The moment the holidays roll around, it's all about finding the perfect tree and decking out the fireplace mantel with a trailing garland, fairy lights, and an assortment of brass candleholders to boot. But there's one decorative opportunity most tend to overlook and no, we're not talking about a wreath on the door — rather, the windows.
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Whether it's something as simple as a string of paper snowflakes or as extravagant as heaps of fragrant eucalyptus, Christmas window decorations are festive details that rarely go unnoticed. And to help you get started, we've gathered seven merry ideas that will make it easy to welcome the holidays in style.
1. Don’t forget the bath.
Emily Henderson knows that no room is exempt from a little holiday makeover. The master bath in the designer's mountain house features a wall of windows that double as the prime setting for a faux frosted wreath. Not too bright or flashy, the festive foliage feels like a natural extension of the modern-rustic scene. And the mini trees next to the soaking tub are a nice touch, too.
2. Ditch the greens.
Consider this the next best thing to framing your windows with a twinkling jumble of string lights. IKEA's LED-powered, star paper lanterns offer a nostalgic twist on Christmas window decorations with a geometric detail that channels a Scandinavian-approved scheme.
3. Spell it out.
Here's a holiday craft the whole family can get in on. Francois et Moi's Nordic-themed Christmas window decorations took form in a cheeky banner featuring a holiday phrase. To recreate the DIY, cut out letters from colorful craft felt and use a hot glue gun to attach them to a stretch of yarn. String the garland across a window for a simple, yet chic statement.
4. Deck the halls.
If minimalism is more your speed, then allow this festive hallway decked out by Studio McGee to serve as your ultimate source of inspiration. When it came to holiday-themed window treatment ideas for the McGee family's mountain house corridor, they decided to outfit each individual window with a simple juniper wreath, reveling in the beauty of repetition.
5. Elevate the kitchen.
Washing the dishes isn't so bad when you can look out of an ornamental window that's as spirited as the one spotted on Nesting with Grace. Fairy string lights give the natural greens a hint of glimmer while the garland itself brings a dose of holiday cheer to the kitchen. Opt for fresh pine or eucalyptus leaves for a fragrant touch.
6. Look up.
If you're working with a double set of windows, use the upper half as a platform for Christmas window decorations and recreate this idyllic scene from the H&M Holiday lookbook. Replicate the look of this interior clerestory window box by lining the base with pine garlands, keeping the bunch loose yet packed in for an effortlessly cool, and abundant display.
7. Keep it simple.
Instead of stringing garland across the mantel or along the staircase railing, take Boxwood Avenue's lead and repurpose them as Christmas window decorations. The vibrant pine foliage masks the lack of curtains or blinds, instead, offering a textured splash of color to the all-white, country kitchen.