3 Things You Need to NOT Do with Christmas Decor
When it comes to Christmas, I feel exactly the same way about Christmas decor. Perhaps even more so, because Christmas is often a sentimental season. You may have pieces in your Christmas decor that just don’t go with anything, but they are special to YOU.
And that makes them go with everything.
I’ve never taken any decorating classes. These are just my own preferences, based on studying the details of spaces that inspire me or catch my eye when browsing!
If you are a professional decorator and I’ve got this all wrong, please be gentle in telling me so! 😅
Like I said, these are my preferences for my own home and maybe it will spark some creativity for you too. I always love a good challenge to think differently about something!
You too? Then let’s get started!
#1 Thing to Avoid in Christmas Decor
Too much symmetry.
There is something very safe and comfortable and quite honestly, beautiful, about symmetry! To a certain measure, every space should have some symmetry. It’s just great design.
The Symmetry Challenge
Let’s take this apothecary, for example.
There is a lot of symmetry. The cabinet and mirror are centered on the wall. The lights, topiaries, and chairs are all very symmetrical. No problem there!
But it feels a little too staged, a little too perfect, a little too planned for my preference.
It still feels very safe and comfortable because it is framed in a traditionally symmetrical design.
But off-centering the large decor piece makes it stand out, while allowing other vintage pieces to also be featured. I also love that it makes it just a little different. It seems like a lot of people have a big Christmas sign centered on their wall, table, or mantel. Switch it up a little and see if you like it!
#2 Thing to Avoid in Christmas Decor
Avoid a “Too-Perfect” Tree
Christmas moments and memories are meant to be cherished and enjoyed. Of course, that looks different for each family, different seasons of life, and style preferences.
Tip: Have a designated tree for all those handmade, sentimental ornaments.
For our family, we use our big, main Christmas tree for those items. I want our tree to tell a story. It is truly a reflection of our family and special memories we are making together.
One way that I make sure this tree still keeps a cohesive look is to keep all the ornaments in neutral or natural colors, such as woods, whites, and metals. I am mindful when choosing special ornaments to keep them in neutral tones.
When we take family vacations, we try to always pick up an ornament as a family souvenir. By hunting for ones that can blend on our tree, we preserve the special memories and keep a cohesive look on our tree that will be timeless, no matter what colors we want to use in our Christmas décor.
Take care to avoid making your décor too perfect or so thematic that you can’t use the pieces most special to you and your family!
#3 Thing to Avoid in Christmas Decor
Avoid the Urge to Buy Too Much New Christmas Decor Each Year.
And certainly I pick up an item here and there, don’t get me wrong! It is so fun to switch up little things here and there.
If there is a certain trend that I love, I may add a few budget-friendly items, knowing that these will probably not be timeless pieces that I’m still using in 10 years, or even 5 years, for that matter!
You can easily and inexpensively add small accessories in different color palettes or styles. This saves you a lot of money over the years and also storage space. If I purchase a large item for Christmas décor, I need to know it is a piece that I’m going to be able to use for many, many years!
There is no reason to store a lot of extra Christmas décor, unless of course, it has special sentimental value. If that is the case, see #2! Use those special pieces throughout your home to add to the curated and collected feeling. It is so extra cozy!