Embrace simplicity this holiday season with neutral Christmas decor.
It's the most wonderful time of the year. If they aren't out already, pull out your Christmas lights and candy canes. And if you're feeling a little bah humbuggish then get ready to drink up a hefty glass of holiday cheer.
The holidays are right around the corner and it's time to start transforming your interior. But if you're looking to decorate your house in a more neutral yet still festive way, keep reading!
Find inspiration for creating a classic but modern holiday vibe that will make your home shine. With these simple yet effective tips and tricks, you'll be able to decorate your home for a neutral Christmas and give friends and family a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Ideas for Neutral Christmas Decor
This year I opted to keep my Christmas decorating pretty simple with a fresh take on a neutral color palette. This is an easy way to implement a simple approach with natural elements. I am so excited to share my Christmas home tour with you! Enjoy these neutral holiday decor ideas to inspire your own decorating.
Neutral Decor for the Entry Way
Instead of a traditional Christmas theme I opted for neutral colors this year. A simple color scheme of white, green, gold, and silver are perfect for a minimalist approach. I might have added a little black too.
An easy way to add neutrality to your entry way is by pulling in more natural tones that won't be overwhelming. Use a side table if possible, so you can create more dimension and eliminate a cluttered entry. Faux and fresh greenery and wood tones are good options.
Tips to Try
- Pine cones and evergreen branches with artificial snow are an easy way to pull in natural tones.
- Pick a painting or a print that is pretty simple for a background piece. You can also use a large mirror.
- The brown branches lit with twinkling lights really make it shine. See more tips on how to decorate with branches here.
- Add in vases or baskets that are neutral tones - white, cream, gray, taupe or black are good choices and can be used for multiple areas.
- Tabletop trees like these mini faux trees are perfect for adding in a little greenery if you don't want a giant themed Christmas tree taking over your entry.
A Neutral Theme in Your Kitchen and Dining Room
As much as I'm a fan of decorating the house, I do appreciate a lack of clutter in my kitchen and clean countertops. So a simple style can be a good substitute for traditional holiday decor. This is especially true if you are planning on hosting any holiday parties.
This year I am really loving black accents. These black deer are a great way to compliment Christmas decor without being too overwhelming on my kitchen counter. I also incorporated black nutcrackers on my shelves.
And on my neutral dining table I also added black candles, linens and plates. You can't ever go wrong with greenery or a green garland as your table runner. The gold accents are so much fun and tie in to the metallic ornaments, enhancing our neutral palette with just a tinge of sparkle.
The kitchen counter or dining room table space would also be the perfect spot to add in a hot cocoa bar when you host your holiday party. Clear off most of your table except for a few key decor pieces and enjoy a night of hot chocolate.
Tips To Try
- Place a few subtle faux plants on your counter or in a corner of the room where it will be out of the way. See my favorite ones here.
- The elongated black candles and deer are nice decorative elements that contrast well against the clean white of the countertops.
- The small golden bottle brush Christmas trees above the stove pull the golden hues in nicely from the wood elements.
- Adding greenery to any light fixture is always a fun way to add some dramatic effect. (Make sure it is not a fire hazard.)
- Use black and white dishes instead of dinnerware with colorful patterns. Accent in your accessories instead.
See my neutral house decor below.
Tips To Try
- Incorporate all of your different colors into your themed tree. I used gold decorations, a variety of white ornaments, green ribbon, and brought in metallic accents with this easy ornament DIY.
- White branches bring in additional white decorations and compliment the flocked Christmas tree very nicely.
- Neutral tree skirts or a tree collar can compliment or take away from the design you are going for. So be wise in your choice! Here are more of my favorite tree skirt options if you don't like a traditional skirt type.
- Choose stockings in your color accents.
- Use your Christmas presents as decor in your chosen colors! This is one of my best pro tips so you don't have to spend additional money on decorations.
- Add a garland onto your mantel. This can easily bring in more natural materials and different textures, as well as highlight other options for your color palette. Greenery goes in perfectly with my neutral coloring. The bells and mirror are beautiful highlights to tie in the rich colors of the golden hues.
I love the cozy holiday feel with a decorated mantel and fireplace to warm up to. It's the perfect setting for the Christmas season.
Since the living room opens to the staircase, I continued the neutral Christmas decorations in that area by tying on simple green garland and matching ribbons. Bringing natural elements into your interior is a great way to simplify.
See more tips on decorating a staircase for the holidays here.
The family room is a more casual gathering space. As such, the design elements here are meant to be more relaxed, but still classy and simple for Christmas time. This contrasts the living room where the decor is more elaborate and formal.
Because of my love for trees, I included an artificial tree in this space too. I still decorated it and continued a simplified version of my neutral Christmas tree theme. The other holiday decorations are minimal and festive.
Tips to Try
- Again, faux greenery or mini trees are a great choice for natural accents.
- I opted to not have as much white decor in this room because it is already so bright. Instead I went with a green Christmas tree. The green hues really pop here against all of the white walls and light furnishings.
- Create a minimalist tree. Accent your tree in similar colors and string lights, but use less Christmas ornaments. This minimalistic approach surprisingly makes the tree more of a focal point.
- Because I chose a simple design on the tree, I accented more heavily on the other decorations on shelving and tabletops.
- Adorn your shelving and tables with small holiday accents but don't overdo it. Beaded garlands and small figurines are always a nice touch.
- The neutral nativity set takes center stage on our built-ins and is the perfect focal point.
Tips to Try
- Accent in different kinds of garland, not just greenery!
- Add decor elements based on the complimentary colors in the room.
- A white tree against a dark backdrop is eye-catching and provides a lovely contrast of imagery.
Now it really can be the perfect opportunity to get all of your work done!
And last, but not least, the master bedroom. Simplicity is best for the place where you come to detox and relax after a long day at work or home. But you can still make this space cozy and comfy with a few seasonal throw pillows or a soft blanket.
Tips to Try
- Keep this space simple simple simple!
- Accent your bed throws and pillows with your chosen neutral color palette.
- Try to style your decor with the initial colors of your room, like your flooring or window accents.
- Throw in an accent tree or two for some additional greenery.
- Change out any artwork for a Christmas themed display.
Christmas decorations don't have to be extravagant and expensive to be beautiful. Neutral Christmas decor allows us to get creative, save money, and achieve a timeless, elegant look in our homes. From a garland of natural greenery to neutral-colored ornaments, there are many ways to bring a minimal approach to your holiday decor without compromising on style.
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