An Inspirational Guide to Farmhouse Christmas Decor

Think of the most traditional Christmas you can imagine. We would guess that images of going home to a house in a snowy field comes to mind. An old storied house smelling of baking and fresh pine with a cozy roaring fire and twinkling Christmas lights. Many classic Christmas styles revolve around a certain decorating style. Namely, farmhouse decor. All that rustic wood and shiplap is on trend at the moment so if you want to create a traditional feeling Christmas, you only need to play off of the farmhouse decor you already have. Take a look at these 50 ideas for farmhouse Christmas decor and get inspired to decorate your own home for the holidays.

Living Room

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Real or fake, most everyone has some kind of tree in their home at Christmas time. Instead of wrapping it in the customary tree skirt this year, think about putting those boughs in a bucket or basket. It will hoist it a little higher and give you more room for presents underneath too.

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Christmas villages are such wonderfully festive additions to your holiday decor. Opt for an all white village this year to bring a fresh new look to your Christmas mantle or buffet. You can even just paint the pieces you already have to be thrifty.

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Why only have one tree when you can have a dozen? Set up multiple trees in several sizes and styles around your living room this year to give your space a real Christmas forest feel. No, you aren’t required to string all of them with lights.

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A giant chalkboard is such a great decorating addition because of it’s versatile abilities. Place it on your mantel and enjoy filling it with Christmas lyrics and phrases and wishes all season long. You’ll be happy to find that you can leave it up even after the Christmas tree is put away.

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Have you ever tried a frosted Christmas tree in your home? It adds a touch of the winter wonderland to your farmhouse living room and helps it blend seamlessly into all your white decor.

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Talking about themes, choosing a color scheme for your Christmas decor can help your space feel thoughtful and styled. Go for all greens and creams this year. You might find that you don’t even miss the bright red bows.

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You know how black and white goes with everything? Well it even works in your Christmas decor. Fill your living room with black and white buffalo check this season and you’ll manage to look farmhouse fab and Christmas chic and the same time.

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When you’re going all out in your holiday styling, you need a place to store some of those everyday items, even if they are holiday themed. Use a ladder to hold all your Christmas throws and you’ll bring some cheer to an empty corner this year.

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Sometimes you just can’t manage to decorate with a certain color and that’s especially true when your home is filled with farmhouse whites. Focus on the brown in burlap and wood to bring Christmas into your living room instead.

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If there was ever a time to add a little more sparkle and shine to your decor, it’s during the holidays. Dedicate your mantle to a Christmas themed marquee sign this year to bring even more brightness to your space.

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Christmas isn’t just about the decor, it’s also about the smells. While a real Christmas tree might be too much work for you, you can still add live wreaths, garlands and bouquets to get the wonderful pine scent throughout the room.

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Does your farmhouse have rustic wood beams? Take advantage of the height by hanging ornaments or even garlands from those slabs of wood. It will feel like you swathed your whole living room in Christmas.

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Maybe you’re looking at this Christmas as a bachelorette or maybe you have little girls in the house that can’t get enough pink. Farmhouse decor makes it easy to add just a touch of blush to your Christmas styling in throw pillows, ornaments and even your wrapping paper.

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Do you prefer big and bold to fine and delicate? Display poster prints on your mantel with bold Christmas lyrics or cartoon Christmas trees. Involve your kids in the decision making process and they’ll be so proud to show off their decorating choices.

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Simplicity never hurts when you’re decorating. If you’re feeling that keeping up is just too much this season, try simplifying your Christmas decor in a very Scandinavian way. The chunky knits and wood accents will still match your farmhouse without being too overwhelming for you.

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The tree isn’t the only place for Christmas ornaments. When you decorate other places in your living room with an evergreen garland, save some of those glittery balls to adorn the boughs too.

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It can be difficult to decorate your coffee table for the holidays when you know it’s going to be used for meals and puzzles and board games with your family. Go ahead and choose a few things to adorn the table but put them all on a tray so when it’s time to use the surface, you can easily swipe them all off.

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One of the beauties of farmhouse decor is that you can easily blend your expensive pieces with vintage ones. Instead of buying all new this year, see what your grandma might have in her attic or stroll through the thrift store to find unique decorating pieces on a budget.

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You might not even need to go looking outside your own door for the best farmhouse Christmas decor. Use the pages from an old book to make garlands for your mantel, stairs and anywhere else you can hang one.

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A trip to the backyard or if you don’t have one, to the park can gift you a good stick for Christmas. Why? Because a stick can become a unique wreath or hang stockings or display your advent calendar.

Kitchen

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Decorating in the kitchen is tricky but absolutely necessary, especially during the holidays. Put some Christmas decor above your sink because you know you’ll be spending plenty of time there washing dishes this month. Even a simple wreath can bring a smile.

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There is no decorating problem that some twinkle lights can’t fix. Drape those sparkly bulbs across your cabinetry, swathed in some greenery to make it feel even more Christmas-y.

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Are you lamenting that your cabinets reach the ceiling? That’s okay. Trail some evergreen garlands along the backs of your countertops instead. You’ll achieve a simple and beautiful Christmas farmhouse kitchen.

