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Grinch-Approved Holiday Decor Ideas

By: Sarah Beaumont

December 15, 2017

If there’s ever a time to overdo it in the decorating department, it’s the holiday season. But frankly, all those twinkling lights and red and green festooned surfaces can be pretty overwhelming. After all, not everyone wants their living room to look like Santa’s workshop. So if you’re craving less of a Christmas look this year but fear being labeled a Grinch, then you’re in luck, because according to Pinterest’s holiday data report, seasonal simplicity is in. From wreaths and tabletop decor to Christmas trees themselves, these traditional trimmings are losing their sparkling embellishments and taking a more natural route. Read on for holiday decorating ideas we’re pretty sure even the Grinch himself would approve of.


Tabletop Touches

Leave the shiny ribboned tablecloth in the garage – this year is all about delicate and neutral tablescapes. Scandi-stoneware is having a major moment, so it’s the perfect moment to try rustic-inspired silverware and a small evergreen branch. If you want just a little more decor, use pine cones for your centerpiece, drape holiday greenery over your chandelier and make your seating extra cozy with snug fur throws.

Organic Minimalism

The Scandinavians are big on Christmas, but not in the way you might think. Just as they prefer their everyday decor sleek, minimal, and chic, they also like their Christmas decorations the same way. Follow their lead with a few tiny trees spotted around your space or forget the tree altogether and opt for organic accents like a wreath made from bay leaves and vases with evergreen branches.

Blushing Accents

If you’re totally tired of red, green, and gold but still want a little color, turn to trusty blush. This year has been all about pink, so swap your traditional reds for a hue that’s more subdued and less expected. Pairing it with the occasional hot pink and metallic is okay too. Just make sure it’s a mini metallic tree — it’s doubtful that the Grinch approves of a full-sized version.

Farmhouse Simplicity

You won’t find any animatronic Santas here. Timeless yet fresh, the modern farmhouse look is more about creating warm moments with rustic accents rather than decking a space out with decor. Try a garland around the doorway or a sneaky Charlie Brown tree in a stairwell.

Seasonal Darkness

Everything is so light and bright around the holidays we almost forget it’s the darkest time of year. Embrace some of that darkness with gothic candlesticks and ruby red florals. Or, take a more modern approach with geometric garlands, tree holders, and sleek gold accents.

Holiday Hygge

There’s nothing as hygge as the holidays. So make your home as cozy as possible with fluffy throws, roaring fires (or lit-scented candles) and all the plush, warm textures you can find. The spirit of hygge doesn’t necessarily call for an eight-foot tree – a sprig of mistletoe dangling over a doorway is all you need to get cuddly this season.

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