The holiday season is fast approaching with the promise of a new year– and it’s the perfect time to center your home in elegant, streamlined ways. And minimalist decor is an excellent way to achieve just that!
We’ll go over 20 trending Christmas decor ideas for your 2023 Christmas– and they’re all perfect for a minimalist home. Let’s start with a few principles of minimalism and then dive into our 20 Christmas decor ideas!
Principles of Minimalism
While many are drawn to a sleek, clean aesthetic, the word “minimalist” has been overused in the last decade. Many wonder, “Am I allowed to do this?”– and the answer is “Yes!”
A minimalist home typically focuses on:
● A subdued and limited color palette, usually in light, neutral tones.
● There isn’t a lot of “clutter,” so shelves, tables, and floors usually use a small number of very intentional decor pieces.
However, home design is all about you– and that’s showing in the 2023 design trends. Personalization has been trending higher than ever with a departure from the beige-and-tan copies (we also love beige and tan, so if that’s what makes you happy, stick with it!!)
You can still have a minimalist home while including:
● Color: You’ll probably still have a streamlined color palette, but you don’t need to shy away from color if you’re attracted to minimalism. Deep earth tones like forest green, gunmetal blue, and rich burgundy are still neutral but bring a moody, cozy touch.
● Homemade or imperfect items: Another trend you’ll see this Christmas is highlighting homemade items. Use cohesive colors with your streamlined palette to fit into your minimalist scheme. Or, use shapes or textures that feel “clean”– smooth lines/edges, balanced placement, and 2-3 textures per piece.
● Quirky or eclectic tastes: If you like to play with the unexpected or pop culture, you still have a home in the minimalist club! The key here is to focus on balance– a handful of hidden decor gems will give your home a personal, unique touch without committing to a Maxamlist style.
Ready for some minimalist Christmas trends? So are we!
1. Elegant Jar Ornaments
Glass is the perfect element to add to any minimalist home, particularly for the holidays. It’s versatile, sleek, and immediately makes any space feel luxurious. Glass ornaments will add weight to your design without losing that airy feel.
2. Embrace Rustic Glam
If both minimalism and farmhouse chic attract your eye, then the “rustic glam” movement may be just right for your Christmas theme! Rustic glam elevates natural elements, like unprocessed wood and imperfect homemade items, by combining them with gold, glass, and faux fur or velvet.
3. Metallic Accents for Understated Luxury
Metal accents anchor any design and are incredibly versatile. From golden-rimmed wine glasses to silver garlands to brass napkin rings, you can mix and match to create a truly custom, sleek design. Don’t forget about chrome finishes for a more modern minimalist feel!
4. Warm Colors for Warm Gatherings
As the natural cycle of interior design trends continues, cool colors are phasing out, and deep, warm colors are in! Warm colors pop in firelight or candlelight– perfect for cozy nights snuggled by the tree. And remember, warm doesn’t mean the same things as light. Those deep greens, blues, and burgundies that are trending now are typically in warm tones.
5. Deck the Halls with Greenery
What’s Christmas without holly branches, mistletoe, and pine garlands? And don’t forget the tree!
One of the best things about incorporating plants into your home design is that they complement every minimalist layout. Plants are a great way to bend the rules, adding depth and color without upsetting your layout.
6. Personalized Mix-and-Match Stockings
As influencers and designers move away from cookie-cutter and matchy-matchy, 2023 is the perfect time to update your family stocking connection. Personalizing stockings doesn’t mean going straight for the monogram– it can be as simple as having a distinct but coordinated design for each family member’s stocking.
7. Invite Nature Indoors
The pros expect to see a lot of natural textures in trending homes this Christmas—things like imperfect tree branches, rough ceramic accents, and handcrafted wooden elements. You can incorporate holly berries, pinecones, and unprocessed wood (keep that bark on!) in stunning centerpieces.
