We love decorating for Christmas and all of the ways to incorporate different styles. If lots of lights, decor, glitz, and glam isn’t really your thing, we have the perfect alternatives. A minimalist Christmas tree might sound contradictory and a challenge to pull off, but a simple tree can make a very stylish holiday statement. And amidst the bold colors, bright lights, ornaments, and decked-out holiday homes, your simplistic take on Christmas decorations will really stand out. Read on to learn more about minimalist Christmas trees and how to decorate them this holiday season.
White symbolizes simplicity and is usually the color we imagine when we think of minimalism. We love the idea of keeping the tree totally bare, but here is a great example of how a simple white tree with white lights really shines in a living room. If your decor style leans Scandinavian, an all white tree will be perfect and fit into your space seamlessly. Keep the Christmas tree decor to a minimum with this look but a faux fur tree skirt or throw at the base will add to the minimalist hygge look.
And just because the tree is smaller doesn’t mean it can’t bring the same amount of Christmas cheer. This small-space option is minimalist and fits in perfectly with the rest of the living room decor and furniture. A scaled-back white Christmas tree that only focuses on the essentials features simple lights and puts the focus on the tree. We love it paired with a cozy throw blanket and neutral furniture and decor in the living room. Try some DIY twine, greenery, and fabric gift wrapping to match the simplicity of the tree.
We tend to think of very full Christmas trees fluffed out and big (which we always love) but minimalist trees can be bare and thin while making a seasonal statement. These are very natural and represent the winter season. Decorate with lights, leave unlit, or try just a few ornaments to get the look you want. A scaled-down Christmas tree with bare branches accentuated by white lights is a super modern and natural take on Christmas decor that never feels overwhelming but still festive and cheerful.
Decorate your minimalist tree with natural wood and ceramic ornaments in a neutral color palette. This tree is smaller and the hand-made look of the ornaments make a big impact with just a few lights. Just be sure to keep the Christmas tree ornaments to a minimum and space them out accordingly so the tree isn’t overwhelmed or overpowered. Mimic this look with an artificial or real tree.
Here’s an example of a minimalist tree that’s not really a tree. An alternative Christmas tree is a great spin on traditional trees and focuses on the shape and bright lights. Try a wood, metal, or LED tree that mimics the look of a tree and does all the work for you. These usually don’t need to be decorated and are a very modern way to introduce a tree to your space without too much commitment. An alternative tree looks just as inviting without all of the extra trimming.
We love the impact a tinsel tree makes, especially in a small space. A slender silver tree is sleek, stripped down, and practical enough to suit the minimalist Christmas look while still giving off plenty of holiday spirit. A tinsel tree with only lights and no Christmas ornaments definitely has a less-is-more holiday look that’s super easy to put up (and even easier to put away at the end of the season).
A tall, slender tree looks effortless and modern in the living room or entryway. Because it does stand out, all it really needs is simple white lights. But feel free to add neutral ornaments that don’t overpower the tree too much or you’ll lose the minimalist aesthetic you’re going for. Bonus: A grand tree will add that extra burst of greenery to your space (especially if it’s very neutral in color). Mix with rattan, faux fur, and some simple garland for an effortlessly stylish holiday look.
No matter what holiday style you’re going for this year, just remember to peruse different looks and options to make it suit your space and taste. Click below to check out even more holiday decor ideas.
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