Guide to Minimalistic Holiday Decor

December 8, 2020

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The holidays are almost here, and if you’re anything like us, you’re ready to deck the halls! We don’t know about you, but this year, with things being a bit smaller-scale and cozy for holiday gatherings, we’re trying to keep things simple. So today we’re sharing some of our favorite minimal holiday decor inspiration and tips with you all!

Neutral and minimal decor has been trendy for awhile now, especially with the rise in hygge style and a modern aesthetic. Bonus: it’s easier and less expensive than over the top decor! There are a few tips and tricks for achieving this style in your own home.

minimalist christmas decor
Photo: 204 Park

Pick a theme

We’re not talking the cheesy tons-of-Santas or extensive angel collection here, but rather a cohesive style you’re trying to achieve. Pick two or three colors (including at least one neutral, like white, silver or gold) and come specific elements (like wood, greenery and pieces from nature) and use those consistently throughout your decor. We like keeping things simple and neutral with our color scheme!

Christmas decorated dining area- Maison de Pax
Photo: Maison de Pax

Plan a cohesive tree

No judgement if your tree is crazy colorful with ornaments from every year and every style – but for a minimal look, you might want to tone things down a bit. Stick with white lights, 2-3 bulb colors, and a simple garland or ribbon for a simple tree that’s still super magical.

Tip: if you have kids who love to have special ornaments on the tree, opt for a small tree in the kids’ room, or have each kid pick out an ornament or two for the main tree. It’ll have a personal touch without being tacky and overwhelming!

minimal holiday home decor - christmas tree living room design | Minimalist  christmas decor, Holiday decor, Christmas inspiration
We’re loving tree collars instead of tree skirts this year – so clean and simple! Source

Pick your prime decor locations

This is not the time to cover every room and surface with every piece of decor you own. Pick a few focal areas in your home – the fireplace mantel, a simple dining table centerpiece, the front door, and bigger living spaces – to use as your decorated areas, and leave the rest as-is. If you do want to decorate in smaller areas, keep it simple. A little greenery goes a long way!

Photo: Lavender Julep

Embrace the hygge vibe

No one does minimalistic, cozy style as well as Scandinavia. Tie-in some of the hygge staples for a simple, warm style that you can even carry over past the holidays. Think natural wood, tons of greenery, soft lighting and candles, lush rugs and blankets and simple, neutral colors. Once you take down your tree, you can leave the candles, textiles and neutral pieces all winter long.

Minimalist Christmas Decorations by House Seven Design mantle decor with stockings and wreath
Photo: House Seven Design

Keep your table simple

We love some pretty table decor, especially for holiday gatherings, but there’s no need to go crazy with it! Candles and greenery are a combination that can’t go wrong, and simple, neutral place settings are always in style. Adding some greenery to your place settings is a minimalistic way to add a ton of interest to your holiday table.

minimalist christmas decor
Photo: 204 Park

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