Sometimes the staircase can feel intimidating to decorate for the holidays, as it’s one long structure and focal point all on an incline. I also think it’s one decorated area in the house that can look messy or cluttered if not styled carefully. Decorating the staircase/banister doesn’t have to be intimidating or even a grand scheme with multiple layers in order to look beautiful. Here are three simple, foolproof, and elegant banister looks (with affordable source options) I love for decorating during the holidays. All sources mentioned are non-sponsored.
1. Hanging wreaths on ribbons. I can never get enough boxwood anything and these wreaths are no exception. This look is so simple and elegant, yet so easy to implement. You can literally pop them up in minutes before hosting a holiday party. If you really want to keep your cost down, you can make your own boxwood wreaths – found this super easy DIY I found over here. I’ve seen ready-to-hang, affordable boxwood wreaths everywhere from Target to amazon to local boutiques.
Found this 11″ cutie for $15.99 at Target.
2. Live garland and long ribbons. Another simple and elegant style. Been hoarding this image for what felt like forever then suddenly saw it pop up all over pinterest. I know you’ve probably seen it by now, but I still have to share because it’s that good. I think one thing that makes this look so beautiful is how the homeowner doubled up her ribbon (using taffeta and silk together) and added in sprigs of eucalyptus.
Found some nice satin ribbon in the color blush here. Haven’t ordered from this source, but it looks lovely.
3. One simple swag and votives. Last but not least, a picture of our staircase and sweet daughters when our home was featured in Southern Living. Stylist Elizabeth Demos accented our stairs using our mercury votives and one large live garland swag for the banister. I love how she placed tiny glass ornaments as accents in the garland.
photo by Helen Norman
Most of my votives you see are from Tracery Interiors – love their shop and selection. I don’t see any of their votives online, but I’m sure you could call in an order and they would happily ship. Also found a pretty set of 12 mercury votives online here for $20 if you like all the same style.
And over here a set of 6 if you’re like me and enjoy a variety (on sale for $17).
Hope this inspires some weekend holiday decorating fun!