LIFESTYLE CONCEPTS | MONOCHROME CHRISTMAS

Dreaming of a black ‘n’ white christmas?

You’ve landed on the right place. I have always been drawn to simple, effortless and useful decoration elements, any time of the year, and that applies to christmas decorations as well. Even as atheists, let’s face it, christmas can be fun, cozy and very untranslatably hygge.

Here’s your ultimate survival guide if you wanna have fun decorating for christmas while maintaining your minimalistic aesthetic.

BE ECLECTIC

It’s easy to get caught up in the christmas madness and get carried away today, given all the options and the well targeted marketing that revolves around you  as a customer. When purchasing decor for christmas (applies to everything else too) nail down where each piece will go and if it fits in well with the rest of your things. Coordinate with the rest of your decor. Reds and greens may look pretty in the store with all the fairy lights and plastic inflatable Santa Clauses  but will probably feel mismatched and out of place in a minimalistic environment. Be mindful and don’t let the elves trick you into buying more that you need.

UTILIZE WHAT YOU HAVE

Upcycle household items into holiday decor. Reimagine. Look at things from a different angle and see how you can incorporate the beautiful items you use and love every day into your festive decoration. Stack your favourite plates and glasses to create a centerpiece tree that will blend in beautifully and will have all your guests talking (and taking pictures to recreate your idea when they get home).  Consider items such as glass bottles, serving bowls and trays, baskets and tableware. These elements lend a cozy, lived-in atmosphere to your room. Extra points of coolness: it’s highly instagramable too.

DYOT

(Draw your own Tree)

If you find christmas trees overwhelming and you are thinking about wasted resources (too much plastic for the fake ones, too much energy wasted for the real ones),  go for something different.  Create your own whimsical version of a tree using paint and paper and make a statement. You can tailor it to your exact needs, make it as big or as compact as your space allows without having to compromise and it will be uniquely you! Add boughs of greenery and lights according to your taste.  I kept mine fairly minimal to complement all the other elements in the room.

NATURAL ELEMENTS

Bring the outdoors in to introduce an organic fresh layer to your festive home. Nature (and pinterest, I kid you not) will always provide endless inspiration when it comes to decor and DIY projects. Here’s a fairly simple project that will emphasize the holiday spirit in your home without breaking the bank. It’s also a great way to get the kids (if any) involved.

UNUSUAL WREATHS

Who says our holiday wreaths have to be over the top kitsch and excessive? If you love the post-modern ironic kitsch vibes go for it, you do you, own it and it will be fantastic! If you are after something simpler try this: Gather a few branches you actually find aesthetically pleasing and create a simple, versatile wreath that you can use on a variety of festive occasions by adding or removing elements to it. Make sure you get hight quality fabric flowers/branches that will last for ever and will hold their shape. It’s also important that you’ll get the removable ones so that you can customise them to all occasions easily. For christmas you can add mistletoe or pinecones. Less storage space occupied as well, which is so liberating!

 

SALT DOUGH ORNAMENTS ON DISPLAY

Salt Dough Ornaments are colourless, they make great handmade gifts and they look adorable scattered around the house, displayed on beautiful plates and bowls or stacked in clear vases sprinkled with faux snow and/or glitter or mixed with fairy lights.

 

COLOR EQUALIZER

Be consistent with your palette and your colors (or the lack of in my case). Monochrome does not have to be black and white. Pick a color if you must, but carry the same eclectic scheme throughout your home, to create flow. Make a commitment to a certain colour that will serve as a unifying factor and the cohesive result will be truly rewarding.

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A very special thanks to YPSILON for providing the perfect location for the photoshoot

54 Comments

  • Maria December 5, 2017 at 8:03 am

    the painted tree is such a nice touch! loved all of the decor you chose for this artcile 😉

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 5, 2017 at 8:09 am

      Thank you Maria! Everyone at the Chelfdom loved that tree! So simple yet elegant!

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  • Vanessa December 5, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Draw your own tree! That’s an idea I haven’t heard of before. Love the wreath in the photo by the way.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 5, 2017 at 8:32 am

      I’m so glad you liked my ideas Vanessa!

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  • Dada December 5, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Looks beautiful and peaceful somehow compare to some with to much of color and to much of everything. We likes to DIY with what we have and what the nature has to offer. As you we are going to draw a huge christmas tree, and with paper christmas balls that my daughter can tape on the “tree”.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 6, 2017 at 12:06 am

      Paper christmas balls sounds amazing! Tag me I’d love to take a look!

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  • Judith December 5, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I like. My new thing now minimalist.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 6, 2017 at 12:05 am

      You go girl!

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  • Sandra December 5, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Good tip about knowing where everything will go before you buy it. I’m sure people buy a lot of stuff they have no space for.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 6, 2017 at 12:04 am

      True that Sandra!Let’s keep it minimal this season, shall we?

