Design and DIY

Decking The Hallways for the Holidays

December 7, 2018

I grew up in a household where decorating for the holidays was a cardinal rule. For Thanksgiving, my mom artfully arranges Pilgrims and turkeys on her vintage hutch. For Valentine’s Day, a foil-heart wreath is centered upon her front door. And don’t even get me started on Christmas! Sallee Blanchard has bins upon bins of green and red decor. While I wouldn’t call myself a seasonal decorator, my mom’s love of Christmas has definitely rubbed off on me. I deck the living room, the office, the bedrooms, and in this post I’m going to show you how to deck the hallways! Because even these in-between spaces need a little bit of holiday cheer.

1. Garland

Photo Courtesy of Julie Blanner

Let’s start with the basics. Nothing says holiday more than draping greenery. Fresh or faux, pre-lit or flocked, garland is my favorite understated way to transform your space into a festive wonderland. Keep it traditional with this Snowy Weeping Pine Garland. Or stray from the norm by adding some California Eucalyptus to your space. Either way, you can’t go wrong!

2. Wreaths

Photo Courtesy of Southern Living

You must have seen this one coming! Hallways often feature console tables with mirrors or artwork centered above. Layer a wreath atop to create texture and dimension. While preserved wreaths in boxwood or cedar are my favorites. I just can’t say no to a more festive wreath like this Fresh Oregon Holly from Joss and Main!

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to keep size in mind, you want to make sure your wreath is proportionate to it’s surroundings!

3. Plaid

Photo Courtesy of Life on Virginia Street

As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve come to the conclusion that plaid is here to stay! I may have even purchased my very own plaid blanket for the holidays similar to this one. The print comes in many different variations with Tartan and Buffalo Check being the most Christmas-appropriate. Around this time of year it’s not difficult to find plaid home decor items: blankets, pillows, candles, and ottomans are the easiest ways to dress up your hallway! 

4. Metallics

Photo Courtesy of Taryn Whiteaker

Icy metallics and glistening golds are perfect for emulating a winter wonderland right in your home! Decorate your hallway with mercury glass votives, tree figurines, and sparkling ornaments to create the perfect holiday vignette. Use gleaming tiered trays and cake stands to add differing heights to your entryway table. 

5. Stars

Photo Courtesy of Carlaaston

No longer just for the top of the tree, stars are my favorite decoration for decking the halls. In Nordic Christmas design, you’ll often find them in hanging paper lantern form. They are the perfect non-traditional way to spruce up the modern home, not just for the holidays but for all winter long!

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