Copy This! How Designers Use Greenery in Holiday Decor

Get a jump start on the holiday with these ideas for filling your home with festive flair.

Greenery gives a boost of holiday cheer to light fixtures, mantels, wall art and bookshelves. 

Before you start to decorate for the season, find inspiration in these jubilant rooms and spaces by design pros and DIYers.

Traditional Holiday Decor with Fresh and Faux Greenery

Traditional Holiday Decor with Fresh and Faux Greenery

In this wood-paneled traditional room, designer Robin LaMonte enhanced existing elements, such as the chandelier, mantel and bookshelves, with greenery. She wrapped the chandelier in a cheap garland to start the decor and then embellished it with bows, fresh greenery, ornaments and peacock feathers that match the tree theme and complement the existing furniture’s blue-and-white palette.

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From: Robin LaMonte

Photo by: Christina Wedge

Christina Wedge

MIX FAUX AND FRESH

Interior designer Robin LaMonte starts with affordable fake swags and wreaths as the base for her holiday fireplace decor, then uses fresh clipped evergreens and berries to fill out the look.

Holiday Fireplace Decorating with Greenery, Garland and Poinsettias

Holiday Fireplace Decorating with Greenery, Garland and Poinsettias

Designer Robin LaMonte starts with affordable fake swags and wreaths as the base for her holiday fireplace decor, then uses fresh clipped evergreens and berries to fill out the look. She uses the wires already in the swags and wreaths to secure the fresh greenery.

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From: Robin LaMonte

Photo by: Christina Wedge

Christina Wedge

BRIGHT IDEA

LaMonte covered a mantel with greenery, but didn’t stop there. She used the cage surrounding a mid-century modern floor lamp as a unique way to display greenery and ornaments.

Wood-paneled Traditional Room with Holiday Greenery on Mantel and Floor Lamp

Wood-paneled Traditional Room with Holiday Greenery on Mantel and Floor Lamp

Designer Robin LaMonte covered a mantel with greenery, but didn’t stop there. She used the cage surrounding a mid-century modern floor lamp as a unique way to display greenery and ornaments.

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From: Robin LaMonte

Photo by: Christina Wedge

Christina Wedge

EASY AND CHARMING CENTERPIECE

For a cheap centerpiece, fill a tall festive pitcher with sprigs of greenery from your tree and add a few ornaments to dangle from the branches.

Holiday Tablescape with Greenery, Pinecones and Ornaments

Holiday Tablescape with Greenery, Pinecones and Ornaments

For a quick and cheap yet charming centerpiece, fill a tall festive pitcher with sprigs of greenery from your tree and add a few ornaments to dangle from the branches.

Photo by: Grant Park Neighborhood Association/Kelley Klein Photography

Grant Park Neighborhood Association/Kelley Klein Photography

DRESS THE CHANDELIER

Greenery and fruit are lavish holiday decorations on a French chandelier in the home of interior designer Jamie Gibbs. The home is featured in design consulant Patricia McMillan's book, Christmas At Designers' Homes Across America.

Traditional Red and Green Holiday Dining Room and Table Setting

Traditional Red and Green Holiday Dining Room and Table Setting

Greenery and fruit are lavish holiday decorations on a French chandelier in the home of interior designer Jamie Gibbs. Nineteenth-century red German flash-glass stemware, Waterford crystal, French porcelain plates and sterling flatware from the late 1800s are used for the table settings, along with service plates from Walmart. The home is featured in the book, “Christmas At Designers' Homes Across America.”

Photo by: Patricia McMillan

Patricia McMillan

FINISHING TOUCHES

Set a festive table with DIY placemats using pine board. Spray-paint rope for a quick and easy napkin ring, and insert a piece of greenery and a tiny pinecone to tie the look together.

Holiday Table-setting with Red DIY Wooden Placemats

Holiday Table-setting with Red DIY Wooden Placemats

Set a festive table with DIY placemats using pine board. Cut the board into two pieces and paint them red. Then add hardware -- straight and angled braces -- to the border. Spray-paint rope for a quick and easy napkin ring, and insert a piece of greenery and a tiny pinecone for finishing touches.

Photo by: Reed Davis Photography / Lowe's

Reed Davis Photography / Lowe's

MIRROR MAKEOVER

Adding a wreath gives year-round decor items, such as a mirror, an easy holiday update. Combining burlap, linen and ribbons with vintage roe deer antlers for a rustic look, interior designer Melanie Robinson also crafted handmade pinecone trees for the scene. 

Neutral Rustic Holiday Vignette in the Foyer

Neutral Rustic Holiday Vignette in the Foyer

Interior designer Melanie Robinson chose a more neutral palette for this foyer holiday decor. Combining burlap, linen and ribbons with vintage roe deer antlers for a rustic look, Robinson also crafted handmade pinecone trees for the scene. Adding a wreath gives year-round decor items, such as the mirror, an easy holiday update. The nativity set was a wedding gift.

Photo by: Melanie Robinson

Melanie Robinson

MAKE SOME CHEER

Tomato cages wrapped in green garland make perfect little Christmas trees, and a handcrafted holiday sign, made by Sarah Wissinger and Nicholas Malburg of The Surznick Common Room, can create a signature seasonal look for your yard.

DIY Happy Holidays Sign and Tomato Cage Trees

DIY Happy Holidays Sign and Tomato Cage Trees

DIY your yard decor with colorful lights, garland and tomato cages. Tomato cages wrapped in green garland make perfect little Christmas trees, and a handcrafted holiday sign can really put a signature touch on your yard. This decor was made by Sarah Wissinger and Nicholas Malburg of The Surznick Common Room.

Photo by: The Home Depot

The Home Depot

FRAME THE ROOM

Classic reds and whites, brightened with gold and accented by a fresh splash of copper, make up this nostalgic Christmas decor. Also consider hanging a wreath from unexpected places, such as a bookshelf. “At the end of the day, everything is backdropped by greenery,” says Sarah Fishburne of the Home Depot.

Traditional Red and White Christmas Decorations with Shiplap

Traditional Red and White Christmas Decorations with Shiplap

Classic reds and whites, brightened with gold and accented by a fresh splash of copper, make up this nostalgic Christmas decor. Layering these dazzling colors with greenery gives the room a fresh, homey look. Also consider hanging a wreath from unexpected places, such as a bookshelf. “At the end of the day, everything is backdropped by greenery,” says Sarah Fishburne of The Home Depot.

Photo by: The Home Depot

The Home Depot

MIX IT UP

Designer John Lyle was inspired by Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” for the Tiffany blue holiday decor in this home, featured in design consulant Patricia McMillan's book, Christmas At Designers' Homes Across America. The existing palms in planters make for a pretty pairing of blue and green for an unexpected holiday color combo.

Blue Holiday Decorating Color Palette

Blue Holiday Decorating Color Palette

Designer John Lyle was inspired by Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” for the Tiffany blue holiday decor in this home, featured in the book, “Christmas At Designers' Homes Across America.”

Photo by: Patricia McMillan/Amelia Paterson Studio MJW

Patricia McMillan/Amelia Paterson Studio MJW

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