Understated Holiday Decor Ideas

Rich reds, Santa Claus sculptures, and plump trees decked with all the bells and whistles aren’t for everybody. Some prefer to complement their year-round decor with chic, minimalist touches that capture the holiday season. They trade the massive tree for a sparse and simply decorated one. They line the mantel with creams and golds instead of reds and greens, and they compose artistic tabletop scenes.

If you’ve been looking for a way to celebrate the season without compromising your style, read on to discover 10 understated holiday decor ideas you’ll love.

Mini Muted Christmas Trees

Set the scene with miniature assorted artificial trees in muted hues of green, gold, and ivory. Use these snow-coated beauties, ranging from roughly 2 to 5 inches in height, to create an understated Christmas village on a table in your home. 

Gold Glitter Leaf Garland

Add a touch of sparkle the minimalist way by stringing this glittery garland on your tree, mantel, or staircase. Gold is a welcome addition to the classic colors of Christmas, offering a more transitional hue that goes with all types of home decor. 

Eucalyptus and Olive Half Wreath

This deconstructed twist on the classic holiday wreath riffs on the colors and textures of the season. Handcrafted on a family-owned farm in Northern California, the half wreath is made with fresh, fragrant eucalyptus and shimmering olive leaves tied with a burlap ribbon. 

Sparse Christmas Tree

For fans of a toned-down Tannenbaum that will take up less space while still celebrating the season, the Vienna Twig tree is the perfect choice. The artificial tree is prelit with warm white Italian LED mini lights, features pine needle and twig accents, and sits on a rustic-chic burlap base.

Cream Knit Stockings

If furry red and white stockings are too over the top for your taste, try cozy knitted stockings in a luxurious cream color. They’ll look spectacular hanging from your mantle!

Brown Kraft Wrapping Paper

A minimalist Christmas tree should be complemented by an array of equally mellow decor beneath it. Kraft paper sheets have been on trend in recent years, as they allow ribbon, bows, and name tags to take center stage.

Minimalist Snowman

Skip the snow globes and jovial snowmen and go for something a little more artistic this year. A clear, 100 percent acrylic snowman will add life to a mini pine tree scene.

Sleek Gold Reindeer

Move over, Rudolph. A stunning reindeer duo speaks of the season, with no need for a bright red nose. Instead, the sleek design and shiny gold color says it all. The sculptures come in a pair that works well with any decor.

Source: Bob Vila

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