Over-the-Top Decorating Ideas for the Hardcore Holiday Enthusiast

published Nov 27, 2016
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Sometimes, more is more. For many, one of those times is Christmas, and all the decorating opportunities the holiday brings with it. If you’re more of a maximalist than a minimalist when it comes to decking your halls, feast your eyes on the following ideas— they’re a little OTT, but in the best way possible.

Above: Why decorate one tree when you can trim six trees? This room spotted on Becoration will make you question everything you ever thought you knew about Christmas decorating.

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Decorating starts at the front door, so why not go all-out and wrap that thing up like a giant present, like Amaryllis from OhOh Blog did?

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A wreath is a more traditional option for the front door—this one from Wreaths by Rebecca B on Etsy is fairly bursting with Christmas goodies, while still getting in on the current trend for bare branches and asymmetric styles.

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Once you’re inside, don’t ignore your other doors. Here, some simple gold stickers make this (rather fancy) architrave featured on House & Garden come alive with Christmas cheer.

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The stair banister is a traditional place for decorations. Instead of trailing greenery, go for these huge paper pom poms, festive in a slightly quirky way. As seen at House & Home.

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Ombre has invaded everything else, why not our Christmas trees? Pick one color and buy a bunch of baubles in varying shades, as on this tree from Lovely Indeed.

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Wall trees aren’t just for minimalists. This one (though technically on a corkboard leaning against the wall) from How to Decorate is made entirely of sparkly ornaments.

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But if that’s not enough ornament usage for you, just hang them from any old thing! This chandelier, as seen on House to Home, is bedecked.

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Maximalism isn’t just about sparkle and shine. This living room (belonging to Ben Pentreath and found on House & Garden) is shrouded in greenery: over the top but oh-so-classic.

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A table set for the holidays, from Scandinavian Love Song, shows how greenery can be used to excess on tablescapes, too.

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This mantle might be looking a bit minimal for this round-up, but I think all those candles and greenery push it toward the maximalist end of the spectrum. In any case, it’s lovely. From Damask & Dentelle.

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As for your Christmas gift wrapping, go for an eclectic mix of patterns, colors and ribbons. Because not everything can be brown paper and twine. Via House & Garden.

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Finally, just remember one thing: you can’t go wrong with fairy lights, as IKEA (found via House & Garden) proves here.

Looking for something a little more subtle? Click through for 12 understated but gorgeous holiday decorating ideas:

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