Neutral Christmas Decor Ideas for Cozy Holiday Decorating

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Come on over for our 2023 Christmas home tour, a virtual open house featuring inspirational neutral Christmas decor ideas. Let’s embrace festive simplicity and warmth this holiday season!

Neutral Christmas decorations in the living room for cozy holiday decor.
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It’s my favorite time of year, and this is one of my favorite blog posts to write each Christmas season!

I love that I get to open our doors to you in a virtual open house, so you can get a look at our home styled for the holidays. 

It’s always fun to get a sneak peek into someone else’s home to see how they’ve decorated it for the holidays. I’m one of those people that likes to look inside homes as we drive by them at night coming home from dinner or Christmas shopping to see what magical scenes unfold behind the glowing windows. 

Is that weird…does anyone else do that?!

There’s something magical about the glow of lights and the inviting ambiance that instantly makes any home feel cozy & warm during the holidays.

Our Christmas home tour this year just might be my favorite. I’ve realized a holiday home is not just about the decorations. It’s about the memories we create and the joy we share. 

Neutral holiday decor ideas with a Christmas tree and wrapped Christmas gifts.

As you virtually stroll through our home; envision laughter around the Christmas tree, the aroma of holiday baking coming from the kitchen, and cozy moments spent on the couch with Christmas movies playing on the tv.

I’ve poured my love for this season into our home, hoping to inspire your own festive creativity. Whether you’re a fellow decor enthusiast or just looking for ideas to make your home feel extra special this Christmas, I hope this blog post gives you loads of ideas! 

Let’s get into the Christmas spirit…

Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours

Joining me today are more than 30 blogging friends each sharing their own festive holiday home tours! 

If you’re joining me from Laura’s tour of Decor to Adore, thank you so much for stopping by! Laura has a beautiful home that is perfectly decorated for Christmas.

Bloggers' best holiday home tours.

After you’ve finished with my Christmas home tour, make sure to head over to Kate of Southern Home and Hospitality for her cozy and nostalgic holiday decor ideas.

At the bottom of this post, you’ll find links to all 30+ home tours.

Neutral Christmas Style

This year, I’ve chosen to embrace natural simplicity as the basis for our Christmas decorating. 

The focus is on creating a cozy, inviting atmosphere with neutral colors and elements inspired by the beauty of nature. 

You’ll find in our home, a blend of warm whites and creams that bring a sense of comfort & tranquility. Along with some faux & fresh greenery with the subtle charm of gold accents. 

Neutral Christmas decor ideas with Christmas ribbon and homemade ornaments.

Every detail has been curated to enhance the natural beauty of the season. 

It’s an aesthetic that captures the essence of winter without sacrificing the warmth that makes this, the most wonderful time of the year.

Neutral Christmas Decorations in the Entryway

Let’s get this cozy Christmas tour started with our entryway…

Bottle brush trees in Christmas decor for the holiday season.

Our entryway is tiny. It’s just big enough for someone to come in and take their shoes and coat off, so the decor here has to be simple in order for this space to be functional.

Luckily, I have a shelf above the coat hooks that I get to play around with. 

To keep with a neutral color palette of our Christmas decor I added just a couple of natural pieces here. 

I’ve had these two baskets for years, and had a vision of them hanging here in our entryway. So, Mr. ERH hung them with command strips (which have become my best friends) to not ruin the wallpaper in our entryway.

Bottle brush trees in neutral Christmas decorations for country farmhouse decor.

I then added a little faux greenery inside each basket for a little texture and pop of color. 

I’ve been obsessed with bottle brush trees this season, so naturally I placed a few of those on the shelf and a one inside the larger basket for a little whimsy. 

pro Tip
  • Nestle a few of your bottle brush trees inside of tea cups, allowing the bristles to spill over the edges. This not only gives your bottle brush trees a stylish makeover but also adds a touch of nostalgia when you use a vintage tea cup or one that has special meaning to you.
Decorative snow shoes with fresh greenery and striped Christmas ribbon.

We also hung decorative snow shoes on the beadboard to which I added a fresh greenery and my favorite stripped ribbon that I’ve used throughout our home this Christmas season.

