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Christmas Decorating Guide

Christmas decorating guide: deck your halls in a snap

The holidays are bustling ahead; use these decorating tips to put extra ease into creating your own winter wonderland.


Christmas spirit you can see near and far. The wide-open spaces of the outdoors give you even more liberty to stretch your decorating wings than inside, so let your imagination take flight. Start with classic greenery pieces—like Christmas garlands, wreaths, window and mailbox swags—then light up the night. Adorn trees, shrubs, fences, or railings with cordless lights: get the glow with traditional white lights, or get playful with multicolored bulbs. A well-placed inflatable figure or festive sculpture will create a welcome point of focus.

Dazzle all who gather at your door. Create an unforgettable first impression and really dress up your threshold. Define the space by surrounding the doorframe in lush, lighted garland—a standard door requires three 9-foot sections, but be sure to measure. Now, bring it life: an everlasting or fresh wreath composed of seasonal greens, berries, and pinecones brings the beauty of nature right to your door. To make decorating extra easy, use an easy garland hanger and a decorative wreath hanger that work well in any season.

Select your style. Classic red and green is grand, but the number of other spectacular ways to decorate is only limited by your imagination. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • All-natural: Go for woodland-themed pieces, natural adornments like lifelike twig garlands, flocked features, lifelike boxwood, or deer made of grapevine.
  • Vintage and Whimsical: Add a time-honored twist with 1950s-inspired stake trees with large, colorful lights. Take your decorating to the next level with a designer wreath and shiny, cast-aluminum deer.
  • Contemporary: Color is the key—be bold and use the same designer-inspired hues you incorporate in your everyday décor for Christmas. You don’t have to go all out from the start, just introduce new colors gradually. You’ll be amazed at the results.

Keep it all running smoothly…and easily. Using a photocell or digital timer takes the guesswork out of lighting your display—you’ll spend more time celebrating and less time plugging in. Ensure all of your decorations and devices (extension cords, for example) are suitable for outdoor use—if not, the life of your display could be short-circuited. Check the weather: natural greens display their best in colder climates; artificial foliage is ideal where the weather is warmer.


Garland, garland, garland. It’s just so versatile—a designer go-to for lavishing everything from windows and doors to railings and banisters, mantels, tables, and more. We love faux greenery because it possesses all the beauty of the natural variety without the mess. Embellish with Christmas ribbon, lights, artificial flowers and berries to make it uniquely your own.

Unlimited joy. Christmas trees aren’t just for the living room anymore. They’re putting down roots in entryways, bedrooms, and even kitchens—nearly any room. It’s a delight to give the multiple trees in your home themes. Match the room’s décor, create a children’s tree, or get crafty by decorating one solely with homemade ornaments.

Make it a total transformation. Swap out your everyday art, accent pieces, and things like floral arrangements for pieces with real holiday pop. Unexpected touches of Christmas charm throughout your home give it a coordinated, professionally decorated look. Finally, make your holiday gatherings a sensory experience with the gently flickering flame of scented candles. What’s more, battery-operated candles provide the same soothing ambience without the melting wax, smoke, or open flame.

For even more inspiration, check out the Grandin Road Christmas decor. It's time to get decorating!

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