Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Setting up a Holiday Window Display: Ten Tips

Everyone loves unabashedly ogling their neighbor’s Christmas window displays. Here are ten tips to make your windows worth looking at…

  1. Pick a theme. A bunch of items by your window looks more like clutter than a holiday display. By thinking of a theme, you narrow down what you’ll be placing by your window, and therefore create unity in your display.
  2. Think of a focal point. With your window items carefully considered, it’s time to choose the central object for your window display. Some popular focal features are the Nativity scene and Santa Claus.
  3. Dress up your windows with festive curtains. Velvet curtains in reds and greens make for simple but attractive window treatments. Cinch the curtains with beaded garlands for a more festive touch.
  4. Hang Christmas lights. Bring sparkle to your windows by placing Christmas lights on window jambs. You can also use LED Christmas lights as well, to save energy and be a bit environmentally friendly.
  5. Display festive Christmas wreaths. Hanging multiple Christmas wreaths on a window creates an abundant, celebratory mood. For consistency, choose wreaths that are similar in design or color.
  6. Place candles on window ledge for illumination. Pillar or votive candles lend a soft glow to your home. Arrange them on the window ledge for a serene effect. Just make sure they are placed far from the curtains to avoid a fire hazard.
  7. Hang Christmas cards. Don’t let pretty Christmas cards from last year collect dust! Hang them in your window with pretty, festive ribbon.
  8. Use greenery. Build a window box and fill it with assorted greeneries like mini evergreen trees, flower sprigs and berry branches. Pots of poinsettias will also create a striking effect on a holiday window display.
  9. Drape garlands on curtain rods. This brings an instant touch of color to your windows.
  10. Embellish with ribbons. Set aside the curtains and drape colorful long ribbons on curtain rods. Let the ribbons cascade down to create a veil of color on your window.

Happy decorating!

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.