110 Best-Ever Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Holly-Jolly Home

Bring comfort and joy to your entire house with these very merry decorating ideas.

christmas decorating ideas
David Tsay

Deck the halls (and every single room in your house) with our ultimate Christmas decorating guide. Holiday home decor doesn't have to be expensive or time-intensive to make a big impact. From Christmas tree decor to outdoor Christmas decorations and more, our holiday decorating ideas include clever tricks and tips to spread plenty of cheer this season.

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christmas decorations trains
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Toy Train

This doubles as an adorable decoration—especially around the tree skirt. Fun fact: This 1950s No. 2065 locomotive features real steam and a two-tone whistle.

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christmas decorations tree
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Candy Colors

There's no need to stick to classic Christmas colors. This year, forego the red and green and opt for lighter shades, such as light pinks and blues, to really brighten your living room.

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christmas decorations mini tree
MELANIE BUTCHER
Mini Christmas Tree

A vintage candy box makes for the sweetest tree stand for this tiny tannenbaum.

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christmas decorations signs
MELANIE BUTCHER
Desk the Halls

Use grown-up and schoolhouse staples—striped tape dispensers, festive flashcards, and folding rulers—to act as merry accents.

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christmas decorations trinkets
MELANIE BUTCHER
Prioritize the Palette

Holiday displays needn’t be limited to overtly Christmas-themed items. This collector has an assortment of of non-seasonal red-and-green goods—camp lanterns, decoware tins, coolers, , which she showcases year-round in a chippy green hutch. Come December, she peppers in her holiday favorites, which pair well with the more evergreen go-tos.

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christmas decorations mugs
MELANIE BUTCHER
Think Full Circle

Almost anything can become a by simply tacking it on a wall and adding a ribbon, including this metal tree skirt. Other well-rounded candidates for wreath duty: old tires, wagon wheels, mirror frames, cookie tins, and barrel rings.

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christmas decorations sign
MELANIE BUTCHER
Don’t Overlook the Packaging 

Broken bulbs? No problem! Even empty light and hold graphic charm and come in handy when adding height to holiday vignettes. Stacked from largest to smallest the bundle even mimics a tree shape!

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BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

come in all shapes and sizes, and your family may have collected quite the assortment over the years. Embrace the mismatch and gather a whole family of Saint Nicks to display grouped on a shelf.

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christmas decorations homes
BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER
There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays

The name “Putz” comes from the German word “putzen,” meaning "to decorate," and these are the perfect charming dwellings to adorn your mantel.

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christmas decorations stairs
KIM CORNELISON
Very Merry Railing

Christine and Gabe Bridger, the owners of this Michigan abode, added stockings and garland to their staircase to make it extra festive.

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christmas decorations classic tree
KIM CORNELISON
Mad for Plaid

Red plaid items, which are available all year round, are conveniently completely Christmas-appropriate. This room features the pattern in the garland, on the presents, and even on the kids' pajamas!

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christmas decorations dining room
KIM CORNELISON
Tree Centerpiece

Crafting sessions take place around a dining room table complete with "trees" made from covered in and topped with .

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KIM CORNELISON
Subtly Festive

A few merry adornments—such as a wreath and a few other holiday decor items—are just what your kitchen needs.

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KIM CORNELISON
Apple Garland

To make this Fraser fir creation, use a skewer to puncture a hole through an apple, close to the center, then string wire through the fruit and secure wire to the garland.

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christmas decorations bathroom
KIM CORNELISON
Decorate Everywhere

Add a simple string of garland anywhere—yes, even in the bathroom!—to make every inch of your home merry and bright.

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christmas decorations kids rooms
KIM CORNELISON
Mitten Garland

Put your old winter gear to good use by simply stringing mittens together to make this craft that's perfect for a kids room.

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christmas decorations centerpiece
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Vintage Centerpiece

Singer-songwriter Holly Williams, the owner of this Tennessee farmhouse, uses a 1960s Holly Beverage Co. soda crate filled with bottle brush trees to add festive cheer to her dining nook.

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christmas decorations trees
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Craft Stockings With Care

Holly's festive stockings, made from seed sacks and monogrammed with yarn, conjure the same handcrafted spirit as the pioneer-built cabin. Similarly, the tree topper—a hand-constructed cabin—champions a DIY spirit.

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christmas decorations living room tree
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Rustic Touches

The and are in keeping with the porch’s country feel. add a festive flicker.

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christmas decorations wreath
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Deck the Walls With Memories

Placing family photos into your favorite wreath allows you to "celebrate" the holidays with family members who are no longer living.

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christmas decorating ideas felt garland
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Child's Play

A colorful string of is a fun addition to any kids' room.

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christmas decorating ideas garland
David Tsay
Garland All Over

While some rooms need particular Christmas staples like trees and stockings, other areas, like hallways, entryways, and cozy corners, call for a little more creativity. But if there's one Yuletide piece that works all over, it's a string of fresh greenery.

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christmas decorating ideas bedroom
Annie Schlechter
Checks and Plaid

Transform your master bedroom into a Christmas wonderland with a buffalo check blanket, which you can throw over your existing bedding, and fresh garland hung above your headboard.

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christmas decorating ideas bathroom
Victoria Pearson
Earthy Elements

Fresh greenery is a sophisticated way to add some seasonal beauty to any room—including the bathroom. Here, a single branch of princess pine brings the look and smell of Christmas to the space.

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christmas decorating ideas bedroom
David Tsay
Pops of Red

A pitcher full of wintertime berries can bring a little holiday spirit to any overlooked space like a bedroom, powder room, or office. Red bedding in a variety of patterns adds even more festive flair to this retreat.

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christmas decorating ideas chandelier
Victoria Pearson
Chandelier Swag

A bushel of branches and a few pinecone pieces draped over a dining room light fixture make this everyday piece come alive for the holidays. Get the look by securing greenery of your choice with .

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christmas decorating ideas entryway
Annie Schlechter
Gifts Galore

Choose pretty plaids for your wrapping paper and your gifts will become a display-worthy work of art. Round 'em all up to feature in your entryway on tables and even chairs.

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christmas decorating ideas bathroom
Annie Schlechter
Classic Combo

Just a small touch of red and green brings Christmas cheer to this bathroom. Get the look by including one or two colorful accessories like holiday towels, art, or candles in your space.

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christmas decorating ideas stockings
Jean Allsopp
Retro Stockings

Make dressers, armoires, and other storage pieces fit for a visit from Santa by hanging stockings from their pulls and drawers.

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Cedric Angeles
Winter White

A petite white tree covered in red ribbons and pinecones makes for a simple but merry welcome in this entryway.

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