Green Galore

Your Christmas tree isn’t the only way to incorporate some natural-looking greenery into your home. Cathy Cooley with The Market has recommendations on how to work garlands into your home decor for the holidays.

Hearth Room Heat Up: Spruce up your mantel’s garland with ornaments, natural elements like pine cones and tinsel for a pop of festive color.

A Light Touch

Sometimes simple arrangements can make a serious statement. Cooley recommends wrapping a garland in battery-powered twinkle lights and piling it into a wire basket, glass bowl or lantern. Place your arrangement on a big wooden farm table, or let it light up a hearth or fireplace. 

Festive Fire

Warm up your hearth with more than just fire by draping your mantel in garland. If your mantel is deep enough, you can go with a sturdy, stiffer garland. Cooley says you can create entire tablescapes on your mantel using candles, jars and ornaments or even layering multiple garlands for depth and visual interest. 

Wrap It Up

One of the most common ways to use garland is to drape it on or coil it around stairway banisters. Cooley says you want to use a loose, pliable garland with simple greenery that you can dress up with lights or ribbons or decorate year after year depending on what’s in style. 

Wintery Windows

Forgo the tired tinsel and line the inside border of your windows with garland for a little peek of green. Jazz it up by hanging a simple wreath in similar colors or by placing electric or battery-powered candles in your windowsill. Flexible, lightweight garlands are best for this use, according to Cooley, because you will have to adhere them to your window ledges using tape, hooks or nails. 

Looking Up

For an unexpected touch of green, drape a simple garland in a chandelier. Cooley’s advice is to not use anything too ornamental, or else it will compete with your chandelier. “It adds just a touch of something, and it draws your eye up,” she says. For an extra touch, gathered branches, ornaments or ribbons can glam up a simple garland.

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