The holidays are a time of gathering with your closest family and friends, embracing traditions, and enjoying the festivities of the season. But along with our favorite social occasions during this special time of year, there's one activity we can't get enough of Christmas decorating.
Whether you're entertaining a group of guests or simply enjoying the comforts of your home on a chilly winter night, the best Christmas décor ideas can elevate your space to spread holiday cheer throughout each room. We caught up with Target Style Expert Camille Styles to learn about her favorite decorative pieces to put on display when the holiday season is near.
Meet the Expert
Camille Styles is a Target Style Expert and the author of the best-selling book, Camille Styles Entertaining.
Keep scrolling to learn how to decorate your home for Christmas and discover ways to recreate Styles' best interior looks with Target products in your home.
Make It Feel Meaningful
Styles partnered with Target to showcase some of her favorite ways to make this special season feel as meaningful as possible. Find pieces that connect with your home and personal style to make your Christmas decorations feel purposeful in your space.
“The holidays are my favorite time to slow down and reconnect with the people I love,” Styles explains. “For this year’s holiday décor, I’m focusing on a few new pieces from Target’s holiday collection that spark joy and make the house magical.”
Hang a Mantel Wreath
“I love adding a simple wreath over my mantel to set the scene in my living room, and a good garland draped underneath is always a must," Styles says.
This tip is an especially easy way to make your home feel cheerful for the season while making it easy to take down your Christmas décor after the holidays. Style matching wreaths on your mantel and front door to carry the design throughout your home.
Add ornaments, seasonal flowers, or battery-powered string lights to the inside of your wreath for a personal touch that matches your home's color scheme.
Style a Festive Sign
Stylish wall décor can complete the holiday cheer throughout your home. With artwork or festive signs, your space can feel like it's straight from your favorite Christmas movie—and it only takes a few simple pieces to completely change the vibe in your home.
Look for options like this Noel sign by Threshold, which features classic pine needles for an extra boost of holiday style. Hang it by your mantel for a full display, or use it on your home's exterior next to the front door to welcome guests as they arrive.
Stay Classic With Garlands
If there's any decoration besides the Christmas tree that makes us think of the holidays, it's a garland. This classic décor can work with virtually any style of home thanks to its simplicity and earthy colors.
Style your garlands on the fireplace mantel, wrapped around staircase railings, or along your windowsills with plug-in candles for a timeless, elegant look that can make your home feel festive year after year.
Work With Neutral Colors
When it comes to decorating for the holidays, the bright reds and greens of classic décor may not fit your home's style. Make your Christmas decorations feel natural by opting for pieces in neutral colors: Since they'll blend effortlessly in with the rest of your space, these options can bring cheer to your home without overwhelming your year-round designs.
This simple sign is made with a rustic wood frame and tweed rope for a farmhouse style. Add it to a gallery wall in your living room, display it in your kitchen, or use it for a pop of festive holiday décor in smaller spaces like the bathroom.
Don't Forget the Stockings
If you want to take that coziness a step further, Styles suggests styling those textiles beyond the sofa. “White furry stockings are also such a fun addition,” she says. “And they are a great way to add in some holiday style without breaking the bank.”
Style your stockings on the fireplace mantel with a separate stocking for each family member to stay traditional, or simply add one stocking to each end of the fireplace for a balanced, minimalistic look.
Get Cozy With Fur Throw Pillows
Styles is also a fan of layering textiles to make her space feel extra comfy and inviting. “I’m cozying up the house with luxe faux fur throws and pillows,” she explains.
Opt for a fur throw pillow with warm, neutral hues to blend in with various styles of décor, or keep it simple with a white option in minimalist designs. We love the pale brown color of this Threshold pillow that adds an extra element of coziness to any space.
Fur throws are especially great choices for Christmas décor, as they can outlast the holiday season and transition as winter decorations into the early months of the year.
Relax on a Plush Ottoman
Smaller pieces of furniture can make a big difference in your home's look during the holiday season. Opt for styles like ottomans that can easily be stored away during the warmer months of the year, but still bring a sense of relaxation to your home when it's cold outside.
Textures like faux fur are an excellent choice to kick your feet up on and curl up indoors with a boost of comfort. This ottoman by Threshold is luxuriously plush, and its natural wood legs bring out the rustic, earthy vibes of the season.
Warm Up With Knit Blankets
Make your home feel extra cozy for the holidays with a chunky knit blanket. "To add an instant dose of holiday cheer, simply swap out your usual throws and pillows for warm, festive options.” Like throw pillows, blankets can blend in with your Christmas decorations without overwhelming your space. Choose a color that works with your home's year-round palette for a piece of décor that's functional and lasts through the winter.
This design by Hearth & Hand With Magnolia features a simple sweater knit texture for curling up by the fireplace when it's cold outside. Tassels added onto each corner bring a stylish flair to a simple, classic design. Style it over an accent chair, on your sofa, or atop your bedding for a warm, inviting vibe.
Serve Guests in Style
Of course, once the house is decorated, it’s time to sit down with your loved ones for a holiday meal. To make sure she’s able to enjoy her holiday family time to the fullest, Styles swears by “set it and forget it” food displays. Opt for serving trays with natural textures like wood paired with gold, silver, or brass accents to bring out holiday colors in simple designs that can suit any style.
“This year, I created a vegetable crudité 'wreath' consisting of my favorite veggies such as broccolini and asparagus as the perfect way to give a nod to our Christmas theme without going overboard cheesy,” Styles says.