The holiday season is always filled with a persistent stir of energy – from festive events and travel to last-minute shopping trips. While we welcome the holiday hustle and bustle and the traditions that come with it, it’s also important to embrace moments of stillness. It’s the reason we’re so drawn to a minimalist holiday aesthetic that relies on clean lines and a neutral colour scheme, providing a sense of calm and well-being. Here are three easy-to-achieve steps for introducing the less-is-more look into your home this year without sacrificing the festive shimmer.
Step 1: Go Monochrome
Minimalist decor relies on an aesthetic of clean lines and neutral hues to help foster a calm and uncluttered atmosphere. If you’re already working with a monochrome space, make sure the holiday decor you introduce corresponds to the existing one-toned colour scheme.
Case in point: this gorgeously festooned bedroom designed by Toronto-based creator Megan (also known as @ThatGirlWithPinkNails). The space, bedecked in everything from a faux snow-flocked garland lining her headboard to a white LED holiday village decorating her bookshelf, is all the evidence we need that minimalism does not mean boring. She also kept things on-budget by sourcing all of her holiday decor items from HomeSense, with the pieces starting as low as $9.99.
Step 2: Let Cozy Reign Supreme
When adopting a neutral colour palette, interest comes in the form of texture. During the chilly holiday season, this means embracing cozy textiles and extra soft layers. This could be through faux fur throws, festive toss cushions or a monochrome wool rug. Tip: other subtler forms of minimalist Christmas decor can also bring cozy texture to a space, from a trio of cable-knit stockings to felt ornaments decorating a tree.
Megan is no novice when it comes to cozifying her bedroom for the winter season. She turned to her nearest Homesense to source a neutral-hued throw blanket and festive-themed throw pillow, both scored for less than $60, that tie together the Scandi-inspired holiday look.
Step 3: Embrace Magical Holiday Touches
During the holidays, less can still be more, but that doesn’t mean giving up the magic of the season. While minimalism is about keeping a space simple and uncluttered, there are thoughtful ways to introduce festive elements while still preserving a room’s calm and functional feel.
Begin by opting for accessories that elevate the elegant nature of your space. This could be through light sources like twinkle lights woven through a garland or understated candles decorating a side table. We love the idea of introducing monochrome decor elements with a whimsical feel as well, such as a modern snow globe or a grouping of miniature faux trees. Simple gold touches are also subtle enough to add seasonal sparkle without distracting from a space’s softer palette.
The end result? A stylish winter-inspired home that can function as a serene escape for those moments when you need it most.