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    75 Seasonal Yet Stylish Christmas Decorating Ideas

    Introducing some new, refreshingly chic ways to deck the halls.

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    Annie Selke; Janis Nicolay

    The holidays are just around the corner—you’ll be decking the halls with Christmas decorations before you know it. While wreaths, stockings, and your classic well-appointed pine tree are de rigueur this time of year, your decorations can always use a refresh. (After all, nothing will cramp your style like mini Santas or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer everywhere.) Admittedly, Christmas decorations can feel a little constricting, as if straying from a red-and-green color palette will land you on the naughty list. But as it turns out, Christmas decor is packed with unlimited design potential—you just need to get a little creative.

    To help kick-start your inspiration, feast your eyes on the 75 divine Christmas decorating ideas here. From pared-down wrapping paper to glitzy accessories to an innovative alternative to your favorite holiday staples, we’re positive you’ll find something to make your spirits merry, bright, and oh so beautiful.

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    Kylie Fitts
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    Revel in Repetition

    Consider repetition an easy, low-maintenance way to make a statement. In this living room from Havenly, the dual wreaths complement the matching cocktail and side tables.

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    Kylie Fitts
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    Rose-Colored Glasses

    Just because red and green are the typical Christmas color palette doesn’t mean they’re your only options. Havenly’s Heather Goerzen shook up the status quo by filling this nook with warm pinks, creams, and oranges. The result is a fun, refreshing take on the classic palette.

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    Kylie Fitts
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    Haute Heater

    You can dress up any nook and cranny of your home—just take a look at this space from Havenly. Shelby Girard, the brand’s vice president of creative and design, beautified this radiator with a garland, string lights, and minimalist stockings.

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    Lauren Elaine Interiors
    4 of 75
    Luxe Laundry

    Anyone who wants to spruce up their laundry room should take a cue from Lauren Elaine Interiors. The Atlanta-based designer decked out this butler’s pantry with a lush green wreath and matching mini topiaries.

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    Rachel Robshaw
    5 of 75
    Wintry Whites

    Bring the snowy outdoors to your dining room table by coating the surface with a medley of whites, creams, and ivories. Textile designer John Robshaw added a vibrant green bouquet to keep this neutral tablescape from feeling dull.

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    John McClain
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    Craft Service

    As interior design John McClain proves, some of the best Christmas decorating ideas can come from flexing your creative muscle.

    “Use what you have,” he says. “This bookcase was accented with ribbon and wreaths strategically placed in the center of each opening. Replace a few of your everyday accessories with holiday ones, and you have a holiday bookshelf!”

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    John McClain
    7 of 75
    On the Flip Side

    What’s the best way to balance a decadent Christmas tree? A smaller upside-down tree, as seen in this space by John McClain. “To mimic the effects of a chandelier, an inexpensive faux tree was hung from a grommet over the table,” he says. “Backyard vines that are sprayed gold and wired to the base both hide the mechanics and create an additional element of whimsy.”

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    John McClain
    8 of 75
    Sitting Pretty

    Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a fancy tablescape to make your dining room shine. John McClain cleverly tied a batch of festival foliage to the back of each chair. The result? A beautiful arrangement that will look good from breakfast to dinner.

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    Get Glitzy

    A wreath is a fail-safe way to bring the holiday spirit to any room. Want to take this Christmas staple up a couple of notches? Adorn it with gilded baubles.

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    Annie Sloan
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    Accessorize with Asymmetry

    In case you missed it, Christmas decorations don’t have to be perfectly asymmetrical. Annie Sloan created plenty of movement and visual interest in this room, thanks to the off-kilter garland and defiant plant.

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    Annie Sloan
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    Gift Garland

    If you want to give your home a sense of childhood wonder, bring the Christmas decorations to your children’s bedroom. Annie Sloan adorned this space with a strand of pint-sized presents. (Translation: This decorating idea is literally the gift that keeps on giving.)

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    Annie Sloan
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    Fine Dining

    Looking to create a dining room that appeals to all of the senses? Add some leafy greens to your space. Annie Sloan took Christmas decor to new heights with a suspended branch that’s decked out with ornaments. It’s like a Christmas tree for your dining nook!

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    Julie Blanner
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    Christmas Kitchen

    Filling a kitchen with holiday cheer is a tall order. However, as Julie Blanner proves, it’s as easy as hanging a minimalist wreath above your stove.

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    Rachel Ashwell
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    Small But Mighty

    As this corner from Shabby Chic founder Rachel Ashwell proves, the biggest statements can often come in small packages. This Christmas tree might be small, but its pink color scheme and glitzy ornaments pack a punch.

