10 Minimalist Christmas Decorating Ideas

copper and twig hanging branch

Erika Rax 

If decking the halls for the holidays feels like an overwhelming chore, consider the hygge (pronounced hue-guh) way. Hygge is a Scandinavian word describing simplicity, coziness, and warmth. When used in home decor, it results in a "less is more" aesthetic, giving your home a minimalistic and understated Nordic feel. If you're ready to scale back on your holiday decor (while still creating a gorgeous, festive space), glean inspiration from some beautiful minimalist decorating ideas you can copy in an afternoon.

  • 01 of 09

    Simplify Deliberately

    paper star lights
    Pinja Colada

    These easy DIY paper stars from Pinja Colada are the perfect minimalist decor idea for any room. Simply cut out a few stars from colorful paper, place them over a string of white lights, and you have a warm garland that works well in bedrooms, kids' rooms, or dens. 

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  • 02 of 09

    Go Bare

    living room with a tree and antlers
    Becki Owens

    When creating a minimalist Christmas setting, focus on only the essentials. This stripped-down Christmas tree from Becki Owens features simple white lights and a few snowflakes. The look is calming and inviting without all the extra trimming, especially when paired with a simple evergreen wreath and a cozy faux fur throw, giving your living room a distinctly modern feel. 

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  • 03 of 09

    Rethink Your Wreath

    simple wreaths
    Makers Society

    These wall hanging wreaths from Makers Society are incredibly easy to copy and they look great in any room. While you can pick any type of greenery to recreate this look, consider using holly, eucalyptus, or pine to give it a festive look. While the beauty of these wreaths is that they can be used all year long, they shine when paired with other minimalist Christmas decor. 

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  • 04 of 09

    Head Outside for Free Decor

    twigs and candles
    Zrínyi Azary

    Who needs flowers? This luminescent coffee table arrangement uses branches and tea lights to set a cozy, wintery mood. Gather a few mason jars and some twigs to recreate this hygge-friendly look. Add a few simple ornaments or paper snowflakes and use this arrangement on a coffee table, a buffet, or even as your dinner centerpiece. 

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    Create a Whimsical Birch Tree

    birch christmas tree
    Alicia Lantzer

    This adorable mini birch tree is incredibly easy to recreate with a handful of variously sized wood slices. If you can't find the right lengths of birch, use felt to recreate the look. Place this Dr. Seuss-esque miniature on a bookcase or a serving table. 

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  • 06 of 09

    Twist the Traditional Advent Calendar

    evergreen advent calendar
    This Merry Thought

    There are many ways to DIY an advent calendar, but this hanging evergreen idea from This Merry Thought is unlike any we've seen before. This beautiful wall hanging uses a branch of evergreen (either faux or real is fine) and decorated matchboxes to help count down the days until Christmas. Stay traditional with chocolate or place poems, quotes, or even photos in each box as you whittle down the days.

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    Rig a Dowel Christmas Tree

    dowel christmas tree
    Nalles House

    There are a lot of minimalist Christmas tree decorating ideas, but this uber-modern one ditches the tree altogether. Blogger Nalles House used wooden dowels, white lights, and paper ornaments to create this updated Charlie Brown-like "tree." This is a great idea for small apartments, guest rooms, or any place you want to add a bit of holiday cheer without caring for another live tree. 

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  • 08 of 09

    Add a Bit of Christmas Everywhere

    bookshelf with twigs
    Style Mutt Home

    Sprinkling Christmas decor around your house doesn't have to feel overwhelming or overpowering. This bookshelf from Style Mutt Home is simply adorned with holly and branches, but still feels festive and cheerful. Look to your styled bookshelves to add minimalist holiday decor, like a few tea lights, some ivy, or a wreath. 

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  • 09 of 09

    Tie up Packages with String

    Christmas packages with greenery
    Hege in France

    Once you've got the minimalist Christmas tree down, it's time to focus on what goes underneath. This simple paper wrapping just needs twine and a bit of greenery to make it almost too pretty to open. Eucalyptus or boxwood are great plants to sprinkle in, as both will last long enough for Santa.