Do you feel that traditional holiday decorations don’t complement your home’s existing decor? I completely understand! You see, I have felt this way for a long time too. As a result, I have stepped up my holiday decorating game!
For the past several years, I have been using monochromatic holiday decorations. Today I will share some of these ideas. This style of seasonal decor is a nice change from traditional red and green!
Monochromatic seasonal decor works especially well in homes decorated in a neutral color palette.
Our home is currently decorated in a monochromatic neutral palette. For the Christmas season, I select items that complement this color scheme. As a result, the seasonal decor becomes an extension of the existing decor in the space. Furthermore, it really looks like it “belongs”.
I love my holiday decorations so much! Honestly, I hate taking them down when the season is over. Try these ideas this year, and I’ll bet you will too!
Monochromatic Holiday Decorations
Homes decorated in a neutral palette are incredibly easy to update each season. Therefore, decorating for the holidays is simple. Just add a few colorful accents to the existing decor!
- When adding color, I find that rich or muted tones work best. I try to avoid anything too bright. As a result, this creates a cohesive appearance throughout the space.
- After adding color, add some glamour with texture and embellishments!
1. Create a Palette of Layered Neutrals
Try adding glass and mirrored surfaces to your existing decor. Throughout our home, a variety of textures and finishes contribute to the layered neutral palette. Luminous glass and mirrored surfaces play with the light. This effect is especially lovely during the holidays, with all of the shimmery surfaces and lights on the tree!
See more details in my Holiday Living Room Tour!
2. Decorate a Monochromatic Christmas Tree
You can follow this method to decorate a monochromatic tree in any color you like, or in a neutral palette like ours:
- String white lights throughout the tree.
- Add ornaments and decorations in the same color palette. Be selective – choose items that add texture and depth.
- For a neutral tree like ours, add an accent color to complete the look.
- If you want your tree to be colorful, then stay within your chosen color palette and omit the accent color.
We trim our tree in shimmery whites, gold and silver metallics, and earth tones. Then, I add color by incorporating rich burgundy ornaments.
When I decorate, I like to bring in elements of the outdoors. These flocked Christmas tree sprays are the perfect addition. I also love these embellished acorn and bird ornaments. Because the ornaments have a shimmery effect, they catch the light beautifully. These additions are a lovely complement to the natural splendor of the tree.
The garland is extra-wide burlap ribbon with a metallic sheen. Because this burlap is silver-coated, it has a stunning Champagne gold effect. I just love the way is adds wonderful earthy texture and subtle shimmer! Similar
An ivory angel trimmed in gold metal sits on top of the tree. Since this tree topper is so simple in design, it has a transitional feel that compliments the decor perfectly.
Beneath the tree, I added a large ivory faux-fur tree skirt by Southern Living. The entire display is beautiful, and I love the way it looks in our living room. I wish the holiday season would last a bit longer. I must admit, I get a little depressed when it’s time to take down the tree…don’t you?
3. Incorporate Additional Christmas Decor
You may wish to incorporate additional seasonal accents. To do so, simply apply the guidelines above for decorating the monochromatic Christmas tree.
For instance, in my home, I add burlap ribbon (similar to the garland on the tree) on any indoor wreaths to keep the look cohesive.
The Importance of Texture
Texture is the most important factor when decorating in monochromatics. As I have described, you can add texture through a variety of trimmings and accents. Furthermore, you can add texture and visual interest with the gifts displayed beneath the tree.
I wrap our gifts using paper and bags that coordinate with the colors on the tree. Then, I add glitter mesh ribbon or metallic raffia. Lastly, embellishments like holiday floral picks add glamour to each package.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking… Yes, this is honestly a lot of work. It’s a real pain. But, it’s so worth it! We just love the way the gifts look under the tree!
I will provide details about my gift wrapping supplies in a separate post.
Here are some Christmas tree ornaments that are similar to ours in style and finish:
Give it a Try
So, do you think you’d like to retire your red and green ornaments? Perhaps you can just take a break from your traditional holiday decorations this year. Try something new!
Give the monochromatic look a try this holiday season. You will love the way it accentuates your home’s existing decor. It also adds a little casual glamour, which never hurts!
I’d love to see your new decorations, so please share them!
Happy Holidays! 🎄