December is drawing near, which means it’s time to decorate our homes for the holidays. There are the outdoor Christmas lights for your house, the stockings above your fireplace, and, of course the Christmas tree in your family room. As you’re busy getting home festive for the holidays, though, you shouldn’t forget about decorating your staircase as well. A decorated staircase can add an extra bit of Christmas cheer into our home for your guests and your family. Here are some tips to get you started:

MinimalistHow to Decorate Your Staircase for the Holidays

When people decorate for the holiday season, they often go by the motto “the more, the merrier.” However, that doesn’t always have to be the case. Using simple and minimalist holiday decorations can make your staircase a focus without completely covering it. One simple way to decorate a staircase is to intertwine lights, colored or white, around the staircase. This is a very simple and seasonal way to decorate your staircase for the holiday.

While you’re at it, you can also hang holiday greeting cards along your stairs. We recommend hanging a strand of ribbon down your banister and keeping decorative clothespins on hand to hang cards as they arrive in the mail. Add some sparkle to the display with a glittery length of garland or greenery wrapped in Christmas lights.

Classic

When you think about holiday decorations, you probably have visions of tinsel, pine needles, pinecones and garland dancing in your head. All of these items are a classic go-to when decorating your staircase for the holiday season. Wrapping garland around your staircase and sticking large red bows every few inches is an easy way to decorate your staircase that will never go out of style. You can also wrap tinsel around the railings to achieve a silver and gold look at an affordable price.

Another idea is to hang your stockings on your staircase. This can be handy for those homes that don’t have a fireplace to hang their stockings. Tied on with bold red bows and paired with ornamental greenery, your stuffed stockings are sure to put a smile on your children’s faces. Just be sure to put your children’s stockings towards the bottom of the staircase and yours at the top to ensure that your children can reach inside theirs to see what Santa left them.

Non-traditional

If you want to make your staircase the center of the holiday conversation, consider branching out from the traditional bow and bell decorations. Instead, try to impress visitors this holiday season by decorating your staircase with you’re own personal flare. One idea is to purchase oversized bulb ornaments and string them onto colorful ribbons. You can also hang Christmas ornaments from the balusters of your staircase at various lengths (making sure that they’re secure and won’t fall off). Finally, consider decorating the stairs themselves instead of just the railings. You can do this by filling mason jars with colored ornaments or with one or two battery operated tea light candles. Set the filled mason jars on the staircase itself and set a small cluster of pine branches alongside them. Just make sure that they don’t block anyone’s path up or down the stairs.

Regardless of your decorating style, having a beautifully decorated staircase for the holidays will certainly make your guests rejoice. So be sure to have a happy holiday as you enjoy your decorated Acadia Stairs this year!