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12 Easy Christmas Decor Ideas to Turn Your Home into a Winter Wonderland

published Nov 29, 2023
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Interior of modern kitchen decorated for Christmas
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for decorating! Christmas is one of the best times of the year for decor enthusiasts, from the DIY die-hards to the minimalist mavens. The holiday season provides plenty of opportunities to transform the home into a cheerful destination suited for any style (or budget). Each room in the home adds a gleeful piece to the Christmas puzzle — and naturally, that includes the kitchen. 

The kitchen is where all those delicious Christmas recipes and beloved holiday memories are made. It’s also a place where you can put up festive decor and wow friends and family with its cozy charm. Need some inspiration? We’ve rounded up some kitchen Christmas decor ideas that are sure to put you on Santa’s nice list. 

1. Sleigh Full of Presents Over the Kitchen Island 

This piece of Christmas decor adds a fun touch to the space! Safely secure a sleigh above your kitchen island, put a few fake gifts on it (empty cardboard boxes covered in Christmas wrapping paper will do), and add a small accent piece like a bow to tie it all together. 

2. Lit Garland Over Kitchen Windows

Add a touch of elegance to your kitchen by hanging a lit garland over your windows. The simple white light and pine-like garland adds a festive feel and a warm glow to the area, making it feel ultra cozy. Choose a garland with small cranberries or a frosty hue to really give it that Christmas look. 

3. A Touch of Light

Want your Christmas decor to bring a stylish-yet-homey feel to the kitchen? Add subtle hints of light in creative places. Put electric candles in small lanterns to create a classic decor piece for your kitchen island, hutch, and wherever else you want that warm glow. 

4. A Non-Tree Christmas Tree 

Decor gurus, this one’s for you! If you have a lot of shelving in your pantry or kitchen, make some space and create a Christmas tree from kitchen gadgets or staples. Make sure each object is a single color, like red, green, or orange, to bring the shape together. Trim it with string lights, put up a tree topper, and you’re ready to go! 

5. Christmas Tree in the Kitchen

Who says your tree needs to be in the living room? Break tradition by having your kitchen decor include a tree (real or faux, your choice!) in the heart of your home. Make sure to place it in a space that’s safe and won’t be in the way while you’re cooking, then decorate it with family ornaments, twinkle lights, and more. If you still want your tree in the living room, no problem! You can put a smaller tree in the kitchen and give it a simpler style with warm lighting. 

6. Bows on the Cabinets

Believe it or not, your cabinets are wonderful pieces of real estate for decor. Take advantage of them by tying festive bows on their doors and making them look like gifts Santa brought (and installed) himself! If the full ribbon look isn’t for you, you can always place large bows on your cabinets instead of utilizing the ribbon. 

7. Wreath on the Range Hood

You can find Christmas decor for practically every space in your kitchen, including the range hood. A simple but effective decor strategy is to place a wreath on the range hood to tie the room together with good tidings and cheer. A minimalist wreath can work with many decor styles, and if you get a winter-themed wreath, you can leave it up for the rest of the chilly months. 

8. Christmas Tiered Tray 

Don’t forget your kitchen island when gathering your decorations! A tiered tray donning festive pieces creates a natural focal point for the area. You can personalize the tray, adding specific pieces of decor that align with your style and give guests a glimpse of your holiday spirit. Or, grab one that’s premade and matches your holiday style!

9. Christmas Bows on Chairs

Put a wonderful final touch on your kitchen by adding bows to the back of chairs at your island (or in your dining room). It’s a small touch that really ties the festive theme together, especially when you match the bows with the ribbon used in the Christmas tree. Make them as big or small as you wish! 

10. Mini Christmas Trees

Let’s be real — the kitchen sink may not be the first place you would think to put Christmas decor. However, it’s a space that, when decorated correctly, creates an eye-catching, festive kitchen centerpiece. One way to spruce it up (no pun intended) is to place a small Christmas tree next to the sink. Place it in a stand or bowl in silver or red and decorate it to your merry heart’s content. Plus, your kitchen will have the sweet scent of the holidays!

11. Decor Above the Cabinets  

Utilize every space in your kitchen this holiday season by adding decor to the top of your cabinets. Those seemingly small pieces do wonders for your kitchen and really piece together the whole area as a holiday haven. Add miniature Christmas trees, lanterns, snowmen, and other small Christmas-themed decor to create a timeless holiday look at every level of the kitchen. 

12. Hanging Holiday Bottles

Wine lovers, here’s an idea for empty bottles you may have after Thanksgiving. Create hanging decorations in your kitchen by painting wine bottles with Christmas designs, or simply tie plaid ribbon around their necks, and hang them from your kitchen’s ceiling for a unique look. Cheers to a merry decoration!