The Holiday Design and Design Trends to Try This Year

Updated 04/28/19

The holidays are a magical time—the twinkling lights, the pillowy snowflakes, the smell of chestnuts roasting on the fire, playing on repeat—and it's especially wonderful as a child when all you have to do is enjoy the fruits of your parents' labor. As an adult with looming end-of-year deadlines and a slew of holiday parties to attend, lugging a tree home and can be more stressful than anything else. That said, we're not ones to throw in the towel altogether on holiday spirit, so we've embraced a simpler way to decorate inspired by our favorite cozy Danish trend: hygge.

At the end of the day, you don't need all the bells, whistles, blow-up figurines, holiday lights, or to make your home feel festive. Sometimes, the smallest of details will do—and they look incredibly chic too. A wreath here and a garland there can be more than enough to infuse your home with the magic of the holidays. Ready to give your home a festive touch without going overboard? These are the only holiday décor trends your home will need—just add a mistletoe.

Set a Warm Welcome

Holiday Design Trends — Entryway
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You don't need to go over the top to set a welcoming vibe in your entryway. A simple rosemary wreath on the front door and a pretty ornament near the entrance should do the trick. We're all about the less-is-more approach.

Williams Sonoma Rosemary Wreath
Williams Sonoma Bay Leaf & Rosemary Wreath $50 $40
Swarovski Christmas Ornament $65

A crystal-embellished ornament is the perfect item to spruce up your space for the holidays, but it also makes a great gift for weddings and baby showers.

Hang Your Stockings

Holiday Design Trends — Stockings
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No fireplace? That doesn't mean you should forgo the stocking tradition. An entryway console is a great place to display them. Just hang them on a knob, and watch them fill up as the holidays approach.

Bloomingville Gray Stripe Christmas Stocking
St. Frank Golden Maze Holiday Stocking $95

Set the Table Simply

Holiday Design Trends — Dining Room
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While you may only be entertaining for one night this holiday, it doesn't mean you should neglect your dining room the rest of the season. Set a festive tone by placing a long garland along the dining room table and lighting candles at night. It adds a simple touch that's still festive.

Skultuna Candlestick
Skultuna Candlestick $123

Prepare the Fireplace

Holiday Design Trends — Fireplace
Brittany Ambridge

The mantel is a great place to hang a festive garland, but even a wood-burning stove can set a holiday tone. Make sure your fireplace is accented with all the tools you'll need to light a fire and make your living room extra cozy and comfortable. If you don't have a fireplace, a candle like Diptyque should do the trick.

CB2 Chuck Log Holder
CB2 Chuck Log Holder $100

Add Sheepskin Throws

Holiday Design Trends — Living Room
Pella Hedeby

Get cozy. Since the holidays are also the season of Netflix and chill, add sheepskin throws, pillows, and blankets around your living room. By making your space extra inviting, you won't need a ton of holiday decorations to feel like you're on holiday. Just a simple tree should suffice.

Barneys New York Sheepskin Rug
Barneys New York Sheepskin Rug $175

Do the Unexpected

Holiday Design Trends — Bedroom
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If you want to go all out, try garlands of all kinds. Whether they're pine or magnolia, we love them hung around doorways, on the mantel, or even above bunk beds. Decorating for the holidays doesn't get much easier.

Knud Nielsen Company Fresh Magnolia Garland
Knud Nielsen Company Fresh Magnolia Garland $69

Bring It Outside

Holiday Design Trends — Exterior
Brittany Ambridge

If you're lucky to have an outdoor space somewhere that's warm enough to enjoy nights outside, bring your décor outside. String lights and sheepskin throws will make your backyard extra festive and cozy—especially if you gather around the fire to roast s'mores.

CB2 Cut Glass String Lights
CB2 Glow White Bulb String Lights $20

This story was originally published on December 17, 2017, and has since been updated.

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