Dreaming of a white Christmas? Decorating with white is a perennial holiday favorite that works in any interior, from traditional to modern, Scandi style to farmhouse, and everything in between. Committing to a white palette is a simple way to help you cut down on visual clutter and streamline your holiday decision-making process.
Blanketing your interior with an all-white Christmas decor scheme can feel elegant and ethereal or crisp and contemporary depending on how you approach it. Keep in mind that styling a white room requires finesse and attention to detail in order to make it feel warm, inviting, and festive. Make your white Christmas decor shine by mixing materials; layering in textures; accessorizing with mirrors, metallics, and natural elements; and ensuring that it is well lit to create a magical mood.
Let these white Christmas decor ideas for all around the house inspire you to turn your home into a chic winter wonderland oasis that will create a timeless backdrop for all of your holiday celebrations.
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Sandra Foster's storybook white-washed Victorian tiny house in the Catskills of New York is made even more charming for Christmas with a small round candle-lit table set for a romantic holiday meal with a white tablecloth, pairs of feathered angel wings draped across the backs of antique chairs, and diminutive Christmas tree lit with real candles like a Christmas scene from another century that is classic and hard to beat.
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Vary Shades of White
Be sure to layer shades of white when decorating with all-white for Christmas to keep it from looking sterile and one-dimensional. In a white room, Finding Lovely paired a vase of pure white flowers with off-white bottle brush trees. The Christmassy vignette blends in with the overall decor but the differing shades add depth and dimension.
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Blogger Liz Marie decorated this festive Christmas tree in warm shades of white that range from off-white to cream to light beige, wrapping it with chunky yarn garlands, ribbons, remote-powered, clip-on candle effect lights, and a mix of decorations that includes everything from mercury glass balls to mini alpaca ornaments. The effect is a vintage-inspired, maximalist take on holiday decor that feels generous and warm.Continue to 5 of 23 below.
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Add Scandi Style
Designer Annie Sloan created a cool minimalist Scandinavian-inspired bedroom using cool Nordic shades of white and the palest of gray on chalk-painted, wood-paneled walls. Simple linen bedding, a vase of tall branches, and a lighted Christmas garland in the guise of a headboard completes the serene wintry holiday look.
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Make a White Cotton Wreath
Decorating an all-white space with seasonal greens is a go-to move for modern minimalists. This holiday display from The Merrythought adds a subtle twist to that idea by decorating the windowsill with a DIY white cotton wreath that takes center stage, complemented by greens and gold-toned accents.
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Refresh the Bathroom
Give your bathroom a mini holiday refresh with a few simple touches that will help you unwind during the mad end-of-year rush. This spacious mountain house bathroom from Emily Henderson Design has the light and the views, but simple white candles in hurricane lanterns on the windowsill, a lighted wreath in the window, a pair of mini flocked Christmas trees on the floor next to the large soaking tub and a hot bath full of ephemeral white bubbles invites you to slow down and take time to enjoy the beauty of the season.
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Set the Table
This holiday table setting from Finding Lovely includes white felt ornaments hanging from scavenged branches in a clear vase and a forest of white mini Christmas trees that creates a centerpiece with a light footprint. Navy edging on the placemats grounds all the pale tones without detracting from the light and airy feel.Continue to 9 of 23 below.
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Play With Scale
This spacious mountain living room from Emily Henderson Design is decorated with a tall tree that takes advantage of the soaring ceiling height. White tree ornaments, stockings, coffee table bottle brush trees, and cozy textiles throughout give the family-friendly room a cool weather feel.
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Add Plenty of Texture
One of the keys to creating a cozy and inviting all-white Christmas decor scheme is adding in plenty of texture. This Christmas mantel from Finding Lovely layers chunky knit stockings with bottle brush trees and Christmas roses in shades of white. Layering an abstract winter scene painting over an off-white mirror adds depth against the classic white fireplace with its painted white woodwork and white stone hearth.
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Carry It Through
Craftberry Bush carried a white Christmas decor theme throughout her living room from the mantel decorated with tall tree ornaments and white candles to the styled objects on the built-ins to the nearby Christmas tree dressed up in white for a cohesive look.
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Choose a Vintage Tree
Blogger Liz Marie dressed up a white vintage-style table top Christmas tree with small white candles, fabric ornaments, pine cones, and silver balls. A playful bronze wall-mounted rabbit trophy head adds whimsy to the all-white holiday farmhouse vignette.
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Tie It With a Bow
Blogger KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms tied her sweeping staircase banister with giant white bows that complement her modern farmhouse interior.
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Display a White Bouquet
You don't have to go all white to make an impact with this snowy hue. This open plan holiday living room from Craftberry Bush has a neutral palette that runs from pale to moody. A stylized bouquet of white Christmas roses and flowers adds elegance and lift to the coffee table, lit by the golden glow of the nearby tree.
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Bleach the Greenery
In this all-white Christmas corner from blogger Liz Marie, a pair of flocked trees of varying heights lit with small golden twinkle lights and a decorative mantel embellished with a bleached white garland and wreath complement the farmhouse living room with its shades of white everywhere from the floors to the furnishings.
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Style the Shelves
White books, figurines, bowls, and ornaments pop against the pale gray built-in shelving in this Christmas living room from Bria Hammel Interiors. The neutral-toned Christmas decorations create a cohesive look, and a trio of bronze bells adds warmth and a little sparkle. Go even warmer with gold-toned or copper accessories, or cool things off with silver tones for an icy look.
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Accessorize The Table
White house-shaped candle votives, dishware, and a white tablecloth give this holiday table from Emily Henderson Design a wintry and festive look that allows the food and drink to take center stage and complements frosted greenery.
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Lighten Up the Tree
Casa Watkins Living draped the Christmas tree with faux white berry branches and white ribbons to give the boho style holiday theme a fresh look.
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Build a Marquee
This loud and proud Christmas holiday mantel from A Beautiful Mess is lit up with a DIY Christmas marquee that proves that white can be modern or classic depending on how you use it. A pom pom garland in two shades of white, frosted mini trees, and gold accents add dimension and warmth to the chunky white facade of the fireplace.
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Use Cool White Lighting
While golden tree lights can add warmth to a white tree or an all-white decor scheme, cool bright lighting will have a more bracing effect that some people prefer. This Christmas corner from blogger Liz Marie Blog is transformed after dark with a blast of cool white lighting that turns the flocked Christmas trees into something more electrified. Cool bright lighting would also work well in a more contemporary interior.
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Light a Fire
A fire in the fireplace and golden lights on the Christmas tree decorated with garlands of oversized white flowers give this holiday living room from Finding Lovely a warm glow day or night.