13 On-Trend Ideas for Decorating Your Home for the Holidays

Living room decorated for the holidays with a festive Christmas tree

Whether traditional with a twist or fresh and festive, this year’s holiday décor trends are easier than ever to achieve. We asked professional interior designers for all the newest ways to make your home merry and bright this holiday season. The biggest trend? Keep it casual.

Silver and gold Christmas ornaments

Be bold with silver and gold
Traditional, formal red and green holidays have been replaced with a mix of metallics. Silver and gold worn together have been a fashion trend for a while, and the idea of pairing all your glittery shades together is also a trend for the home.

Start with the ornaments on the tree. If you can’t find affordable ones, spray paint vintage ornaments and top them with a contrasting metallic ribbon. You can carry over the theme by spray painting greenery or decorating a wreath with metallic accents.

If silver and gold aren’t your thing, bright colors such as pink and aqua are trendy hues with a retro appeal. Classic ornaments in these tones can be found at thrift stores and garage sales.

Silver and gold holiday table setting

Less formal holiday table
When the family gathers, there’s no reason to be formal. Instead, mix items you already own, such as clear glassware and plain white plates, with some holiday touches.

Colored champagne flutes, a patterned salad plate, or greenery placed down the center of the table are all easy ways to dress up your place settings. For a truly stellar table, cut out stars from metallic craft paper and scatter them with translucent glitter to create a snowy effect. Pinecones dipped in fragrant cinnamon oil and then mixed with a few odd ornaments is just one of many festive centerpiece ideas.

Holiday gift wrapping paper

Hand-crafted gift wrap
Skip the traditional holiday wrapping paper, which is often expensive and flimsy anyway, and choose sturdy butcher paper instead. Accent it with twine and greenery for a minimalist look, or spray paint stencils in star or bell shapes with metallic paint if you’re going for a gold and silver theme.

You can also wrap gifts in newspaper or colored comic pages trimmed with bright ribbon. It’s a fun, cheap way to make your packages pop!

 Christmas tree

Nontraditional trees
Classic Christmas trees can be messy and often take up too much space, especially if your living room is small. Take a cue from Scandinavian style and decorate with a simple pine branch in a pretty pot. Trimmed with airy paper ornaments, it’s a modern twist on the traditional fir tree.

Alternatively, a tree cut out of plywood or ornaments arranged in a tree shape on a wall (stuck with adhesive strips) are both minimalist and merry. You can even spray paint a few Styrofoam floral cones in metallic or jewel shades for a midcentury modern look.

Holiday wreath made of marshmallows

A modern wreath
The wreath on your door is your home’s first holiday impression. But it doesn’t have to be elaborate to be bold — like this DIY wreath made of marshmallows tied with a big red bow.

Another way to make a statement? Give an antique tea tray, sugar, and creamer new life as a “wreath.” If you don’t own these pieces already, you can find similar ones at thrift stores or garage sales. Mixed with berries and a big ribbon, this wreath substitute is an elegant change from typical greenery.

If you want to go for a more traditional garland, a basic magnolia wreath can be used season after season. Dress it up with pumpkins or pheasant feathers for fall, ornaments for the holidays, and pastel balls for spring — even red, white, and blue accents on the Fourth of July. It’s the best way to keep the celebration going all year long!