As a minimalist, you may love the holidays, but have two main concerns about showing your holiday spirit through decorating: clutter and storage. You may think extra decorations will be inherently counter-minimalist, especially with the way so many go overboard with fall, winter, and holiday decorations. However, maximalism is not the only way to decorate for the holidays.
There are many smart, minimal ways to decorate that exude winter, Christmas, and all things seasonal without completely overriding your minimalist style. Plus, if storing your decorations after the season is over is a main concern, you’ll love some of these ideas. It doesn’t take much to ensure your holiday and minimalist spirit can cohabitate happily throughout the season.
Exchange Gaudy Glitter and Jewel Tones for Ivory
Not only are shades of ivory wintery and seasonal, but these colors are also minimal and fit easily with whatever your current decor theme. Swap out your couch’s current pillows with these Coastal Joy pillows, or other wintry white throw pillows. You can swap out linens for white as well. Try a white slipcover over your couch, a chunky white knit throw blanket, or white comforter for the master bed. A delicate snowflake pattern on any of these in a slightly different shade of white will instantly up your seasonal factor, while still keeping it minimalist and classy. Even white stockings for the fireplace are trending this year!
Here’s an extra storage minimizing trick: instead of decorating your Christmas tree with an abundance of colorful ornaments, tinsel, lights, and the whole shebang that you then have to store for eleven months, try a tree with a delicate frost instead. Not only will it keep the overwhelming color and clutter down that so often happens in holiday decor, but now you can pass on storing all those ornaments the rest of the year. Plus, the frosted white complements any current color scheme, while still looking wintry.
Festive Greens Are Your Friend
The decision of whether or not to put up a Christmas tree is big, but if you decide to forgo it for space or clutter reasons, it doesn’t mean your holiday spirit has to suffer. In fact, with the right greens to make up for it, guests might not even notice you skipped the large tree, especially if you have smaller frosted trees on the mantel or side tables.
Tree or no tree, adding festive greenery to your decor instantly takes your holiday decorating to another level. Wreaths—both on the outside of your front door and maybe another in the hallway, are quick and simple to install and take up only minimal wall space while adding a lot of spirit for their spacial footprint. Plus, a poinsettia is a must, as is a sprig of mistletoe. Even better, if the greenery you buy is real, there’s no need to store anything after the season.
Bonus tip: a practically free option for the minimalist on a budget is creating a winter topiary. Take a white pot, add a few pieces of firewood, pine cones, and sprigs of pine leaves, and you’ve created a wonderful wintry centerpiece or fireplace decoration. Cleanup for this one is a cinch, as you can just return your materials right back to where you found them!
Candles Galore! Lights Optional
Lighting can be a big part of setting the mood or scene regardless of the time of year, and it’s a simple way to make your space tell its occupants exactly what the room is trying to convey. Candles, especially for the holidays, are essential. Whether you distribute small tea lights on the mantel and side tables or opt for a decorative white candle holder, candles will help set the mood of your home making your space unquestionably seasonal. Candles can be placed on side tables, the dining room table, across the mantel or entryway table, or anywhere that could use a little more festivity. Plus, if used often enough throughout the season, candles are another decoration that you won’t have to worry about storing!
Many people when decorating for winter think of Christmas lights as non-optional. If you’re someone who feels like it wouldn’t be Christmas without them, try a simple string of white lights instead of elaborate colorful ones. A simple string of white lights, while being far from baron or boring, says “Christmas” without saying “clutter”. Twisting some white lights around your small tree, wreath, or other greenery adds some festivity as well.
Choose a Room or Holiday
Finally, if you’re still feeling overwhelmed with the amount of decor for the season, pick just one room for holiday decor. Most decorators will usually choose the family room or dining room for the bulk of the decorating. The first look is usually what sets the tone of the experience, so there’s no need to decorate everything from the kitchen to the bedroom if your main goal is to appear festive to guests. Conversely, if you’re mostly decorating for your own enjoyment, choose the room you spend the most time in, like your sunroom or home office!
Another minimalist tip is to choose just one holiday or seasonal theme to decorate for, so you’re not switching up your decorations every other week through November and December. There are plenty of holidays and seasonal themes to choose from between Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and more. Pick your favorite and tailor your decorations to either fit that holiday or opt for a more general, neutral seasonal theme, like many of the wintery decorations suggested here.
If you’re looking for more holiday décor suggestions that are a little less minimalist, check out our previous blog, Subtle Ways to Decorate for the Holidays without Going Overboard.