How do you decorate with art for Christmas?

Christmas is about 2 weeks away!! I'm definitely feeling ready now that my tree is up. One thing that always plagues me at Christmas time though, is what does "Christmas" art look like? Does it stay up all year round? Does is just come out at Xmas time? Where do you put it? 

Let me back up a little bit and talk about how to make the places that you may have art, more festive.

Photo courtesy of Emily Henderson

Photo courtesy of Emily Henderson

Photo courtesy of Alice Lane Home 

Photo courtesy of Alice Lane Home 

Photo courtesy of TheHouseThatLarsBuilt

Photo courtesy of TheHouseThatLarsBuilt

By using simple tinsel, garlands and wrapping paper, you can add a little “art” to your walls by small additions.

Okay! Back to the other kind of Christmas art- the kind you can buy. Does it stay up all year? Should it?

My response to both questions is maybe...

Let’s see some examples:

Photo courtesy of The Decor Fix

Photo courtesy of The Decor Fix

This photo is from Heather’s house (at the Decor Fix)- love this vignette and her work in general! The print is from Lindsay Letter’s and I think it could be up all year. Since words are easier to transition into all seasons on your walls, I think it’s possible to have them up year round. Do you want to? That’s up to you- but I wouldn’t mind if it was!

Here are some more images of Lindsay’s work in a home.

Photo courtesy of Lindsay Sherbondy

Photo courtesy of Lindsay Sherbondy

Photo courtesy of Lindsay Sherbondy

Photo courtesy of Lindsay Sherbondy

Okay, so what about BLATANTLY Christmas stuff?

These prints from Teil Duncan are colorful and festive and VERY Christmas. But they are also small- which means they are easy to incorporate and easy to dismantle. So, I would recommend you use them in a few places:

  1. Put them in frames you have already. You can put them over other pieces in the frames you have on the wall (like family photos). Then just slip them out after Christmas.
  2. Place them in your tree. Do you have weird gaps in your tree- or is that just me? I think if you could put one of these prints in a gap closer to the top (so animals and kids can't get it) it would be a great way to display them. You could potentially tape them if you want them to stay in place too.
  3. Under glass. Do you have a glass top on a console table or end table? Depending on how much you set drinks on it, I think it would be fun to incorporate them as a tangible part of your furniture.
  4. On a bulletin board. If you have a large bulletin board or chalk board, these would be a great thing to incorporate between all the to-do lists, Christmas cards and kid drawings.
  5. In the middle of a wreath. This depends a little on the size of wreath you have. However, I think if you placed the piece behind the center hole of an indoor wreath, it would highlight the piece and create a greenery frame that would stand out. This would work particularly well over a mantle.  

I think these pieces would be hard to have up year round in general- unless you need more abstract animal prints in your life. Then those can stay :)

I’ve also been thinking about seasonal vegetation- pinecones, berries, evergreens etc. I think that those are also in the same category as Teil’s work. I would recommend they come out just for the holidays, but they can stay up year round if you really love them!

 

What Christmas art do you love to put up? Do you have any displayed year round?