Fill guests with holiday spirit as soon as they walk in. It's easy when you drape a dazzling prelit artificial garland on the entry stairs and add the warm, safe glow of LED candles. Surround a bench with a modest-size Christmas tree, jingle-bell snowflakes, and pretty gift wrap. The allen + roth snowflake pillow sets a theme and a color scheme.
In your main living area, simply find the focal point and decorate around it. Here, symmetry shines on a big fireplace. We framed the hearth with two prelit artificial Christmas trees and hung a wreath above the mantel. LED candles top it off with carefree color -- you don't have to light them, blow them out, or worry about dripping wax. On the floor, grapevine LED trees provide a modern counterpoint to the fireplace brick. This is a look that's easy to re-create and embellish each year. Just add a few new pieces every Christmas.
When you entertain for the holidays, your kitchen is a people magnet. Make it even more attractive and inviting by adding holiday cheer where it won't interfere with kitchen function. Hang red snowflakes on cabinet doors -- use decorating clips that won't damage the finish. Then place a pair of small Christmas trees by the sink (if plugging in lights, be sure to use GFCI outlets). If your kitchen is completely open to adjacent spaces, consider using a complementary color scheme for a consistent look.
If guests can't be there with bells on, you've got it covered with jingling mistletoe balls. They look great when hung from a chandelier. Pair the balls with a centerpiece that takes the cake -- LED candles, an allen + roth berry wreath, and red-and-gold runner.
Start with the Stairs
Adorn stair risers with a Christmas “tree” made out of shelf liner. Just measure, cut, peel, and stick! After the holidays, it’s easy to remove.
Metallic snowflakes made from dowels shimmer on a blue-and-silver beaded garland. Enhance with clusters of ornaments and bows.
Add to the Door
Greet guests with a twine star on your front door for a fresh, natural look. Finish the look with twin mini trees and greenery.
Make Up the Mantel
The focal point of this wintry setup is a modern menorah. Ribbon and clear ornaments complement the candleholders. Whimsical, seasonal shapes cut from white shelf liner round out the scene.
Make it Cozy
Warm spaces and familiar textures beckon guests to relax during the holidays. Accent with red curtains and a ruby lampshade. Add greenery to a shelf above the bed and hang pinecones from ribbon.
Deck the Stairs
Showcase your family’s stockings in a prominent location like this staircase. Add garland and make it a focal point. Take it a step further with oversize ornaments. Finish the scene with a shimmery pillow in a cozy chair and artfully wrapped packages on the floor.
Cheer Up the Guest Bath
Give a bathroom mirror a festive greenery swag, and dress up sconces with ribbon-bedecked pinecones. A vanity gets a pop of color from a glass jar filled with red and gold ornaments. Amaryllis blooms and pots of cyclamen inject more holiday color.
Add Some Sparkle
Use an unexpected color scheme for holiday decor. Metallic and white ornaments, pretty flowers, and silver-painted pinecones have a sophisticated look. Create a gorgeous floor display in front of the fireplace by filling your favorite large vases with fresh blooms.
Liven Up a Living Room
Embellish your living space with keepsake treasures, such as red and white stockings, and a table centerpiece of ornaments. Add mini trees and a sparkling wreath.
5 Quick Storage Tips for Christmas Décor
1: As you take down decorations and pack them away, donate the ones you don't use anymore.
2: Store artificial trees upright, if possible, to avoid having to disassemble or undecorate them.
3: When you buy ornaments, save the original packaging for storage.
4: Store small decorations in clearly labeled rubber or plastic totes.
5: Save time next season by noting which decorations you used where -- better yet, take pictures.