10 Minimalist Christmas Decorating Ideas

copper and twig hanging branch

Erika Rax 

If decking the halls for the holidays feels like an overwhelming chore, you should consider the hygge way. Hygge (pronounced hue-guh, so you can look fancy at your holiday party) 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) we've rounded up some beautiful minimalist decorating ideas you can copy in an afternoon—like this stunning copper and twig wall hanging from Erika Rax.

  • 01 of 09

    Deliberate Simplicity

    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 some differently colored papers, place them over a string of white lights and you have a warm garland that works well in bedrooms, kids' rooms or dens. 

    Continue to 2 of 9 below.
  • 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. We adore this stripped-down Christmas tree from Becki Owens, featuring simple white lights and a few snowflakes. While we love grand, elaborate trees as much as the next person, this look is calming and inviting without all the extra trimming. We especially like it paired with a simple evergreen wreath and a cozy faux fur throw, giving your living room a distinctly modern feel. 

    Continue to 3 of 9 below.
  • 03 of 09

    Rethink Your Wreath

    simple wreaths
    Makers Society

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

    Continue to 4 of 9 below.
  • 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 very hygge-friendly look. Add a few simple ornaments or paper snowflakes, and you can use this arrangement on a coffee table, a buffet or even as your dinner centerpiece. 

    Continue to 5 of 9 below.
  • 05 of 09

    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, you can use felt to recreate the look. Place this Dr. Seuss-esque miniature on a bookcase or a serving table. 

    Continue to 6 of 9 below.
  • 06 of 09

    A Twist on a 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. While we're partial to chocolate, you can place poems, quotes or even photos in each box as you whittle down the days.

    Continue to 7 of 9 below.
  • 07 of 09

    A Dowel Christmas Tree

    dowel christmas tree
    Nalles House

    We've seen 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. While we plan to stick with the genuine article in our living room this year, 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 tree. 

    Continue to 8 of 9 below.
  • 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 stripped wreath. 

    Continue to 9 of 9 below.
  • 09 of 09

    Packages Tied up 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. We adore this simple paper wrapping that 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.