Neutral decor in the entryway to create a beautiful home for the holidays.

I hung this floral framed artwork to the opposite wall of the shelf and hooks. It’s not necessarily a Christmas print, but I loved how the gold frame popped against the wallpaper for the holidays. 

Holiday decorations in a farmhouse kitchen for the most wonderful time of the year.

Our entryway opens right into the kitchen, so let’s head there next!

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Neutral Holiday Decor Ideas in the Kitchen 

Those of you who have been here for a while know the kitchen is where I spend most of time when I’m at home, which means it’s my favorite place to decorate. 

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

I always start decorating our kitchen for any season by updating the decor pieces on our open kitchen shelf first.

Our entire first floor is open, so our kitchen shelf sets the tone for not only the kitchen decor but the whole downstairs. 

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When I received this faux hemlock garland with pine cones in the mail, I knew it needed to be the focal point of our kitchen shelf.

It’s one of the most realistic faux garlands I’ve ever owned and was perfect for our simple, natural, neutral Christmas decor. 

DIY Christmas shelf decor ideas in the kitchen.

To the shelf with the garland, I added a vintage ironstone pitcher filled with wooden kitchen utensils, and a group of taper candle holders with these LED candles.

pro Tip
  • Whether arranging candles, vases, or any group of items; opt for sets of three or five for an aesthetically pleasing and visually captivating display. The balance of odd numbered arrangements adds depth and intrigue.

Above the green garland we hung a basket with a plate inside. Then, I finished that with the same green striped ribbon from our entryway. 

On the hanging pegs below the shelf I hung seasonal kitchen towels and one of my favorite purchases this year, a white Santa pitcher

Mini tree on kitchen counter with a gingham bow for a festive touch.

The little tree on the kitchen counter adds another pop of green and I think the wicker basket is so cute and cozy!

Console table in the kitchen with white Santa mugs and a vintage scale.

I also purchased these white Santa mugs which I placed on a vintage scale on the console table we have in our kitchen. 

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

For a little more festive cheer in the kitchen, I added small evergreen wreaths to the backs of our kitchen counter stools

This was a Christmas decoration I tried last year and absolutely loved it. It was a no-brainer to add them to our kitchen chairs again! 

Wooden chairs decorated for Christmas in a farmhouse country kitchen.
Christmas indoor decoration idea with a faux evergreen mini wreath.

The area behind our kitchen stove also received some holiday spirit with a small evergreen wreath and a green plaid flour sack towel. 

Christmas decorations in the kitchen with fridge magnets with vintage plates.

Don’t forget to decorate your refrigerator too!

I made DIY vintage plate magnets for the side of our fridge and hung a sheet of Christmas music for a festive touch. 

Country farmhouse Christmas decorations for a rustic look this holiday season.

Now, let’s continue the tour into the living room!

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Christmas Living Room Tour

Of course the focus in our living room is the Christmas tree

Living room tour for the holidays with a Christmas tree and cozy home accents.

Last year, we had a flocked Christmas tree in our living room.

This year, I wanted to take a simpler approach when it came to our family Christmas tree.

Neutral Christmas decorations in the living room for cozy holiday decor.

We put up this faux noble fir Christmas tree and I absolutely love it! It’s simple with lots of room for ornaments between the branches. 

Neutral Christmas decor ideas with Christmas ribbon and homemade ornaments.

I decided to keep the ornaments on the tree minimal with a few battery operated candles sprinkled throughout, and of course Christmas ribbon

DIY No Sew Curtains for the living room using tablecloths.

You may have noticed the curtains behind the Christmas tree. Can you believe I made those out of tablecloths?!

I always have such a hard time finding curtains I love that don’t cost a fortune. Making my own is not only a great way to save money but I’m able to achieve the exact look I want. 

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Our built-in bookshelves are always a focal point in our family room. But in all honesty, I didn’t do much with them for the holidays. 

I simply hung a wreath on the section of bookshelves between the window seats, then added a few candles & greenery to the top shelf on either end of the built-ins.

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

I like to keep the focus of the bookshelves on the books, so less is always more when it comes to decorating our living room shelves.

A cozy living room for the holidays would not be complete without throw pillows and throw blankets! 

pro Tip
  • 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’s a simple way to 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.

