For a rustic, country look, natural greenery is a wonderful way to bring the outside inside and introduce seasonal scents, particularly if you add cinnamon sticks, pine cones and orange slices to the mix. Make use of horizontal surfaces, from the hall table to the tops of mirrors and picture frames, to drape holly, ivy, pine and eucalyptus – you can even entwine it around the balustrades. Mix things up by hanging your stair garland at the bottom of the spindles rather than along the handrail – and if you regularly mist the foliage with water it will keep it vibrant and fresh throughout the festivities.
If you are looking for something a little more contemporary, think oversize baubles as a quick and effective way to jazz up the space. Group them together and hang from the banisers or if your ceiling is high enough, cascade at different heights to create impact and drama.
Lighting is a great way to bring atmosphere and drama at Christmas.
Sit a lantern on each stair tread or dot candless in hurricane lamps along the length of your entrance hall – be careful to tuck them closely against the wall to avoid any accidents! For a truly winter wonderland effect, incoroprate fairy lights into the scheme.
For a final bit of decorative flair, give children’s wellingtons some ‘welly’ by lining them up at the front door and filling with crackers and small presents for your guests – and keep a festive dish of colourful chocolate baubles on the hall table.
Not only will they look attractive, they may come in handy if unexpected carol singers come calling!
Create a magical look in a hallway by looping plenty of white fairy lights around the banisters. Add a simple ivy garland to enhance the effect. When choosing lights to use on a stairwell always go for battery-operated designs over plug-in versions as the latter may leave wiring trailing en route to a socket, causing a trip hazard. Tuck the battery pack neatly away in situ so it is easy to access.
Similar fairy lights
Line your hallway door with aromatic evergreens, such as eucalyptus, which make wonderful garlands as they release their scent when brushed past. Use delicate herb wreaths, hung as window decorations to add further delicate fragrance. And why not throw some fairy lights into the mix to add an extra bit of Christmas sparkle?
Make a spectacular first impression with a fun light feature. Tie neon lights round furnishings to create an alternative Christmas tree? crowned with an offbeat topper. Throw out the tinsel and punk up your Christmas with riotous reds, smoky greens and a punch of neon. Position presents around the base in equally cheery colours to finish.
Easterban glass vase
The French Bedroom Company
Neon acrylic console table
Just a few simple additions to your hallway scheme will make the world of difference to your hallway at Christmas. De-clutter surfaces by tidying away all the built-up bits and bobs into baskets and place battery-operated tealights on your console. A vase with a few branches will make a simple tabletop tree from which you can hang decorations.
A simple yet contemporary painted frame around a door surround will make an impact to the entrance of your home. Carry the colour down to your skirting for maximum effect. Plenty of Christmas decorations on a console or hung from a coat stand will create that festive magic.
A hallway Christmas tree is both dramatic and inviting and just the thing to set the scene for your celebrations. Even tabletop trees can make an impact and won’t take up much room when placed on a table. Don’t forget to continue the festive theme through to the rest of your hallway using plenty of co-ordinating decorations.
Fancy a change from traditional festive shades of red and green – Silver and white are a gorgeous combination for a magical Christmas scheme. Make a small hallway appear bigger with lots of reflective, metallic accessories.
Graham & Brown
Similar console table
Alison at Home
Similar artificial tree
Rustic decorations made from natural materials like wood and metal are just as effective as glitz and glitter, and look perfect in a relaxed, country-style scheme. Key or coat hooks are a simple place to hang a mix of decorations, and a length of ribbon attached to the wall is an easy way to display Christmas cards as they begin to arrive.
Fresh festive foliage, such as pine or eucalyptus, is perfect for decorating a hallway at Christmas. Not only does it look beautiful mixed with a selection of red or white berries, it also has a delicious Christmassy scent that will greet your guests as they walk through the front door.
Christmas simply isn’t Christmas without some mistletoe. Hang it high above your front door using a length of red ribbon so no one has an excuse to not join in the fun. Find fresh mistletoe at your local garden centre throughout December.
Try tones of white and silver for an elegant look. In this hallway, a simple sprayed wreath, glass baubles and white accessories blend with the painted panelling, allowing the original encaustic flooring to take centre stage. Add a few make-believe presents wrapped in silver paper as a nice finishing touch.
Ski chalet chic meets grown-up style with this take on a palette of soft grey and white. Hand-cut paper decorations applied to the windows help to create a sophisticated craft look. At the same time a small, delicate wreath of eucalyptus injects welcome natural colour into the pale hallway scheme.
Hand-cut paper trees
Florrie Ann Thomas
Similar curtain fabric
For the Christmas season, welcome guests into your home with a combination of flickering candlelight, understated shades of gold and silver, and an aromatically festive wreath to put visitors in the right mood for Yuletide. These inviting additions work particularly well against a soft, muted backdrop.
Furniture and accessories with a light brush of gold or silver are ideal for creating a low-key but sophisticated look that is perfect for the festive season. A convincing faux fir tree will outlast the real thing and has the advantage of not dropping its needles all over the hallway.
A neutral scheme in shades of white and cream is given a refreshing lift with splashes of vibrant fuchsia. A statement chandelier in a mix of crisp whites and deep pinks is the focal point of the hallway, set off by a commanding contemporary rug. Choose a large Christmas tree decorated in toning shades to make a striking first impression.
Decorations in soft pastels create a playful look without being too brash. Using an entertaining feature, such as these beaded animals in the hall space, adds to the jolly welcome. Asking children to make paper chains will keep them busy and make them feel involved.