There's a reason why they call it "the most wonderful time of the year." The Christmas season is full of magic, and (though we may be biased) we think it's safe to say that a good portion of those enchanting vibes can be attributed to the decor. From exterior twinkle lights to evergreen wreaths to cozy throws and garlands galore, there are endless ways to bring an extra dose of warmth and whimsy to your home for the holidays.
If you're wondering how to begin decking your halls, consider the style of your home. A modern, monochromatic abode would look picture-perfect with a minimalist Christmas theme, whereas traditional digs are begging for the classic red, green, and gold palette. Whether your taste leans sweet and simple or formal and sophisticated, we've done all the legwork to find seven Christmas theme ideas that will help you hone in on your personal holiday style.
Alaina Kaczmarski played off her home's traditional lines with classic red and green garland and ribbons that complement her entryway light fixture for a timeless approach to Christmas decor. Note the way that the strong black accents in the photographs on the wall and painted wood doors keep the whole look feeling current and up-to-date.
No one does boho style better than Justina Blakeney from The Jungalow, and this Christmas vignette proves it. Trade a traditional palette for jewel-toned colors that lend a fresh twist on what it means to be "cheerful and bright" this time of year.
Chloe of Boxwood Avenue stays true to her clean and simple decor roots with a minimalist approach to Christmas decorating. To recreate this look, opt for a sparsely decorated Christmas tree (especially effective when paired with white walls) and an unadorned evergreen wreath that doubles as wall decor.
Follow Monika Hibbs' lead in creating a Christmas DIY that will lend a personal touch to your holiday season. Opting for paper garland over real greenery means you can show off your hard work time and time again! To keep the overall look elevated and sophisticated, stick with elegant neutrals like beige, gold, and green.
Laura of The Simple Farmhouse shows off her rustic Christmas decorating ideas with evergreen branches tucked in oversize milk jugs as her holiday centerpiece. The real secret sauce here is all of the warmth and texture woven throughout her home — like the extra wood bead garland and evergreens — alongside everyday decor, like woven baskets and linen pillows.
Take a note from blogger Krys Melo and add nostalgic flair to your Christmas decor with a vintage theme that blends perfectly with midcentury style. A retro pink tree adds a major dose of personality, especially when balanced with other bright accents like mustard yellow lounge chairs and patterned green window treatments.
If charming Christmas tchotchkes aren't really your vibe, consider a Scandinavian Christmas theme that's more pared down and serene. A touch of blush pink — like this planter in place of a tree skirt — adds the perfect touch of whimsy. Anu from Nalle's House gets the look just right with sweet but simple additions on her fireplace mantel in place of heavy stockings or oversize garlands.
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.