30 Festive Christmas Staircase Decor Ideas

Spruce up your staircase for the holiday season ahead with our greenery and decor essentials.

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October 26, 2021

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.

Red and Gold Garland on Stairs

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.

Photo by: BlueGrayGal / KPI Media LLC, Viva Lux Photography

BlueGrayGal / KPI Media LLC, Viva Lux Photography

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.

Neutral Holiday Staircase

Holiday Staircase With Neutral Palette

Furry stockings, natural accents and graphic patterns add a thoroughly chic twist to this holiday decorating.

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer

Rennai Hoefer

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.

Country Holiday Staircase

Country Holiday Staircase With Mini Tree

A mini Christmas tree, striped stockings and chic presents make this staircase scene so festive for the holidays.

Photo by: Rennai Hoefer

Rennai Hoefer

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.

Stockings and Wrapped Presents Add Festive Flair to Staircase

North Pole Delivery

Christmastime evokes visions of fascinating toy stores, packed full of all the wonders every kid wants. Establish the same charm to your home by decorating with delightful toys and stuffed animals. The childlike allure is sure to convey instant magic to your space.

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.

Make a Statement

Make a Statement

Designer Gordon Dunning uses thistle and winterberry as punctuation on this gorgeous bunting of magnolia leaves ornamenting a staircase at the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2018 Home for the Holidays Showhouse and Marketplace.

Photo by: David Christensen

David Christensen

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