Deck Your Halls: 10 Chic Holiday Styles

Are you stumped in which direction to go in your holiday décor this year? Want to change things up a bit, or freshen your home’s look? We all go through times like that, when the same old box of ornaments just doesn’t quite bring out the excitement it used to.

Christmas Decorating Ideas

The great thing about decorating for the holidays is that, although there are definitely traditional tendencies, the décor we use for our own homes can be molded and modified and shaped and swapped out for just those things that will make Christmas more meaningful for us and our families. No matter what your style, here are some inspiringly chic ways to incorporate holiday decor into your true style…and not the other way around.

Kid-Friendly Christmas.

Decorate stairs for christmas

It doesn’t take much to transform an everyday space into something Christmasy-magical. How about some pine boughs or garland greenery on the staircase railing, bespotted with some charming yarn ball ornaments? It’s festive, it’s fun, and it is kid-friendly chic without being either too juvenile or delicate. And red Hunter galoshes would make every day a holiday.

Colorful Christmas.

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Just because the traditional season’s colors are red and green doesn’t mean that all Christmas décor has to be color-themed like that. If you love color – all colors – then let them flow into your holiday decoration as well! An ombre rainbow tree and some fantastically bright thematic art for the mantel is a fun and refreshing way to decorate for the season.

Contemporary Christmas.

Modern christmas

Taking a bold step away from the natural Christmas, contemporary styled holidays will tend to look more monochromatic and understated. Black and white décor, focused more on the interesting shapes of the season than the items themselves, is a sure-fire win. Throwing in a tiny potted pine lends some softness to the otherwise sharp angles here.

Rustic Christmas.

Rustic entryway decor

A neutral color palette with a few old-time accessories thrown in (like an old-fashioned wooden racer sled) creates the perfect woodsy holiday ambiance. Throw in a natural green wreath decorated with pinecones, and you’ve got natural simplicity at its most festive.

Minimalist Christmas.

Branch decor

Just because you don’t like to go over-the-top with your decorating doesn’t mean your holiday home will be Grinchy! A whitewashed or painted branch with some cheerful ornaments might be just the thing that welcomes the holidays into your whole space.

French Country Christmas.

Traditional mantel

Lots of natural, earthy décor – like that fantastic grapevine swag – are key elements for French country styled holiday décor. Pops of red and silver add the necessary sparkle and shine, but they’re kept out of the limelight. I love the chic droopiness of the greenery here; it seems less formal and more original and inviting than the average pine bough mantel.

Homemade Christmas.

Shelves decor christmas

There’s one (or more) on every block, isn’t there? Someone who singlehandedly transforms their home into Holiday Central using only the skills of their own two hands. The good news is, homemade (or handmade) items can be anything – a fabric-covered wall letter, some paper garland, or a few cleverly decorated wood blocks. The sky is the limit with this endearing and utterly personable Christmas style.

Swedish Christmas.

Swedish christmas interior design

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Swedish christmas interior design2

If you like to keep things simple and love Scandinavian style, with lots of light wood tones and traditional red-and-white décor, I’m sure you’ll love decorating for the holidays this year. A large wrapped “present” on the wall provides a powerful graphic without overtaking the space, while a small yet detailed red wooden tabletop tree carries the holidays home.

Eclectic Christmas.

Electic christmas decor

Here you go, St. Nicholas. It’s a little vintage, a little rustic, a little Scandinavian, and a little homemade. And it’s perfectly festive and magical and merry and bright.

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