Find creative ideas and tips to embrace a Minimalist Christmas in your home! Add cozy charm and tradition without the overwhelming addition of too much of everything.
A minimalist Christmas is exactly what you hope it will be: a low stress, high impact way to embrace the holidays! Learn how to decorate minimally, while still keeping it all so warm and cozy.
This post was originally published December 2019, and updated with fresh content December 2021.
Christmas decorating adds so much warmth but it’s also easy to become consumed with the addition of holiday decor. On Christmas morning you’re sure to be consumed with joy, gift wrap and if you have young children, an abundance of toys!
Embracing these Minimalist Christmas tips can keep the stress to a minimum while allowing your holiday decor to shine! It’s especially nice when entertaining extended family and making the most of your existing space.
I love chatting with you about minimalist home design, and I’ve written about this lifestyle frequently throughout the years. You can even learn about how to begin simple living – an anchor of the minimalist movement!
If you love simple, charming touches of Christmas, don’t skip my Scandinavian Christmas decorations!
Minimalist Christmas Decorating
Before you start decorating, declutter! This will not only allow you to assess what you have to work with and prevent your home from becoming overwhelmed with stuff, but it will also allow your minimalist Christmas decor to shine!
You can get my decluttering checklist and tips here!
I would never suggest you paint over the holidays, but if you’re looking to prepare for next year, consider a neutral paint palette. It’s the ultimate way to enter a minimalist mindset at any time of year!
I use a variety of cream color paints to set the tone. They’re warm and inviting, but provide a blank canvas that transitions easily from one season to the next without adding more… a soft creamy backdrop always helps the rest of your items shine.
When possible, replace rather than add to your decor. What do I mean by this? Your wall art is the best example!
For example, replace art with a fresh wreath or replace a framed photograph with a Christmas card. You can also replace existing art with a free printable! Our Frame TV is another great way that we do this, because it’s a television that doubles as art – which means come Christmas, it’s a holiday showpiece over our mantel!
Stock your home with everyday essentials like basic white dishes, standard glassware and neutral linens that can be mixed and matched with serve ware. They transition from one season to the next seamlessly with the addition of a centerpiece and organic element to garnish.
Source Your Home
Shop your home first! Consider alternative uses for items you already have.
If you’re adding something to your home, consider whether you’ll be able to later consume it or integrate it into your everyday decor. For example, one year I filled our fireplace with wood that was later burned.
Our platters hang on the wall and serve as decor when not in use. During the holidays, I add a swag to them to make them feel festive.
Use Fresh Greens
Of course, no matter how you feel about fresh greenery versus fake, there are times when faux just makes more sense.
When purchasing faux, select timeless garlands, wreaths and accessories. Learn more about holiday greenery here.
15 Minimalist Christmas Ideas
Frequently Asked Questions
This rule of thumb is quite simple and can help simplify your Christmas. You’ll limit each person’s gifts to just five items: one gift they want, one gift they need, something to wear, and something to read.
First step: clean and declutter. Eliminate what you don’t need and organize the rest. Next, make lists and be prepared! Follow the four gift rule for holiday gifting. Focus on what’s important and a minimalist Christmas will be easier than you think!
A true minimalist always begins with a clean slate!
1. This means cleaning and decluttering.
2. Replace artwork with decor, like a fresh wreath or free printables.
3. Use timeless everyday essentials that can transition for holidays.
4. Source your own home! Use pieces you already own that can create holiday flair without more clutter.
5. Use a utilitarian mindset. For example, firewood is cozy and gorgeous by your front door, your fireplace, etc… and can of course be used!
6. Fresh greenery is earth-friendly and doesn’t need to be stored after the holidays.
7. If you choose to purchase faux greenery, choose with care! High quality, timeless pieces are a much better investment for a minimalist Christmas aesthetic.
More Minimalist Christmas Decor Tips
I hope you enjoyed these ideas for keeping your Christmas warm and cozy, but also simple and minimalistic.
I’d love to hear from you! Are you a minimalist at Christmas? Or do you love to go all in every year?
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