Every year I create design boards to put my Christmas decorating ideas “on paper” and keep me on track. If I keep going and decorate room after room, our house will look like the set of a Hallmark movie and I will be ridden with anxiety in just a few days. I have to keep it simple. This year I wanted a color scheme that included dark brown, bronze, gold, mercury glass, and a touch of black. So, I created a modern Christmas decor styling guide. (post contains affiliate links, see disclosure)
I’ve always loved the look of asymmetrical garland on the fireplace that I see from Studio McGee and other designers. I’ve tried it a few times before, but couldn’t get it right. But this year I am going to try again and use my prelit garlands. They are from Grandin Road and I’ve had them for years but they are no longer available. This garland from Crate and Barrel looks similar. I also have a collection of trees that I love to display. And they fit perfectly with the color scheme.
On the built-ins, I will display my white village houses. They will be mixed in with black accessories like this new vase and more black and wood houses. I purchased a new tree this year. I have always loved our Charlie Brown tree, but it was too short. Last year it looked miniature in front of the built-ins so I put it in a basket to give it more height. This year Grandin Road had the same tree but in an 8-foot size and I think it will be perfect for our 9-foot ceilings.
Because there will be a lot of decor in the living room with the tree and builts ins, I’m keeping it simple in the entryway with a garland around the mirror and another collection of trees. The bells are always a must and a simple wreath on the hooks will be perfect.
Because I got a new tree for the living room this year, the old 7-foot tree will fit perfectly in the corner of our bedroom. I’ve hung a wreath on the barn door for a few years now, and this year I will add a set of bells. Because the tree will be the main decor in our bedroom, the rest of the room doesn’t need much. A few snowy art pieces and some festive pillows will be just enough.
And I think that’s it for my modern Christmas decor styling guide! I don’t plan on decorating the kitchen or adding much to the dining room this year. Because we have a great room and everything is so open, just a few little touches of greenery or candles are perfect.