Holiday traditions are part of what makes Christmas special. But using a classic color scheme or decorating in the same way year after year can get tired and predictable. If you're looking to refresh your traditional holiday decor, check out these 60 modern ideas that will inspire you to make your own rules and start some fun new holiday decorating traditions of your own.
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Interior designer Ginger Curtis of Urbanology Designs created a holiday table with a modern woodland vibe that feels fresh, modern, and down to earth.Continue to 2 of 60 below.
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Rainbow Christmas Tree
Why stick to red and green when your holiday decor can embrace all the colors of the rainbow? Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr of Inspired by Charm decorated his Christmas tree with an irreverent and decidedly modern rainbow of shiny ball ornaments that screams holiday cheer without resorting to holiday cliches.Continue to 3 of 60 below.
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Not everyone has a fireplace mantel for decorating and hanging stockings. Blogger Monika Hibbs created a lovely makeshift mantel using a sideboard that she dressed with a DIY holiday garland made from crepe paper, magnolia flowers, and leaves, and added a forest of neutral-toned bottle brush trees for a fresh and pretty take on traditional holiday decor. If you don't have a mantel, feel free to decorate and hang your stockings from a bookcase, staircase, or floating shelf.Continue to 4 of 60 below.
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Nooks and Crannies
One of the joys of modern holiday decorating is finding unexpected spots in your home to decorate beyond the mantel or the Christmas tree. Here, interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design decked out niches under the staircase and on the half landing of this modern, open staircase, creating an extra dose of holiday joy for old and young alike.Continue to 5 of 60 below.
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Cheeky Message Board
Laura Gummerman from A Beautiful Mess used a bright red message board with a cheeky song lyric as the centerpiece of a floating shelf altar to the holiday season replete with kitchy ormaments and family photographs.Continue to 6 of 60 below.
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Interior designer Mel Bean of Mel Bean Interiors created a contemporary spin on Christmas decor in this spacious gray-and-white living room with bright gold contrasting touches such as artwork, lampshades, and warm Christmas tree and mantel lighting.Continue to 7 of 60 below.
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Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess trotted out the family's collection of vintage Christmas albums to create a wall display above their living room buffet and music station, adding a fun nostalgic note with irreverent modern flair.Continue to 8 of 60 below.
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Blogger Leslie Saeta from My 100 Year Old Home gave her vintage-inspired modern farmhouse bedroom a holiday refresh by adding touches of red and green, swapping out the art for a cheerful Christmas-themed poster, plus red-and-white plaid pillows, and mini wreaths and trees.Continue to 9 of 60 below.
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Black and White Touches
Interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design added touches of black and white on accessories such as Christmas stockings, throw blankets and pillows, that add a modern twist to the holiday decor. A blingy gold tree and spare touches of bright red keep it joyful.Continue to 10 of 60 below.
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On the Shelf
If you live in a small space and don't have room or inclination to decorate a tree, you can inject your home with a bit of holiday cheer by creating a Christmas bookshelf display. Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr of Inspired by Charm turned a free-standing bookcase in a city apartment into a Christmas installation with a selection of ornaments that includes an assortment of trees, woodland creatures, and a Merry Christmas sign.Continue to 11 of 60 below.
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Crisp and White
Interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design used traditional holiday colors of red and green in a fresh way in this light and airy living room. The white tree adds a contemporary feel, and the traditional colors are used sparingly and augmented with touches of blue to create a modern feel.Continue to 12 of 60 below.
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Australian travel photographer Kara Rosenlund made this DIY wood stick tree look lush by filling in the spaces between branches with large white and silver ornaments. The white and natural Christmas decor blends seamlessly with the rest of her effortlessly chic space with its white walls and furniture and light gray marble fireplace.Continue to 13 of 60 below.
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Pink Food-Themed Tree
The best thing about modern Christmas decor is that you can adapt it to the existing style of your home rather than trying to force your modern decor scheme into looking traditional. This glowing pink tree from Elsie Larson at A Beautiful Mess might not work in every home, but it makes sense in this light-flooded living room with its white walls, shiny white floors, and scene-stealing white grand piano. Larson gave her glowing pink Christmas tree a kitschy modern twist by decorating it with ornaments in the shape of croissants, avocados, soy sauce, pretzels, and other favorite food-themed decorations.Continue to 14 of 60 below.
