Photo Gallery: Holiday Wreaths
Inspiration for doors, windows, chairs and more!
Avoid over-decorating a front door wreath.
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.
Use a coat hook to hang a casual wreath.
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!
Trade a tree for a large wreath.
Clear off tables and one or two shelves on bookcases or built-ins to provide spots for guests to place glasses and plates. Group hurricane lanterns in the fireplace. They give off a warm glow without the heat or hazard of an open fire in a room full of people. Replace a bulky coffee table with multiple cocktail-sized tables, which take up less floor space and can be easily moved.
Draw attention to a large picture window with an oversized wreath.
In this kitchen, white uppers were fitted with glass doors to showcase the homeowners’ extensive glassware collection. A large island with an integrated stovetop makes cooking and entertaining a breeze.
Add a wreath to the back of a door, too.
“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.”
Find more inspiration in our photo galleries of Christmas Decorations, Holiday Wreaths and 3 Holiday Decorating Styles. Plus learn how to decorate a front door with a personalized wreath and craft your own DIY boxwood wreath.
Create a backyard display with ice candles and a wreath.
To make these DIY lanterns, fill a large plastic container halfway with water. Place a smaller plastic container inside, weighted down with a heavy object, then fill around it with water until the large container is full. (The smaller container should be floating, so water will freeze around it.) Set it outside, or in a freezer. When the water is completely frozen, fill the smaller container with warm water until the ice melts enough to wiggle it free. Flip over the large container and pour warm water over it until it, too, melts free. Place a candle inside each frozen holder and set outdoors.
See more holiday wreaths in our photo gallery, learn tips for decorating a door with small wreaths, or browse through more festive exterior decorating ideas in our Outdoor Holiday Decorations gallery.
Opt for a twig wreath to last through the winter.
The exterior of this guest house is a welcoming shade of crimson. Decorated with greenery and a twig wreath, this lovely retreat is ready for the holidays.
See more of this country home in our Rustic Fall Farmhouse photo gallery.
Adorn exterior windows.
“We like to add fresh 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.”
For more ideas, see our Designers’ Holiday Decorating Tips photo gallery.
Hang a wreath above a guest bed for a festive touch.
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.
Centre wreaths on unused patio doors.
The 9-1/2-foot Christmas tree, decorated simply with chartreuse and gold ornaments, a grapevine-twig garland and about 2,000 white twinkle lights, serves as a festive focal point in the great room. Gifts wrapped in kraft paper and tied with green and gold ribbons are in keeping with homeowner Pauline Esdale’s simple, natural holiday theme.
See more of Pauline Esdale’s Festive Home in our photo gallery.
And for more seasonal ideas, see our Designers’ Holiday Decorating Tips photo gallery.
Choose a simple boxwood wreath for a sleek black door.
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!
Simple decor with timeless appeal.
Maxime Vandal and Richard Ouellette of Montreal design firm Les Ensembliers placed potted evergreens below a pair of handsome, lantern-style sconces for a symmetrical, visually appealing effect. A classic berry wreath stands out against the black front door for pop of holiday colour.
Make a statement with a large-scale indoor wreath.
In designer Julie Charbonneau’s Montreal home, mirrored doors in a long hallway get a festive update with a pheasant feather wreath. Consider trading a traditional pine wreath for a more contemporary one. The bonus? No pine needles on the floor!
Accentuate a dormer entryway with a wreath up top.
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 variegated holly, while a fir wreath draws the eye to the entryway’s pretty peaked roof. The planters at the base of the supportive beams feature juicy red ilex berries, creating a colourful and festive focal point.
Check out more festive exterior decorating ideas in our Outdoor Holiday Decorations photo gallery. Plus, see more wreaths in our photo gallery, and learn tips for decorating a door with small wreaths and crafting a DIY boxwood wreath.
Balance an all-white space with a bold wreath.
During the Christmas season, designer Darci Ilich ties a ribbon around her quirky stag’s head and frames the piece with an oversized, bauble-covered wreath. The space’s crisp white walls and monochromatic furnishings let her contemporary decorations take centre stage.
