From the wreath on the front door to the centerpiece on the dining table, decorating for Christmas offers a plethora of pleasing ways to express your inner decorator. No matter your preferred style, whether it be minimalistic or eclectic, there are a million ideas for decorating your new home this Christmas.
Below we’ve taken the top 10 most popular styles and combined them with our top favorite Christmas décor ideas to give you that nudge of inspiration to start your holiday decorating.
Minimalist, but No Less Cheerful
If your style is best expressed through minimalism, you can “decorate” for Christmas in the most tasteful, curated way. Such as a small living pine tree potted in a sculptural container, its branches laden with dried oranges and berries. Or a wooden bowl filled with Christmas pears as a table or island centerpiece.
A Coastal Modern Christmas
The home to some of the most iconic mid-century modern designers, California, inspires a truly modern Christmas.
Sparkling Eames or Panton-inspired clear acrylic chairs add a festive air to a simple wood dining table. Further the Christmas feel by hanging a seashell garland from the overhead light fixture and add sea glass hues of blue, green, and foamy white to the room and table décor.
While most trends don’t endure, they are a terrific way to give your Christmas décor a fresh contemporary look every year.
Take whatever colors or decorative elements that are popular and work them into your Christmas decorating. You’ll love shopping and decorating for an all-new look every year, and your guests and family will look forward to seeing what you come up with this Christmas.
Classic Christmas Traditional Style
For those whose lives are rooted in family traditions and rituals, a classic traditional style Christmas is a must year in and year out.
An ideal way to ensure your decorations will last from year to year is to choose heirloom-quality ornaments such as authentic handblown Santas, snowmen, stars, candy canes, and reindeer you and your family will lovingly unwrap each Christmas to hang during your annual tree decorating party.
Rustic Lodge Meets Cozy Cabin
Whether your Christmas is spent in a rustic mountain lodge, a cozy country cabin, or a rustic style suburban home, you can find a myriad of weathered and worn rustic elements.
From the tree decorations to the front porch garlands, rustic décor can be sourced from nature, such as fallen leaves and branches, acorns, and berry twigs.
Christmas on the Farm
No matter if you live in the middle of town or on a working farm, you can bring a fresh farmhouse look to Christmas. Washed greys, blues, pinks, and whites can be the start of a fabulous Christmas canvas. Add to those muted hues, wire baskets filled with flowers and twigs for the tabletop and weathered and reclaimed wood furniture for a Christmas décor you’re sure to love.
Christmas in the City
F.A.O. Schwartz inspires our city Christmas décor. For over 150 years, the world’s most iconic toy store has been inspiring and fulfilling Christmas wishes.
To create the look, decorate with multi-color lights on the tree, along with small toy ornaments of trains, rocking horses, teddy bears, and more. Then comes the classic nutcrackers dressed in full military regalia, standing guard on either side of the front door.
Christmas Goes Glam
For those drawn to decadent textures, sultry hues, high polished metals, and curvaceous furnishings, a glam Christmas will speak to your style.
The Christmas tree is made luxurious with layers of satin and velvet ribbon, classic silver and gold balls, glass ornaments, and feathers.
Throw pillows and throws in plush cashmere, velvet, and chenille in varied hues of pink, purple, silver, gold, and blue will add a delightfully festive look to the furniture.
Have Yourself a Merry, Industrial Christmas
While you may have a hard time envisioning an industrial décor being made cheery or festive for Christmas, it is possible with the right elements.
To soften metal and wood elements found in industrial settings, use textured plaid fabrics as a table runner and for a throw on the back of the sofa. Further, add festive rugs in traditional Christmas colors of red, green, and blue to provide color underfoot.
Bo-Ho-Ho-Ho, Merry Christmas!
Perhaps, the most fun style to decorate with for Christmas, boho, or Bohemian style is a curated collection of elements taken from various design styles.
Already resplendent with swaths of patterns, a myriad of motifs, pops of colors, and eclectic furnishings, Christmas décor can be anything you want it to be.
An idea inspired by the traveler or Gypsy culture uses swaths of woven fringe and tassels on the tree along with forage triangle wreaths, stars, and embroidered tablecloths and runners.
No matter your style of choice, we hope you’ve found inspiration for the cheeriest and most merry Christmas décor for your new home!
Joanna Dorman is a freelance writer with over 16 years of experience creating interior design, home building, home improvement, and real estate content. Additionally, she has 15 years of field experience in the interior design industry and trained in interior design at the Art Institute of Houston.