Popular Christmas Decorating Ideas 2020

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Christmas is almost upon us, and at RoomSketcher we were feeling in need of a little more joy for December 2020. So, we played some classic Christmas music, slipped into cozy pajamas, and put together a list of Christmas decorating ideas to help you prepare your home this Christmas.

With more of us staying close to home this year, rather than traveling, one thing we can do is add a little extra holiday spirit around our house. Here is our list of fun and easy Christmas decorating ideas for 2020.

How to Decorate Your Home for Christmas

Christmas decorating style should invoke the magic of the season. Consider rich colors, soft and cozy textures, and creative ideas that radiate joy and excitement. Here are some of our top picks:

  • Use fresh and unique Christmas hues
  • Dream of a white Christmas with a neutral palette
  • Add festive flair to your dining room
  • Dress up your front porch
  • Create a merry mantel
  • Celebrate in style in an elegant living room
  • Don’t forget the bedrooms and bathrooms

Now, let’s take an in-depth look at how to incorporate these Christmas décor elements into your home.

Holiday decor

Use Fresh and Unique Colors for Christmas

Red and green are the colors that tend to rule Christmas. If you are ready for something non-traditional, then Christmas 2020 could be your year to choose a new and unique color scheme for your holiday cheer. From metallics to neutrals to jewel tones, unexpected hues can be just as festive and merry as the classic red and green combination.

Pink Christmas decor

Wondering what colors are trending for Christmas 2020? Take a look at three Christmas color combos we love.

Metallics

Colors set the mood. So, when it comes to celebrations in the cold season, something warm and energizing is an excellent choice. Shimmery gold, silver, and copper are artistic and stylish Christmas decorating colors that spread warmth.

Christmas Decorating Ideas - White living room with Christmas tree and metallic home decor

Combine a metallic hue with one bold and expressive color like deep green, purple, teal, or dark blue for greater dimension. The introduction of metallic items will add extra shine and layered depth to the overall color scheme.

Classic Blue Christmas

Why not get inspired by the Pantone of the year 2020 – Classic Blue. This color makes a dramatic statement for your Christmas decorations. Classic blue Christmas decor will transform the ambiance of your space and it combines so well with various textures and materials.

Blue Christmas decor

Green & Brown

Color combos found in nature, such as brown and green, always look good. So don’t hesitate to take a cue from Mother Nature and use these popular earth tones to decorate your home this Christmas.

To maintain simplicity, decorate the green tree with brown and tan ornaments only. When decorating the walls and hallways, stick with several different green shades for a layered and multi-toned look.

Dream of a White Christmas With a Neutral Palette

As you’ve seen above, red isn’t the only color option for Christmas. Why not turn your home into a winter wonderland with all-white decorations?

A neutral all-white palette provides a serene and calm look. Even better, it makes decorating super simple, which many of us need these days. Use white flowers like roses, hydrangeas, chrysanthemums, and gladiolus, perhaps with mini gingerbread houses to add a little contrast.

White Christmas decorations

To add a touch of color to your neutral Christmas décor, add some green. You can frame your doorways with greenery, hang boughs from the stair railings, and incorporate mini potted pines, cedars, and cypress. Best of all, when you decorate with holiday greenery, your home will smell amazing!

Add Festive Flair to Your Dining Room

You don’t need to be Martha Stewart to put together a festive dining room and Christmas table. Combine a little creativity with inspiration from our ideas below, and you are on your way to making your dining room merry, modern, and bright.

Christmas decoration ideas

Red Chairs

If you like to go with a traditional color scheme, the color red is always popular. So why not swap out your everyday dining chairs with a set of red-painted chairs? This project can even be a fun and inexpensive DIY Christmas decorating idea to try out with your kids. Either use wooden chairs from home, buy some online, or check out the local flea-market.

If a DIY painting project isn’t your thing, consider using red dining chair slipcovers. They are readily available online and can be removed and stored after the holidays until next year. Choose slipcovers that reach the floor to hide chair legs or simple seat covers if you want to show off the rest of the chair.

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Use a ribbon to hang a bow, wreath, ornament or a name tag on the back of your chairs to create that extra special detail.

Cluster candlesticks

Suspending ornaments from the chandelier above your dining table is a great way to add some extra depth to your Christmas display. Then, illuminate the space with an arrangement of tall candlesticks on the table. You can choose any color — red, white, or even gold – whichever best fits your theme, to create a festive centerpiece. Start with three candlesticks of varying heights and then add more. No candlesticks? This Christmas decorating idea works well with pillar candles too. It’s an easy way to give the area a warm glow.