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Blogger Lucy Akins of Craftberry Bush gave her bedroom a simple holiday refresh by adding a tree, a faux fur throw, and accent pillows and a throw in shades of bright red.Continue to 15 of 60 below.
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Raffia and Greens
Brisbane, Australia-based travel photographer Kara Rosenlund has a subtle, laid back approach to holiday decorating that matches the setting and uses natural materials like raffia decorations and bunches of local flowers. It's a vibrant, untraditional take on the holidays that is breezy, modern, and effortlessly chic.Continue to 16 of 60 below.
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Blogger Annie Diamond from Most Lovely Things added sheepskin throws and a vase of pine branches to get her black-and-white dining room ready for a simple Scandi-style Christmas season.Continue to 17 of 60 below.
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The rustic stone fireplace in this living room from interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design doesn't have a traditional mantel, so she hung an oversized wreath above the firebox instead. Then she decorated the long built-in bench that runs the entire fireplace wall with a vase of bright red holiday berries, and an assortment of modern Christmas-themed throw pillows and decor in shades of blue, red, white, and green.
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Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess styled her Christmas decor to match the retro aesthetic of her midcentury modern living room and warm caramel leather couch using tones of creamy white and gold. She hung stockings above the firebox, and draped a kitschy green-and-white plastic flower garland around the window for a modern nod to traditional Christmas colors.Continue to 19 of 60 below.
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Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr of Inspired by Charm set a holiday table with a mix of vintage and modern elements that has clean Scandi-style vibes and cheerful holiday appeal. Sticking to shades of red, black, green, white, and wood tones creates a holiday setting that feels fresh and modern while remaining timeless.Continue to 20 of 60 below.
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Interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design decorated the bookshelves in a kid's room with a mini tree and Christmas-themed ornaments to create a moment of holiday cheer in an unexpected corner of the house.Continue to 21 of 60 below.
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Blogger Lucy Akins of Craftberry Bush used an unconventional Christmas table palette to match her pastel-hued tree, with a mix of pale pink, mint green, and fuschia ornaments that are a modern riff on traditional red and green. The white table is embellished with gold-toned candlesticks and ornaments for extra holiday sparkle.Continue to 22 of 60 below.
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Touches of Camel
Manhattan Beach, CA. based interior designer Mary Beth Christopher of MBC Interior Design adds neutral tones to modernize holiday decor in sunny southern California. "I love using camel/burnt caramel as a strong counter point to the usual red and green Christmas decor," she says. "And white and green flowers, rather than red, just to make it a little more sophisticated."Continue to 23 of 60 below.
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Holiday Beverage Cabinet
Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr of Inspired by Charm dressed up a beverage cabinet in holiday garb with a wood bead garland, a wooden Nutcracker statuette, and tree ornaments, leaving the doors ajar to signal to all that the bar is open.Continue to 24 of 60 below.
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Kid's Room Tree
Interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design created a Christmas refresh for this lucky kid's room with a full-sized tree, seasonal bedding, and Christmas-themed stuffed animal trophy heads on the wall.Continue to 25 of 60 below.
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This laundry room and mudroom from blogger Monika Hibbs gets a dash of unexpected Christmas cheer with a wreath strung from a pair of antlers mounted on the wall.Continue to 26 of 60 below.
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Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr of Inspired by Charm created a modern jewel-toned Christmas tree centered around emerald green. Cool-toned silver ornaments give it an icy and contemporary feel that works well in a contemporary city apartment.
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Black and White Stockings
Blogger Annie Diamond of Most Lovely Things chose contrasting black and white stockings to give her black-and-white themed Christmas mantel decorations a cohesive and modern look.Continue to 28 of 60 below.
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Interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design decorated a Midcentury Modern-style buffet with a bar tray and plenty of shiny copper ornaments. Large green garlands draping the tall windows help to amp up the festive vibes.
