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The best Christmas garlands: 16 picks to deck your halls, mantlepieces and staircases

Real Homes logo Real Homes 3 days ago Anna Cottrell

No festive decorating scheme is complete without a Christmas garland. Whether you're looking for a discreet and minimalist design to wrap around a bookshelf, or are going all out and covering every visible surface with Christmas garlands, we have a range of options, from realistic foliage to abstract designs. What will take your fancy?

Looking for more Christmas decorating ideas? We've got loads of tips, trick, DIYs and more over on our Christmas hub page

1. Find an alternative way to use baubles – as a garland

Perfect either in lieu of or in addition to a Christmas tree, the Two Whitewashed Glass garlands from Cox & Cox have an attractive distressed glazing that will look great as part of a vintage Christmas decorating scheme. 

a necklace hanging on a wall: Two Whitewashed Glass garlands from Cox & Cox © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Two Whitewashed Glass garlands from Cox & Cox

2. Swap traditional fir branches for stylish eucalyptus

Whether as part of a traditional Christmas look or a more contemporary Scandi Christmas decorating scheme, a green Christmas garland that experiments with eucalyptus, juniper, or even oak branches, instead of the traditional pine or fir, is a lovely pick.

The Eucalyptus Garland from Lights4fun come in a handy bundle with warm white micro lights and look very delicate and convincing. 

a close up of a fire place: Lights4fun Christmas garland © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Lights4fun Christmas garland

3. Add a splash of colour with a kitsch garland

Pining for some bright colour in the middle of winter? Go for a kitsch decorating scheme and forget about having to tastefully match your decorations. 

We love the explosion of colour provided by the Multi Coloured Pompom Garland, and loads of crazy kitsch decorations from John Lewis. 

a close up of a flower: John Lewis, Multi Coloured Pompom Garland £20, Rainbow egg hanger £8, Glass Strawberry Hanger £5 © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. John Lewis, Multi Coloured Pompom Garland £20, Rainbow egg hanger £8, Glass Strawberry Hanger £5

4. Pick a realistic rendition of pine branches

If you're going for a traditional Christmas decorating scheme this year, then fir branches are a must. We love the very realistic-looking Festive Foliage Runner from Ginger Ray.

Festive Foliage Runner from Ginger Ray © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Festive Foliage Runner from Ginger Ray

5. Mix fir branches and colourful flowers

Feeling the itch for something a bit different this year? Liven up your traditional Christmas garlands and wreaths with fresh or artificial flowers. Red roses look particularly stunning when you mix them with frosted cones. 

Don't have time to make your own? The Snowy Fir & Cone Garland with Red & White Flowers by Gisela Graham is available from Duckbarn Interiors.

a vase of flowers next to a christmas tree: Snowy Fir & Cone Garland with Red & White Flowers, £60.00 by Gisela Graham London © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Snowy Fir & Cone Garland with Red & White Flowers, £60.00 by Gisela Graham London

6. Go for minimalist charm with a frosted sage garland

For an understated, go-with-anything look, go for a frosted leaf garland, which will look especially lovely against wooden furniture. Our pick is the Sage & Berry Garland from Cox & Cox.

a flock of birds sitting on the ground: Sage & Berry Garland from Cox & Cox © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Sage & Berry Garland from Cox & Cox

7. Pick a lit-up twist on the silver bell garland

Silver bells, silver bells... get a slightly more interesting version, with built-in LED lights. The Silver Bell Battery Lights by Gisela Graham are available from The Contemporary Home. 

a necklace on a table: Silver Bell Battery Lights - £18.00 by Gisela Graham © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Silver Bell Battery Lights - £18.00 by Gisela Graham

8. Create a rustic look with a wooden garland 

If you like a more traditional look at Christmas, this Berry Pine and Twig Garland from Dunelm would fit right in. We love how they look trailed along some open shelving, definitely an idea we are going to be pinching. 

a group of people sitting at a table: Dunelm Christmas garland © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Dunelm Christmas garland

9. Introduce a rustic charm with a warm gold garland

You've finished decorating the living room – now what about the kitchen/dining room? Complement the warmth of a rustic kitchen with a warm gold Christmas garland. Our favourite is the Gold Leaf Garland from The National Trust. 

a room filled with furniture and vase on a table: Gold leaf garland £40 Recycled glass baubles £5 Star and twig glitter wreath £22, The National Trust © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Gold leaf garland £40 Recycled glass baubles £5 Star and twig glitter wreath £22, The National Trust

10. Add a string of snowflakes to a Scandi Christmas scheme

Want to keep to a cool, Scandi Christmas decorating scheme this festive season? All you need is a string of snowflakes! The trick is to keep it simple. 

We love this Nordic decorating scheme, finished with the Silver Glitter Slowflake Garland by Ginger Ray.

Silver Glitter Slowflake Garland by Ginger Ray © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Silver Glitter Slowflake Garland by Ginger Ray

11. Warm up the room with a pre-lit garland

Want a garland that will instantly cheer up the room? Always go for warm, yellowy lights rather than cool frosty ones. Go for several different garlands, too, mixing tiny lights with larger ones. 

We love the very warm-coloured Jewelled Twig Light Up Garland from Cox & Cox.

a piece of luggage: Cox & Cox Jewelled Twig Light Up Garland © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Cox & Cox Jewelled Twig Light Up Garland

12. Pick a cheerful and easy-going metallic garland

For an easy and classic Christmas charm that will also effortlessly translate into New Year's Eve celebrations, pick a metallic garland. Our favourite is the Gold Circle Garland Ginger Ray. 

Gold Circle Garland - Metallic Star from Ginger Ray © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Gold Circle Garland - Metallic Star from Ginger Ray

13. Add a cosy charm with a Christmas jumper garland

What could be more cosy than a traditional patterned Christmas jumper? The Red and White Festive Jumper Wooden Bunting from Ginger Ray is also a clever little nod to the Scandi decorating trend

a red and white flowers: Red and White Festive Jumper Wooden Bunting from Ginger Ray © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Red and White Festive Jumper Wooden Bunting from Ginger Ray

14. Add a soft touch with a felt garland

Alternative and handmade materials are big in Christmas decorating this year, and this applies to Christmas garlands, too. So, forget tinsel and try something made from felt instead. 

We like the Southwold garland from Garden Trading. 

a close up of a flower: Garden trading Christmas garden © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Garden trading Christmas garden

15. Go dramatic with graphic dark green botanicals

To add festive drama to a neutrally painted room, choose dark green foliage with distinctly shaped leaves. Eucalyptus is always a good choice, or a combination of different herbs and fir. What you want is plenty of interestingly shaped, spiky branches that will frame your mantelpiece or window. 

This Christmas decorating scheme has been created using the 1.8m Eucalyptus Christmas Garland from Lights4fun.

a room filled with furniture and a fireplace: Lights4fun Grand Noel Collection 2018 © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Lights4fun Grand Noel Collection 2018

16. Add a splash of colour with a red berry garland

We can't stop looking at this delicious Red Berry Garland from Next: the berries are so shiny and pretty, it's almost good enough to go on the tree on its own, instead of baubles. Of course, it will also make the perfect accompaniment to a traditional, red-green-and-gold decorating scheme. 

a christmas tree in a room: Next Christmas garland © Provided by Future Publishing Ltd. Next Christmas garland

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