Prepare your home for the holidays with minimalist Christmas decorations. The look is understated and elegant, yet still festive. It’s also easy to achieve when you choose the right pieces. We’ve put together a list of our favorite decorations for achieving a minimalist holiday style:
A good place to start when shopping for minimalist decorations is with a Christmas tree. If you want a traditional look, a classic green artificial tree makes a great foundation for your decorations. Or you could go for an artificial Christmas tree that looks like it’s dusted with snow or opt for a white one for a retro-inspired look that goes with ornaments of any color. When it comes to size, a tall, slender tree is a space-saving option. You could also choose a tabletop tree to keep things even simpler.
Dress up your Christmas tree with a tree skirt. There are plenty of Christmas tree skirts from which to choose, but for a minimalist look, you’ll want to go for something neutral. A cotton tree skirt in a neutral hue fits well into the minimalist style — and it also goes well with rustic décor.
It’s a good idea to start with lights when decorating your tree. Small white lights are a classic option that goes with any type of tree and ornaments. You may even want to forgo lights if you’re trying to do more with less this year. If you do decide to light your tree, wrap the strand around your tree from top to bottom.
The next step is to hang ornaments on the tree. Personalized Christmas ornaments impart a special touch to your holiday decorations, and they come in lots of styles to suit your design preferences. There are dogs, penguins, trucks, trains, and even Santa with his sleigh. Choose ornaments crafted from durable material — such as pewter — to prevent accidental breakage.
When choosing Christmas stockings, steer away from the usual red-and-white motif and consider neutral colors or rich jewel tones instead. A cotton Christmas stocking in a natural burlap tone can work well with minimalist décor.
Another option is a velvety stocking in rich burgundy, which isn’t necessarily a neutral color but is understated enough for the minimalist style. Even needlepoint Christmas stockings can work if you choose a neutral color or simple design. Use hooks to hang your stockings on the wall or hang them from the mantel with stocking holders.
Christmas wreaths can be used to decorate the interior or exterior of your home. They come in a variety of styles, including those that complement a minimalist look. If you’re shopping for a wreath for the front door, make sure to choose one that’s suitable for outdoor use.
For an elegantly simple look, choose an unadorned boxwood wreath. These wreaths are crafted from freshly clipped Pacific boxwood to impart natural beauty to your space. Or you can go with a wreath made from fir and pine for classic holiday flair.
Adding a few key pieces to the living room may be all you need to create a holiday mood. One of the easiest ways to change the look of a room is with decorative throw pillows. Consider coordinating neutral-toned holiday throw pillows with a neutral tree skirt for a coordinated look that’s not over-the-top. Even a red-and-black buffalo check throw pillow can be incorporated into a minimalist holiday style.
Decorate the mantel or shelf with candles for a soft glow. There are candles in ceramic holders that look like Christmas trees — group several together for an eye-catching style. Another option for the mantel is an evergreen garland, which you can adorn with a strand of white lights.
Christmas kitchen and dining décor can also help set the holiday mood. For the kitchen, go for red or green linens and a matching utensil canister for a Christmas-inspired look. The dining table can be updated with red or green placemats and dinnerware with a holiday theme. To impart a minimalist look, incorporate wooden serveware into your holiday dinner. Consider a maple cheese board or a serving tray crafted from durable, moisture-resistant teak.
In the bedroom, it’s easy to add holiday flair with Christmas duvet covers or comforters. When choosing a style, you could go for classic red plaid or a red-and-white snowflake print. Both can be paired with solid-color sheets in red or white for a matching look. For a truly minimalist style, you can’t miss with a white comforter or duvet cover. The only thing that’s needed for a holiday look is a grouping of Christmas throw pillows or a cozy red throw tossed casually across the foot of the bed.
Now that you know how to achieve a minimalist holiday style, it’s time to start decorating. With a few simple updates, you can impart a festive look and feel to your home.