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Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr from Inspired by Charm created a modern Christmas bedroom refresh with a flirty mistletoe garland and a host of small ornaments decorating the floating shelf above the bed. A modern Christmas throw pillow and oversized cactus offer an ironic wink to traditional holiday colors.Continue to 30 of 60 below.
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If you've got the space and the inclination, any corner of the house can become an excuse for a little holiday decorating intervention. Interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design dressed up this corner desk and seasonal gift-wrapping station with a mini Christmas tree, a pair of tree ornaments, and an assortment of presents that adds festive charm to an unexpected spot.Continue to 31 of 60 below.
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Girls' Room Refresh
Interior designer Anita Yokota created an annual holiday tradition with her two young daughters of giving them a girly holiday makeover for their shared room. Here she combined a pink Charlie Brown tree with multi-colored garlands, ornaments, and fun throw pillows to give their bedroom a dose of holiday magic.Continue to 32 of 60 below.
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Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Interior designer Ginger Curtis of Urbanology Designs loves a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. "There's something whimsical and minimal about a Charlie Brown Christmas tree that just embraces simplicity in the midst of a holiday that can be overabundant," Curtis says.Continue to 33 of 60 below.
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Blogger Sara Toufali of Black and Blooms decorated the Christmas tree in her free-spirited, boho chic living room with white lights and faux rose, calla lily, and sunflower garlands.Continue to 34 of 60 below.
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Christmas Bar Cart
Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr of Inspired by Charm likes to dress up his bar cart for holiday entertaining, whether that means a hot chocolate station decorated with candy canes and marshmallows, a Christmas brunch Bloody Mary bar cart with all the fixings, or this all-purpose Christmas bar cart that's ready with festive spirits, decorative glassware, and holiday decorations whenever thirsty impromptu guests stop by.Continue to 35 of 60 below.
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Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr of Inspired by Charm repurposed a jumble of bright, multicolored vintage Christmas tree ornaments to create a fresh take on the holiday wreath that looks decidedly modern and can be reused from year to year.Continue to 36 of 60 below.
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If you live in an apartment or plan to travel over the holidays and don't want to decorate a full-sized tree, take a cue from blogger Michael Wurm, Jr from Inspired by Charm, who assembled a tabletop centerpiece made of miniature tree-shaped ornaments under glass domes that create a modern terrarium effect with a festive spirit.Continue to 37 of 60 below.
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Sometimes you want a big tree with all the trimmings to be the star of the show. Other times, it's nice to have a tree that knows how to dress down and hang in the corner while you get on with the main event of spending time with friends and family. Blogger Annie Diamond of Most Lovely Things chose a modest Christmas tree housed in a vintage style crock pot in the corner of the dining room to create an easy modern nod to the holiday with timeless appeal.Continue to 38 of 60 below.
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Interior designer Ginger Curtis of Urbanology Designs created an entry display in neutral tones of black, white, and wood, with giant pinecones piled in a wooden beer crate, a wood bead garland, and a bit of Christmas-themed typography on the wall. Curtis says that wrapped gifts under the tree can also present an "often overlooked opportunity to create a custom, curated moment under your tree." Instead of shiny reds and greens, she says, "gifts can be wrapped in brown paper packaging with twine, and a gorgeous pop of organic color could come from dried slices of lemons and oranges, a sprig of rosemary or other greenery, tied or tucked into that twine."Continue to 39 of 60 below.
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Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr from Inspired by Charm created a modern staircase banister garland with a spray of multi-colored ornaments that broadcasts Christmas cheer without sticking to a traditional palette of reds and greens.Continue to 40 of 60 below.
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DIY Advent Calendar
Advent calendars don't have to cost an arm and a leg. Blogger Annie Diamond of Most Lovely Things made this charming tree-shaped DIY advent calendar using clay tags, driftwood, and greens that works as wall decor and could sub in for a conventional tree in a smaller space.Continue to 41 of 60 below.
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Mini Gallery Wall
Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr from Inspired by Charm set up a mini gallery wall in a reading corner of his bedroom embellished with seasonal elements like a small wreath, a mini tree, a red plaid blanket, and a scented candle for peak coziness. The black, red, green, and white palette feels modern, masculine, and inviting.Continue to 42 of 60 below.
