holiday decor

3 Subtle Ways to Decorate for the Holidays

Decorating for the holidays can be a fun and festive activity for the whole family, but it can also be stressful if you’re having trouble finding your own unique  style.  Traditional decor can look amazing in some homes, but  something more subtle or minimal may be more to your taste. Here  are three ways you can decorate for the holidays if you want a more minimalistic style. 

holiday decorUse Earth Tones and Natural Textures

No matter where your favorite shopping spots are, keep your  eyes open for earth tones and natural textures to fill your home with elements of nature. You can also harvest twigs, branches, pinecones and berries from your own yard.  Not only will this keep things simple and understated, but these elements, along with selected wooden details, flow nicely with the seasonal pumpkin oranges and autumn golds.  Linen table runners are an excellent backdrop for leaf-themed table details or pine tree-inspired plates. 

holiday decorGo Shopping in Nature

Minimalism is all about keeping things simple. As mentioned above, decorating your home with items you can find outside during the chilly seasons is a great way to keep things subtle, yet festive. 

For example, fall brings with it a myriad of colorful leaves and pumpkins of every shape and size. Take the family foraging in a local park or visit a pumpkin patch to find leaves, acorns, pine cones, and pumpkins to decorate your home. The natural colors and textures will bring warm seasonal vibes while not overloading your home with  garish artificial decorations.

Alternatively, find a pine tree near your home or purchase a small Christmas tree and cut off  the branches to decorate mantels, table runners, or doorways. Combine it with pinecones and candles, and you have a beautiful seasonal decoration. 

holiday decorIn-season Fruits and Vegetables 

Wooden accents, in-season fruits and veggies are all  fantastic ways to bring the holiday feeling into your home. Dried orange slices, a wooden bowl of pomegranates on the counter, or a vase filled with dried grasses look elegant, festive, and subtle. You can also find recipes online for simple homemade simmer pots filled with aromatic ingredients to make your home smell naturally fresh and fragrant.

Check out local farmer’s markets, grocery and craft stores for ideas.  Your home will look wonderful and you are supporting local businesses. It’s a win-win!

No matter your style, decorating with seasonal and natural items found outside or at a farmers market or craft store can be a great way to save money and add a bit of nature to your decorations.