7 Chic, Stress-Free Ways to Decorate Your Home for the Holidays

6 Chic, Stress-Free Ways to Decorate Your Home for the Holidays - Original Caroline
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Thanksgiving is finally over, so now’s the time to start your holiday shopping, prepare your home for guests, and haul out all your holiday decor. But holiday decor is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, and decorating for the holidays can sometimes be a drag. While some people are so ready to bring out their lights, tree and stockings the day after Thanksgiving, others could care less.

So it’s very refreshing to see retailers embrace a more elevated, universal aesthetic for the holidays that don’t necessarily align with one specific holiday or tradition, and offer pieces that seamlessly blend with year-round decor. This year’s most popular pieces offers just the right amount of traditional warmth and festive cheer with a unique, modern update.

Even if holiday decor isn’t appealing to you, there are a few ways to update your home that doesn’t scream “Winter Wonderland.” Don’t get me wrong, candy canes, tinsel and nutcrackers are great and all, but wouldn’t it be nice to give your home a little cheer without it feeling too festive?

If you’re looking to take a new spin on holiday decor, keeping reading for six stylish and stress-free ways to decorate your home for the holidays + some of my favorite holiday decor finds.

Work Around Your Existing Decor

6 Chic, Stress-Free Ways to Decorate Your Home for the Holidays: Work Around Your Existing Decor - Original Caroline
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You don’t have to swap out that much of your regular decor when you decorate your home for the holidays. So if you’re someone who’s not crazy about festive decor, invest in pieces you can keep out all Winter long that complement your existing decor style. You’ll be amazed at how just a few new pieces can transform your home for “everyday” to seasonal.

One of the simplest ways to make your home holiday-ready in an instant is to swap out your pillows and blankets. Use lush textures like velvet and faux fur with festive embroidery details to pack in tons of holiday charm, and Wintry patterns such as plaid and subtle snowflakes. You can also add some festive character by creating a vignette on some shelves with ceramic trees and other little knick-knacks or hang up a couple signs with a festive print or subject matter.

Use Unexpected Colors

9 Chic, Stress-Free Ways to Decorate for the Holidays: Use Unexpected Colors - Original Caroline
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Instead of the traditional red-and-green holiday palette, create your own color scheme using hues that are already incorporated in your home! This will help keep your space cohesive. If your home has a relatively neutral color palette, adding a few vibrant pieces will help your home look a little more festive in an instant.

Deep jewel-toned blues and millennial pink are two super trendy tones this year for holiday decor (I actually really like this millennial pink nutcracker!). And to make your space really shine, add in some gold, silver and mercury glass.

Sophisticated Stockings

7 Chic, Stress-Free Ways to Decorate for the Holidays: Sophisticated Stockings - Original Caroline
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Why should Christmas trees get all the attention? Stockings can be just as festive — and they’re literally full of presents! So stop putting up boring stockings and start pushing the mantel style envelope. Whether you buy or DIY, mix things up with chunky knits, faux furs, pom poms or a constellation print. If you can’t splurge on a new set of stockings, add some flair and character with velvet ribbon, like Monika Hibbs did in the photo above. And consider investing in a set of handy hooks to hang your stockings.

Invite Nature Inside

7 Chic, Stress-Free Ways to Decorate Your Home for the Holidays: Invite Nature In - Original Caroline
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Nature offers a really cozy atmosphere and is great for decorating on a budget. So take inspiration from the great outdoors and incorporate fresh evergreen boughs, lush garlands, pine cones and wreaths throughout your home.

Fill a few vases with evergreen boughs and red berry branches, string together a garland of dried orange slices, and don’t forget to hang a mistletoe (or two!). There’s literally so much you can do to bring nature indoors.

Light the Fire

7 Chic, Stress-Free Ways to Decorate for the Holidays: Light the Fire - Original Caroline
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There’s something special about lighting a fire during this time of year. I love a fire’s warmth and the sound of crackling logs. And while some people use the mantel as a place to go all-out with stockings, garlands and figurines, it is possible to add some seasonal touches without making it look too tacky.

A simple vase filled with some seasonal greenery and wrapped in string lights adds a nice touch without going overboard. And split logs look even homier when they’re stacked next to a roaring fire!

Get High

7 Chic, Stress-Free Ways to Decorate Your Home for the Holidays - Original Caroline
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If your home lacks space, you can capitalize on any height by hanging certain decor from the ceiling and using objects with different heights. Bringing the ceiling down with hanging stars is both pretty and supplies a feeling of intimacy, which is crucial during the holiday season.

And if you’re in need of some fresh and modern holiday decor, take a look at some of my favorite holiday decor finds:

World Market

Pier 1

West Elm


Pottery Barn


+How do you like to decorate your home for the holidays? Leave your thoughts and tips in the comments below!

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