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    Monica Wang
    15 of 75
    Midcentury Marvel

    Calling all midcentury lovers: This space from Anne Sage proves you can take a modern approach to Christmas decorations. The cheery palette and sleek silhouettes of the dinnerware feel delightfully retro, while a tiny silver tree in the middle offers some subtle holiday spirit.

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    Monica Wang
    16 of 75
    Tremendous Tree

    Want to give your Christmas decorations a “wow” factor? Interior designer Bunny Williams opts for a supersized tree. “It seems to get bigger every year,” she says. “Ornaments become very sentimental, and I still have a few from my childhood. You put them on the tree every year, and then when you take them down, you just can’t wait to see them again the next year.”

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    Bunny Williams
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    The Textured Treatment

    Mixing different materials is an easy, effective way to add a homey spirit to your space. Here, Bunny Williams juxtaposes lush branches with berries, fruit, and tactile trees. Williams sticks to an earthy color palette to keep the vignette cohesive rather than contradictory.

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    Bunny Williams
    18 of 75
    One with Nature

    If you want to bring the winter wonderland to your home, decorate your space with elements from the great outdoors. Bunny Williams covered her mantel with faux mushrooms, branches, and wooden accents. The strands of pine cones and chestnuts give this look a seasonal spin.

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    Marie Flanigan Interiors
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    Color Coordination

    Want to transform your home into an elegant space that can rival your favorite Christmas movie? Interior designer Marie Flanigan recommends opting for a curated color palette.

    “Streamline the decorating process by committing yourself to a color palette,” she says. “Whether it’s white on white or traditional red and green, decide on a clear direction and ensure any newly purchased items coordinate.”

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    JANIS NICOLAY
    20 of 75
    Unexpected Elegance

    If hanging a wreath on your front door feels a tad basic, take a cue from Gillian Segal and opt for a cluster of varying branches. It’s an unexpected yet effortlessly cool alternative.

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    JANIS NICOLAY
    21 of 75
    Wonderful Wrapping

    Well-appointed gift wrapping can give your space a festive, photogenic finishing touch. Gillian Segal kept it simple with a neutral palette and a stray twig.

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    JANIS NICOLAY
    22 of 75
    Keep It Casual

    Decorating your home with an easygoing nonchalance will give your space a cool, modern edge. Instead of tightly wrapping garland around a railing, Gillian Segal draped a loose, wild strand down a flight of stairs.

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    JANIS NICOLAY
    23 of 75
    Dazzle with Dreidels

    Christmas isn’t the only holiday worth celebrating this season. If you’re also ringing in the eight luminous nights of Hanukkah, keep a batch of colorful dreidels in an acrylic bowl à la Gillian Segal.

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    Rashmi Patel
    24 of 75
    Town Tablescape

    Turn your dining table into a makeshift North Pole by creating a lively centerpiece with snowy wooden houses, strategically placed branches, and miniature trees. Let Rashmi Patel of Rush Me Home show you how it’s done.

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    Shavonda Gardner
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    Gorgeous Garland

    A lush strand of garland can look good anywhere—even draped over a large mirror. Not only does this decorating idea usher in the holiday spirit, the vibrant green also pops nicely against Shavonda Gardner’s black walls and fuchsia front door.

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    Kaelyn Guerin
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    Feeling Fruity

    When decorating her mantel, Kaelyn Guerin traded in the boughs of holly for slices of dried oranges. The result? The perfect mix of festive and fruity.

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    Serena & Lily
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    Simplicity Is Key

    You don’t need to pull out all the stops to make a statement. As this setup from Serena & Lily proves, simply hanging a textured wreath can add plenty of visual appeal.

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    Serena & Lily
    28 of 75
    Fancy Feast

    Pine boughs can add a festive spirit to any space. Here, the extra foliage gives a wintry touch to a coastal bar cart by Serena & Lily.

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    Serena & Lily
    29 of 75
    Touchy-Feely

    Looking for a Christmas decorating idea that’s stylish, seasonal, and snugly? Channel this table from Serena & Lily by draping a faux-fur throw on your dining chairs.

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    Harlow and Thistle
    30 of 75
    Minimalist Mantel

    Just because you’re decorating for the most wonderful time of the year doesn’t mean you have to settle for boughs of holly and plaid accents. If your aesthetic skews more minimalist, take a cue from Harlow and Thistle and deck your fireplace mantel with dried wheatgrass, scarce eucalyptus leaves, and nickel accents.

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