On the side of those who love rich and ornate decorations for Christmas, there's another category of people that prefer a toned-down decor, with less sparkle, but by no means less festive. A decor that we could name subtly festive.
What I love about it is that – in its simplicity – it encloses careful planning and a close attention to the finest details. And the result is a very cosy and soothing atmosphere.
Have a look below for some inspiration…
Twinkle lights wrapped around a birch log give a festive twist to the natural cosiness of a fireplace.
Two twin pine trees on the dining table and the Christmas mood is up!
Few twigs of pine in a vase recall the feeling of a Christmas tree, even without ornaments and lights.
Winter flowers and fruits are also great to add just a subtle festive touch.
Here it is, the power of accessories. Two decorative reindeers – coordinating with the existing colour palette – create a subtle Christmas atmosphere without taking the attention away from the overall design of the room.
A subtly festive Christmas decor can also be the solution to bring a holiday touch to areas that are often not decorated.
Look at this kitchen; there's no fuss and the space is totally functional. But if you look close you'll notice a traditional Christmas palette. There is the green, brought in by the dish soap container, the towel, few bowls and some greenery. There is the red of the pomegranates. And it's really all it takes to create a festive atmosphere and revive the Christmas mood whenever walking into the kitchen!
To me, a subtly festive decor can also represent a more intimate way of decorating; one that does not shout for attention, but is still able to add a little something special for the holidays.
What do you think? Are you more minimalist or more ornate when it comes to decorating for Christmas?
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