Midcentury Modern Christmas Tree Ideas That Deck the Halls in Retro Style

bold and colorful midcentury modern Christmas tree decor with white christmas tree
credit: Atomic Ranch

There are so many ways to embrace holiday style, but we'd be lying if we said we didn't hold a particularly soft spot for midcentury modern Christmas tree ideas. There's just something about the retro colors and patterns that feels uniquely nostalgic and perfect for this time of year.

Midcentury style can often be distinguished by wood surfaces, bold colors, geometric patterns, and clean lines. While that may not initially scream "season's greetings" to you, we promise that there are foolproof ways to bring the mid-mod look into your home for the holidays. Ahead, we're sharing seven ideas to inspire you to deck the halls in retro style.

1. Be bold with a colored tree.

pink midcentury modern Christmas tree with ornaments next to window with tropical drapery
credit: Melodrama

Midcentury modern design doesn't shy away from color, and this cheerful, pastel tree belonging to Krys of Melodrama is the perfect example of pink done right for the holidays. To recreate this look, pair pink with blue, mustard yellow, and green accents for a balanced, retro vibe.

2. Showcase a wooden tree on a tabletop.

midcentury modern Christmas tree on console table made out of wood
credit: Homes to Love

This midcentury modern Christmas tree idea is not only eco-friendly, but also sleek and stylish when styled with retro living room decor. This miniature option showcased on Homes to Love is a perfectly festive way to save space, allowing your holiday decor to blend effortlessly with other wood accents throughout your home.

3. Use retro pom-poms in place of greenery.

Take a page out of designer Orlando Soria's book with this midcentury modern Christmas tree idea, by layering gold cheerleader pom-pom tassels in place of traditional greenery. Style with monochromatic furniture to allow the metallic details to really take center stage in your home.

4. Style with a retro tree skirt.

retro midcentury modern Christmas tree with ornaments and green tree skirt
credit: Melodrama

A retro tree skirt with space age motifs emphasizes this midcentury modern Christmas tree idea from Krys over at Melodrama thanks to a non-traditional color palette. Style yours with a faux white Christmas tree adorned with gold accents for extra vintage style.

5. Opt for a vintage aluminum tree with colorful ornaments.

white midcentury modern Christmas tree with turquoise blue ornaments and black midcentury fireplace
credit: Suburban Pop

This cheerful, midcentury modern idea by Jenny of Suburban Pop features a vintage aluminum tree, allowing the colorful tree and turquoise ornaments to really stand out. Copy this holiday look for your own home by keeping the trimmings simple and the palette minimal.

6. Use a retro tree topper.

Carrie from Dream Green DIY is known for her midcentury modern design, so it's no surprise that her seasonal style exemplifies the best of festive, retro decor. To copy her holiday living room, pair your own Christmas tree with a vintage-inspired star topper, and keep the color palette streamlined by matching ornaments to your home's existing palette.

7. Choose primary colors over traditional.

bold and colorful midcentury modern Christmas tree decor with white christmas tree
credit: Atomic Ranch

This midcentury modern Christmas tree idea from Atomic Ranch has officially convinced us to abandon the traditional red and green color palette for bold primary colors, like yellow, orange, pink, and blue. To bring this holiday style into your own home, complement red ornaments with a red accent chair that doubles as festive decor and additional seating.


Caitlin Brown

Caitlin Brown

Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.