It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but there’s something very refreshing about pausing, taking a step back, and rediscovering the true essence of Christmas. That’s exactly what this guide is for! We’ll show you how to prioritize the beauty of simplicity, the warmth of togetherness, and the joy of a clutter-free home. 

collage of photos of minimalist Christmas decor ideas

What is minimalist decor?

Let’s back up for a second… what does minimalist decor even mean? Minimalist decor is a design philosophy that revolves around the idea of “less is more.” It’s characterized by simplicity and clean lines, and seeks to eliminate unnecessary clutter and embellishments, allowing the core elements to shine. 

When we think about Christmas, we often think of the opposite of minimalism – extravagance! People often go all out for Christmas, whether in terms of their gifts, meals, or decor. Minimalist Christmas decor gives you a refreshingly simple take on a classic holiday that can sometimes get over the top. 

room decorated with minimalist christmas decor
Photo source: Floral Deco / Canva

Why embrace minimalism in Christmas decor?

Minimalism encourages us to strip away the excess and concentrate on what truly matters  – the joy of giving, spending time with loved ones, and reflecting on the year that’s passed. With minimalist Christmas decor, your home remains uncluttered and serene, providing a sense of calm during the festive season. 

How to embrace minimalist Christmas decor

Minimalist Christmas decor is all about distilling the holiday season to its most essential and heartfelt elements. Here are some tips to get you started!

1. Carefully curate your colors

Simplicity begins with color, and a thoughtfully curated color palette can set the tone for your minimalist Christmas decor. Start with a base of neutral colors such as white, gray, or beige for a clean canvas for your decor and a calming, uncluttered atmosphere.

neutral colored christmas ornaments and knit blanket on a brown background
Photo source: Floral Deco / Canva

Introduce a limited number of accent colors to add warmth and personality to your space. Traditional Christmas colors like deep red, forest green, or gold can work beautifully as accents against a neutral backdrop.

2.  Embrace natural elements

One of the keys to minimalist Christmas decor is bringing the beauty of the outdoors inside –  natural elements add warmth and texture to your space. Incorporate wooden accents in your decor, such as rustic tree ornaments, wooden candle holders, or a natural wood wreath. These items bring a sense of earthiness to your holiday setting.

Opt for real or artificial greenery, like pine branches, eucalyptus, or holly, to create a connection with nature. Wreaths and garlands made from natural materials can be stunning focal points. Use candles to evoke a cozy, intimate ambiance. 

3. Choose quality over quantity

In the world of minimalist Christmas decor, less truly is more. Quality decorations take center stage, and every piece should serve a purpose or hold sentimental value. Choose ornaments and decor items that have a special significance or evoke cherished memories. 

miscellaneous cozy winter items including cot chocolate, sweaters, and candles on white fabric background
Photo source: Vita Hnatiuk


Opt for timeless, durable decorations that can be used year after year. These may include heirloom-quality ornaments or high-quality holiday tableware. Regularly declutter and remove items that no longer hold meaning or fit your minimalist theme. You can always donate them or pass them on to a friend or family member!

Minimalist Christmas decor ideas

Minimalist Christmas decor is a delightful departure from the traditional holiday extravagance, allowing you to celebrate the season with simplicity, elegance, and a focus on what really matters. Here are some ideas to get you started! 

bare christmas tree with hand placing a single ornament on branch
Photo source: Floral deco / Canva


Minimalist Christmas tree ideas

A Christmas tree is usually at the center of your festive decor, and that doesn’t have to change if you’re going minimalist. Choose a smaller tree, or even a simple branch in a vase for a striking but festive centerpiece for your table. Of course, you can always trade the tree for tree-shaped window lights! 

When it comes to decorating your tree, keep it simple. Try creating your own minimalist ornaments from natural materials like wood, clay, or paper. Simple shapes, such as stars or geometric designs, work beautifully.

