Christmas is a time for traditions and reflection, but that doesn’t mean your decorations have to be stuck in the past. With sleek design and elegant aesthetics, new Christmas decorations update old fussy traditions with a more modern twist. If you’re tired of the same old school display year after year, read on to find four modern Christmas decorating ideas so you can update your style with ease and confidence.
Dreaming of a Minimalist Christmas
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One of the biggest trends in Christmas decorations right now is the simple minimalist approach, which gives a clean, chic feel to your home. Consider going with a monochromatic color scheme that matches with your preexisting decor items, so you don’t have to change up your whole house, but instead add subtle touches. For example, use only similar colored ornaments on your tree in a variety of sizes and shapes, without any fancy flourishes or accents. The result will be a modern, cohesive look.
Minimalism not your thing? Consider goingÂ big and boldÂ with your Christmas decorations and color scheme instead, but keep to simple lines and statement pieces. There’s noÂ reason whyÂ you have to stick to traditional red and green either. Favorite colorÂ fuchsia? How about bright green? Run with it. Find large ornaments in your favorite color and hang them from coordinating ribbons for a DIY garland. Decorate your tree with coordinating but boldly colored bulbs inÂ a variety of sizes and patterns, making sure to mix in an equal amount of solid colored decorations, for a stand out but elegant tree.
Lights, Camera, Christmas!
Christmas lights are a holiday decorating staple, and just because you’re updating your look doesn’t mean you need to toss them in the trash. Consider buying some new lights from somewhere like Christmas Lights EtcÂ that has a huge inventory of different colors and styles of lights. Get multiple strands in the same color, and consider getting several strands with different sizes and styles of bulbs. Use these to highlight different areas of your home. For example, you can use shorter strands around picture frames for a pretty touch, or wrap them around your banister for an added flourish. Just keep away from kitschy or old-fashioned bulbs, like the giant multicolored lights. New lights also have better wires that are easier to hide from view.
Handmade Christmas decorations don’t have to be gaudy or dowdy. Check online for some beautiful paper crafts that are easy to make out of recycled materials, like snowflakes or stand up Christmas tree miniaturesÂ made out of newspaper pasted on cardstock. For an easy update on a Christmas decor staple, buy a twig wreath from any craftshop and spray paint it to match your color scheme. You can use this festive addition as an accent piece on the wall, or set it on a table and fill the middle with tealights for your advent wreath.
Christmas can be a stressful time, so your decoration should be an enjoyable process to curate and display. Using the styles above, you can have a marvelously modern Christmas without breaking your budget or feeling overwhelmed!