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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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