Photo Gallery: White Holiday Decorating
Tips for using this crisp and classic hue.
H&H senior design editor Sarah Hartill crafted this three-dimensional garland to add a joyful atmosphere to an all-white stairwell. Despite its layered look, it was a fairly simple DIY: Sarah simply opened up pre-made paper decorations and secured them to the banister with clear fishing line.
Find more inspiration in our photo gallery of Gorgeous Garlands.
A stunning conservatory-style skylight illuminates designer Betty Theodoropoulos’s handsome hallway, shining a natural spotlight on a bench piled high with gifts, a lush Christmas garland and pots of wintry paperwhites.
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Letter cut-outs spell out a classic Christmas message on this decorated mantel. To make your own lanterns, simply stencil letters on white paper bags and carefully trim with a sharp craft knife, then paste sheets of clear vellum on the inside of the bags behind each letter. Insert battery-powered tealights to cast a warm (and safe) glow.
Designer, former Bachelorette, and Love It or List It Vancouver host Jillian Harris dressed her sparkling copper-toned tree with a collection of inexpensive baubles, family heirlooms and mercury-glass ornaments. She then wrapped her presents with pretty ribbon and metallic-print paper for a cohesive look.
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A minimalist wreath and miniature trees give this traditional mantel mod appeal, while a simple garland — crafted from vintage holiday cards — adds a pop of lively colour.
Sweet white and red felted animals and ornaments are strung casually along this mantel to evoke a nostalgic mood. A white owl figurine and vase of plump winter berries continue the simple, lighthearted theme.
Soft prints keep artisan Heather Shaw’s living room from feeling lifeless. In this festively-decorated space, a thin-striped ottoman and pretty floral chair break up the scheme, while white lights and decorations on the tree add low-key sparkle.
A compact table, sweet miniature chandelier and set of traditional chairs create a charming, if tiny, dining area in this traditional Victorian home. A simple tabletop vignette of pinecones and greenery brings the outdoors in, while a vase full of illuminated branches adds a magical glow.
This handsome white-painted mantelpiece, dressed with fresh greenery, silver baubles and glimmering candles, cleverly draws the eye away from a utilitarian iron radiator.
Designer Darci Ilich, co-owner of Vancouver home store The Cross, filled her pretty white living room with metallic accessories for a seriously luxe look. Glossy blue ornaments add a pop of wintry colour on her flocked Christmas tree and miniature tabletop firs.
Darci’s plump holiday fir gets a boost thanks to a traditional wooden table, giving it the height and presence of a much larger tree. Ilich disguised the base with a length of Tiffany blue-coloured fabric, which also adds a jolt of colour in the all-white space.
To prime a dining room for holiday entertaining, consider dressing up your chandelier with pretty ribbons and classic ornaments. Here, blue and white satin ribbons pick up on the tones in the table settings, while silver baubles add sparkle.
Soft blue-patterned linens pair beautifully with simple white china and delicate, rose-shaped napkin rings on this elegant Christmas table.
During the Christmas season, Darci ties a ribbon around her quirky stag’s head and frames the piece with an oversized, bauble-covered wreath. The hall’s crisp white walls and monochromatic furnishings let her contemporary decorations take centre stage.
Darci’s faux “tree-stump” is really a white-painted planter flipped upside down. A cheeky squirrel figurine and cup of greenery complete the outdoorsy look, and a uniform colour scheme keeps the effect streamlined and modern.
Silver-toned ornaments suspended from the chandelier create a festive look in this beautiful dining room, and tie in perfectly with the wintry tones in the room’s frosty abstract artwork.
In this contemporary dining room, black accents pop against a stark white palette, while potted succulents add lush natural beauty. A contemporary painting mounted above the traditional mantel quietly captures the spirit of the season.
Here, a silver-robed St. Nick and glittering reindeer complement tiny ornaments hung on branches, while a dusting of faux snow suggests a picturesque winter landscape. A monochromatic colour scheme lends a modern elegance to the traditional decorations.
The holiday decor of Lindsay Mens Craig, homeowner and senior designer at Sarah Richardson Design, is soft and feminine. A luxurious white feather boa and jewel-like ornaments on the Christmas tree work well with her apartment’s serene colour palette.
On this crisp white mantelpiece, a collection of new and vintage blue ornaments blend with glistening white “snowballs” (Styrofoam balls coated in clear glue and rolled in glitter). A triptych depicting a snowy scene, painted by homeowner and designer Ian McLeod, perfectly matches with the ornaments’ cool colour palette.
Glistening white decorations — like these flocked wreaths — mimic the now-covered seasonal landscape. For a jolt of lively colour, consider adorning them with bright red ribbon or sparkly pompoms.