Photo Gallery: Holiday Wreaths
Inspiration for doors, windows, chairs and more!
Glamorize a traditional evergreen wreath with a simple gold satin ribbon tied into a cascading bow. A weighty brass knob on a matte black door makes an elegant statement.
For another front door idea, watch this DIY triple wreath video.
In Esdale’s mudroom, a wreath of magnolia leaves adds a festive touch when holiday guests are taking off their boots. The entryway is the first impression of a home, so dress it up!
Let’s face it — city dwellers don’t always have room for a tree. If you have an awkward furniture layout that doesn’t allow for a tree, splurge on a large magnolia wreath for the window. Passersby will appreciate the festive touch, and it leaves more room inside for guests to mill around at parties. Magnolia wreaths may cost more, but they last much longer and won’t leave pine needles on your floor.
Maxime Vandal and Richard Ouellette, of Montreal’s Les Ensembliers, add a pop of Christmas colour to their mostly-white kitchen come December. They often entertain around the kitchen island, and the wreath makes the space just as festive as the living room or dining room.
“One of my favourite holiday tricks is to hang a second fir wreath on the inside of the door, but I keep it ultrasimple with no bows,” says Suzanne. “And it wouldn’t be the holidays without paperwhites. I place them in a cylindrical glass vase for a modern spin.”
Watch Suzanne make a DIY boxwood and pine wreath you can try at home.
Decorate a fence in the front or back of your home with a lush green wreath — they aren’t just for front doors. Hang it from a thick ribbon and attach a large ornament in the centre. Opt for plastic ornaments outside, in case the wind knocks them to the ground. These DIY lanterns made of ice are an easy way to welcome holiday guests with an ambient glow. Learn how to make them here.
Pair a twig wreath with some greenery down below. The exterior of this country house is painted a welcoming shade of crimson, and with some freshly cut greenery and a twig wreath, it’s ready for the holidays. Wreaths like this last much longer than fresh ones — keep it up until spring! If you have a bright front door already, don’t overdo the holiday decorating with too much ribbon and colourful bulbs — keep it simple.
“We like to add fresh pine wreaths to all of our exterior windows,” says Toronto designer Philip Mitchell. “It has an enormous impact on passersby as well as any holiday guests we have.”
Wreaths aren’t just for front doors — add them to bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms during the holiday season. Here, a quirky homemade gooseberry wreath and a small pitcher of wildflowers by the bed make for a welcoming guest retreat.
Toronto decorator Pauline Esdale adorns her great room in gold, bronze and green, and she doesn’t fall short on lush greenery. If you have a set of living room or kitchen patio doors, consider hanging matching wreaths on each. Here, Esdale’s doors aren’t used during winter months, so she centred simple wreaths on each. They lead the eye from the tree over to the mantel, without breaking up the vignettes too much.
This house has all the elements of a graceful entry: wide flagstone steps, an arched doorway, lantern lighting, a plain boxwood wreath and potted urns with a dash of red. Gorgeous!
Maxime Vandal and Richard Ouellette, owners of Montreal’s Les Ensembliers, created a welcoming entryway with two planters placed below two flanking sconces, and added a punch of holiday colour with a red wreath.
Use simple and nostalgic greenery to emphasize your home’s standout architectural elements. Here, a regal lion door knocker is framed by a wreath of holly. Just above, a fir wreath draws the eye up to the entry’s pretty peaked roof. The planters at the bottom of the beams flanking the door feature juicy red ilex berries for a bit of colour.
Darci Ilich, a designer and co-owner of Vancouver’s The Cross, adds texture and interest to this white space with a contemporary ornament wreath and wood stag’s head tied with a blue ribbon. A simple white sideboard featuring a sculptured white bowl and lamp let the decorations shine come Christmas.
For holiday dinner parties, this homeowner attaches small boxwood wreaths to the backs of each dining chair with long red ribbons. Wired boxwood letters dress the window, adding even more greenery to the festive space.
At her own home, designer Sarah Richardson balances both traditional and modern with feathery pine boughs lit up with white lights and two square wreaths on the door. Stacked firewood with decorative candles also sets the tone before guests set foot inside.
See more of Sarah’s holiday style in her country house gallery.
Designer Colleen McGill doesn’t forget to decorate bedrooms for the holidays. Here, she hung a simple wreath from a chunky white ribbon above a chair, and tied more red in with a single ornament on the dresser. If large wreaths are sold out, buy a few small ones instead — they’re perfect for bedrooms and bathrooms.
In the same home, this casual dining area serves as a comfy spot for Colleen to wrap Christmas gifts. A modern square wreath complements the boxy window panes and adds a festive touch to the space. A ribbon board is a handy display area for holiday cards.
See more of Colleen McGill’s decorating tricks here.
A dogwood wreath is perfect for a white home, since its red hue will pop against the door. Pick up extra boughs of whatever your wreath is made from — whether pine, boxwood or dogwood — to bring some of the same colour to your urns. Here, dogwood, sumac and moss are nestled in flanking cast-iron urns to create a lush composition that ties in with the wreath.
The same house has matching dogwood wreaths in each dormer window above. Though oft overlooked, second-storey windows can be trimmed, too, giving exteriors a pretty symmetry and evoking picture-perfect Christmas card images. Plus, they look festive from the inside, too!
The front shed of the same house is seen from the entrance, so the homeowners played up the charm of the mini-house with two dogwood wreaths to keep with the theme of the main house.
Like Pauline Esdale did in her living room, homeowners Brett Sherlock and James Booty decorated their interior windows with several fresh wreaths. This is where most guests gather at holiday parties, so they wanted to carry a bit of that Christmas tree feel into the other rooms of their Niagara-on-the-Lake home.
Do you cringe at red, green, stripes and glitter? Then keep it simple with an unadorned front door wreath. With the modern house number and sleek grey brick and door, a colour-packed wreath may seem out of place, anyway. Decorate for the holidays as you would any other time of the year.
Every room can exude holiday spirit, as long as they’re decorated with a light hand. In this bunkie, a striking cast-resin antler wreath is simply propped against the bed. It lends a festive touch without seeming too Christmasy for guests after the 25th.
There are some beautiful faux wreaths out there — just hit up your favourite big box store. If faux pine is too plastic for your tastes, think outside the box with a couple of icy white wreaths. Accent them with ornaments or ribbon for a fun update to traditional pine.
A magnolia leaf wreath adds just the right amount of colour to a home with neutral siding or brick. Plus the deep orange leaves last longer than pine. Keep the look neutral and natural by wrapping burlap bags around the bases of unadorned boxwood and twining evergreen around columns.
A feather garland and wreath, leather chair and leopard throw combine in this exotic holiday living room. Have a wreath made to reflect your tastes, and proudly hang it year after year — you won’t tire of a wreath that’s exactly your style.
For more mantel tips, watch a how-to video on styling a holiday mantel.