8. Jewel-toned Glassware
We already highlighted the perfect pairing of glass accents with minimalism, but it’s not limited to your ornaments! The holidays are perfect for sprinkling jewel-toned glassware throughout your living space. Try wine glasses, candle sticks, Christmas-themed figurines, and vases!
9. Rich Earthy Tones
Professional designers have noted the rise in deep, rich, warm earth tones; they’re the perfect base for any Christmas theme. Earth tones like olive green, sugary browns, and golden yellows bring depth and warmth to any minimalist space.
10. Sleek Tree Collar
While the classic tree skirt will never be out, Christmas tree collars are on the rise! A tree collar encircles the base of your tree but fills the entire space between the floor and lower branches. You’ll get a fuller look, completely cover the base of your tree, and protect your tree from curious kids and pets climbing up!
11. Understated Present Wrappings
Your wrapping paper selection is another easy way to elevate your Christmas decor without sacrificing your clean, minimalist space. Try wrapping your packages in brown butcher paper with color-coordinating ribbons for each family member. Or pick muted colors from your color palette to select three wrapping papers in solid, striped, or argyle prints.
12. Handmade Christmas Ornaments
If you’re looking to warm up your minimalist space, then look into handmade ornaments for your tree this year. From handpainted baubles to handstitched plush stars, the imperfections will amplify the love and cheer of the season while offering another chance to personalize your space.
13. Swap the Star for a New Tree Topper
While the classic star on the top of your Christmas tree is always a safe minimalist choice, you can also “branch out.” For example, if you’re embracing rustic glam this Christmas, you can place an artfully arranged bunch of hollyberries and twigs to crown your tree. Throw in some gold accents, and you’ve got a true show-stopper.
14. Refresh Your Wreath
Your Christmas wreath welcomes your guests into your festive haven— so here are a few ideas to update your look. Try a streamlined, natural bare twig wreath, adding a bow, greenery, or berries. Play with evergreens by using simple succulents to cover your wreath. Olive branches are another gorgeous alternative greenery with a Mediterranean twist.
15. An Ornamental Centerpiece
Keep your theme simple and sleek by saving a selection of tree ornaments to display as the centerpiece of your holiday meal. Surround your platter or pedestal with greenery, nestle a candle in the middle of the display, or let the ornaments shine alone– you can’t go wrong!
16. Enchanting Bottlebrush Forest
You’ve seen this trend on Pinterest, Instagram, and Target because it can fit into any home design. The bottlebrush Christmas trees can be styled into an understated forest on your mantel or a bright festive rainbow on your sideboard table. If you choose a brighter color selection, maintain minimalism by limiting additional accent pieces to your enchanted Christmas forest.
17. Elevate Stocking Placement
Stocking placement can be difficult if you don’t have the classic mantle over the fireplace ready to go. So elevate your stocking game by hanging them in unexpected and charming ways.
Try hanging them with simple Christmas ribbon from your curtain rod, displaying them both for your home and passersby. Or embrace that rustic glam by suspending luxurious fur, velvet, or gold-embroidered stockings on a simple branch hanging on the wall.
18. Deck the Tree with Metal and Glass
Minimalism is all about impact with just a few elements– making a glass and metal theme perfect for your elevated, elegant Christmas. Play with gold and silver accents with frosted glass ornaments.
19. Playful Colors with Minimalist Styling
While traditional minimalist spaces tend to focus on simple, neutral colors, you can bend the color rules while still pulling off a sleek look. Bright pinks, blues, and green color schemes are stealing the show in design magazines and social media pages. So embrace the playful pops of color and your minimalist flair by maintaining smooth silhouettes and thoughtful placement.
20. Feathers and Faux Furs
Texture is a critical element to both luxurious and minimalist design– and you’ll always make a statement by incorporating feathers or faux fur. Add fluffy plumes to your Christmas tree for a pop of airy texture, or layer throws on your couch to accent the furry tree skirt warming your tree.