How to decorate your stairs for Christmas

How to decorate your stairs for Christmas

Request Your FREE 52-page Tapi Flooring Guide
Need to know more about carpets and smooth flooring? We're making inspiring flooring reassuringly simple.
Get Your Free Guide

When the Christmas decorations start to creep back onto the shelves in the shops, and you begin to think about sorting out your tree, it’s time to think about how you want to decorate your home for Christmas – and the stairs are one area that you definitely shouldn’t leave out!

Make a big impression on all your party guests this year with festive decorations on your stairs, using our handy guide to different styles you could try and Christmas stair decoration ideas to add to your festive flair.  

Why decorating your stairs for Christmas is worth it

With many two-storey homes, your staircase is one of the first things in your home your guests will see when they walk in the door, so it’s little surprise that adding some Christmas cheer right in your hallway will start those feelings of excitement from the moment they walk through the door.

Not only is it fun for your guests, but it can be lovely for you and your family too! Nothing is more exciting on Christmas morning than seeing all the twinkling fairy lights, or a softly lit tree with little presents on the landing. You can also completely transform your stairs (as we explain further in this article) into a magical Christmas grotto that will get your whole family excited for the day to come.

It’s also a great way to use up some decorations that haven’t made it onto the tree, so you can add some extra sparkle in an area of the home that might often be overlooked. So, keep reading for more ideas for dressing your stairs, or alternatively, discover how to decorate your table for Christmas!

Order free flooring samples
Real Customer Home
Instagram @ourfirstbudgethome

How to dress your stairs for Christmas

There are lots of different ways you can dress your stairs for Christmas, and most of them will depend on what kind of staircase you have. If you have a staircase with a landing, then you can use more ornamental decorations, such as recreating a serene manger or nativity scene or adding a small Christmas tree with battery-operated lights and tree decorations.

If you have a staircase boxed in by walls, then you can use wall decorations here to add some Christmas cheer and light. We suggest stringing fairy lights up the side of the staircase or replace all the photos on the wall with pictures of Santa and his reindeers. And if you have a floating staircase, then there are plenty of ways you can hang different ornaments from your stairs using white-tack or peel-off adhesive for easy removal in the New Year.

Christmas stair decoration ideas

If you want some Christmas staircase inspiration, here are some of our favourite ways to get creative with your Christmas stairs décor:

Pick a unique colour scheme

Pick a colour scheme you can use throughout your house – using your walls and flooring colours can help you to decide what would work best. If you have neutral carpet and white walls, then you have the base to do whatever you want, but if you have stronger colours like green, red, or even purple, then you can design your Christmas decoration around this. How about turning the stairs into a winter wonderland with blue lights? This would work especially well with a pale or white carpet.

Put in a festive stair runner or rug

Add a stair runner on your stairs or go for our carpet whipping service to create a new rug for the bottom of your stairs.  You could pick a classic tartan carpet, a festive red or a wintry blue depending on the theme you choose for your Christmas décor. This will give you a festive feeling all year round.  

Use tree garland

Use garlands to wind around your bannister, from which you can hang ornaments, or fresh holly and mistletoe (watch out for your pets here, as these Christmas plants are toxic to pets) to bring some fresh Christmas greenery into your home. If you choose fresh eucalyptus or pine, the wonderfully fresh scent will wash over you and your family as they walk by.

Order free samples


If fresh pine garland is in short supply, then use tinsel instead! This shiny, attractive decoration will add sparkle to any area of your home and works well in stairways with little room for big decorations. Why not add a mirror ball above your stairs to have a Christmas party every morning and night?


As we mentioned before, you can use Christmas as an excuse to change up any pictures you may have hanging in your staircase or landing. Whether you want to update your pictures to memories of Christmas past or add some funny pictures of the Grinch and Rudolph, this is a great way to add some funny festive elements to your stairs.

Use lights

Wrapping string lights around your bannister or artfully draping them around staircase gaps and turn your stairs from drab to fab. If you have kids who are looking forward to being visited by Father Christmas, you could also turn your staircase into a runway for Santa and his reindeer. Safely attach different coloured lights to either side of your stairs on the lower portion of the wall (so no one trips over them, but high enough so little children can’t pull them down) to create a landing strip that Santa’s reindeer can see from the sky!


Get creative

If you want to get really creative with your Christmas staircase décor, there are many different ideas you could try. One of them is to create a cardboard archway over your stairs. Deck it with lots of garlands and a sprig of mistletoe to welcome your guests in style, or wrap it in lights to create a tunnel that leads your kids downstairs to the present-filled Christmas grotto!

Whichever style you decide to opt for, you can find plenty of inspiration for Christmas decorations and home décor in general in our Ideas Hub. There are also hints and tips in our guides and from our customers’ real home transformations on our Flooring Ideas page. If you’d like to find out more about new flooring or find a festive carpet or rug that suits your festive décor style, why not book a free store appointment at your local Tapi store to speak to one of our friendly flooring elves?

Order free flooring samples

Published: 01-12-2022