Elegant + Simple Christmas Decorating Ideas

Don’t miss these elegant yet simple Christmas decorating ideas which make up part 2 of the Elegant + Simple Holiday Home Tour! If you missed it, catch part 1 of the Elegant + Simple Holiday Home Tour here.

pine wreath with velvet ribbon on tile wall above farmhouse sink

What began as the Elegant + Simple Holiday Home Tour part 2 quickly devolved into super simple (yet elegant 😉 ) Christmas decorating ideas.

candles and Christmas lights by the fireplace and Christmas tree

Why? Because I thought you might find it more helpful than a room-by-room tour. Plus, my home is NOT decked from head to toe and tied with a perfect bow. Instead, I’d like to say that it’s imperfectly sprinkled with holiday cheer. Just enough in each space to make me smile and remind me of the joy that’s coming with the advent of our Savior.

fluted cabinet with wreath and velvet ribbon

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5 ideas for ELEGANT + SIMPLE Christmas decor

1. Put a wreath on it

I feel like that’s my mantra this year… Need a festive feel? Put a wreath on it.

Whether it’s your front porch, your office, your kitchen, or your living room, a simple holiday wreath adds instant cheer for the holiday season.

It doesn’t have to be red and green or decorated with candy canes, greenery is sufficient.

simple pine wreaths hung on windows

Or you can add some jingle bells like I did on this front door wreath for an extra festive touch.

front porch with black planters and a festive holiday wreath with bells

2. Hang garland

My go-to holiday decorating idea is always garland: garland on the mantel…

And garland on the stairs are staples in our holiday home.

garland hung on curving staircase with velvet ribbon
stairwell garland and tree in curved staircase

This year I even added some to the china cabinet in our dining room.

simple magnolia garland on china cabinet in dining room Christmas

3. Add some ribbon

Probably the easiest way to change the look of your holiday decor affordably is to add some holiday ribbon. In the past, I’ve used satin and grosgrain ribbon, but this year I chose a couple of colors of vintage velvet ribbon… And I’m in love.

It’s perfect on the Christmas trees as a simple garland and, of course, for gift wrapping.

And I love a loose bow tucked into the corner of the trailing garland on our fireplace mantel and hung on the banister.

brass bells and velvet ribbon on holiday mantel
stairwell garland with pine cones and velvet ribbon

You can also add it to any wreath for a sweet holiday touch.

pine wreath with vintage gold velvet ribbon

4. Wrap with lights

If you’ve followed along for very long, you probably know that Christmas lights are basically my favorite thing. I have this big Christmas Nights tour every year (can’t wait to share this year’s tour!) where I show our home all lit up at night.

There’s something magical about Christmas lights even in the daytime, though.

large Christmas tree in curved stairwell

I like to add them to any garland I use, weaving them around and through the greenery.

I even love adding a little copper wire of fairy lights when greenery would just get in the way.

wreath above sink and copper fairy lights on kitchen counter for holiday decor

5. Light a candle

I’m actually not a year-round candle girl. I generally don’t like strong scents and don’t even think about candles 9 months of the year… Then autumn arrives and it instantly makes your home feel like magic.

candle light and string lights for magical christmas decorating ideas

I like cozy scented candles in my living room, dining room, kitchen, and office.

And I love using unscented tapers as part of mantels and table decorations (more of this scene coming to you soon 😉 ).

stairwell garland and Christmas dining room

In short, a little firelight just adds to the holiday magic.

More Simple Holiday Decorating Ideas

I hope you enjoyed these simple tips and ideas for Christmas decor in your home! You might also enjoy these posts:

In all honestly, I’m trying really really hard this year to remember why we decorate for the holiday season. I’m praying that all these little touches would work to remind my heart and mind of the gift that came to us.

Wishing the same for you this holiday season!

wreath and twinkle lights: simple + elegant holiday decorating ideas

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  1. Rachel I love the simplicity of your decor. I made the wood bead garland and love it. Thank you for sharing ideas.

  2. Hi! I love the dark charcoal/navy blue color on the base cabinets in the kitchen. Can you please tell me where those cabinets are from and what color that is?

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