A Coastal Christmas
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so get in the spirit with these ideas to decorate your mantel, tree, and wreath with a coastal twist.
Go for the Gold (and Silver, Too)
A whimsical metallic-and-white display blends easily into a room sparse in color. Spread gold wire mesh and silver beaded garland across a mantel. Fill galvanized tins with blooming paperwhites. For a finishing touch, intersperse glitter-dipped or spray-painted pinecones. Gold fabric and galvanized tins available at craft supply stores.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
It may be chilly outside, but that doesn’t mean toy boating is off limits. Place a garland of pine boughs across the mantel to cradle an antique wooden watercraft. Tie sea-star and lighthouse ornaments to the garland and the overhanging wreath to complete the nautical scene.
For an island-appropriate holiday theme, trade traditional poinsettias for tropical plants such as anthurium, heliconia, bird of paradise, and protea. Keep the blooms fresh by placing them in water-filled glass vases. For clean, sophisticated mantel-toppers, place green apples and Key limes inside cylindrical glass containers. Flowers, greenery, cylinders, and sconces available at floral stores.
If you have a nonworking fireplace (or if it’s simply too toasty for fires in your coastal locale), fill your firebox with a centerpiece instead. A mix of greens, sea stars, shells, and a pair of handwoven Nantucket lightship baskets bring the sea indoors.
Bring holiday cheer to your outdoor living areas with a dazzling display of poinsettias. Place the plants in galvanized tins of varying heights to create a dynamic arrangement. Metal buckets available at craft supply stores.
Unite with Color
With such a stunning gabbro stone fireplace, the mantel needs minimal embellishment. Match crimson candles to the ribbon used in the fresh fir wreath to establish your color palette. Intertwine the ribbon with the candles to enhance the burst of color. Ribbon and candles available at craft supply stores.
From Land to Sea
Blend accessories from your yard, such as pinecones, into a wreath with sea stars. Christmas wreaths provide a unique way to display your shell or sea-star collection. The punch of red in the wreath’s ribbon unites with the room’s red accents found in various patterns and throws. Wreath available at home supply stores. Ribbon available at craft supply stores.
Pretty in Pink
Take a tropical approach to the conventional wreath by using lush leaves and a pineapple. The greens and vibrant pink are a fun twist on a traditional red-green decor. Wreath and pineapple available by order from floral stores. Ribbon available at craft supply stores.
Wreaths don’t have to be reserved for entries. Try hanging one beside the view where you’ll see it most often. To add more pizzazz, hang the wreath from a length of red ribbon. Wreath available at home supply stores. Ribbon and berries available at craft supply stores.
This home stays festive without being fussy or overwhelming. Soften a gated entryway with matching fir wreaths adorned with silver balls. Keep outdoor decorations fresh and simple with potted poinsettias and luscious greenery over the front door. Wreath and greenery available at floral or home supply stores. Ribbon and balls available at craft supply stores.
For Simplicity’s Sake
The holidays bring enough stress as it is. Keeping a wreath basic can alleviate decorating worries without forgoing a classy entrance. A Southern magnolia’s broad, glossy green leaves create contrast with the door’s wood. Flip some leaves to their brown sides to add texture. One large gold bow adds flair, while serving as the hanger. Ribbon available at craft supply stores.
Bold & Beautiful
Spruce up a fir wreath with coastal character by adorning it with seashells and fishing lures. Hung on a broad red front door, the seasonal accent warmly welcomes all guests. Wreath available at home supply stores.
Deck the windows with a hassle-free palmetto wreath reminiscent of palm-lined beaches. Start with a 26-inch form covering with palmettos and Spanish moss, then trim it with rope and sea stars. Form and coverings available at floral stores.
Knot Just Ordinary
Achieve a maritime vibe without overwhelming greenery by adding boat rope as an accessory. Greenery available at floral or home supply stores.
Turn your summer beach finds into holiday decor. Secure the treasures to a ring form with hot glue, overlapping the shells to cover the moss below. Form available at craft supply stores.
Bring a seaside regatta to life by hanging nautical ornaments on your Christmas tree. Sailboats, ships’ wheels, and lifeguard-chair ornaments covering this fir tree mix well with the adjacent club chair’s fabric of shells, sea stars, and crabs.
For a dramatic effect, deck your halls in a single shade. Here, bright red makes a bold statement. For a softer look, try a sea-blue or white palette. Ribbon available at craft supply stores.
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Even if that’s not a possibility in your coastal climate, you can embrace the snowdrifts by adorning your tree with icicles, shimmering balls, and white doves. Hang snowflakes from the ceiling with monofilament line for a snow shower effect. Snowflakes and line available at craft supply stores.
Feel like celebrating Christmas in your swimsuit? Place a tree outside and let the pool’s turquoise water influence the decorations. Use sea-inspired strings of lights and blue and white ornaments to play up the beach theme. Gifts wrapped in metallic paper add sparkle.
For a subtle, shimmery look, decorate with blue and metallic ornaments. Make a festive centerpiece by placing extra ornaments in a bowl.
Give an outdoor room a dose of holiday glamour with a tabletop tree dressed in all white. The color scheme won’t distract from the view and works perfectly with shell ornaments.
From the sailboats underneath to the fishing bobber on the top, this tree celebrates all things seaworthy. Beach chair, boat flag, and lighthouse ornaments hang between the strands of shells and sea stars draped across the branches to create the ultimate maritime tree.
Let your tree reflect your home’s architecture. Chinese lanterns in a rainbow of dyes nod to this Pacific Coast home’s Asian influence while picking up on the colors of the sea.
When selecting a tree, consider your room’s dimensions and decor. If you have soaring ceilings, choose a tall tree to fill the space. In this modern home, the tree stays in keeping with the living room’s sleek furniture.
Greet guests and passersby with an elegantly decorated tree on the front porch. Ornaments and lights brighten this tree without overwhelming its natural beauty.