An elegantly minimalist tree

This guide from VIV & TIM shows you just how elegant a minimalist Christmas tree can look. I love their use of natural elements like red berries for some color.

two people decorating a simple christmas tree


A super simple beauty

while this one from The Merry Thought shows you that you might not need to decorate your tree at all! Those tiny fairy lights will still provide a warm, festive glow. And honestly, that might be the best part of Christmas trees anyway!

undecorated, minimalist christmas tree in a basket base


A minimal christmas tree with pops of color

I love this minimally decorated Christmas tree by “B Vintage Style” because they still use some pretty Christmas colors without going all out on ornaments. Perfectly balanced in my opinion!

tall christmas tree with minimal ornaments


DIY Cone Christmas trees

Think outside the box, maybe you don’t need a big Christmas tree at all! These DIY cone Christmas trees are a great way to keep things simple while still incorporating classic symbols of the holiday. Just check out our tutorial to see how to make these beautiful, glowing cone Christmas trees.

Modern Christmas Cone Trees


Minimalist Christmas mantel decor ideas

If you have a fireplace, it’s a place for Christmas decorations as it’s already a warm and cozy spot in your house. Fight the urge to decorate your entire mantel, and instead focus on a single point. A snow globe, a star, or even a large candle can be perfect for minimalist Christmas mantel decor. And if you don’t have a fireplace, you can always create a faux one yourself!

You can also display natural elements like pinecones, acorns, or dried citrus slices in a simple, linear design. Their organic beauty enhances the space without overwhelming it. A single strand of fairy lights or a delicate garland are also classy options. 

Keep it simple and natural with a garland

This gorgeous garland from Francoise et Moi shows that you can make a big statement simply by using beautiful greenery as decor.

large christmas garland on mantel


Subtle decorative items to embrace the season

These adorable decorations from “The Inspired Room” are a simple DIY to add a festive touch to your mantel without going overboard on decor.

mantel decorated with a few small, minimalist christmas decorations



Cute and minimal Christmas stockings

These stunning, DIY stockings minimalist stockings from Juniperus Threadworks are the perfect addition to any mantel, and it sounds like they’re easy to DIY!

minimalist white christmas stockings with christmas tree patches on each one


Minimalist Christmas wreath ideas

Whether your wreath is on your front door or inside your home, a minimalist design can give it an elevated, sophisticated look. Create a minimalist wreath using natural materials such as twigs, pinecones, or dried flowers. These elements add texture and character without excess. If you think it’s too difficult to DIY your own, think again. We’ve got lots of DIY Christmas wreath ideas for you to get inspired.

Keep the use of ribbon or bows simple and subtle. A single, delicate bow or a strand of twine can be all you need to hang the wreath. For a modern look, incorporate some geometric shapes or a hoop design for a unique twist on traditional wreaths.

Eucalyptus wreath

These Four Walls show us that you can create something beautiful with just eucalyptus and a candle.

minimalist hoop wreath with eucalyptus holding a small candle at the center


Budget DIY Christmas wreath

This example from Shifting Roots is easy to make, costs under $10, and looks so elegant!

minimalist hoop wreath with greenery and berries


Christmas wreath with brass bells

Another of our favorites comes from Allisa Jacobs, who uses some beautiful, rustic brass bells to craft a stunning homemade wreath. 

minimalist hoop wreath with rustic brass bells hanging form bottom


Decluttering for the holidays

A clutter-free home is a stress-free home! The act of decluttering can be therapeutic, as it eliminates the chaos and visual noise that can contribute to stress during the holidays. It’s also a good idea to declutter before you decorate for Christmas, to maintain your minimalist aesthetic.

To avoid feeling overwhelmed, tackle one room or area at a time. This helps you maintain focus and see progress as you go. Sort through your belongings and prioritize items to keep, donate, or discard. Be ruthless in your decision-making to reduce clutter effectively. 

Minimalist Christmas decor: A refreshing holiday aesthetic

As you experiment with your own minimalist Christmas decor, remember that it’s not about depriving yourself, or cutting back on your holiday spirit. It’s about making space for the things that truly matter – family, memories, and togetherness. Happy Holidays!

Are you ready for the holidays? If you’ll be hosting, you definitely need to check out our guide on how to prepare to host for the holidays, and while you’re at it, create a little diy welcome mat to greet your guests!

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