5 Simple Christmas Decor Indoor Ideas for a Cozy Home

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Add coziness to your home with these simple Christmas decor indoor ideas. From candles to mini wreaths, discover easy and creative ways to deck your halls. Explore our tips for a cozy Christmas atmosphere indoors!

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With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s officially time to start thinking about decking your halls for the holidays. 

While the idea of Christmas decorating may seem daunting to some, it doesn’t have to be!

All you need is a bit of creativity and little resourcefulness to easily achieve a warm and inviting Christmas atmosphere.

So, before you grab your Christmas decorations out of storage or head to the store to buy the latest trending holiday decor, check out this list of five Christmas decor ideas that I think you’ll find are not only effortless to implement but won’t cost you a lot of money either.

Come Up With a Plan Before You Start Christmas Decorating

Christmas decorating doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, with some planning and a touch of creativity, it can become an enjoyable experience. 

Every year, I like to start planning our holiday decor around a color scheme. I choose 2-3 colors that I’ll use throughout our home for a beautiful, cohesive look. 

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Once I have the color scheme selected, I then prioritize and focus on key areas of our home, such as the kitchen and living room, to maximize impact without overwhelming myself. 

Break down the decorating process into manageable tasks, tackling one room to one area at a time, to avoid feeling overwhelmed. 

By approaching Christmas decorating with a positive mindset and a few practical strategies, you’ll find joy in the process and create a festive vibe without being stressed.

Take a Look Back at Christmas’ Past

Taking a look back at Christmas’ past is a great way to inspire this year’s holiday decor. 

Last year I used a lot of rustic elements like pine cones, dried orange slices, and fresh greenery. 

This Christmas, I’m using some of those same elements but with the mindset of less is more.

I’m focusing more on simplicity, decorating only with pieces that have special meaning, can be multifunctional, or used after the holidays. 

Traditional home decorated for Christmas with holiday decor.

Also, reflecting on previous decorations is a great way to assess what you may already have in terms of decor items. This helps save you money by reducing the need for unnecessary purchases.

Christmas Decoration Ideas

Before we dive into simple indoor Christmas decorations, here are a few things to keep in mind when decorating your home.

  • Repurpose Old Decor: Instead of splurging on new decorations, take a look at what you already have. Repurpose old ornaments, wreaths, and decorations by giving them a fresh twist.
  • Timeless Decorations: Invest in versatile decorations that can be used beyond the festive season. Neutral colored ornaments, fairy lights, and classic evergreen wreaths can seamlessly transition from Christmas to winter decor. Look for items that complement your existing home decor so you can leave them up for longer without feeling out of place. 
  • Fresh Greenery: Pine cones, branches, and evergreen sprigs can be gathered from your backyard or local park to create stunning arrangements. Incorporate these natural elements into wreaths, centerpieces, or even as accents on your fireplace mantel.
  • DIY Decor: Make Christmas crafts like personalized ornaments, make your own garlands using popcorn or cranberries, or fashion unique tree toppers from materials you have at home. 
  • Thrift Store Finds: Explore thrift stores for hidden gems that can be transformed into festive decorations. Vintage glass ornaments, candle holders, and even old plates can be given a new life with a bit of creativity. Thrift stores are one of the best places to find unique items that can add character to your holiday decor.
  • Utilize Everyday Items: Look around your home for everyday items that can be used for Christmas decor. Mason jars make charming candle holders or can be filled with small ornaments for a festive touch. Use a scarf or blanket as a tree skirt. And, you can also repurpose glass vases or bowls for elegant Christmas centerpieces.

Christmas Candles in Holiday Decor

Christmas candles are one of the simplest ways to add warmth and charm to your holiday decor. 

Their versatility and affordability make them an excellent choice for creating a cozy ambiance without costing much money. 

The simplest way to add holiday cheer is with a Christmas scented candle.

What makes Christmas candles particularly delightful is their ability to evoke the spirit of the season through scent. 

From the comforting aroma of cranberry and pine to the sweet notes of vanilla and spice, scented candles capture the essence of Christmas and add another dimension to your decorations. 

Placed strategically on tables, mantels, or in decorative candle holders; candles not only add ambiance to your home but also envelop it in the nostalgic fragrance of the holidays.

Taper candles weaved into a faux evergreen garland for Christmas decor.

Not a fan of flame candles?

I recently purchased these inexpensive LED taper candles for our open kitchen shelf, and I love them! 

While LED candles might not provide the yummy scents of Christmas, they are a great option for a spot you might not be comfortable lighting a real candle. 

Gorgeous Christmas decorations in the kitchen with greenery.

Most LED candles come with a remote and timer which makes them extremely easy to use and turn off without wasting batteries. 


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Bring the Season Inside With Greenery

Greenery is a budget-friendly and effortless choice for Christmas décor. 

Real and faux options like trees, wreaths, garlands, and stems can be easily incorporated to bring a festive charm to various rooms in your home. 

Christmas indoor decoration idea with a faux evergreen mini wreath.

We’ve had a faux Christmas tree in our home for years, and while I do miss the smell of a real pine tree, I don’t miss cleaning up pine needles on an almost daily basis. 

