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22 Holiday Decor Ideas to Make Your Home Merry & Bright

Lauren McBride Blog

Christmas carols, freshly baked cookies, and piping hot mugs of hot chocolate are all well and good for holiday merry-making. But nothing truly sets the mood for a wonderful Christmastime like the bright, colorful decorations that shout, "Christmas is here!"

Whether you go for traditional style with red ribbons and freshly picked boughs of holly or like something a little more out there, Christmas decor is all about your personal spin on a shared holiday. 

This year, we turned to Instagram to collect the chicest looks, the most cozy rooms, and the most festive tables to inspire our own holiday decor.

With all these great ideas in mind, we're ready to roll up our sleeves and go hunt for deals at our favorite craft and home goods stores. We'll see you there! 

Never dim your sparkle just to make other people feel comfortable. ✨ 📷: @lazymoms #LeonsHelloHoliday

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1Purposefully Eclectic

This comfy living room inspo from Leons, a Canadian furniture brand, has a very warm, lived-in feel.

The soft, neutrally colored seating, rug, and walls allow small touches like the red couch pillows and colored picture frames to stand out. Woven and wooden baskets keep gifts organized and out of the way. There may be toys on the floor but, after all, it's a living room -- not a museum!  

2Tree Centerpiece

This IGer's placement of the Christmas tree on the dining table is unorthodox to say the least. But it's also suuuuuuper chic.

Skip the ornaments if you want to copy this look, and add some extra greenery amidst your place settings so that the tree is grounded. Bringing a bit of the outdoors to the table never looked so festive. 

3Long lasting style

As this IG'er mentions, ("First Christmas corner is already present, oops!") sometimes you just can't wait for the holiday decorating to begin.

This is a pretty perfect start, as it's a look that can hang around long after the holiday itself. While the red berries and fir tree hint Christmas, they are just as appropriate for the longer winter season to come. If you have family members who might not be too keen to start decorating early (party poopers!), a subtle corner like this shouldn't get you into too much trouble...  

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4Instant Christmas

The quickest, simplest way to add a touch of Christmas to any space is to zip a bright, cheery new pillow cover over your throw pillows. These fun mixed patterns add punch too your decor without sacrificing comfy textures. 

6Table Setting

We love this table setting's use of a cinnamon stick and pine sprig to form a fragrant base for a name card. The rustic wood charger and burlap place mat add to the forest-y feel, while the gold flatware and candle sticks add sophisticated shimmer. What time is dinner again? 

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7Wreaths on Chairs

Wreaths hung in windows, on doors, and on walls are wonderfully traditional, if ... expected. Mix it up this year with smaller, lightweight fabric or paper wreaths pinned to the back of dining room chairs. You could even add in name cards or color-coordinate place settings with the ribbons. So many options!

Dreaming of a white Christmas! #Christmasdecor #snowy #lovewhereyoulive #homedecor #vintagedecor

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Some people just can't get enough snow (*ahem,* us). We love this frosty look that coats the poinsettia clusters, "Noel" sign, and reindeer. The wire-frame star with fairy lights elevates the look from dusty territory into oh-so-crisp and cool style. As far as we're concerned, let it snow! 

9Fresh Forest Kitchen

Christmas decor doesn't have to be confined to the living room! A green forest-themed centerpiece (like these decorations from Target) works just as beautifully on a kitchen island as it would on a dinner table. So what if it's not even Thanksgiving yet? This IGer doesn't care, and neither do we.

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10Don't Skip the Kids' Room!

If your family is like ours, the movie Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas is required yearly viewing. Pottery Barn has us majorly considering a refresh of our bedding with their adorably festive sheet set featuring the Whos of Whoville. What a sweet way to fancy up your kids' rooms for Christmas! 

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11Simple & Familiar

One of the best things about the holiday season is the warmth of traditional and familiar sights, sounds, and flavors. Sometimes all you need to signify the season is a hearty green wreath with a humble burlap bow (polka dots optional) and a comfy plaid flannel to cozy up your front porch. 

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12Silver Bells, Coastal Style

This coastal-inspired Christmas look indulges in a lux chrome and eggshell color palette, then ups the ante with a mix of textures. We love the idea of bringing nature into decor -- and if your hood's more beach than forest, why should you miss out? 

13Don't Forget the Fireplace

Everyone focuses on the mantel, but what about the fireplace itself? If you don't have a gas fireplace, you can copy this cute idea from @laurmcbrideblog, and fill the firebox with ornate metal candlesticks. Choose candles with LED lights to prevent any accidents, and enjoy the glow!   

14Blue Gray

How do you know when you have enough ornaments on your tree? Easy answer: There's never enough! Especially when you go all-in on a theme -- be it color, texture, or pattern. This frosted tree from King of Christmas is perfectly dressed in pearlescent silver globes and powder blue ribbon. Gold accents provide dimension and sparkle. If you love cool blue gray colors (and don't mind going a wee bit over the top), this tree look is something you should consider. 

16Monochromatic Look

So, all year you've been curating a definitively minimalist black-and-white look to your living space. How do you incorporate Christmas decorations without throwing off your style? Easy. A white, star-shaped paper lantern (like this one from Ikea) doesn't have to be attached to a lamp. Add a string of small LED lights, cute grayscale reindeer print, or white candles to casually hint at Christmas traditions.

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17Paper Flowers

This DIY paper crafter brought brightly colored flowers into her Christmas garland, and the result is unexpectedly lovely. If you like the idea of lightening up dark green decor with pretty florals that aren't just the same old poinsettia, maybe this is a project for you.

18Snowflakes & Gold

This lux neutral-toned bedroom decor creates the perfect wintry getaway. Fluffy white bedding with a fur-lined knit blanket is the definition of cozy. And a white-and-gold decorated tree glowing softly mere feet from the bed just makes breakfast-in-bed an inevitability. Also, potentially a work-from-bed, when you add a laptop. Actually, we're just going to stay in this bed, like, all winter, 'kay?

19Eucalyptus trees

This decorator mixed fresh greenery with DIY paper craft in a way that looks so chic and fun. Eucalyptus is right on trend this year, and the brass and glass candlestick holders used here totally elevate the look from craft table to classy. The easy, unforced pairing of burlap as both a table runner and pretty bows on the tree tie the whole look together. 

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And the tree is already up. Don't judge. At least I didn't vote for Trump. 😬

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We love this cheery small-space Christmas solution. It's not always easy to find room for a Christmas tree, and if that's the case, simpler is better. This tree might not be mighty, but it's covered with doggie-themed ornaments and we are 100 percent okay with that. Clearly, this is a pup-centered world -- even the gift bag on the floor has a puppy face on it! 

21Village Display

This smart spin on the traditional Christmas village display uses serving trays and cake stands to show off the miniature buildings in a tiered centerpiece. The bell jars really give the little world a snow-globe feel. What a great alternative to the bookcase!

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22DIY Stair Display

Here's another cute Christmas decor project that's simple to whip up yourself one weekend. Customize the letters to spell out "Joy," "Noel," or even your family name. The little LED fairy lights really take this idea to the next level -- and work great for a staircase nightlight! 

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