Preparing your home for the holidays can be stressful even if you are full of holiday cheer. If you want to decorate your home in the holiday spirit but want to refrain from going over the top, a simple perspective might be just what Santa asked for. Decorations do not have to be excessive in width. Approach the design with a theme that sings Christmas cheer but doesn’t crowd your space. Here are ten simple Christmas decor ideas for anyone looking to relax, cram into a smaller space, or simply enhance the home’s already simple aesthetics.
Steer clear of Tchotchkes
Instead of using ornaments, lights, and other thuchiki, stick to simple, natural displays of greenery, plants, fruits, and winter branches. A greenery arrangement refreshes a corner while a cluster of berry branches livens up the island in this kitchen designed by Ryan Turf of CB2. The color screen brings out the runner’s vibrant reds, too.
Create a path with pathways and open spaces. Use your creativity to highlight different sections or elements throughout your home and avoid decorating every inch. Christmas decorations should evoke the holiday spirit and being strategic about your placement will make for a cozy home atmosphere. Alfredo Paredes highlighted an archway with a simple wreath for a simple yet festive look without crowding the walkway.
Choose neutral colors and tones
The use of neutral colors and natural tones is the essence of the minimalist look. Neutral colors give soft waves of comfort. Infuse the natural colors of Christmas with metallic touches, like Beth Webb did in this festive but low-key dining room. Or, you can replace any bright, bold articles with softer shades of the same colors.
Mix indoors and outdoors
Incorporate nature into your look to deliver an elegant yet understated look. A natural wreath made of pine cones and branches is the perfect way to accent your mantle or door frames. Bringing nature indoors creates a winter landscape reminiscent of yesteryear. Betsy Pash also incorporated coral ribbons and put firewood in the firebox for extra comfort.
Remember: less is more!
Keep it simple! Remember that sometimes less is more. Choosing a statement piece or two can make your home feel more special than a house full of holiday goodies. The minimalist approach can provide elegance with a touch of whimsy if you make the look go a long way. We also love the light-hearted approach Jenny Wolfe took here.
Use small highlighting elements throughout
Small decorations can make big statements. Create a winter scene on a windowsill or nightstand with mini fir trees and blossoms to provide hints of Christmas cheer throughout your home.
Take advantage of the soft texture
Soft simplicity uses soft texture to create a sense of warmth and comfort. Bring fuzzy blankets and other warm items to create a cozy space. Soft textures should be soft to the touch but also easy on the eyes. It can be as simple as throwing a sheepskin over a chair, as seen in this winter wonderland designed by Kylee Shintaffer.
The tree is often the center of the home during the holiday season. You can keep the tree and use small lights or a few ornaments to get the simple look. If you’d like, you can even choose a smaller or more barren tree that will feel like you’ve invited nature into your celebration. Whether you’re a minimalist by choice or because you celebrate in a small space, this bedroom tree setup is a great example to follow.
Use statement pieces instead of busy displays
Accent pieces are eye-catching and can really tie a room together. Choose things that grab your attention rather than multiple strands of a wreath or tree full of ornaments. Choose ornaments that announce the holidays rather than fade into the background.
Create a simple yet elegant centerpiece
Simplicity is all about simplicity and elegance. Create a table centerpiece using a natural wreath or wreath with plain candles in between. You can also incorporate burlap or burlap bows to create an effortless look.
Use lighting to set the mood
Work with what you have by swapping out your bright white light bulbs for a warm option. Buy small string lights to light up a curtain or window. Lighting can transform a room, so use it wisely.