How to Use Greenery in Holiday Decor

Ready to get festive with your holiday decor? See these tips and ideas from the style experts at One Kings Lane on how to incorporate greenery and other live remnants into your home’s seasonal design. 

1. Cheer Up the Kitchen

The kitchen is a notoriously difficult space to decorate for the holidays—its utilitarian features can be hard to pair with the right decor, plus you don’t want to give up precious counter space! That’s what makes this wreath-and-garland duo ideal: It imparts just the right amount of festive cheer while staying completely out of the way—and guarantees a beautiful view on even the grayest of winter days. For added spirit, decorate the greenery with dried citrus fruits or berries as a nod to the culinary space.

2. Trim the Table

This supereasy place card DIY is guaranteed to delight holiday guests, and it’s one of our favorite ways to spruce up everyday dinnerware for the season. Pull a sprig of greenery from your garland centerpiece (or use a woody herb such as rosemary) and wrap it into a miniature wreath, securing the loop with twine or ribbon. Then tie on a name card for an extra-personalized touch—or use it as a napkin ring instead.

3. Festoon the Fireplace

Turn the wall above your fireplace into a gallery of greenery. Hang wreaths in a row, or form them into a loose grouping—whatever arrangement suits your space and your fancy. We love mixing things up with different sizes and types of greenery, but you can keep things consistent for a more traditional feel. And once you’ve got your foundation, add a little flourish—ribbon bows, a sprinkling of miniature ornaments, even string lights.

4. Make Up the Mirror

Just like a doorway, an oversize mirror is a perfect candidate for a garland border. Add a swag at the top or trim out all four sides to see your space (and yourself!) in a festive new way. Smaller mirrors and different shapes work too; just be sure to match the style of greenery (loose and delicate, lush and full) to the scale of the mirror.


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