Decorating for Christmas can be overwhelming. Over the years, we receive and collect miscellaneous Christmas decor that we often feel obligated to put out each year. But just because you own it doesn’t mean you need to use it. This is your permission slip to get rid of, donate, or simply not use everything you’ve collected. If your life feels busy or stressful this time of year, it may be time to give minimalist Christmas decor a try instead.
It’s OK to be minimalist this Christmas
For many, the Christmas season is the time to go all out with decorations. Trees get covered in lights and ornaments, garlands are draped over mantles, and inflatable snowmen take residence in front yards. While there's nothing wrong with spreading holiday cheer in this way, there are also some benefits to keeping things simple.
Especially if the holiday season will be extra stressful this year – maybe you’re caregiving this holiday season, traveling out of town, or adjusting to life as a growing family – a minimally decorated home may be worthwhile. It can be easier to maintain and clean, and it can also help to reduce stress levels.
In this article we are going to look at minimalist Christmas decor and how to optimize your decorations this holiday season.
#1: The Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree is typically the staple of the home come the holiday season. A tree filled with lights, garland and homemade ornaments is a timeless piece, but can feel daunting. It’s often a statement piece that drives the rest of the decor and style. A nice way to make sure you have a tree fit for every occasion is to try a minimalist Christmas tree.
A minimalist Christmas tree is a tree that is decorated with only the essentials. This means that the tree will be somewhat bare, with the focus/emphasis placed on the lights instead of the additional layers of decor. To decorate a minimalist Christmas tree, start by choosing a color scheme. Then, select a few ornaments that fit within that scheme. Make sure to choose ornaments that are different sizes and shapes to create visual interest. Finally, hang the ornaments on the tree in an asymmetrical pattern. The tree will add a beautiful glow without dominating the attention in the space, leaving mental room for the family and friends that visit instead. By following these steps, you can create a beautiful and understated Christmas tree that is perfect for any space.
#2: The Mantle
Another staple piece during the holiday season is the mantle. With nativity sets, nutcrackers, and wreaths, a mantle can quickly feel cluttered. Although showing off the years of Christmas decorations you've accumulated can feel like the right thing to do, you may want to approach the mantle with a more modern and sleek look.
The mantle is another great candidate for a minimalist Christmas theme. This can be achieved by using a limited color palette, avoiding clutter, and incorporating natural elements. For example, you might choose to use only white and gold decorations, or focus on a single color, like red or green. You can also use candles, garlands, and wreaths (albeit sparingly) to add festive touches without overcrowding the mantle. And don't forget about the power of seasonal foliage! Pinecones, holly berries, and evergreen branches are all beautiful ways to bring the outdoors in. With a little bit of planning, you can create a mantle that is both stylish and understated.
#3: Front of the House
If you’re part of a neighborhood decorating contest, this section may not be for you. But if you’re looking to keep the outside of your home simple, quick/easy to put up and take down, and looking to cut back on the utilities, a minimalist light and front porch decorations may be perfect for you.
Minimalist Christmas lights look pretty sleek on the outside of the house. They are mostly just white or clear bulbs strung together in a simple way. No big flashing displays or anything too over the top - just a tidy line of lights around the roof, windows, doors, or wherever else you want to put them. They definitely give off a more modern vibe than the traditional string of multi-colored lights. And they use less electricity too, which is always a bonus. Whether you're going for a chic and understated look this holiday season, or you're just trying to save a few bucks on your electric bill, minimalist Christmas lights are definitely worth considering.
#4: Christmas Dinner Table
With the hustle and bustle of Christmas dinner, you have enough to worry about without going over the top on the Christmas table decorations. To have a minimalist Christmas dinner table, the key is to focus on a few key elements and common Christmas colors. Think of your senses as a guide: taste is a given once the food comes out, so can you add a visual interest, an inviting texture, and a beautiful smell? What music will you have playing in the background? Minimalist Christmas decor is about creating an inviting experience without overwhelming you or your guests.
For instance, you could start with a simple soft cotton tablecloth and add a pop of green/fresh scent with a garland. Add some white candles and a smooth jazz playlist to complete the space.
As for the centerpiece, either leave it out altogether, or create a (fire-conscious) small arrangement of evergreens with candles, or even a single poinsettia plant – that may be all you need to bring the festive spirit to your table. So if you're looking to declutter your holiday decor, focus on adding only what’s necessary to make your table inviting. You might just find that less is more.
#5: Towels and Linen
Another great way to add Christmas cheer to your home without going overboard is to have some simple yet festive towels and linen. Minimalist Christmas linens and towels are a great way to reduce the amount of clutter in your home while still feeling festive for the holiday. Instead of using traditional red and green colors, opt for a more subdued color palette such as white, silver, or gold. You can also ditch the usual holiday patterns in favor of simple, geometric shapes. And don't forget to edit your collection of holiday towels and linens down to only the essentials. This way, you'll be able to enjoy a festive and stylish holiday season without all the hassle.