The tackier, the better seems to be the motto of holiday decorating for most people. But getting the home ready for the season doesn’t have to consist of an array of the loudest decor you can find. Keep it minimal with these decorating tips.
While the blues, reds, and greens lining the store aisles are enticing in the moment, choosing to deck your house out in too much color can be headache-inducing. Instead, opt for a neutral theme, using monochromatic colors like black and white with a colorful accent here and there (like this festive garland).
Take inspiration from outside.
Bring the beauty of the outdoors inside for decor this season. Whether by taking pinecones or acorns and using them as garland, or taking sprigs of pine for your centerpiece, make use of the natural beauty right outside your front door. After all, the winter wonderland look never goes out of style. Take it up a notch with this snowman wreath, which utilizes twigs lying around outside.
Wrap presents using brown paper.
Go the old-fashioned route and use brown paper and twine to wrap gifts for your loved ones. This look is simple, yet classy, and will make your tree stand out this season. This minimalist choice is easy to personalize too, and the receiver will be instantly charmed by the extra effort you went to making their gift all the more personable.
Skip the multicolored lights.
If you’re going for the minimalist feel, multicolored string lights might not be the best option. Deck your interior and exterior with white fairy lights instead, with the occasional multicolored strand here and there. Light it up even further by adding fake candles in the windows—making for one luminary household.
Keep the focus on one or two items.
For the ultimate minimalist, choose only a couple of holiday pieces for your decor and let those be the focal point of your home, instead of scattering a bunch of smaller items around. Switching out your everyday couch pillows for holiday-themed ones, or placing winter plants in the corners of your home might just be the best way to keep it simple for you.
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