It certainly is the most wonderful time of the year. And while much of the season's holiday decorating is saved for the perfect tree and fireplace mantel, why not make sure the heart of the home is especially decked out with boughs of holly? With fragrant wreaths, full-on Christmas trees, and comforting hot cocoa and wintry treats, these kitchens strike the right balance of warm, welcoming, and jolly.
1. A magical winter wonderland
Rachel Parcell, the style maven behind the blog Pink Peonies, created a winter wonderland in her kitchen with pretty white wreaths, giant bows, and evergreen branches. It's festive but in an elegant, understated way — just like the decorations in the rest of her home, which will have you dreaming of a white Christmas.
See the rest of Parcell's holiday decorations: My Home for Christmas at Pink Peonies
2. A cozy, classic vibe
The Christmas spirit is alive and well in this cozy kitchen featured on Golden Boys & Me — from the wreath and chalkboard sled over the stove, to the garland adorning the window, and the tree complete with an oven mitt as the topper. Even the red KitchenAid and utensils celebrate the season.
See more: Holiday House Walk at Golden Boys & Me
3. A very merry modern look
The garland used underneath the open shelving in this kitchen feels so modern that it might be able to stay up after the rest of the decorations are taken down. The dark leafy green really pops against the white backsplash, and they're bay leaves, so they're aromatic and give a nod to cooking, too.
See more: Whole-Home Wonderland: 4 Spaces You Might Be Forgetting to Decorate This Christmas at Apartment Therapy
4. A warming coffee station
Decorating your kitchen for the holidays doesn't only have to equal Christmas trees and wreaths. Nothing conjures a magical winter wonderland more than sipping hot cocoa by a crackling fire as the snow falls outside. So a DIY coffee station or hot cocoa bar in the kitchen like this one from Liz Marie Blog is ingenious.
See how Liz Marie achieved it: Simple Rustic Hot Chocolate Bar at Liz Marie Blog
5. An understated Christmas
Layla Palmer, of The Lettered Cottage, wanted to add just a hint of the holidays to her kitchen, and the giant Poinsettia plant did the trick, giving the kitchen a festive focal point. She also hung bells and put a few wrapped presents over the fridge.
6. A rustic Christmas
This entire house, from El Mueble, is a Christmas dream with Nordic influences and romantic touches, and the kitchen is no exception. Between the pine-needle garland; pinecones; baked goods; and warm, sun-kissed palette of cream and brown, thanks to the rustic wood furniture, I definitely want to come in here from the cold.
See more of this inviting home: Navidad, Navidad, blanca Navidad at El Mueble
7. A sentimental kitchen
Our friends over at Minted had an ingenious idea for what to do with holiday cards as they come in: Hang them on kitchen cabinets.
8. Light and bright decorations
Believe it or not, this picture was a promotional photo from Lowe's. We just love the way the designer used Christmas lights in a way that doesn't scream "college dorm room."
How are you decorating your kitchen for the holidays?