30 Festive Christmas Staircase Decor Ideas
Spruce up your staircase for the holiday season ahead with our greenery and decor essentials.
Celebrate the season and usher holiday cheer into your entryway with a decked-out staircase display. There are countless ways to decorate your stairs for Christmas, and it can be quite the task to narrow down what decorations you need to bring your dream holiday staircase to life.
We’re taking the guesswork out of your stair styling and sharing five designer holiday staircases to inspire your seasonal decorating. Find glamorous, rustic, coastal, contemporary and traditional staircase inspiration below, plus our step-by-step styling instructions and essential product links to recreate the look at home.
The Look: Traditional Glamour
Glittering gold and moody merlot blooms come together to create one show-stopping holiday staircase in this transitional foyer. Recreate the timeless look on your staircase at home securing a lush pine garland down your staircase handrail. Weave incandescent lights evenly throughout the length of the pine garland to illuminate the needles and create a glowing base for your remaining accessories. Install burgundy poinsettia blooms on the garland next, then add a mix of glitter and metallic gold baubles to fill out the greenery further. Complete your Christmas staircase by inserting shimmery gold and red berry sprigs throughout the pine needles until you achieve a lush, more-is-more holiday appeal.
Stairs With Red and Gold Garland
Garland is a festive holiday decoration for a staircase, but make sure to match its scale with the space. A double garland accented with red flowers, bows and gold ornaments meets this foyer's grandeur.
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The Look: Rustic Farmhouse
Deck out your farmhouse or rustic cabin stairs with this festive decor combination. Start by securing a traditional pine garland, complete with pinecones, straight against your staircase handrail. Dangle faux-fur stockings evenly down the length of the railing and accent each with a hand-tied burlap bow. Continue the cozy details on the staircase wall with a pine and eucalyptus wreath, finished with a matching burlap bow. Complete the display with a festive pillow cover on your entry bench or accent chair for a final cozy Christmas touch.
The Look: Candy Cane Lane
Red-and-white candy cane stripes are a failproof theme for any Christmas staircase design. This treat-inspired display is easy to recreate at home using a texture-rich cedar, cypress and pinecone garland as your base. Secure the greenery flush to the staircase railing, then weave optional string lights evenly throughout. Next, nestle vibrant holly berry stems within the garland branches for a spirited splash of color. Secure a series of striped knit stockings along the railing and round out the vignette with a lush cypress wreath on the stair wall below. Elevate the otherwise understated design with a series of trailing, ruby velvet ribbon bows.
The Look: Cool Coastal
Dreaming of Christmas on the coast? Find your beach and bring the sea to your staircase, starting with a frosted forest pine garland as your wintry base. Drape the snowy garland from the railing on the exterior of the staircase to create a dramatic scalloped effect. Enhance the icy pine with silver berry stems, metallic silver ornaments and eye-catching aqua baubles. Finish the seaside staircase display with alternating starfish and ruffled burlap stockings.
The Look: Stately Magnolia
Glossy magnolia leaves make for a glamorous base for traditional, transitional and southern-style holiday staircase designs. Recreate this refined display by draping a faux magnolia leaf garland dramatically along the exterior of your railing. Punctuate your newel with a spray of white berries, dried pinecone flowers and an amber satin ribbon tied into a traditional bow. Add a touch of holiday flair with a collection of vintage-inspired brass bells.