“There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and caroling out in the snow”, It’s definitely the most wonderful time of the year. Everything is lit up, people are jolly, your house smells like holly (see what I did there?) and so on. When Christmas time rolls around, it’s really hard not to come home with every adorable decorative holiday item you see on the shelves. Especially if you are like me and absolutely love everything “Christmas”. So how can you keep your interior theme “Minimal” and still feel all the Christmas vibes? It’s so easy to get drawn in by all the beautiful colors, sparkles, and designs of holiday decorations, but if you do, you’ll likely end up with a very disorganized and over accessorized holiday home.
So how exactly do you achieve a perfectly minimal holiday home while still achieving all the Christmas feels? Although in the moment it sounds like a good idea to buy all of the things, it is definitely better to shop with a theme and color in mind. There are 4 tips I stick to when shopping for Christmas decorations that keep my glittery wants in check and my apartment less spastic.
- Designate areas in your home for decorations instead of going all out and decorating everywhere.
- Pick a specific holiday color and stick with it (unless you have a secondary color choice for a special space).
- Pick items that can be used year round and at the holidays.
- It doesn’t all have to be specifically “Christmas” to look like holiday decor.
If you choose in advance all the spaces that will be designated as “Christmas decor” spots, your home is more likely to look well planned and less haphazard. Whereas, if you decorate willy-nilly all over your home, it will start to look like overkill and likely overwhelm your senses. (Bonus Tip: You are best to choose areas not often used in your day-to-day activities: I.E. Tv stand, couch side tables, disconnected bar areas, and extraneous counter space. Places not to choose would be bedside tables, coffee tables, desk areas and major kitchen counter space)
Choosing a specific theme and color for your holiday decor can be the hardest part (especially when you love them all). Think to yourself about what fits the colors of your home best? A classic blue and white combo? Modern silver and grey theme? Bold with red and gold? Or something completely different? For my place, silver, concrete, and small accents of gold worked best. ( Bonus tip: Some homes and apartments come furnished with mismatched metallic fixtures — which mine does –. If that is the case for your space, it is a good idea to consider mixing your metals in decor. )
Choosing items that fit your “all-season” decor when shopping for holiday pieces can sound really disappointing, but it totally doesn’t have to be. When you are low on space, it’s smartest to make sure at least half of your Christmas decor is reusable for other seasons, that way you don’t have to pack it all up as soon as the 25th passes by. (Bonus tip: Choose pieces like blankets, accent vases, candles, and maybe even a fake fireplace — like I have — as permanent features in your home to coincide with your holiday decor).
Last but not least, it doesn’t have to be directly “holiday” to look and feel like Christmas decor. Sometimes just adding hygge or winter textures to your home can be all you need to give a room a “Christmas vibe”. For example, switch out your blankets with fuzzy textures, add a faux fur rug to your floors, and showcase your favorite set of scarves etc.
Random Bonus tips.
- I find that adding as many real greenery accents to my home as possible, not only make my place feel more peaceful but also make a huge impact on the overall Christmas feel.
- If you live in a home or an apartment that doesn’t retain heat well, I highly recommended investing in a decorative space heater (like the fireplace piece I have). I keep it out year round, and it really does add so much hygge to my space.
- I mentioned in the original step one that on occasion it was fine to step out of your designated color if you have a special space. I did that this year, as you can see in the photo of my side table with red and gold accents. My red durama and handmade poppy flask are year-round additions to my space, so I decided to work with that in this one corner by accenting it with a special plaid blanket.
- Bonus tip from my mistakes, be sure to measure your space before excitedly purchasing your Christmas tree. If you don’t you’ll probably end up like me with a sad, squished Christmas tree in a space way too small.
I hope this post helps inspire you to decorate your home with more than just the holly-jolly in mind so that you can have a clutter free “Most wonderful time of the year”.
Great post! And, for me, very timely! I am tired of all of my worn out, tired Christmas decor and am revamping with some new pieces. My problem too is that actually putting everything together to look, well, together, is sometimes challenging for this soul! Your pictures and ideas are very helpful!
I'm so glad to hear you found this helpful! It can be really challenging when you are starting fresh with all new holiday decor! Hope this post could help a bit!
What an amazing work you did in your home! It seems super cozy and ready for Christmas without being overwhelming. I love how you mixed the colors; I'll probably choose gold and red for my home decor. I hope to make time to decor before Christmas (because college is killing me) haha!
You are super inspiring!
Sending you lots of love
Hi Noelia! Thank you so much! That's so kind of you to say! I'm really grateful that you read my post, and I so hope it helps cheer up your space with college being so grueling! Red and gold is such a great choice! It's so happy and fun!
All the best dear!
We keep things extremely minimal, only having a decorated tree!
I had actually considered doing that as well this year, Kathleen! That's a smart way to go!
Good advises! I so don't like overdecorated homes 😀 minimal is always better and more stylish.
Oh, and I liked the colors you chose. Good job!
I'm the same way! Although, I have seen one or two homes that I would generally consider over-decorated, that were done really well! That said, I am such a fan of minimal homes! Thank you so much!
Choosing only certain places as the designated Christmas decor areas is sucha good advice!! I'm like you – always feel like buying everything that sparkles 🙂 but then ending up putting it all over the place and it's just too much.. I like this idea! Shall stick to it this year 🙂 xx
Yes! I totally agree! I am so that person that just wants all the glitz everywhere! Last year was the first time I did it mindfully and selected special spots in my apartment for decor to go, and it made a big difference in the way our apartment felt: size, cleanliness etc. Hope these ideas inspire you to create your perfect holiday oasis in your home
Absolutely love this style for Christmas decor! Elegant & classy!
Thank you so very much! That truly means a lot! I love Christmas so much, I put a great deal of thought into decorating our space
Love all of your inspiration I can't wait to take some of your pointers and ideas throughout our little lake home this holiday!
Oh! I would just love to see photos of what you do, especially for a lake home! Please be sure to tag me in photos you post on insta or send me an email with some pics! I would absolutely love to see how you decorate! @capturinghappiness.co (instagram) and [email protected]
Great ideas. Peaceful, pretty and inspiring for our tiny house. For years I've gotten overwhelmed by decorating. Focusing on a minimum number of ideas is a doable idea. Thanks!
Decorating a tiny house would be a very tough task, but I'm sure it will be adorable! I hope you'll send me photos when you do
Great ideas! I’m still to get my decorations out but I’m definitely not going to use about half this year and place them more strategically too! Love your photos and your tree looks beautiful! Merry Christmas!
Sounds like so much fun! I love Christmas decorating so much! It's hard not to go overboard haha. Thank you so much! Our poor sad tree is very much squished between our oversized sofa (for our small space) and my husband's display case, haha, but I adore it nonetheless.