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How to Decorate for the Holidays Using Ornaments

You’ve decked your halls with boughs of holly and trimmed the living room tree. But still, thereare boxes of family Christmas ornaments to unpack. Turn your home into a winter wonderland by using your collection of ornaments in unexpected ways. Whether it’s a family ornament passed down through the decades or a beautiful glass orb gifted to you on your first anniversary—wrap your home in the spirit of the season.

Christmas Ornaments and Hurricane Candle Holders on a Mantel

Come on in

Drape a garland of rustic Christmas ornaments and holly over your front door. If you live in a colder climate, be sure to choose ornaments that can withstand the winter elements. For a modern visual pop, place a topiary on each side of the front door and trim with a monochromatic color scheme. We like the shimmer of all metallic ornaments for the holidays.

Once inside, welcome your guests with an entry console table dressed for the holiday. Wind a leafy garland down the center of the table and tuck candles and Christmas ornaments along the way. Include kids or grandkids by asking them to collect pine cones from outside to be interspersed throughout the display.

Look up. If your entryway has a chandelier, hang colorful globes between its regular crystals to add a dash of fun and color to the fixture.

By the fire

The fireplace mantel is a natural stage for holiday decorations. Start by draping greenery the length of the entire mantel. Next, at each end, cluster a few glass cylinder vases and hurricanes. Couple them together so you have a variety of shapes, sizes, and heights. Fill each vessel with ornaments grouped by color or texture. Use the rest of the mantel to display a mix of holiday cards and pillar candles.

On the coffee table use a low bowl to display additional Christmas ornaments. Throughout the holidays invite your guests to choose one to hang on your tree.

Silver and Gold Ornaments for The Holidays

At the dinner table

Instead of a floral centerpiece, place a pillar candle in a large glass hurricane at the center of the table. Surround it with a collection of ornaments—we like ones that reflect the glow of the flame like clear glass orbs or gold and silver Christmas ornaments.

If your look is more minimal than traditional, fill a large vase with bare tree branches and delicately hang ornaments off each limb.

When it’s time to eat, invite guests to the table by placing an ornament at each seat as a placecard. Hand write names on a cardstock tag and attach each tag to a globe. Use twine for a rustic look or a silk ribbon for a more refined place setting.

Where you least expect it

Use a small ornament tree to display your collection in a powder room or guest bedrooms. In the family room, or even on a stairwell landing, hang an ornament chandelier with a mix of ribbons, cards and Christmas ornaments for an unexpected celebration.

That’s the thing about the holidays—if you’re lucky it finds it’s way into every nook, cranny, and room of your home.

Want more Christmas ornament ideas and inspiration? See how Orlando Soria, founder of the interior design blog Hommemaker, decorated his tree with California cool style.

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