3 Tips on Decorating Your House for Christmas When You’re Selling Your Home

Updated: November 25, 2020

3 Tips on decorating your house for Christmas when selling your homehow-to-decorate-for-holidays-when-selling-your-house-add-value-to-your-home

You’re selling your home over the Christmas holidays, your house is staged and looks amazing but you’re not sure if you should add some Christmas or holidays decorations to the house or not.  On one hand, the house will look more festive, especially since everyone, houses, stores, offices etc now decorate for the holidays.  Without ANY holiday decorations, the house looks stark.  But on the other hand, will it turn people off? Not everyone celebrates Christmas after all.

The same rules for staging your house applies to decorating your home for the holidays when you’re selling your house.

1. Keep the Decorations Simple & Appropriate to the Style of Your Home

Whether you’re decorating the front for curb appeal with a wreath or an urn, or decorating the inside mantle, an entry table, a coffee table or putting up a Christmas tree, the decorations need to be simple, not too fancy or ornate, festive and appropriate to the style of your home. For example, if your home is contemporary, then your decorations should be contemporary.  Likewise if your house is traditional, your decorations should be traditional.



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House of Hawthorne’s has a great tutorial on how to make this pretty planter that would definitely add to your curb appeal.


Again, great curb appeal with this red pop against the black door. Source: unknown.



$90 BUY NOW This Christmas wreath from Pier 1 radiates holiday joy. Adorned with red ornaments and a mix of faux greenery, it displays a fabulously festive look. More: The Best Artificial Christmas Trees to Keep the Needles Off Your Carpet

Beautiful traditional wreath from  Pier 1 Imports

Spruce Entrance Green Artificial Christmas Tree with 150 Pre-Lit Clear Lights with Urn Base

Simple but elegant tree from Wayfair

Put up an appropriate size tree for in your living space.  Make sure the tree is not to big.  It may be smaller than the one you typical have.  This is not the time to have an oversized tree that is going to dominate the room and make the space appear small.


 2. Keep It Neutral – NO Religious Theme


Do you remember when you staged your house that you had to remove all personal and religious items?  The same rule applies for holiday decorations.  Keep the decorations neutral.  All decorations regardless if its the mantelpiece, the urn at the front door or the Christmas tree, there can’t be any family or religious decorations.  That includes Johnny’s first hand-made Christmas ornament when he was five years old. That needs to be tucked away.

Designer Tip:  A good rule of thumb to follow is would your holiday decorations fit into a store or office environment?  They keep their decorations very festive, very neutral and very contemporary so that they will appeal to 80 – 90% of the population.  Just like the goal is with staging your home.  If the answer is no, then you need to go back and change the decorations until your answer becomes yes.

Some people would argue that Christmas is a religious holiday and thus can display their religious traditions.  The fact is however, the majority of people that celebrate the holidays do not celebrate the religious aspect to Christmas.  So unfortunately, your religious items need to be tucked away while your home is listed for the holidays.  Remember: you want to appeal to 80 to 90% of the population when your home is listed.

Imperial Pine Wreath

A contemporary mantel decoration by Wayfair


Very A Simple but effective decorative mantel.  Via


Beautiful Urn by Your Space By Design


3.  Don’t Over Do It!  Pick 2 or 3 areas to decorate.

It’s fun to decorate our house for the holidays.  We’re having lots of guests over and we want to show off our decorations.  However, if we have our house listed for sale during the season, we want to keep the decorations down to a minimum.  Pick 2 or 3 areas at the most to decorate. Decorate your mantel or your entry way table with one of the above stunning ideas.

One area to pick for sure is your front entryway.  Choose a wreath or two matching planters to pop the curb appeal when potential buyers are driving by.

Don’t Over Do It!!!!

Remember, when you’re staging your house, you’re selling the space and the house’s features NOT the furnishings.  Once your house is sold, you can decorate to your heart’s content.  Good luck!

Stager Tip: When you’re selling your house and you’re decorating your house for the holidays, make sure that you decorate your house AFTER the real estate pictures are taken.  You don’t want holiday pictures showing on your listing in mid-January or February if your house is still on the market.  Be sure to take down ALL holiday decorations by the end of December. Do not have decorations up in January if your house is still on the market.

Debi-collinson-stager-home-stylist-real-estate-investor-add-value-to-your-homeI’m Debi Collinson. Stager. Home Stylist. Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I staged my very first home. Staging houses was just starting to become popular and even though I was very nervous, the sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price! I went back to design school and have the rest is history. Since 2006, I have been staging & styling spaces to make them look like they belong in a magazine page. I’ve buy “fixer uppers” to fix up & either sell for a healthy profit or to rent them out as my retirement strategy. I’m currently living in my 8th “fixer upper.” Sign up to receive my e-mails on how to make your home stunning, how to sell your house for top dollar AND how to become financially independent one fixer upper at a time!


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