The Minimalist’s Guide to All-White Holiday Décor

Updated 11/19/19

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The terms “holiday décor” and “minimalism” seem inherently pitted against each other. One is about filling every corner of your home with festive baubles. And the other prizes a crisp, clean, almost careful aesthetic above all else. These things have to be mutually exclusive—don’t they? 

This season’s holiday décor selection would beg to differ. Though many store shelves are lined with glitzy pieces in vibrant palettes, a few of your favorite brands have stocked up on genuinely elegant, all-white Christmas décor (and all-white Hanukkah décor, too). 

In addition to the classic white tree skirts and snowflake garlands you might expect to see in any holiday selection, this year's offerings boast minimalist takes on just about every piece of décor you’d want to buy. White stockings make a timeless addition to any home. White wreaths offer an unexpected spin on a time-honored staple. Even the most traditionally colorful pieces of holiday décor—ornaments—are available in sleek, all-white iterations

The pieces on offer are restrained enough to fill your home with, but they’re not so subdued that they’re lacking in classic holiday coziness. Each item offers warm holiday comfort, without posing the risk of clutter—plus the minimalist color palette leaves much of the décor feeling decidedly chic, too. 

If the holidays just don’t feel like the holidays without red and green trinkets everywhere in sight, there’s no need to pivot. But if you’ve been searching for a way to maintain your signature minimalist look while celebrating the holidays, the industry has handed you an opportunity to do so on a silver—ahem, white—platter. 

white tree skirt
West Elm Felt Stars Tree Skirt $99+
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This star-lined tree skirt feels rustic, crafty, and festive all at once—the perfect addition to any minimalist décor collection. 

white cactus ornaments
CB2 Luster Cacti Ornaments, Set of 4 $20
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Cacti might not be an obvious choice for the winter holidays. But there’s no harm in dreaming of warmer weather, is there?

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Anthropologie Fabric Evergreen Tree Stocking Holder $38
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Those who don’t want to commit to a full-sized Christmas tree may appreciate this miniature, felt option. Its rough edges lend it a kind of DIY charm. Plus, it’s perfect for holding stockings.

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Anthropologie Snowflake Garland $68
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Snowflake garlands are a classic addition to any holiday décor collection. Traditional décor that fits within the confines of a signature minimalist aesthetic? Don’t mind if we do.

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World Market White Wooly Deer Ornament $8
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Adorn your holiday tree with a slew of fluffy white deer, or add just one of these sweet ornaments to your carefully curated selection. Either way, this little critter is sure to put a smile on your face every time you see it.

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CB2 Surrey Lacquer Trees, Set of 3 $85
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This sleek tree set may not replace your go-to evergreen, but they’d masterfully adorn any free corner in your home.

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World Market Ivory Chunky Knit Christmas Stocking $20
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Even if you’re not carefully assembling an all-white-everything décor collection, you can surely appreciate this chunky knit stocking. Something this snuggly—and this versatile—would make an excellent accent in any home.

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Anthropologie Beaded Fabric Leaf Ornaments, Set of 6 $12
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Though these Anthropologie ornaments are rustic and crafty, they’re not at all lacking in elegance and sophistication. Not to mention, they’ll offer dynamic juxtaposition when hung from any evergreen tree. 

white tree skirt
Anthropologie First Frost Tree Skirt $248
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This First Frost Tree Skirt is basically a chunky sweater for your Christmas tree—so you're sure to love it as much as you love your coziest knits.

white garland
Anthropologie Felted Garland $38
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This garland is out-of-the-box without demanding too much attention. It’s whimsical but subtle, fun but versatile—in other words, it offers the best of both winter décor worlds.

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Jonathan Adler Ceramic Elephant Menorah $128
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This Jonathan Adler menorah is a sleek statement piece fit for any Hanukkah celebration. Opt for all-white candles, or take advantage of the opportunity for a subtle pop of color, and go with blue candles, like the ones pictured here.  

snowflake ornaments
World Market Icy Wood Snowflake Hanging Décor, Set Of 3 $24
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The easiest way to craft an all-white-everything winter wonderland? Hang snowflakes from every ceiling in sight.

white wreath
Anthropologie Blizzard Pom Wreath $118
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Fans of the unexpected will surely love this pom-pom adorned wreath. Though its texture adds a fun twist, its palette is decidedly refined.

white faux fur tree skirt
CB2 White Faux Fur Tree Skirt $40
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Faux fur décor can be incredibly bold, but when done in a subdued palette, it comes across as cozy and a little bit lavish. Plus, the tree skirt’s fluffy nature is sure to complement the texture of your Christmas tree. 

white pinecone garland
Anthropologie Pinecone Ornament Garland $34
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This Anthropologie garland is a minimalist’s dream come true: a line of colorful ornaments painted white to match each other (and everything else).

faux fur stocking
CB2 White Faux Fur Stocking $30
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Nothing says “cozy” like a fluffy faux fur stocking. This luxurious piece will make a subtle statement, turning heads (but not too many heads).

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