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Beautifully Understated Christmas Decorating Ideas

Inflatable snowmen, singing Santas, and copious amounts of tinsel – everything you don’t want in your home this Christmas. But it can be hard to strike a balance between going overboard with the Christmas decorations versus leaving your home looking like it was decorated by Ebenezer Scrooge. So, to help you (subtly) invoke the festive spirit, here are a few understated Christmas decorating ideas you might want to try this year.

This is the 1st Xmas kitchen I love. It reminds me of the many years I popped in on my sister after Xmas dinner at my mom's house. She always has a creative and understated way of making Christmas breathtakingly (can I use that word?) gorgeous!:

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A simple, yet beautifully decorative Christmas tree. Its lack of adornment takes nothing away from its charm.

i love the simplicity and imperfections of this tree... and how the tree stand is so nice looking. I also love the "tree skirt":

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It’s the very simplicity of this Christmas tree that gives it so much appeal. In this case, less is most definitely more.

boxwood wreath: Christmas decorations, Danish style.:

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It’s not fancy or elaborately decorated, but this charming Christmas wreath still manages to say ‘welcome’ and ‘merry Christmas’!

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Yes, this Christmas tree is perhaps simpler than even the most minimalist of you would opt for, but it still manages to set the Christmas mood. It would make an ideal ‘second’ tree for the home.

A Delightful Design: Christmas decorating 101: stairs + working with garland:

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Yes, you can still have ornamental reindeer for Christmas decorations. These understated beauties are well at home amongst the rest of the subtle Christmas decor.

Pine garland around doorway for Christmas (via Meet Me in Philadelphia):

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A pine garland around a doorway in your home is a wonderfully understated alternative to the traditional garlands, which are usually more ornamental in their design.

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Sometimes, all you need to create that festive feel in your home is a few candles, given a Christmassy look with the addition of some holly or mistletoe.

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A host of lovely low-key Christmas decorations. From the candles, to the tree, to the Christmas-styled chandelier, here is a festive scene that needs no glittery decor or flashing fairy lights to be impressive.

Nalle's House: DIY Wood Bead Ornaments. Scandinavian Christmas decor:

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Christmas mantelpiece decor that is at once thoroughly festive, without ever appearing excessive – a result that’s actually very easy to achieve.

LOVE this idea for the dining room table AND/OR the kitchen table!! I like the mini wreaths! Understated country Christmas.:

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A rustic chic alternative to the traditional Christmas day dinning table – there’s no red tablecloth, no silver and gold napkins, nor any over-the-top centrepieces. Despite this, it still has that Christmassy feel.

Nothing can be more understated and grand at the same time.:

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Another simple, yet stunning, alternative to the familiar Christmas dinner table. This space has festive farmhouse charm written all over it.

Delikatnie rustykalny mebel + proste tło Biel/czerń/szarości/naturalne drewno:

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When going for the muted approach with your Christmas decorations, sometimes it’s those DIY efforts that turn out to be the most effective.

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