These soft accents not only enhance the comfort of the living room but also provide an opportunity to introduce textures and colors which is so important for a cozy holiday feel in a neutral home.

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

Opt for a neutral palette like greens, tans, and creams. And different textures like boucle, chunky knits, sherpa, and wool to infuse your space with coziness and warmth for the winter season.

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Holiday Home Tour Final Thoughts

And that completes this year’s holiday open house! 

By embracing neutral decor, I’ve discovered the magic of simplicity and the timeless charm of the holiday season. 

Our home is a canvas where holiday joy is expressed through a palette of whites & creams, and natural elements.

Christmas wreath on front door for a holiday home tour.

As you’ve wandered through our virtual open house, I hope you’ve find inspiration to add a little neutral Christmas decor to your own home this holiday season.

From our family to yours, happy holidays! May your holiday season be filled with love, laughter, and the magic that comes from celebrating in a space that truly feels like home.

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2023 Christmas Home Tours

This week I’m joining 30 talented and creative bloggers to share our 2023 Christmas Home Tours. I hope you enjoy all their beautiful ideas and inspiration! I’d like to thank Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for organizing this tour of homes.

Monday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Monday blog hop participants.

Simply2Moms | Worthing Court Blog | Midwest Life and Style

DIY Beautify | Peacock Ridge Farm | The Stonybrook House

Tuesday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Tuesday blog hop participants.

Our Southern Home | Calypso in the Country | Chalking Up Success

Pink Peppermint Design | The House on Silverado | Lyndale Drive

Wednesday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Wednesday blog hop participants.

Southern Home and Hospitality | A Pretty Life in the Suburbs | Whispering Pines Homestead

She Gave it a Go | Decor to Adore | Eleanor Rose Home

Thursday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Thursday blog hop participants.

County Road 407 | Thistle Key Lane | White Lilac Farmhouse

My Family Thyme | Southern Hospitality Blog | Clean and Scentsible | Bungalow 47

Friday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Friday blog hop participants.

Shiplap and Shells | It All Started With Paint | White Arrows Home

This is Our Bliss | Thrifty and Chic | Follow the Yellow Brick Home

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  1. I love your decor! Neutrals are my favorite but I have never done a neutral Christmas theme. You did it brilliantly! Your home is chock full of lovely ideas. Thank you for sharing and inviting us all in for a tour. Love it! Merry Christmas!

  2. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed your beautiful neutral Christmas tour Heidi. You have such a lovely decorating style that I am always so inspired by. Your Christmas tree is stunning my friend. Merry Christmas!

  3. Heidi your home is always decorated perfectly no matter the holiday or season! Your Christmas decor is absolutely stunning and I adore your fabulous tree. I’m adding clip on candles to my list to buy. ?

  4. Your home is completely stunning, Heidi! You do such an amazing job combining beautiful textures that complement the neutral decor. Merry Christmas! Rachel @ The Antiqued Journey

  5. I hope you find the perfect fabric to make curtains Cindy! They are so easy to make and way less expensive than quality ones you find in the store. Thank you for touring our home!

  6. Love, love, love all the cozy touches you’ve added to your beautiful home for the holidays, Heidi! Perfection, as always! So happy to be touring with you. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  7. Everything about your holiday home is stunning. From the soft colors and ribbons on the tree to the homemade curtains – I love it all! I need new curtains so you’ve inspired me to do something about it. Fingers crossed I find the perfect tablecloth or fabric.

  8. Hey sweet friend!
    Your neutral home decor is incredibly cozy—I wish I could transport myself there! Thanks for sharing so many amazing ideas; pinned. It’s been a blast on this home blogger tour with you. Merry Christmas! – Brendt

  9. The neutral decor speaks to my heart. I normally decorate my home with all these beautiful neutral colors. I went all out this year for christmas and pulled out all the color. Thank you for all the fantastic tip and great ideas!

  10. I love your tree with all your neutral baubles; there’s so much texture there! Those vintage snow shoes look great hanging in your hallway. I love how you styled your open shelves and the rail above your range; it all looks so pretty! Great touring with you this year. Happy Christmas!

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