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15 Easy and Affordable Ideas to Style a Neutral Christmas Home

It’s time to deck the halls. We’re sharing some simple and budget-friendly ideas to help you style a neutral Christmas home this year.

Do you like to decorate your home in vibrant colors for the holiday season?

Or do you prefer the classic look of reds and greens when decking your halls?

Perhaps you love to bring nature indoors for a neutral style with lots of greenery?

Or maybe you enjoy a soothing color palate of whites and creams?

What about shimmery metallics in gold, silver, or copper?

No matter what style is your favorite way to decorate your home for Christmas, we know you’ll find beautiful inspiration that speaks to your heart today.

Welcome to the 2022 Blogger’s Best Holiday Home Tour!

Thank you to our amazing friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew for coordinating this home tour!

She’s organized 35 incredible bloggers who will be opening up their homes to share holiday home tours over this week.

You can find all the links to everyone’s beautiful homes at the end of this post.

The bloggers who are sharing on the days before and after ours will publish their posts on the days listed, so be sure to check them all out!

If you’re visiting us from Cindy at Cloches and Lavender, thanks for stopping by our blog. Wasn’t her home just perfect for Christmas?

If you’re new around here, we’re Anne and AnnMarie, two moms who are lucky enough to be besties and neighbors.

AnnMarie and Anne bloggers and content creators

That’s Anne wearing white and that’s me wearing black (my favorite color). You’ll be taking a peek inside my home today.

We work together to share simple and budget-friendly ideas for decoratingrecipesDIY projects, and tips for life with older teens (and beyond!).

You can read more about us and our families over here.

And we would love to learn more about you! Be sure to say “hi” in the comments below and tell us where you’re visiting from.

But that’s enough about us!

Let’s take a look at how I decked my halls for Christmas.

How to Decorate a Neutral Christmas Home with Traditional Classics

woman holding front door handle of house

I asked you a bunch of questions before about your decorating style but didn’t share mine with you yet.

I’d say I love neutral Christmas decor with simple pieces and lots of greenery.

But I also love the nostalgia of the holiday season.

So I like to mix sentimental items with my love of neutral decor, and sometimes those traditional Christmas pieces have a bit more color than I’d prefer.

Does that make sense?

My Christmas style is natural elements with a twist of traditional classics.

Yup…that makes total sense. lol

Here’s a little sneak peek of my front porch.

It may be small but I packed it full of holiday charm with winter vintage items and festive decor.

You can see all the photos and get all the details about those antique pieces here.

Now go grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine and come on in!

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How to Style an Entryway Foyer for the Holidays

entryway foyer styled for Christmas

My home is designed in a traditional style with formal rooms off of a large foyer.

However, the foyer is wide open to the living room on the right and you can see the dining room has a wide doorway on the left.

Since the formal areas of my house are open to each other and spacious it makes feel a little bit less traditional.

And we’re not the formal home type of family so I’m always looking for ways to make these spaces feel even more casual.

I gave the entryway a makeover and ditched the traditional table and mirror for a cozy bench and coat rack.

foyer bench and row of hooks decorated for Christmas

The walls in our living room are filled with family photos which instantly make me feel happy when I walk into the space.

Now that I have my DIY row of hooks by our front door it’s a great place to decorate each season.

For Christmas, I added lots of faux and a bit of real greenery with pops of bright red.

I love to save money when decorating so clipping the evergreen trees in our backyard is a must during this time of the year.

Filling the hanging basket, knit stocking and plaid tin bucket on the floor with fresh cuttings from the yard is free and looks great too.

I just tucked in a couple of faux red berry picks for some color with the greenery.

Can You Mix Faux and Real Greenery

clip board with Dec 25 next to wreath and stocking

I used faux wreaths on the row of hooks and a small flocked tree beside the bench.

I’m often asked about mixing real and fake greenery.

You can totally mix real and faux greenery in the same space or even in the same arrangement.

Anne and I both use fresh clippings throughout our holiday homes, especially with our inexpensive garlands to make them fuller.

Check out this post to get all the details of how Anne made her old garlands look amazing.

faux pine wreath with white berries and gold bells hanging on front door

When we put up Christmas decorations we usually hang a wreath on our front door outside, but do you hang one on the inside too?

Don’t forget to decorate the inside of your front door.

A wreath is perfect but you can also add a hanging basket filled with greenery for something a bit more unexpected.

faux neutral pine tree in vintage crock with candle lanterns

Behind the door, another simple faux tree sits in a vintage crock.

Then I added a few backyard cuttings from my arborvitae trees around pillar candles in black metal lanterns.

Where to Hang Garland on a Staircase

slim tree next to staircase decorated with garland and bells

We have stairs that turn into the middle of the foyer so I hang my garland on the inside of the banister.

I like to be able to see it when you come in the front door and if I hung it on the outside of the railing it wouldn’t be as visible.

This faux pine garland with white berries is from Target and matches the wreath on my front door.

I did add some pieces from a cedar stem pick throughout the length of the garland to add some more texture.

A pretty white ribbon with frayed edges holds the garland on the banister and a set of distressed gold bells at the bottom of the staircase finishes the look.

diy wood bead ornaments on slim tree

Because the staircase turns into the room it leaves a small awkward space between the wall and the stairs.

A slim cashmere pencil tree fits perfectly in the spot.

I decorated this tree with DIY bead ornaments Anne and I made last year and natural twig picks with mini pinecones.

top of slim Christmas tree with twig and pinecone picks as topper

I created a simple but pretty tree topper with several of these snowy natural-looking faux stems.

Keeping this tree decor styled in wood and white allows it to shine with a neutral vibe that coordinates with all the rooms around the entryway.

Do You Need Christmas Decor in Every Room

family room with gallery walls on two walls decorated for the holidays

Some rooms of your house may already have a lot of home accents in them every day.

