Decorating is half the fun of holiday planning. While some aspiring designers prefer a consistent theme each year, adding to the collection over time, others like to try something different and new.
Whether you’re building on your existing holiday decor or looking for the latest trend, consider these decoration ideas to make your home picture-perfect for the holidays.
The dining table often becomes a focal point during the holidays. The joy of sharing an elaborate meal with friends and loved ones is a time-honored tradition. All of the hard work and effort culminate in laughter, joy, and delicious eats.
Highlight this focal point by designing a seasonal centerpiece and get into the holiday spirit with festive flowers. Keep it simple with a premade arrangement or dress up your seasonal flowers with complementary elements. Think outside the average poinsettia bouquet and choose tropical flowers in shades of vibrant reds and lush greens or choose white blooms to represent the snow.
You can also incorporate other decor elements into your centerpiece. Add some greenery, twinkle lights, and baubles in vases or bowls for an added touch. If table space is limited, create a hanging centerpiece using a bough, fishing line, florals, and baubles.
The mantle is another holiday focal point in many households. If you have a fireplace, it may be tradition to pose together as a family in front of it for an annual holiday photo. If you have young children, they’ll likely watch the fireplace with great anticipation and excitement throughout the holiday season.
Swap out your typical mantle decor for a more festive display. Add a few boughs, ribbons, and lights to bring the mantle to life. Hang some stockings and a wreath to capture the magic of the space. If your fireplace is empty or unused, consider stacking gifts with aesthetically-pleasing paper that suits your decor underneath. Alternatively, decorate a festive yule log and embrace the traditions of old.
If the traditional holiday decor doesn’t appeal, try a celestial theme instead. Rather than focusing on the traditional red and green, use shades of midnight blue, gold, and silver. Hang gold stars from fishing wire or fairy lights to capture the essence of the night sky.
Create origami paper stars for a budget-friendly approach to this theme with the star on top of the tree as the main highlight.
One of the simplest ways to make an impact with your home holiday decor is to swap out the textiles. Use lush, on-theme curtains, throw pillows, blankets, and rugs. This simple swap will transform your home decor and set the backdrop for magical holiday photos.
This strategy works very well with the Danish art of hygge— creating comfort and coziness. Embrace the decor with an evening of Christmas “camping”, in which the kids get to cozy up in the lush blankets and sleep by the twinkling tree.
There are several benefits to embracing organic or natural decor. This approach is low-budget while still looking stunning and photo-worthy. It creates opportunities to create something from nothing, and you can usually repurpose the decor or put it outside for birds to enjoy during the winter months.
Organic decor includes things like dried citrus slices, pinecones, and cranberry garlands. You can use boughs to decorate or create your own ornaments with acorns, twigs, and wood slices. Embrace this style with kraft paper and raffia to wrap your gifts for a chic, simple decor theme that looks amazing.
Organic decor goes perfectly with a rustic country Christmas theme. Add some vintage-inspired wood signs highlighting the local Christmas tree farm or holiday quotes. Decorate with plaid fabrics, a garland of mittens, mason jar candle holders, and galvanized buckets with floral displays.
Display vintage Christmas cards on the mantle and vintage pieces on the tree. Add natural elements like apples and pinecones to your decor, bringing it all together with a toy train running around the base of the tree. Simple, green wreaths and stockings with copper and burlap elements will act as the cherry on top of this classic holiday decor theme.
The entryway is where guests get a first impression of your holiday decor. Transform this area into a gateway into your private winter wonderland. Decorate your exterior with a wreath and planters that set the tone for the theme inside. For example, if you’re embracing the country rustic theme, you could have plaid accents and saplings displayed in galvanized buckets.
Highlight some simple decor in the mudroom or porch, adding a bench with theme textiles or some simple garland and floral displays. Add a few twinkle lights to a basket of baubles and some scented candles to cap it off.
Another Instagrammable holiday decor theme is the white Christmas, with all-white decor. This theme is versatile, fitting with a more maximalist, extravagant style, or a Scandinavian-inspired minimalist approach.
Punctuate the white decor with gold or silver accents and punches of greenery. For a modern twist, add a touch of rose gold for contrast. Take a budget approach to this decor theme by upcycling thrift decorations with white spray paint and a shiny finish. Don’t overlook those seemingly gaudy decorations that fell out of fashion years ago— they look completely different with a coat of white paint.
Create a sense of magic everywhere in your home with twinkle lights. Don’t stop at the tree and banisters— add them around the ceiling and windows in common areas, hang icicle lights in the entryway, or add them with logs in an unused fireplace. Use warm-toned LED lights for an energy-efficient, safe approach to this decor strategy.
Use these decoration ideas as inspiration for your holiday decor, then add personal touches to make them your own. If you need a decor change, consider taking a DIY approach to upcycling your existing decorations or thrift shopping to minimize waste. Never overlook the power of floral and natural decor elements with any theme, as these pieces offer versatility and style.