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But, which option is better in holiday decorations, real or faux?

Both come with their own pro’s and con’s but I like to include a combination of each in our home decor.

Faux greenery placed on an open kitchen shelf for the holidays.

Quality faux greenery may require a slightly higher upfront cost but you’ll be able to use it for many seasons. Real greenery found in your yard won’t cost you a thing but will only last a short time. 

Whether you opt for the longevity of faux greenery, the rustic appeal of real branches, or a combination of both; incorporating these elements into your Christmas decor is an easy way to infuse your home with the natural beauty of the season. 


Holiday Linens: The Secret Ingredient to a Cozy Home

Holiday linens are the secret ingredient to adding warmth to your home from seasonal throw pillows and cozy blankets in the living room to dish towels and tablecloths in the kitchen.

Living room Christmas decor with a knitted blanket and cozy throw pillows.

One of my favorite ways to change the look of our living room is buy swapping out our throw pillow covers seasonally. It’s an easy way to refresh the space without a major overhaul. 

For the holidays, choose pillow covers that match your aesthetic. The colors in our Christmas decor this year are browns, creams, and greens so I opted for neutral pillow covers to match that color palette. 

However, you could choose pillow covers with a pop of color in festive prints, classic plaids, or whimsical holiday motifs to instantly evoke a sense of holiday cheer. 

Add holiday cheer to your living room with a cozy knit blanket to keep warm.

Remember to mix and match different textures and sizes to add interest and visual appeal to your living room.

Note: Invest in pillow covers or throw pillows that you can easily remove the pillow cover. Pillow covers are a cost effective and storage friendly solution. It that allows you to easily switch up the look of your living space without the need for storing the entire pillow. Also, pillow covers are easy to remove and wash providing a practical solution for keeping your decor fresh & inviting.

Cozy blankets are another essential element in creating the coziest atmosphere. Whether it’s a knitted throw or your favorite cozy quilt, the right blanket can make your space feel warm and snug on even the coldest of winter days. 

And don’t forget holiday linens in the kitchen too! 

Christmas tea towels for everyday Christmas decor in the kitchen.

Holiday dish towels, tablecloths, table runners, napkins, and pot holders add functional Christmas decor in the kitchen or dining area. 

By incorporating these small yet impactful details, you not only elevate the visual appeal of your kitchen but also bring the joy of the season into your daily activities.


Make Your Own DIY Christmas Ornaments

Crafting your own  DIY Christmas decorations for the Christmas tree is a great way to add a personal touch to your holiday decor. 

Homemade ornaments add charm and warmth to the Christmas tree while also saving you money. 

Gingerbread Christmas decorations to hang on the Christmas tree.

It’s an opportunity to repurpose materials, involve loved ones in the holiday preparations, and create ornaments that hold sentimental value for years to come.

  • Use homemade ornaments as thoughtful gifts or unique gift toppers. Create a batch of your DIY ornaments to share with friends and family. Or, attach an ornament to the ribbon or twine of your gift wrap, turning each package into a small work of art.

I made these gingerbread salt dough ornaments and love the organic touch they added to this small tree we have in the kitchen. 

Homemade ornaments do not need to be complicated or hard to make. 

DIY Christmas ornaments made with dried oranges for holiday decorations.

These dried orange slice ornaments are beyond easy to make, and have become a yearly Christmas tradition in our home that I look forward to making every holiday season. 

Rustic DIY Christmas ornament on a farmhouse Christmas tree.

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Add Mini Wreaths to Kitchen or Dining Room Chairs

I added mini wreaths to the backs of our kitchen counter stools last Christmas, and I knew it was something I was going to continue doing each holiday season!

It’s an easy way to add a touch of the holidays to your home without much effort. 

Christmas decoration ideas on the kitchen with small wreaths & ribbon.

You don’t have to splurge on expensive wreaths; in fact the faux evergreen wreaths (linking similar wreath) I used I found on clearance for less than $5 each. 

You can find plain faux wreaths at your local craft store and personalize them with ornaments, jingle bells, candy canes, or leave them as they are like I did. 

Simple Christmas decoration in the kitchen with small wreaths and ribbon.

Use Christmas ribbon to secure the wreaths to the chairs, and voila…your dining room or kitchen is instantly transformed into a winter wonderland!

I think you’ll find this simple addition adds a subtle yet elegant touch to your Christmas decor.

Things to Remember When Christmas Decorating

Creating a cozy home for the holidays doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Use these simple tips as a guide to help you achieve a warm and cozy atmosphere this Christmas season.

  • Come Up With a Plan Before You Start Christmas Decorating
  • Take a Look Back at Christmas’ Past
  • Christmas Candles in Holiday Decor
  • Bring the Season Inside With Greenery
  • Holiday Linens: The Secret Ingredient to a Cozy Home
  • Make Your Own DIY Christmas Ornaments
  • Add Mini Wreaths to Kitchen or Dining Room Chairs

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  1. All lovely ideas and each so beautiful and fun. Hope you and your guys get to feeling better soon so you can get out and enjoy this magical season. Merry Christmas!

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