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Kitchen counters are hard to really decorate due to a lack of counter space. Whether you don’t have much surface area or you’ve just filled what you have, bring your wooden cutting boards out to shine on the counter top. You might even end up leaving them out all year round.

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Many farmhouse kitchens lean hard on their white shades and wood tones. If you’re not really wanting to dress up your space that much, consider adding some pops of red and copper for the holidays. It will seem so festive without overdoing it.

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Twinkle lights don’t only come in strands of green. Pick up some white corded Christmas lights and line your farmhouse countertop with them. No matter what you put in front, it will seem fit for the holidays.

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Is your kitchen a gathering place during December? Then save some wall space to hang your advent calendar in there. You and your family will enjoy the reminder to revisit it every day and it will serve as some great wall art.

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Who doesn’t love a gingerbread house? Gather the kids together and make a mini gingerbread village to display on your kitchen counter. Also a great excuse to bring out that cake stand.

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Let’s not forget the breakfast nook. When your kitchen has one, it’s the perfect place to put some Christmas throw pillows and an extra garland or two. You’ll want to do all your holiday planning in this spot when you’re done.

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Maybe you’re looking at your budget thinking there is no way you can afford to decorate your kitchen this year. Think again. Gather some Christmas mugs, marshmallows and some fun little Christmas trinkets onto a tray to create a holiday hot chocolate station that you’ll want to keep year round.

Bedroom

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It’s so easy to stop your Christmas decorating at the bedroom door, but how much more fun when you can wake up in the Christmas spirit? Start at the bottom with some festive sheets in red or plaid.

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Next is your bedding. You could go two ways with what you layer on top of your sheets. Opt for white if you’re chasing that minimal snowy look for Christmas or break out as much plaid as you can handle.

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After you’ve put on your sheets and tucked in your comforter, it’s time to go pillow fluffing. Red pillows on white bedding bring a welcome pop to a farmhouse bedroom and white on plaid gives a break from pattern. Just make sure you love whatever you choose.

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Striving for simplicity in life this Christmas? Feel free to scale the colors way back for your Christmas bedroom. A green garland and some white candles will give you a very sweet place to snuggle up at the end of the day.

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When you’re a plaid lover, Christmas time is the favorite time of year for you. Suddenly it’s accepted behavior to layer plaid on plaid on plaid, no matter the colors or pattern. It looks Christmas-y no matter how you style it.

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Let’s not forget about a special Christmas tree for your bedroom. Whether it’s a full size one or just a small one, having your own tree will make your bedroom even more inviting than it already is.

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If your bedroom is small and there is no room for a tree, focus on the space right around your bed. Make something to put above your headboard and add something festive at the foot of the bed too. In the end, you won’t mind that your room won’t fit a tree.

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While twinkly Christmas lights are beautiful, they are highly impractical for a bedroom when you want to sleep in the dark. Make some snowflake silhouettes out of black paper that will feel impossibly chic and work out better at bedtime.

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Christmas wreaths are a perfect update for wall art in any room but most particularly in your bedroom. Decorate it with ribbon in colors that will match your Christmas theme and you’ll have a whole new look on a dime.

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Do your kids wake you up at an absurd hour of the morning on Christmas? Decorate the foot of your bed with their stockings and on Christmas morning, you can spend a little time under the sheets while they dig into those sock goodies.

Porch

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When you’ve finished infusing your farmhouse with all the Christmas you can muster, take the festivities to the front porch. Guests will love being greeted by simple greenery when you have them for all your holiday parties.

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Ribbon isn’t the only way to add color to your holiday decor, especially when it’s outside. Use some bright red berries amidst your evergreen trees and boughs to brighten up your front porch a little bit. Then you won’t have your inside pets trying to eat them.

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Lights aren’t just for the rooftop. If you’re not feeling climbing up that ladder this year, give your front porch just a bit of cheer with a lighted garland and a wreath. Even those few twinkle lights will transform your home.

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You can never go wrong with the red and green combination for Christmas. Dress all your windows, front porch and elsewhere, with a ribbon hung wreath. Your farmhouse will be the most classic house on the street.

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Wondering how you’re going to put anything on your tiny front porch? Time to pull the decorating stops. Use that little corner to create a vignette with both indoor and outdoor Christmas decor. It will make you smile each time you arrive home.

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Do you have a swing or seating on your front porch? Be sure to make it look Christmas-y as well. Invest in some red outdoor cushions that you can use to spruce up those seats.

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When something is thrifted or hand me down, you won’t mind putting it out to decorate your porch and brave the weather. Use the old sled from grandpa’s shed or that bucket from the attic to help you spruce up your front porch this year.

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You know you can easily make your decor yourself too. Stumps serve to boost decor higher and won’t move in strong winter winds. Just add a homemade pallet sign and a fresh evergreen wreath and you’ll have a beautiful homemade Christmas porch.

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Do you live in a place where Christmas is always a balmy 70 degrees? Then make your front porch a welcoming place to expand your entertaining space. Because if the weather is fine, why not have Christmas dinner on the porch?

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Whatever you do, please top it all off with some lights. It’s not a proper farmhouse porch unless you’ve strung some twinkle lights around. Even just off the porch roof will give your home all the Christmas cheer in needs to shed some warmth into the hearts of you and all your family and friends.