Want simple and affordable ways to dress up your home for the holidays? Check out these easy ideas for neutral Christmas home decorating!
Are you excited about decorating your home for Christmas?
So are we!
We both enjoy decorating our homes for winter, spring, summer, and fall….
But just like Buddy the Elf, Christmas is our favorite.
If you enjoy candlelight Christmas home tours, be sure to check out AnnMarie’s modern farmhouse at Christmas and Anne’s traditional home by Christmas candlelight.
Our homes’ decorating styles are a little different, but we both love a neutral vibe with our Christmas decorating.
And we can’t wait to share these easy ideas with you to get a little Christmas in your home this year.
The best part?
Even if you prefer a more colorful Christmas, these ideas can still work for you!
Be sure to let us know your favorite idea in the comments at the bottom of the post.
A big thank you to our friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse for coordinating this Christmas in July blog hop! There are so many beautiful homes on this tour, and we’re both feeling that holiday spirit.
If you’re new to our blog, or you’re visiting from our friend Chloe’s blog, Celebrate & Decorate, welcome! We’re so glad you’re here!
We’re Anne (shorter one on the left) and AnnMarie (taller one on the right), and together, we’re Simply2Moms.
We live across the street from each other and love sharing simple ideas for home decorating, easy DIY projects, entertaining, healthy eating, and some tips for raising teens and beyond.
But enought about us.
Let’s talk Christmas!!
We have 13 easy ideas for you to dress up your home for the holidays this year.
And of course we saved our favorite for last…
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1. Put Wreaths on Your Chairs
AnnMarie’s dining room looked so pretty with the greenery on her chandelier and that simple farmhouse centerpiece.
But it was missing a little something.
After a visit to Target’s Bullseye Playground she came home with some small and inexpensive wreaths.
Tying those wreaths to the back of her dining room chairs helped to kick things up a notch!
The extra greenery helps move your eye to the outside of the table, and makes her room extra special.
Check out the rest of AnnMarie’s home at Christmas last year!
2. Create a Christmas in a Box Vignette
When we think about Christmas, we always rely on greenery.
No matter what color scheme we may be using, greenery is what ties it all together.
Simply get a large container, and tuck in real or faux greenery.
You can even combine real and faux greenery like I did in the copper bucket above.
For both of these vignettes, I included some cream-colored candles.
Then I added a miniature tree wrapped in cream burlap for one, and a cream-colored bottle brush tree for the other.
Get creative with containers you already have!
3. Decorate Your Chandeliers
Did you see how pretty AnnMarie’s chandelier looked at the beginning of this post?
The simple greenery paired with clear glass balls was so elegant!
Anne paired some faux greenery with a garland of vintage-looking mercury glass ornaments to dress up her kitchen chandelier.
Fun fact: we both bought those mercury glass garlands at Vintage Market Days a few years ago. Did you spot how AnnMarie used hers above in her dining room?
4. Christmas-Scented Candles
We’re both suckers for scented candles.
And when those candles smell like Christmas?
Does it get any better than that?
One of our favorite scents for the holidays is Tree Farm from Antique Candle Co.
We aren’t being paid to say that.
It just smells exactly like Christmas and we love their candles!
5. Use Trays for Simple & Moveable Centerpieces
We both love using trays when we decorate any time of the year.
When you contain your decorations in a tray, it’s so easy to move if you need that surface for something else!
Like a game of Sequence…
It’s so easy to combine some faux boxwood garland with pillar candles and ornaments for a simple centerpiece.
This simple tray is easy to move off the kitchen island when serving a crowd.
Or it can be a centerpiece on the island.
Since we’re talking about neutral Christmas decorating ideas today, simply combine greenery with other natural accents for a cohesive look.
The grapevine reindeer, the burlap on the base of the tree, the seed pods on the tree, and the distressed white beads all add great texture to keep things interesting.
Tiered trays are another fun item to decorate for the holidays!
6. Layer Different Sized Candles
So by now you’ve probably noticed we love using candles during the holidays!
To give your display some visual variety, combine pillar candles with candlesticks.
The different heights and widths make the display more interesting.
You can give your candle holders a more cohesive look with this simple trick.
