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Tips for Finding your Christmas Decor Style

Autumn is here, which means that in between apple picking, digging out warmer clothes, and planning for Thanksgiving, it's time to start thinking about Christmas cards, Christmas lights, Christmas ornaments, Christmas wreaths... well, Christmas decor in general! But with so many different styles out there, it can be tough to figure out the best Christmas decorations to suit your style. In this post, we will explore some common Christmas decorating styles, and we'll provide tips on how to identify your personal style and incorporate it into your holiday decor.

Understanding Some Common Christmas Decor Styles

Explore various Christmas decor styles for inspiration. Learn about different design elements that define each decor style. Understand color schemes and decorative accents associated with each style, and what colors, patterns, or combinations may be trending this year. Discover how to create a cohesive look for your holiday decorations and find the perfect Christmas decor style that suits your personal taste.

What is the Classic Christmas Style?

Hang red, silver, gold, green, and various customized ornaments. Use traditional wreaths, and garland for a classic look. Create a warm and nostalgic atmosphere with traditional decor elements. Incorporate a festive red, green, and gold color scheme. Hang stockings and place gnomes and clay or fiberglass figurines to capture the holiday spirit. Adorn your mantel with greenery, candles, and velvet accents. View Christmas Decor catalogs to select the perfect pieces for your classic holiday decor.

What is the Modern Christmas Style?

Use sleek, contemporary decor with clean lines and geometric shapes. Add a modern touch with metallics like silver, gold, or rose gold. Play around with non-traditional color palettes including blacks, whites, greys, tans, and muted tones. Choose contemporary ornaments, string lights, and tabletop centerpieces. Choose pre-decorated pieces in gold and silver (see our Designer Collection Catalog).

Stock Image - Naturalist Style Wreath (Rustic)
Stock Image - Naturalist Style Wreath (Rustic)

What is the Naturalist (or Rustic) Christmas Style?

Bring the outdoors inside with natural elements like pinecones and fir. Use earthy color palettes, handmade ornaments, and rustic accents. Utilize organic materials such as dried or fresh flowers, dried fruits, berries, and pine boughs. Incorporate earthy tones using copper or bronze accents in ornaments and decorative centerpiece items.

Stock Image - Minimalist Christmas Decor Style
Stock Image - Minimalist Christmas Decor Style

What is the Minimalist Christmas Style?

Embrace simplicity with clean, uncluttered decorations. Choose a neutral color scheme of whites, grays, and pastels. Use natural elements like evergreen branches for a minimalist look. Keep tabletop decor minimal with a few select accents. Focus on one decorative centerpiece like a snow globe or a single poinsettia. Choose a natural Christmas tree with not too many branches, to allow a few simple ornaments to capture attention. Simplicity is the key to the minimalist style.

How do you identify your personal Christmas decor style?

Assess your current decor, noting elements you love. Consider lifestyle, preferences, and holiday traditions. Find inspiration in interior design magazines, websites, blogs, and social media. Create a mood board or Pinterest to visualize preferences. Experiment with different styles to find the perfect fit.

Assessing Your Current Home Decor Before the Holidays

When assessing your current home decor, consider themes, color scheme, and overall aesthetic. Determine which elements to keep or change, and evaluate how well they reflect your style. Take note of elements to incorporate or eliminate when decorating your home for the holiday season. You may find that your style is eclectic, or includes elements from different styles of decor - that's okay! The best holiday decorations are the ones that you love!

Considering Your Lifestyle and Preferences

When choosing your Christmas decor style, it is important to consider your holiday traditions, living space, and storage capabilities. Determine whether you prefer a traditional, modern, rustic, or minimalist look, and think about any color preferences or themes you want to incorporate. Reflect on what brings you joy during the holiday season, and consider purchasing small trinkets to add a decorative touch to your chosen theme. You may decide that hiring a professional decorator for the holidays is more in line with your schedule or level of decorating experience.

How Do You Incorporate Your Style into Christmas Decorations?

Choose a Christmas tree that matches your style. Find ornaments, garlands, and lights that complement your look. Add personal touches with DIY projects or sentimental items. Coordinate table settings, napkins, and dining room decor. Finish with wreaths, stockings, and mantel decor.

How to Choose the Right Christmas Tree

Consider the size, shape, and color scheme of your decor style. Decide between natural fir trees, artificial trees, or alternative tree options. Choose a tree that best fits your living room or designated holiday space. Select lights, ornaments, and garlands that enhance the tree's design. Determine if a themed tree, like a winter wonderland or color-coordinated, suits your style. You may even choose an LED smart tree, controlled by an app on your phone or tablet. You can see some Twinkly app-based lighting options on our catalog page.

How to Select Christmas Ornaments that Reflect Your Decorating Style

When choosing ornaments for your Christmas decor, consider matching them with your color scheme and overall aesthetic. Opt for ornaments that reflect your personal interests or hobbies, and don't be afraid to incorporate natural elements for a unique touch. Mix and match different styles for a cohesive but unique decorative look.

Picking Out the Perfect Wreath

When selecting the perfect wreath for your home, consider its compatibility with your door color and overall style. You can create a rustic look by choosing wreaths made from natural elements like pinecones, greenery, or magnolia leaves. To add holiday charm, opt for a wreath with lights. Personalize it with decorative accents such as ribbons, ornaments, or glitter. Finally, make sure the wreath matches your decor style and is easily displayed by using a cloth napkin as a tie for a more natural and rustic look. Our pre-decorated wreaths, trees, and greenery are an easy way to begin your holiday decorating journey. See our Designer Collection catalog.

When is the Right Time to Start Decorating for Christmas?

The timing of when to start decorating for Christmas can vary from person to person. Some people like to get into the holiday spirit early and start decorating as soon as November hits, while others prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving. Ultimately, it's up to you and what feels right for your family and traditions. Just remember, there's no right or wrong time to start spreading that holiday cheer!

Can Your Christmas Decor Evolve Over Time?

Yes, it is natural for your Christmas decor to evolve over time. As your personal style changes and you acquire new decorations, don't be afraid to experiment with different styles each year. Certain themes or colors may become less appealing as the years go by, so feel free to mix things up!


In conclusion, finding the perfect Christmas decor style is all about understanding your preferences, assessing your current decor, and incorporating elements that reflect your personal style. Remember, you can also mix and match different decor styles to create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Look for inspiration in magazines, online platforms, and even your own imagination. Lastly, don't be afraid to let your decor evolve over time as your style and preferences change.



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