Found on front doors everywhere in a variety of sizes, colors and materials, a wreath is a symbol of welcome and hospitality. But why limit this piece of timeless decor to the exterior of the home?
Bring a bit of the outdoors inside: A touch of green immediately lends an earthiness to a space, adding both a sense of down-home comfort and up-scale style.
Below are 3 ideas that offer a modern twist on a classic style.
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> 3 ways to hang an indoor wreath:
1. In front of a mirror using an over-the-door hanger.
How to: Hook the hanger and add the wreath.
The sturdy reliability of the over-the-door hook and its visibility lends a functional, unpretentious and almost-industrial air to a room.
- Over-the-door hangers are easy to find at a hardware store, home goods retailer or big-box supermart and come in assorted materials, colors and drop lengths. Find a hanger that complements the rest of the decor of the room. For example, a bold, brassy hook would offset a black-and-white themed room in sort of a lacquered old-Hollywood or even rockabilly manner.
- Use a suction-cup hook instead of an over-the-door hanger.
- Check the length of the hook to be sure that the wreath will fit the mirror in the desired way. For example, the wreath on the hook in the photo accommodates the height of the lamp and still allows room for people to see their reflections in the mirror. However, checking reflections may not be a concern: For example, The gloriously large floral wreath hanging in front of the mirror in my grandmother’s dining room does not allow much space for checking one’s reflection, but in this case the mirror isn’t really there to be super-functional anyway but to add dimension, color and warmth to the dining area.
2. With a photo frame using a hidden loop.
How to: Hang the wreath on a nail in the wall and then hang a photo frame on the same nail directly over that loop.
A round shape in the midst of a rectangular grouping softens the overall display and enhances visual appeal, especially if the wreath works in a pop of accent color.
- Hang a photo frame and a wreath separately on the wall, so that the photo frame encloses the wreath and a bit of the wall around the wreath. In this way, the wreath will appear to “float” on the wall inside an open frame.
- Attach the wreath to the frame before hanging the frame on the wall. Depending on the frame, this method could happen in a number of ways. A hidden loop on the back of the wreath could be tied around the hanger/s on the photo frame. The wreath could hang from the frame by a ribbon that goes around both the wreath and the frame.
- As with the pictured wreath-and-frame example, if the wreath is larger than the frame on any side,a few minor adjustments may be needed to allow the wreath to hang in front of the edges of the frame.
- Very often a wreath will come ready-made with an attached loop for hanging. To create a hanging loop, attach an appropriate length of string, ribbon, fine wire or other material (bread ties are typically very handy for this purpose).
3. Over a display window using a ribbon.
How to: Loop a piece of burlap ribbon around the wreath and staple directly into the back of a wooden display/window.
For this example, an ordinary office stapler (and a bit of elbow grease) secured the ribbon to the back of the window with just a few staples. It is simple and quick–and it works!
- Add lighting. The addition of lighting is fun because it can make the room a bit festive, especially at night, but remains invisible when not turned on. For pictured display, a string of battery-operate lights was taped to the back side of the glass.
- Update the display for the season. One of the best things about this design feature is that it can easily be updated for the seasons: Small ornaments or garland can be added to the wreath as it hangs or, for a more complete update, it takes very little time to pull out the old staples, add something seasonal to the wreath (like a bell or a wooden sign) or to change the ribbon or even the wreath itself, and then re-staple into the window.
- The method of securing the ribbon to a display piece would directly depend on the material of the piece. A metal display/window may also have a metal latch or outcropping over which a ribbon could be looped or tied. A display piece of a very durable nature could also possibly withstand the attachment of a nail, screw or command hook of some kind (though likely affixed upside-down so the ribbon could loop around it). In some cases, duct tape could even be used on the back of a piece (like corrugated metal) that would not be damaged with by take it.