Christmas window decor – 20 festive ideas to enjoy indoors and out

1. Create A Wintery Scene With Miniature Houses

Windows, much like Christmas fireplace ideas, truly come into their own at this time of year. They offer up extra surface space for decorating, and if you’re clever about it, have the added benefit of creating atmosphere both inside and outside your home. Not every Christmassy arrangement has to include greenery; create a wonderfully wintery scene using light-up ornaments – not only will they look beautiful during the day, they’ll also offer up a warm and inviting glow when darkness falls.

2. Hang Baubles

Your Christmas tree ideas can be repurposed for windows. ‘If garlands and wreaths feel a bit much, take a less is more approach by hanging decorative baubles at varying heights in your windows,’ says Connor Prestwood, interior designer at Dowsing & Reynolds. ‘You could take it a step further by adding some LED micro fairy lights for a minimal, yet truly beautiful, look.’

3. Create A Homey Feel With A Garland Of Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are such a lovely way to spread joy over the holiday season, but it seems such a shame to get rid once celebrations end. A sentimental – and sustainable – alternative is to upcycle them into paper decorations, such as a cheery garland like this one. It’s ideal for framing a window, and can be easily added to year upon year.

4. Take A Pared-Back Approach

If you’re anything like us, you’ll find yourself in the festive spirit long before December. While we wouldn’t expect you to go all-out on your Christmas living room ideas quite yet, window sills offer up an opportunity to introduce a subtle festive touch before – and after – the holiday season takes hold.

5. Coordinate From Top To Bottom

Christmas garland ideas of foraged foliage across a windowsill is a great way of bringing the outdoors in, but if you wanted to up the festive ante, consider adding in complementary decorations across the upper half of the window, too. This could be in the form of a garland, window stickers or trailing fairy lights, but for us, hanging glass baubles in the window offers the perfect finishing touch, and makes for a lovely Christmas window decor idea that can be appreciated both inside and out.

6. Repurpose Wall Hangings

Traditional hanging decs may be thought of as Christmas wall decor ideas, but they can look equally as striking strung up in windows. Scandi-inspired snowflakes and stars are as on trend as ever this year, and if you’re clever with your Christmas lighting ideas, can create a particularly beautiful silhouetted effect.

7. Add A Pop Of Color

Windowsills offer an opportunity to create intentional pockets of festive color around your home, even if you’ve opted for a fairly neutral scheme overall. It’s also worth bearing in mind that if you’re looking through windows from the outside in, neutral decorations can look a little hazy behind a pane of glass, so if you want them to charm, don’t hold back – go bright and bold with your color choices.

8. Hang A Festive Blind

Altering your window dressings can transform the look and feel of a room, so use the holiday  season as an opportunity to make a more permanent decor change. Here, the home owners have chosen a beautiful, forest-inspired embroidered blind. Whilst the red palette compliments their folksy festive theme perfectly, a few simple changes to the sill decor will see it transition through seasons with ease.

9. Remember The Frame, Too

Whether you're decorating windows or glazed doors, why not jazz up the frame with some smaller Christmas wreath ideas? One for each window with matching ribbon will bring a cohesive feel to your decor and to your Christmas windows.

10. Branch Out

If you’ve gone to the effort of crafting a beautiful Christmas tree, it makes sense to display it in your window, where everyone can appreciate it. Ensure the lights go on at night to create a beautiful scene from outdoors, too.

11. Turn A Window Seat Into A Cozy Christmas Hideaway

Christmas decorations can not only make your windows look festive, but feel festive too. If you have a window seat in your home, turn this perch into the perfect cozy hideaway for quiet moments away from the Christmas chaos.

12. Warm Up Your Window Display With Candles

‘Helping to create a welcoming home upon arrival, decorative lights or candles can help to create the perfect cozy abode,’ says Thomas. ‘We love to dress windows during the festive period with beautiful starred lighting designs or a few decorative candles.’

13. Repurpose Decorations From Other Parts Of The Home

Windows don’t necessarily need their own dedicated decorations – think about how you can repurpose extra decorations from elsewhere in the house. If you’re working out how to make a Christmas garland for a staircase, think about making one for a window too. In this example, a window has been decorated with a garland made from gold Christmas crackers, as well as two framed wreaths.

14. Tie In Your Window With Your Christmas Tree

Using decor from other parts of the home can have aesthetic as well as practical benefits, helping to acheive a sense of continuity. If the window in question is in the living room, ensure its decor ties in with your Christmas tree ideas.

15. Fill A Window Sill With Seasonal Florals

Incorporating florals into your Christmas living room decor ideas and beyond helps bring a feeling of freshness and vibrancy to a festive room – and when used on the window sill, contributes to a sense of bringing the outdoors in. In this home, a decadent array of flowers in icy pastels tumbles over the window ledge, onto and around a seating area, creating a really special and celebratory moment amid the Christmas decor.

16. Show The Outdoors Some Love With Window Boxes

Choosing window decorations isn’t necessarily an indoor pursuit – dressing up your windows is an important part of outdoor Christmas decor ideas too. ‘See Christmas in a whole new ‘leaf’ by filling your window boxes with unique, pre-lit faux arrangements,’ says Samantha Candela, Christmas Merchant at Grandin Road. They offer pre-arranged fillers bedecked with lights, baubles and more, but you can also consider doting decorations among your existing plants, or adding a statement bow to the front for an easy festive swap.

17. Wreaths Are For Windows Too

From offering a festive welcome at your front door to providing focus to your Christmas wall decor ideas, wreaths are a versatile tool in holiday decoration. They can also make for an impactful addition to windows, particularly due to their two-sided nature – choose a wreath that looks just as good on the back as it does the front, and your window decor will look great from outside as well. In this festive living room, double wreaths on adjacent windows creates an organized, thoughtful look.

18. Add Some Sparkle With String Lights

‘Lighting is an excellent way to add a festive feel to a window display, with a warming contrast against the outside,’ says Blaesild. While your Christmas fireplace decor might be the cozy heart of the room, electrical lighting can help transport this feeling elsewhere with ease.

19. Decorate Your Window Panes With Stickers

Decorating around your windows may be your first port of call, but consider how you can add a magical touch to the glass panes themselves. Stickers are a simple addition that can create a big impact on your window decor, and work especially well when chosen in designs that reflect the outdoor world. Snowflakes are an enduring favorite, while the silhouette of a snowy forest that runs along the bottom of the glass panes in this front door create an enchanting moment amid the Christmas hallway decor ideas.

20. Remember To Decorate Your View Too

Your window sill may look great, but if you find yourself looking out onto a decidedly unfestive view, the festive feeling can fall flat. Head outdoors and have a think about how you can make the outside area around your window feel a little more Christmassy. In this example, delicate snowflake decorations have been hung from the tree branches that cross in front of the candle-lined window, making for a white Christmas whatever the weather.

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