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  • Kristi McAllister December 5, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    This is an awesome minimalist style of decorating and I love how you stacked those dishes! And while I’m not very crafty myself, the homemade ornaments are great!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 6, 2017 at 12:04 am

      Hey Kristi! You know me, always busy, always deadlines to stress over and so on and so forth BUT these were so simple to make, very effortless and quick! Give them a go!

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  • Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com December 5, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Wonderful tips! I love the way that everything turned out. Love the idea of thinking outside of the box.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 6, 2017 at 12:02 am

      Thinking outside the box indeed! Aesthetics and practicality combined!

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  • Blair villanueva December 6, 2017 at 12:29 am

    I like your savvy Christmas tree! Perfect for condo-dwellers like me 🙂
    Saves space and clutter as well.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Exactly! Thank you for stopping by Blair!

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  • Shannon December 6, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Black is my favorite color so I LOVE everything about this Christmas color scheme!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 6, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      same here Shannon!

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  • Julie I Aloha Lovely December 6, 2017 at 3:33 am

    Love it! I am definitely gravitating more towards minimal this year.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 6, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      More minimalism every year 😉

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  • Melanie December 6, 2017 at 4:24 am

    You are so creative and show a real style for minimalist chic. My fav idea is drawing your own Christmas tree…just genius and a wonderful idea.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 6, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      I’m so glad you loved it! We are obsessed with it and now added some fairy lights as well!

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  • TColeman December 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    These are some really cool decor ideas to have a black and white Christmas. I would love to do some of these!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 6, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Black and white everything 😉 Please tag me if you try any of these out, I’d love to take a look at your recreations!

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  • Sina December 6, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    The decoration looks wonderful. It would fit perfectly into my flat!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 7, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      That’s awesome Sina! Always happy to provide the inspiration!

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  • Ola December 7, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Girl your hair is so amazing. I know I say that every time I see it, but the color is so rich. As for as this setup goes, I guess that is about as paired down as you can get. I like the large white planters. Where can one find them?

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 7, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Hi Ola! Thank you so much! You always make my day! Yeap, luxe minimalism was the ultimate goal here! I’m pretty sure Ikea has similar planters to these!

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  • Christie Brown December 7, 2017 at 3:45 am

    You have the same attitude towards Christmas decorating that I do aha. Décor can still be fun without all of the angels and tinsel. I love your minimalistic approach! That wreath is absolutely gorgeous. 🙂 xx

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 7, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      We are so on the same page Christie! Less is more and less but better!

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  • Joy December 7, 2017 at 5:23 am

    I love how creative you are! The minimalism is unique and definitely separates you from the pack. Thanks for sharing this. Have a great holiday season!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 7, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you Joy! Happy holidays to you too!

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  • silvia December 7, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Ooh, awesome design! I can’t say I’m a minimalist at heart, but these combinations are too beautiful to overlook.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 7, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Yay! I’ll consider this project a success then 😉

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  • Karina December 7, 2017 at 9:35 am

    A huge fan of your blog Chelf! Thank you for the ideas ! It looks wonderful

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 7, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      Aw! Thank you Karina! You are awesome!

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  • LeeAnn December 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    This is so wonderful! I’ve never seen Christmas decor done like this and really loved the tree made out of plates and cups! So creative!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 7, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you LeeAnn! I thought it was time for something different and unique! I’m so glad you liked it!

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  • Ilda December 7, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Love this Christmas decor, so minimal and modern but so festive at the same time ♥️

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 8, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      That was the ultimate goal this year!

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  • Ilda December 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Loving this blog, very cute simple modern holiday decor.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 8, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Simple is what I was going for! I’m so glad you loved it!

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  • madi December 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    love these ideas- especially the DYOT and stacking the cups.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 8, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      Get stackin’! See how far you can go 😉

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  • Joy December 7, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Will definitely show this to my mam! 🙂

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 8, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      I hope you’ll both love it!

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  • Akamatra December 8, 2017 at 7:52 am

    I love your ideas! That hand drawn tree is absolutely amazing. And I love Zak designs too, I have many of their things!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 8, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      They are brilliant aren’t they?

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  • David Elliott December 8, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I think being eclectic is one of the most important things to be. You have to be original and be yourself if you want to be happy with the way things turn out.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 8, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      I couldn’t agree more David!

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  • Renee December 8, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Simple and gorgeous! Loving that tree!!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr December 8, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you gorgeous!

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  • Winfire December 9, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Quite interesting ideas, especially the painted tree. I like the serene feel and absence of clutter, but a simple and elegant decor…

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  • Chelsea December 9, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I love your greenery in the white planters! Gorgeous!

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