This Ballard Designs Christmas Decorating Ideas post was updated November, 2019.
For some, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas until the tree is trimmed. For others, decorating with a full-size tree is not an option. And that’s okay. So whether you lack the space, the time or the energy this year for full-scale decorating, there are plenty of equally festive (and easier) ways to add merriment to your rooms without a tree. And if you do have a tree, but you’d love Christmas decorating ideas for other rooms, read on.
1. Make Mini-Arrangements with Greenery
Infuse your home with winter’s bounty. Nestle simple sprigs of greenery and magnolia leaves in pretty vases to create a quick and easy arrangement that can go anywhere, from the family room coffee table to the buffet in the dining room. Here, we put them in our Blue and White Chinoiserie Collection.
2. Embellish a Chandelier
Weave greenery through a chandelier or dangle a few ornaments from the arms for an unexpected festive touch. And by going vertical with your Christmas decorating, you’re freeing up valuable serving space in your kitchen or dining room.
3. Decorate Your Windows
Decorating your windows is a perfect small-space solution for bringing holiday cheer to your home. Display Christmas cards, hang wreaths or suspend ornaments with festive ribbon over your windows, as we did here.
4. Transform A Message Board or Shelf
Bring your Christmas decorating hat to your wall decor. Get into the spirit in your home office or kitchen by clearing your message board to display Christmas cards, mini wreaths or other holiday decor. Shelves are the perfect spot for mini trees and wreaths.
5. Scale Down with a Small Tree
Whether you don’t want the hassle or you don’t have the room for a full tree, there is another option: go smaller. Look for an unused corner or use the space under the stairs to place a miniature tree. Or, put a tabletop version on your dining room table, kitchen island or coffee table.
6. Add Amaryllis
Bright red amaryllis plants are the perfect punch to an entryway, console, bookshelf, or kitchen island. We love how they’re subtly festive but easy to incorporate from October well past the New Year. This is one accent you don’t have to pack away with your other holiday items.
7. Go Glam with Ornaments
Whether you have a tree or not, think outside the box and find different ways to display your ornaments for extra sparkle. We dreamed up this spectacular one-dimensional tree using our collection of ornaments — and made clever use of wall space.
8. Have Fun with Wreaths
One of favorite Christmas decorating ideas? Use wreaths to add a festive touch to unexpected places in your home. Think beyond the centerpiece and invite your chairs to the party by hanging wreaths on the back, or hang a wreath on a mirror for an understated touch.
9. Make a Festive Place Setting
If you’re going to be playing hostess, the dining room table is always a great place to add holiday color. Think outside the box when it comes to your table — berries, greenery, small wrapped gifts, or an orange with cloves can give you table extra holiday flair!
10. Create a Statement Making Mantel
Deconstruct the Christmas tree and reinterpret it into a green, red and silver mantelscape. We nestled ornaments in our greenery, punctuated with Potted Amaryllis. The Lit Mercury Glass Trees give off light, and our portrait of St. Nick tops the arrangement.
11. Bring Out the Garland
Garland adds instant color and texture wherever you put it. Drape it around a banister to create a dramatic focal point near your entry. We anchored ours with Potted Amaryllis in white lining the stair landing.
12. Hang Greenery in an Unexpected Place
It’s easy to go overboard when decorating for Christmas, but you can never go wrong with the simplicity of a swag of greenery. We love to add a little in an unexpected place, such as over a plaque, in a kitchen or over a bookcase.
Looking for more Christmas decorating ideas? Try these posts:
- 3 Gift Guides to Make Your Holiday Shopping a Breeze
- How to Choose the Right Size Wreath
- Style Up Your Door with Outdoor Christmas Decorations
- 13 Creative Christmas Decorating Ideas
- 7 Entertaining Ideas to Make Your Holidays Stress-Free
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