So what do you do at Christmas time?

Well, you can either pack some of your everyday decorations away for the holidays to make room for Christmas pieces or you can just add a few small touches.

You don’t want to overwhelm a space with too many accents because it will wind up feeling cluttered.

When I style shelves for the holidays, I store everyday items and then decorate the shelving with festive holiday pieces instead.

But in a room like our living room that doesn’t work since all the decor pieces are on the walls.

The gallery walls are a lot in this room, so I keep the other home accents really simple.

holiday basket filled with ornaments, pinecones and faux trees

I just swapped out my regular coffee table decor for something a bit merrier.

A faux tree is nestled into a tobacco basket and then filled with mercury ornaments, pinecones, and a few small bottle brush trees is a pretty look for the season.

mini fake wreath hung on wood candle lantern handle

Hanging a mini wreath with twine from a wood candle lantern that’s in this spot all year long adds more holiday cheer to the living room.

A neutral-colored comfy throw on the couch adds texture and a cozy vibe for Christmas.

How to Create a Neutral Christmas Dining Room

dining room tablescape for Christmas with tree in far corner of room beside windows and china cabinet to left of table

A bit of glam with touches of gold dresses up the dining room for Christmas.

Well okay, maybe it’s not really glamorous.

But it is a bit rustic farmhouse glam, don’t you think?

I love how this room came together and I’m not the only one because we were featured in Country Sampler Farmhouse Style magazine.

Whoo-hoo! It’s such an honor to see your room published in print!

A faux garland hung on the chandelier and another draped over the open china cabinet door add some natural elements to the room.

I created the centerpiece with DIY yarn trees that Anne and I made last year.

If you want to check out all the details of how I styled the table just click here.

china hutch cabinet styled for Christmas with greenery and faux trees

My old pine china cabinet is from when I first got married 27 years ago but got a new lease on life a few years ago when I painted it.

It’s a bit small for this long wall so I’d love to replace it with something larger or maybe even find its twin and have two in the space.

I keep checking Facebook marketplace but no luck with a match yet.

A Simple Way to Update Old Decor

inside view of china cabinet with white stoneware and mini faux trees and spheres

Inside the hutch, I decorated the white stoneware with a few mini trees and half spheres from our friend Jackie at RodWorks in Asheville, NC.

Want to guess what that stoneware actually is?

It’s Rae Dunn pottery!

I was a collector for a while but I’m not loving it as much anymore so I just turned all the pieces around and now I have a simple look I love.

console table with mirror and wreath styled for holidays

On the other side of the room, a sideboard buffet table is styled with more gold accessories to coordinate with the tablescape.

The mirror reflects the light in the room and gives me another place to add a faux wreath.

Because by now you know I’m all about the greenery!

Thanks so much for taking a tour around my home today be sure to stop by all the other amazing bloggers linked below.

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Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours

This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours 2022. Thirty-five talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each Christmas home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours

Monday

The Tattered Pew // Cottage On Bunker Hill // StoneGable // My Wee Abode

Open Doors Open Hearts // Cottage In The Mitten // My Thrift Store Addiction

Tuesday’s Tours

Tuesday

Midwest Life & Style // She Gave It a Go // Sand Dollar Lane // Bricks n’ Blooms

Pasha Is Home // Robyn’s French Nest // The Ponds Farmhouse

Wednesday’s Tours

Wednesday

Shiplap and Shells // White Arrows Home // This Is Simplicite // White Lilac Farmhouse

Peacock Ridge Farm // Cloches and Lavender // Simply2Moms

Thursday’s Tours

Thursday

County Road 407 // Country Peony // Eleanor Rose Home // Le Cultivateur

Thistle Key Lane // My Family Thyme // Follow The Yellow Brick Home

Friday’s Tours

Friday

Southern Crush At Home // A Life Unfolding // Southern Home and Hospitality // WM Design House

Dabbling and Decorating // Lora Bloomquist // Vintage and Grace Living

Past Christmas Home Tours from Simply2Moms

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Libbie Burling

Sunday 4th of December 2022

AnnMarie,

You guys never disappoint! Love all the neutrals and that beautiful tree. Happy Holidays. :)

AnnMarie

Monday 5th of December 2022

Thanks so much Libbie!So fun touring all the homes dressed up for the holidays.

Lora Bloomquist

Sunday 4th of December 2022

So fun to see your home decorated for Christmas, AnnMarie. I especially love your welcoming, cozy entry with the black deacon's bench. Have a Merry Christmas season!

AnnMarie

Monday 5th of December 2022

Thank you Lora! Such a fun blog tour... many inspiring accounts. Happy Holidays!

Kate @ Southern Home and Hospitality

Sunday 4th of December 2022

What a wonderful tour AnnMarie! There are so many creative touches around your home. I love the cozy entryway with the bench and how you hung the garland on the inside of the staircase (pinned). So many great tips too. Have a very merry Christmas my friend!

AnnMarie

Monday 5th of December 2022

Thanks so much Kate! So fun touring together...love seeing everyone's beautiful homes.

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Friday 2nd of December 2022

I love all the natural elements mixed with silver around your home. And what a great idea to turn your RD around. Everything looks so festive, warm and inviting. Always enjoy hopping with y'all. Merry Christmas!

AnnMarie

Monday 5th of December 2022

Thank you so much Cindy! This was such a fun blog tour! Happy Holidays friend!

Ann

Friday 2nd of December 2022

I wish I had a staircase to hang a large garland like yours. I have the bells even! Beautiful tour, happy holidays!

AnnMarie

Monday 5th of December 2022

Thanks, Ann...it's a blessing and a curse at times to have a staircase...lol. So fun touring with you and seeing all the beautiful homes.