Whether your home is traditional, contemporary, or eclectic, these Christmas decorating ideas will inspire a simply perfect holiday style.
Need a last-minute table decoration? Snip greenery from your tree and bind the ends together with raffia bows, then place inside clear glasses filled with an inch of water.
Make Christmas decorating a snap by simply adding ready-made holiday items to your decor. Tie ornaments on lengths of ribbon and suspend from a chandelier, along with a few greenery boughs trimmed from your tree. A tiered cake plate becomes a festive centerpiece when crowned with ornaments, greenery, and pinecones.
Sometimes the living room requires a little editing before decorating for Christmas. To avoid overcrowding, stow away some nonholiday items for the season. For example, replace a painting with a wreath, or remove items from side tables to make way for miniature Christmas trees and ornament-filled compotes.
Line your mantel or windowsill with a battalion of miniature topiaries standing at attention. These mossy green plants are adorned with bows and rhinestones for a royal holiday treatment. Even the pots are decked for the holidays with adhesive rhinestones and red paint.
Impress your guests with ribbon cascading from a chandelier. Gather lengths of ribbon and tie in a bow around the base of your light fixture. Spread the ribbons out (a la maypole) and tuck into place settings between a dinner plate and salad plate. Once the meal gets started, release the ribbons from the plates and either let them float to the center of the table or tie them in a loose knot to keep them out of the way.
Put an extra strand of Christmas lights to good use for a glowing plant display. Place a potted poinsettia inside a lidded basket. Carefully weave a 50- to 100-bulb strand of miniature lights among the colorful bracts and tuck the plug end of the cord between the basket and the lid. Attach to an extension cord, plug in, and watch it glow.
Frame a favorite piece of artwork with matching seasonal items for Christmas. This winter landscape painting shares the mantel stage with silver tree toppers and a garland of greenery and pinecones. Blue and silver ornament picks tucked in amongst the garland complete the look.
You don't need a huge floral budget to make an impact this holiday season. Just a few fresh red roses seem to blossom out of a silver tea service in this quick and easy table display.
Even if you've never arranged flowers before, you'll find this is one centerpiece you can master in minutes. Rows of red roses are set in close alignment on a block of soaked floral foam. See our how-to video for tips.
Luxurious beaded place mats are a surefire way to infuse your holiday table with glamour. The colors in the Imari-pattern china are repeated in the table linens, while the silver and crystal add more holiday sparkle.
Layer a few colorful ingredients into a wonderful container for an easy centerpiece. Real lemons and leaves mix easily with golden ornaments, seed pods, and red berries in a silver compote. Create your own mix of fruit, ornaments, and decorations to complement your table decor.
Learn how to transition your holiday decor through the seasons with a few easy changes.