Christmas tablescape

Layers of plaid

Plaid decor is back for 2020. Our top tip – use plaid on Christmas table settings. You can pair a plaid tablecloth with bright white elements on a holiday tablescape to keep the look fresh. Wrap a plaid ribbon around a mason jar candle or use plaid napkins. You can’t go wrong with a touch of plaid this time of year.

Christmas decorating trend 2020

Dress up Your Front Porch

While there are numerous ways to decorate your home’s interior, there’s no better way to spread holiday cheer than by adding some winter charm to your front porch. From festive twinkling lights to sweeping garlands, a decorated front porch is a Christmas décor trend for 2020 according to experts at Pinterest. Even if it’s hard for friends and neighbors to visit inside this year, many of us can stroll the neighborhood, meet up outside, and admire everyone’s decorations.

Christmas decorations front porch

Pre-lit cordless greenery is an easy way to add brightness to the season with limited work or maintenance. Simple yet sophisticated, this popular Christmas decoration makes the perfect addition for an extended holiday season, as once you set the timer, and you are good to go. Your decorations will automatically light up at your specified time each night.

How about making your front porch burst with color this Christmas? One way to achieve this look is by dangling ornaments from the overhang and using a few old sleds as porch décor. Add a cheerful holiday doormat. On the door, hang an evergreen wreath decorated with brass bells, and fill lanterns with Christmas ornaments for a creative touch.

Create a Merry Mantel

The Christmas season means cozy nights spent by the fire, which calls for a festive mantel above the fireplace. Though your Christmas tree may be the centerpiece of your decorations, don’t overlook the mantel as another area to add holiday cheer. Best of all, the following mantel decoration ideas will make it easy for you to pull off another beautiful focal point.

Christmas mantel decor

Wooden candlesticks in varying heights, a lush garland, and matching stockings create a simple, serene, and peaceful mantle.

When it comes to decking your home for Christmas, you can go a long way with vintage elements. Consider using bottlebrush trees, plenty of greenery, and postcards to add a vintage vibe to your Christmas mantle.

Go on an exploration journey in your backyard for tree trimmings, branches, and bright berries. Bring it all together indoors and arrange it beautifully on your Christmas mantel.

Celebrate in Style in an Elegant Living Room

The living room becomes the heart of your home during the holiday season. After all, it’s where your family gathers to keep warm and enjoy time by the fire during cold winter nights. So, it’s nice to make your living room inviting at Christmas. Here are some creative ideas:

Christmas living room

Use Presents as Decor

By getting creative with where you place your presents, you can actually use them as Christmas décor. Play with metallics like silver and gold to add a bit of seasonal glam and tuck them into empty spaces. Also, consider filling a crate or basket with a few pretty gifts, some greenery, and lights for that added sparkle.

Christmas presents decor

Frame Your Tree

Make your Christmas tree the focal point of your living room by placing it in a central location and framing it with two cozy and inviting chairs or couches. Add some festive decorative pillows to complete the look.

Christmas Decorating Ideas - White and green living room with two chairs framing Christmas tree

The holidays are the perfect time to bring out all the vintage furniture that has been tucked away in your attic, especially an antique rocking chair. Place it near the fireplace, and you’ll stay warm and cozy. Just add Christmas music and a cup of hot cocoa!

Don’t Forget the Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Don’t reserve all your best Christmas decorating ideas for the living room. Save some for the bedrooms and bathrooms as well.

Christmas decorating trends 2020

Bedroom Christmas Decorations

We all spend a decent amount of our time in our bedrooms. For this reason, it is nice to infuse a tad bit of holiday cheer into the place where you sleep and wake up. Prep the space by draping a pretty garland across your headboard, or spread some red and green throw blankets on your bed. Put up a minimalistic tree decorated with lights, or hang a small Christmas banner. Add a wreath or freshly cut foliage to add a scent of the holidays to your bedroom.

Christmas bedroom

Bathroom Christmas Decorations

Why not add a few decorative touches to your bathrooms for Christmas 2020? Depending on your theme — rustic, vintage, or traditional — add elements like evergreen garlands, festive holiday bath towels, winter scented candles, or Christmas themed bath mat.

Christmas bathroom decor ideas

Get Started

These Christmas decorating ideas were created with the RoomSketcher App. You can use this easy-to-use online home design tool to plan and visualize your Christmas decorating ideas too!

To get started, simply create a free RoomSketcher account, pick a room template, and start designing.

Susan Johnson
Susan Johnson is a content writer specializing in interior and home design. She will provide you with great tips, inspiration and expertise on the latest trends. Images for this article are designed by Andrea Platzer – interior designer from Vintage Plan and More

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