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Bedding and Banner
Interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design gave this kid's room an easy dose of Christmas style with an advent calendar banner strung up above the bed made up with Christmas-themed sheets and a Santa throw pillow.Continue to 43 of 60 below.
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One key word sets the tone for this witty Christmas living room refresh from blogger Michael Wurm, Jr from Inspired by Charm. A peace sign pillow sends a modern holiday message and an animal-friendly trophy head decoration on the wall completes the modern holiday tableau.Continue to 44 of 60 below.
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Blogger Annie Diamond of Most Lovely Things added a subtle nod to the Christmas season in her soothing black bedroom by draping a garland with fairy lights around the window above the bed.Continue to 45 of 60 below.
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Light Up The Piano
Interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design turned this upright piano into a makeshift Christmas mantel with a green garland, Christmas lights, and ornaments.
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Shot of Red
Blogger KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms added a festive note to a display shelf by scattering a few red ball ornaments that add a shot of holiday color that is shorthand for the holidays, achieved with a minimum of fuss.Continue to 48 of 60 below.
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Pastel Kitchen Decor
Interior designer Mel Bean of Mel Bean Interiors decorated the countertops, pendant lights, window, and island of this spacious kitchen for a glamorous, pastel-hued take on Christmas decor.
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Black, White, and Greens
This entry from interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design is decorated for the holidays in an appealingly streamlined style that uses simple fresh greens to complement a palette of black, white, and wood tones. A pair of vintage wood skis leaning casually in the corner adds a wintry holiday vibe that is perfect for those who like to celebrate in a low key way and can stay up throughout the winter season.Continue to 50 of 60 below.
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Interior designer and Emily Henderson contributor Shavonda Garnder added a selection of modern throw pillows with holiday sayings and imagery for an easy festive teen bedroom refresh.Continue to 51 of 60 below.
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Interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design gave an overlooked chest of drawers in the back corner of a room a little holiday refresh with a paper Christmas tree, some shiny copper and blush ornaments, greens, and candlelight.Continue to 52 of 60 below.
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Blogger Annie Diamond of Most Lovely Things used a mix of black, white, and natural toned Christmas decorations such as a wreath and house-shaped votive candles that blend in seamlessly with her neutral decor.Continue to 53 of 60 below.
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Not everyone has the space, budget, bandwidth, or inclination to decorate a the biggest tree that will fit through the door. Blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona took the Charlie Brown tree concept a step further by adding a simple tree branch in a clear vase in her living room, an eco-friendly, no stress alternative to the obligation to decorate a whole tree.
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Dress the Dresser
This holiday teen room makeover from interior designer and Emily Henderson Design contributor Shavonda Garnder features a simple but effective Christmas installation on the top of a clothes dresser. Mini trees, ornaments, and an advent garland in natural tones complement the blue and white palette of the room.Continue to 55 of 60 below.
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Wood Bead Garland
Interior designer Lindye Galloway of Lindye Galloway Studio created a festive table using a light gray linen tablecloth and napkins, simple greens, votive candles, and a painted wood bead garland for a natural and minimalist take on Christmas decor.Continue to 56 of 60 below.
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Interior designer and Emily Henderson Design contributor Shavonda Garnder incorporated Christmas accessories into this teen bedroom that work with the palette of blues and neon yellow and can be easily swapped out once the holidays are over.Continue to 57 of 60 below.
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Blogger Annie Diamond from Most Lovely Things set a black-and-white family Christmas table with a striped table runner, votive candles, black napkins and silverware tied up in a little black bow.Continue to 58 of 60 below.
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Black and Red Table
Blogger Lucy Akins of Craftberry Bush dressed her round Christmas dining table with a modern black-and-red palette that includes red plaid napkins, fresh red pomegranates, black dishware, and gold flatware.Continue to 60 of 60 below.
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White on White
Blogger Lucy Akins of Craftberry Bush added simple a LED garland and some lighthearted white-on-white Christmas decorations to her kitchen countertops, like white glass ornaments in a porcelain egg carton, and mini trees under clear glass.