Even though Christmas has been celebrated for centuries, you’re not restricted to decorating in the classic style — unless that’s the style you prefer.
You could use modern Christmas home decor with sleek, clean lines and a pared-down design. Rustic is another option; think simple, distressed pieces in soft, neutral colors. A quirky design scheme uses memorable items that have a unique flair, and a humorous style incorporates funny elements into the decor scheme.
If you have children, you might want to tailor your Christmas home decor to them, making it more whimsical.
Since Christmas is one of the most popular holidays, there’s a wealth of Christmas home decor items that fall into many categories.
Widely available types of decor include:
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The materials that compose Christmas home decor make a significant impact on its appearance. Material options include metal, wood, ceramic, porcelain, resin, glass, crystal, silk, plastic and straw.
No holiday home decor scheme is complete without Christmas stockings.
All you need is a secure place to hang them.
Of course, this decor is functional in addition to aesthetic, as Santa Claus fills the stockings with small treats during his stop at your home.
The size of Christmas home decor should always suit the dimensions of the space in which it’s displayed.
If you try to squeeze a large piece into a small area, it’ll look overstuffed. And if you display a small decoration in a large space, it’s liable to disappear into its surroundings.
These scenarios demonstrate why size matters when it comes to Christmas home decor.
Christmas decor FAQ
How much should I spend?
The good news is that Christmas home decor is available in a vast price range that makes it accessible for virtually everyone. Pieces can start as low as $8 and can cost upward of $100.
How soon can you reasonably display Christmas home decor?
The window of time for reasonably displaying Christmas home decor has expanded greatly in recent years. Now, many people typically set up their Christmas decorations immediately after removing their Thanksgiving decor.
And rather than rushing to put the items away the day after Christmas or New Year’s Eve, some people choose to enjoy them for days or even weeks longer. Leaving the decorations out until February might be pushing it, but you don’t have to remove them the second the holidays are over.
What kind of Christmas home decor is most versatile?
Certain characters, animals and elements have been associated with Christmas for centuries. While they’re interpreted differently according to the designer, they represent Christmas nonetheless.
— Rudolph/Santa’s reindeer
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Decor on a dime: Ideas for your home, all under $100
Mirrors as a headboard
Whether you are using mirrors horizontally to widen a space, vertically to add height or in a grid pattern to mimic windows, this is a great way to bounce light and color in a space.
Wallpaper remains a hot trend. Not sure you want to take the plunge? Try using a removable or temporary wallpaper.
Incorporate industrial elements
Industrial pipe can be used for everything from ladder rungs to help hold up shelves.
Curtains made from drop cloths
Who doesn’t love no-sew curtains? Drop cloths are the perfect weight of cotton for a curtain, especially for those looking for privacy. Grab some drapery pins and attach them to a rod, add grommets, and you’re good to go.
Repurposed items as shelves
From recycled wood to skateboards in a child’s room or family space, it’s time to get creative.
Succulents in sand
Tiny succulents are hearty enough to be around for weeks, if not months. Pair them with plain white sand in a glass jar or vessel and you have a beautiful accent piece for your home.
Affordable side tables and carts
Bar carts or side tables don’t have to be traditional. Garden stools and carts can be used as side tables and decorative accents.
Rice paper or other items placed in shadow boxes or plexiglass
Rice paper is both modern and neutral. One creative idea is to place large pieces in frames.
Wine glasses as candle holders
This is my new “it” idea. Just take wine glasses, flip them over and place a small votive on the bottom, which now serves as the base for your candle. Put something decorative under the mouth of the glass for an even more creative look
Removable wall stickers
These are so much fun and can add instant color and graphics to a space.