8 Simple Holiday Decorating Ideas


The holidays seem to always sneak up on us, and decorating can be a daunting task. Luckily, there are some easy ways to bring the holiday spirit into your spaces without a huge investment or a lot of work. We rounded up our favorite decor ideas to evoke the warmth and cheer of the holidays in a simple (and affordable!) way.


1. Greenery

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Extend the life of your holiday decorations with simple greenery. A strand of pine or boxwood instantly creates a sense of warmth and coziness in any room by softening shelving or a mantle.



2. Lush pillows

If you want to create warmth in a space but don’t love the look of bold holiday-themed textiles, instead opt for lush fabrics in a neutral color. Whites, grays, and beiges can be used year-round and rich textures like faux fur and velvet elevate any room for the holidays.



3. Re-purposed lanterns

Wrought iron lanterns can be utilized inside or on your front steps for understated holiday decorating. Fill them with ornaments or firewood, or use a single candle in each for the perfect minimalistic look.



4. Simple window candles

Placing white candles in the front windows of a home is a longstanding holiday tradition, and having a twinkle visible to your neighbors is a wonderful way to bring well wishes to passersby. Whether a real or faux flame, adding a candle to your front facing window is an easy way to instantly bring holiday spirit home.



5. Ornament bowl

If you’re too busy to go through the hassle of getting a tree, or you’ve just accumulated too many ornaments to display on one, use a bowl or tray as a catchall for those beautiful baubles. Traditional round ornaments are affordable and easy to coordinate to a color palette or aesthetic for your room.



6. Bottlebrush Trees

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Small wire trees are a beautiful way to decorate your home for the holidays with minimal work. Utilize a few to create a small vignette on your bookshelf or coffee table.



7. Buffalo Plaid Accents

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Even if there is no red or green, buffalo plaid evokes feelings of sitting around a fireplace in a cozy cabin. You can utilize the fabric in table settings, pillows, and stockings to keep coloring simple while still incorporating a holiday aesthetic.



8. Hang a Wreath

An easy (and quite festive) addition to any room is to hang a wreath from your window. You can use the hook to loop the ribbon around or hang it from your curtain rod. It will instantly become the focal point of the room.



What are your favorite holiday decorating tips and tricks? Do you keep things simple or deck the halls with all your favorite decorations?