Dear all you holiday decorators out there right now: Whether you’ve got your Christmas tree all trimmed and lights up or plan to go nuts soon, let us take a moment to ask an important question: Exactly what type of holiday decorator are you, anyway?
Odds are (and ideally), your holiday design style should fit right in with the rest of your home’s look. For instance, if you love a minimalist aesthetic, going all-out maximalist on your Christmas decor might look woefully out of place. So if you’re not sure where you stand on design—around your home in general, or over the holidays—we’re here to help. We’ve broken down the big decor groups with visuals and shopping advice so you can plan your style and add to cart at the same time.
Less is more when you’re looking for impact in a minimalist home. Spare yet elegant decorations are definitely the descriptors you’re looking for. This fir sports a bit of garland and a gold star topper grounded by a plain brown tree skirt.
“A Christmas tree adorned with a neutral or single-color palette, along with sentimental ornaments and simple white lights, showcases the reason for the season,” says Suzanne Falk of the eponymous design firm.
Continue this look in your minimalist home with this quick-to-assemble modern tree, and then bedeck it with one theme, such as birds, leaves, or geometric shapes. Choose from three sizes, including a 3-foot tabletop version ($319 and up, Etsy).
The sky’s the limit with maximalist decor as it can range from heaps of red and green in every room to the full spectrum of color on your (five!) trees.
Bold and bright is the way to go here—and you can pick a tree in a color other than green, too, says Andra DelMonico, lead interior designer at Trendey.
“Choose bright pink, lime green, oversized ornaments, and extra-wide statement ribbon in satin or velvet,” she adds.
A set of textural fans is the perfect pop on a maximalist home’s tree. This affordable bunch of six comes in multiple sizes with clips for reusing the pieces every year ($7, Amazon).
Handcrafted global accents that offer texture and warmth are the hallmarks of boho design. So when you’re home for the holidays, consider a table draped with a fur runner, woven place mats, and chunky wooden candlesticks, as shown here.
“You won’t find traditional ball ornaments in this house, so look to Moroccan designs, knits, ceramics, and anything that appears handmade,” says Marco Bizzley, interior designer and consultant at HouseGrail.
Solid mango wood holders for pillar candles are a smart boho find, and they make sense on a crowded table or mantel as they’re less likely to topple (from $25, West Elm).
Wish you could channel Joanna Gaines‘ home during the holidays? Then you’re clearly a modern farmhouse fan. Equal parts rustic yet refined, this style hails the holidays with soft knit stockings, white lights, and green garlands like this one below ($20, The Home Depot). This pick is 18 feet in length and can be used inside or out if the area is partly covered.
Granny chic has been co-opted by the millennial set, and Falk says it involves “layering a tree with a mix of textiles, prints, and florals, plus toile ribbon and an animal-print tree skirt.”
Antiques, ceramics, lace, and needlework also hit the “grandmillenial” decor mark. Vintage-style embroidery is an ideal granny touch by the fire and the fold-over velvet cuffs seen here add a rich softness ($74, Etsy).
Devotees of this look, also called Hollywood Regency decor, love metallics, glitz, and mirrors for days. Bold patterns also figure prominently as does anything considered over the top, like these white ceramic fawns nestled in a bed of silver tinsel.
Bizzley suggests leaning on lighter shades, like white, pale pink, tan, and gold, and using animal prints and a flocked tree, which is one that’s been dusted with white powder so it looks snow-capped.
Any animal could work with Hollywood glam decor, but reindeer make perfect sense right now. This sylvan creature is both stylish and playful, and a worthy accent on your sideboard or mantel ($29, Wayfair).
For a hygge Christmas, swaddle yourself and your decor in sheepskin and lay in a supply of natural fibers to craft a look that feels warm and cozy.
“Pick fabrics like wool, mohair, fleece, and flannel, and embrace knitted sweater patterns in your decorations,” says DelMonico.
Make a simple wall hanging like this one with a set of seasonal snowflakes ($10 each, Etsy), which help to bring back the macrame fad in a chic way.
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