7. Don’t Forget About Wreaths!
How on earth have we made it all the way to number 7 and not really mentioned wreaths yet?!
Okay, we sort of talked about them when AnnMarie used them to decorate her dining room chairs.
But what about hanging a Christmas wreath on your door?
Well of course we love doing that, but it felt a little too obvious.
So here are two other ideas for using wreaths.
Why not hang one on the inside of your front door?
That way you get to enjoy it all the time, not just when you come in through the front door!
Also, AnnMarie’s front entry looks so different after she gave it a makeover this spring.
We can’t wait to decorate it for Christmas this year!
Or hang a wreath on a vintage window frame.
Doesn’t that wreath with the bells look so festive on AnnMarie’s mantel?
8. Themed Christmas Trees
We both decorate a family Christmas tree filled with sentimental ornaments.
But recently we’ve added some smaller trees in other spots of our homes.
AnnMarie has a tree in her dining room window filled with white, burlap, and clear glass ornaments.
And a slim pencil tree in her living room covered with these easy handmade wood ornaments.
Last year, Anne added a themed tree in her home too!
Neutral ribbon with gold polka dots dressed it up.
She used dried limes, dried oranges, and sprigs of white berries for a natural look.
9. Two Words: Miniature Trees
These mini Christmas trees are super fun!
We love sprinkling them throughout our homes during Christmas.
And they’re a great way to transition from Christmas into the colder winter season.
AnnMarie dressed up her tray with a cute little mini tree in it for the holidays using a plaid patterned scarf.
Don’t be afraid to think out of the Christmas decorating box!
You probably have all kinds of things you can use to zhuzh up your space for the holidays.
10. Transform Inexpensive Christmas Garland
Want to get the look of luxury garland without the expense?
So do we!
Anne shared her secrets for making inexpensive garland look extra fluffy
The best part is it’s easy to customize this look to fit any color scheme.
Last year she added some pears for a touch of color.
And you’re going to want to check out what she has planned for this year!
Also, did you know there’s a trick to make your stockings look their best before Santa stops by?!?
11. Decorate with Holiday-Inspired Words
If you’ve been following Simply2Moms for any time, you’d know that AnnMarie loves to decorate with words.
So why would Christmastime be any different?
There are so many gorgeous options, from signs to cut outs like the one above.
12. Create a Neutral Christmas Centerpiece
Let your table make a statement with these simple DIY Christmas trees!
To keep things neutral, Anne chose cream colored yarn and burlap.
Combine the DIY trees with some small cedar-look trees, a natural washed linen table runner, and candles for a gorgeous display.
Mini wreaths made an appearance in Anne’s house as part of each place setting.
And now, let’s take a look at our number one favorite way to decorate our homes for Christmas.
Do you have any idea what it might be?
Drum roll, please
13. Don’t Forget the Twinkle Lights!
When it comes to lights, we both love the sparkle and shine of warm-white twinkle lights!
You could almost skip all the other Christmas decor and just wind these lights throughout your home.
They always make a space look extra special!
And do you see all that garland on the gazebo?
Would you believe the entire thing cost less than $50?
You won’t believe Anne’s hack to get the look of fresh greenery roping for a fraction of the cost.
We hope you found some new ideas for decorating your home for Christmas!
Be sure to tell us your favorite, or share any secrets we may have forgotten in the comment section below.
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Christmas in July Continues with More Inspiration from our Friends
Next up on our Christmas in July blog hop is our friend Cindy, from the blog Country Road 407.
She’s sharing 5 of her favorite Christmas decorating projects and we know you’re going to love her!
You can also click on the highlighted links below to follow along on the tour.
Stacy Ling – Bricks N Blooms –/– Chloe – Celebrate & Decorate –/– Anne & Ann Marie – Simply 2 Moms –/– Cindy – County Road 407 –/– Jenn – Down Shiloh Road –/– Kelly – The Tattered Pew –/– Rachel – The Ponds Farmhouse –/– Mary – Life At Bella Terra –/– Michele – Vintage Home Designs –/– Jen – MIdwest Life & Style –/– Kim – Shiplap & Shells –/– Kristen – White Arrows Home –/– Andrea – Design Morsels –/– Chas – Chas Crazy Creations
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