays they enliven beds, sofas, and reading chairs.