Christmas decorations can be flashy and overwhelming for minimalists. Bright colors, decorative clutter, and extra holiday decorations collide with a minimalist aesthetic. If you are a minimalist and want to decorate your space this holiday season, it is certainly difficult to find decor that fits this style. Celebrate the holidays this year with a dreamy, minimalist scheme. Whether you’re looking for color palette inspiration or overall design ideas, this is how to decorate for Christmas.
Choose a neutral color palette
One of the most important aspects of creating a successful minimalist Christmas setup at home is deciding on a good color palette. A traditional Christmas color palette can be too much for a minimalist home. Instead of choosing traditional red, green, silver and gold decorations, we recommend taking a neutral approach to your color palette.
Copper, brown, white, and evergreen are beautiful colors that work well with minimalist designs. Evergreen adds a little color to a neutral palette without being too bold or overwhelming. Additionally, copper is a popular alternative to traditional silver and gold this year. Copper is a nice understated accent that pairs beautifully with warm browns and creams.
If you use a neutral palette, incorporate these colors into your ornaments and table decorations as well. A few evergreen wreaths or an evergreen tree can provide all the holiday color you need without going overboard. Additionally, if you plan to host a holiday gathering, consider using brown, copper, and white for your tableware. Because these warm colors can evoke joy in the cold season.
Use a minimal holiday wreath
If you want a wreath on your door or home this Christmas, but want to maintain a minimalist aesthetic, we recommend using a similarly minimalistic wreath. For example, a simple metal wreath with just a patch of greenery or a single ribbon is perfect for a contemporary home with a streamlined aesthetic. Also, use the neutral color palette mentioned above and avoid bold reds and blues that may not fit with your current design.
Alternatively, a complete evergreen wreath with no lights or decorations works well. Some people like a little bit of glamor on top of this, so you can always dress it up with a little gold or white ribbon. If you want to add more decoration, you can sprinkle in pine cones or mini poinsettias.
Choose ceramic decor
A popular choice for holiday decorations this year is the use of ceramic pieces. Mini ceramic townhomes, reindeer, and Christmas statues are all perfect for minimalists. We recommend using white ceramic as the basis for your design. This is because these pieces tend to be more minimalistic and visually appealing with a minimalist color palette. However, some pottery, such as Santa statues, with golden hats or muted reds can make a space look a little cozier.
Polished ceramic is highly reflective, so avoid colored light or excessive shine. Ceramic materials reflect these colors throughout the room, detracting from the neutral, minimalist design. While some colors may look great in your space, be careful not to overdo it.
keep the tree simple
When it comes to minimalist Christmas trees, it’s best to keep it simple. Using lights as the only decoration on your tree is a great way to incorporate simplicity into your design. Feel free to add decorations, especially if they have sentimental value. However, be careful not to overcrowd the branches. Alternatively, you can avoid lights and decorations altogether and use some neutral-colored decorations. Additionally, minimalists should avoid using wood colors such as blue or pink, which can look out of place in a streamlined, neutral design. In fact, white trees and evergreens look much more appealing in this space.
If you have a fun-colored tree or lots of colorful and exciting ornaments, place them in your casual living room, kids area, or lounge area.
Decorate your walls and doors
An easy way to go all-out with your Christmas decorations this year while maintaining a minimalist aesthetic is to decorate your walls and doors. Small and simple Christmas wreaths can be hung inside and outside your outdoor door. You can also add signs, ribbons, and other hanging Christmas decorations to doorways to decorate your home without cluttering the space.
Additionally, hanging garlands on walls or over doorways or arches can enhance the Christmas aesthetic without looking too out of place or overdone. It is better not to decorate all arches and doorways, but to use this idea sparingly in a few places in the house. Use Christmas wall decorations as statement pieces rather than throughout the house. You might also consider hanging Christmas or winter-themed paintings or other wall decorations in the space. Again, be intentional and try to replace items you use throughout the year to keep the space from looking cluttered.
Knowing how to decorate for Christmas can be difficult for minimalists. However, choosing simple, neutral decor is an easy way to make your design look cohesive and inviting. Avoid loud reds or sparkly decorations that can clash with the space, and stick to the same color palette for lighting, decorations, and tableware. As a minimalist, it’s best to spruce things up and have fun with your Christmas decorations this year.