I cannot believe Thanksgiving came and went and now Christmas is right around the corner! I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before but this year has just flown by. And now is the time to begin decorating for the holidays.
I’ve come across several people who don’t like all of the tacky decorations; they just want to keep it more on the minimal side. One of my past clients actually hired me again to help her with Christmas decorating. She expressed how she wants the decor to be tastefully done and minimalistic. So I figured now is the time to help others with some ideas on how to achieve this look.
The idea here is not to go too heavy with all the knick knacks that just make your home feel cluttered. In this case, less is more and that goes for all of the red and green decor as well. I’m not saying avoid red and green decorations but keep them to a minimum. Pops of red and green here and there will achieve that same Christmas look and feel you remembered when you were a kid but in moderation.
The living room/family room is one of the spaces family and friends will be gathering around the most. Let’s start with the tree as it is the focal point of the room. Keep it as simple as possible! Start with some soft white lights around the tree and add some wooden bead garland. Take a look at MyModernFibers Etsy shop for their wooden garland.
Consider sticking to an easy color palette (gold, red, green) that way the eye doesn’t go crazy with so much color! Use those colors for your ornaments which will dominate the majority of the tree. Next, let’s think about the star/angel for the top. Keep your color palette in mind when choosing your topper! And finally, tie your entire design together with your tree skirt. Show off your minimalistic design with a creamy chunky knit skirt or even a woven basket to cover the tree stand.
For those of you who have fireplaces, here are some of my suggestions for decorating your mantle. You can opt for some real fresh Christmas garland or faux works too (you can always light a candle to get that Christmas tree scent in the air)! Go to your local nursery to check out their selection of garland.
Simply drape the garland on your mantle. It doesn’t have to be perfect but make sure it doesn’t fall. Intertwine some soft white lights and/or some pinecones to add something extra. Hang some stockings, keeping the colors consistent with the rest of your decor. Remember: less is more so you might want to choose some simple designed stockings preferably with no elaborate artwork on them. Complete your fireplace decor with some simple candlesticks or small wooden Christmas trees.
As far as the rest of your living room, add some touches here and there of simple decor. Dress up your coffee table with a bowl of pinecones, greenery, and maybe some Christmas ball ornaments. All while keeping your color palette in mind! Add some simple pieces to your bookshelves such as candle sticks, wooden Christmas trees or even some fun paper Christmas trees like these on Etsy! Click on the image to be redirected to RootToVine’s Etsy shop.
I hope this was helpful so that way you can begin getting those creative juices flowing! When creating a minimalistic Christmas design in your home, remember to keep it simple and once again, LESS is MORE! Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and Happy Holidays from me and everyone at Mercedes Amato Interiors
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