Accessorize each dining chair with a faux wreath.
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.
Hang two square wreaths for a modern look.
Giant pots of pine trimmings, decorated with reflective silver balls and twinkling white lights, set a celebratory tone before guests even set foot inside one of Sarah Richardson’s holiday parties. Wreaths rendered in a unique square shape are contemporary takes on the seasonal standbys.
For more festive exterior decorating ideas, see our Outdoor Holiday Decorations gallery.
Remember to add festive flourishes to bedrooms, too!
A French-Canadian chest of drawers is paired with a glamorous beveled mirror in this principal bedroom. Reflection is one of designer Colleen McGill’s favourite tricks for adding elegance and expanding a Victorian house’s skinny proportions.
Add a bit of Christmas cheer to where you wrap gifts — it will get you in the holiday spirit.
The kitchen nook, defined by traditional cabinetry with a cosy bench and modern Ikea table and chairs, serves as a comfy spot for designer Colleen McGill to wrap Christmas gifts. The ribbon board is a handy display area for holiday cards.
Choose a dogwood wreath as an alternative to traditional pine.
Cast-iron urns are polished foils for sculptural arrangments of manzanita branches ornamented with clusters or red berries. Dogwood, sumac and moss nestled at the base create a lush composition.
For more outdoor Christmas, holiday and winter decorations, see our gallery.
Match second-storey wreaths to the front door for festive curb appeal.
Though oft overlooked, second-storey windows can be trimmed, too, giving exteriors a pretty symmetry and evoking picture-perfect Christmas card images. Attached are smaller red dogwood wreaths, dressed up with platinum bows, to the central sash on the window for a balanced look.
Pick up a few extra decorations for a shed visible from the front door.
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.
Add festive greenery to areas set up for entertaining.
This Niagara-on-the-Lake home was designed to maximize views, channel the style of the estate’s original barn, and provide a cosy space for frequent entertaining. Homeowner and designer Brett Sherlock created the farmhouse-style glass-topped trestle table to add counter space and keep the kitchen casual. He and partner James Booty can pull up chairs for an informal dinner, arrange a breakfast buffet for guests, or display appetizers at a bustling cocktail party. The table is based on a design by Ralph Lauren and was custom-made by Peter Henley in nearby Vineland.
For more island inspiration, see our Kitchen Tables As Islands photo gallery.
Skip colour if colour isn't your thing.
Repair broken stones and chipped paint to give your home a polished look. A few classic, seasonal decorations and some chic hardware — such as this gorgeous door knocker — create a stylish yet welcoming atmosphere at your door.
Get more Decorating To Sell tips in our photo gallery.
See more wreaths in our photo gallery, plus learn tips for decorating a door with small wreaths and crafting a DIY boxwood wreath. Then, check out more festive exterior decorating ideas in our gallery of Outdoor Holiday Decorations.
Lean a wreath against a guest bed footboard for a subtle holiday hit.
Every room can exude holiday spirit — not just the living or family room — as long as they’re decorated with a light hand. In this bunkie, a caribou hide and vintage Paint By Number artworks allude to the wilderness locale.
Bring the outdoors in with glistening white versions that emulate the snow-covered landscape.
Bring the outdoors in with glistening white decorations that mimic the snow-covered winter landscape, like these flocked wreaths. For a jolt of lively colour, consider adorning them with bright red ribbon or sparkly pompoms.
Dress up a neutral façade with a colourful magnolia wreath.
For a neutral and natural look, wrap burlap bags around the bases of boxwood plants and wrap simple evergreen garlands around columns. A magnolia leaf wreath makes a subtley elegant finishing touch.
Customize holiday decorating to suit your own style.
A feather Christmas tree and garland, leather chair and leopard throw combine in this appealingly eclectic living room. On the mantel, a pine cone centerpiece features peacock-blue accents and delicate, feathered orbs in a silver bowl.