Christmas wall decor – 20 fabulous festive flourishes

1. Frame Favorite Decorations

As much as we covet bauble-laden Christmas tree ideas, it’s not the only way to show off your treasured decs collection. Why not frame them instead? It may feel unconventional, but it makes sense – they’re often works of art in themselves, after all, and it makes for a truly original Christmas wall display.

2. Go Big On Greenery

While you can get some beautiful faux Christmas foliage, nothing beats the real deal when it comes to sprucing up your home’s walls, and going oversized is a great – not to mention cost-effective – solution if you’ve got large expanses of space to cover.

3. Highlight Your Favorite Decorations

Whilst we’re on the subject of alternative bauble displays, another option is to make use of existing wall-mounted furnishings, such as shelves or display units. This is a great way of incorporating festive touches into other rooms as well as the one you position your Christmas tree in, plus means you don’t have to invest in extra materials for hanging and displaying.

4. Add Interest To Nooks And Crannies

Whether it’s a dinky ledge created by the top of wall paneling, the trim around the edge of a wall, or even a conveniently-positioned ridge in an unused door, nooks and niches in walls lend themselves brilliantly to a festive wall display. Think creatively (and safely) about how you can use them to their best potential.

5. Add Pizazz With Paper Pendants

Old-fashioned paper decs have been an ongoing Christmas trend, but every year sees them grow a little bigger… in size, as well as in popularity. We’re not just talking your typical paper chains either – designs have moved on to all manner of shapes and styles: think paper fans, stars, honeycombs, waffle spheres, all just as easy to hang. Their versatility means you can create an eye-catching display on any scale, large or small.

6. Pile Gifts High

Christmas wall decor ideas don’t have to be purely decorative, they can be functional, too. If you receive beautifully-wrapped presents ahead of Christmas Day, consider stacking them up against a blank wall to add a temporary festive touch, and to show off pretty Christmas gift wrapping ideas.

7. Spell It Out

Bunting is a typical component of classic seasonal decorating, but it’s got a place in contemporary Christmas wall decor ideas, too – try swapping traditional triangles for a fun, festive message instead.

8. Appeal To The Kids

Repurposed tree branches are a designer favorite when it comes to Scandi-style Christmas styling, and when mounted on a wall, offer the perfect spot for hanging up stockings on Christmas Eve – whether you’ve got a fireplace or not. Children and adults alike will love the novelty, plus with such a neutral backdrop, you can afford to go all-out on colorful decorations without it looking tacky,  as demonstrated perfectly by the adorable Christmas characters shown here.

9. Make Space For Outdoor Christmas Wall Decor Too

With so many beautiful wreath designs to choose from, it’s almost impossible to limit yourself to just one for the front door – so don’t! Decorating external walls with a mismatched selection of wreaths and hanging decorations puts a modern spin on an age-old tradition of outdoor Christmas decor, and is a great way of creating holiday cheer before guests have even stepped foot inside the house.

10. Brighten Up Bedroom Walls For Christmas

While we do love an impactful display, going over the top on decorations isn’t the best choice for every room, they can be a little overstimulating. If it’s Christmas bedroom decor you’re looking for, simpler, more understated wall decor ideas are a better bet.

11. Wreaths Are For Indoors Too

While a festive wreath is a must-have for your Christmas front door, their usage need not stop there. Christmas wreath ideas are a great addition to your home’s walls, whether you’re adding focus to a fireplace or looking to jazz up an empty wall. The wide range of design possibilities mean they can be suitable for both modern home, and among farmhouse Christmas decor ideas.

12. Dress Up A Fireplace

Cozying up by the fire is even more pleasurable in the winter holidays – so make this part of the house feel extra special with Christmas fireplace decor. As a likely hub for opening presents, playing games and having a snooze after lunch, the walls above and around the fireplace deserve some decorative attention.

13. Layer Up With Garlands

For larger swathes of wall space, Christmas garland ideas are an excellent option for every home. From tinsel to strings of foliage, their variety is matched only by their malleability. Truss them up close to your ceiling or picture rail, or drape them in long loops to cover a wall almost from top to bottom.

14. Modernize Paper Chains With Stylish Color Schemes

If you’re wondering when you should put your Christmas decorations up, perhaps first carve out a time to get crafty and make some of your decorations from scratch. ‘We like to use wall decor to also help create a memory, and to have some interactive fun as a family,’ says the Grandin Road team.

15. Redecorating? Pick A Festive Shade

You may be unlikely to repaint a room especially for Christmas, but if you’re redecorating anyway, consider living room paint ideas that in themselves feel like festive decor. For a reception room in your home that is perhaps a little shadowy, turn it into the ideal winter nook by picking dark red for the walls – the perfect spot for opening Christmas presents.

16. Light Up Your Wall Decor

‘Wrapping stringed LED lighting around decorations – like wreaths, for example – helps create a soft ambience down an entryway,’ says Michael Miser, President of Lumilum. ‘If you’re looking to be even bolder with your lighting, you can drape LED curtain lights on your walls for a Pinterest feel, or even bannisters to provide a soft hue that illuminates your stairs.’

17. Forage For Your DIY Decorations

Holly, berries, pine cones and branches are all enduring symbols of Christmas – but to include them in your decor, you don’t necessarily need to head to the store. As well as making your own decorations, consider gathering the materials to do so yourself, by foraging on the ground during winter woodland walks.

18. Bring Festive Focus To A Cozy Corner

Alongside the obvious decor hubs like the dinner table and the fireside, simple pieces of Christmas wall decor can be used to dot little festive surprises throughout the house.

19. Pair On-Trend Green Decor With Foliage

Green room ideas have been a huge trend among paint colors over the last year or so – but as well as conveying spring-like freshness, Christmas foliage ideas are also a fabulous base for festive decorations. If you’ve recently gone green, consider building on it with more verdant tones from organic sources.

20. Display Christmas Cards Imaginatively

Thinking alternative Christmas trees this year? It's the perfect opportunity to combine Christmas wall decor and Christmas card display in one. We love this simple idea – of course, it look better with all the cards in complementing colors, but Christmas is all about color, so go to town and create your own fun decor.

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