How to choose a new theme for your Christmas decorations

If you want to plan your Christmas decorations from scratch, it can be difficult to know where to start. My top tip is to come up with a theme for your Christmas decorations as it’ll help you create a consistent look and feel.

You could also take inspiration from current trends – but more importantly, ensure your choices fit your home, the specific space you’ll be decorating and your personal style.

For example, there might be a few favourite items in your current collection of Christmas decorations that you want to hang onto, so it’s also worth bearing this in mind when picking your theme to ensure they’ll fit somewhere.

As always, it’s a good idea to start planning early as there’s a surprising amount of work involved – it’s almost as much work as redesigning and furnishing a room from scratch!

Researching, sourcing and making your new decorations throughout the year also helps spread the cost – especially if you can take advantage of sales throughout the year.

Here are my favourite Christmas decorations themes to help get you started!

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This is a very simple, minimalistic look, using natural materials including wood, flowers and greenery and classic colours like gold and silver – plus on-trend pastels, greys and neutrals

It’s also the perfect excuse to embrace hygge and make your home super cosy next Christmas, with candles, plus snuggly blankets, throws and rugs.

A real Christmas tree with just a few simple decorations or a quirky decorative Christmas tree-alternative will complete your Scandi style.

There are loads of examples online to help you get a feel for this style, plus loads of books on hygge if you really want to immerse yourself in the Nordic way of doing things!


The Bohemian style is minimalist, contemporary and has an understated neutral colour palette, and often includes wooden decorations, macramé, fabric tassels, dried flowers and grass and feathers.

If you want something really different, Christmas trees made from or decorated with pampas grass have been a popular addition to the boho Christmas theme in recent years.

There are loads of examples online if you do some Googling – they’re interesting to see, even if you decide this quirky style isn’t for you!

You can also decorate your usual fir tree in the Bohemian style, for example, using tasselled or wool tree ornaments – plus a crocheted tree skirt to finish the look.

Winter wonderland

As you’d expect, the predominant colour for this Christmas theme is white, broken up with a scattering of silver, gold and neutrals.

White faux fur, chunky knit blankets and cushions, fake snow and glass ornaments and glass icicles are all key features of the winter wonderland theme.

You can also add to the classic winter wonderland feel with winter scenes made from ceramic houses and frosted trees.

It’s a stunning look, and lots of fun to create – especially if you’re a massive Christmas fan.

Just bear in mind that if you have pets or young children it’s worth considering the practicalities of introducing lots of white items into your home!


If you have a specific look in mind, it can be difficult to find exactly the decorations you want in the shops – particularly if it’s not ‘on trend’.

One option could be to make your new Christmas decorations yourself – that is if you both enjoy crafts and have the time!

It can also be better for the planet, especially if you make your decorations from paper, card, beads and fabric you already have in stock.

Plus, if you’re on a tight budget, it can be a cheaper way to refresh your Christmas decor.

You’ll be creating something totally unique which reflects you and your personal style.

I love homemade candle holders, wreaths, paper decorations, hessian garlands and hanging decorations – and even though they’re ‘new’ they’ll mean something to you right from the start.

I hope these themes help provide some inspiration when you’re planning your Christmas decorations. 

I’d love to see photos of your spectacular creations!

Alex x

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