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Non Traditional and Modern Christmas Decoration Ideas

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Posted on December 05 2017

Decorating your home for Christmas is a very personal thing. More traditional Christmas decorations can be evocative of past memories or family customs, but they are not always to everyone’s taste. It may be that you’re a new home-owner, want to create your own family traditions, or just fancy trying something new for a change. It makes sense that your home should match your tastes, style, aspirations and your family this Christmas. Stuck for inspiration? Here are some non-traditional and modern Christmas decoration ideas to get you started on your journey to a beautiful and modern home this season:


This year, there’s a hint of a tropical holiday theme. If you're all about that winter sun, you're sure to love it! Pineapples used as mini-trees are the latest modern Christmas decoration to hit the world of Christmas interior design, just take a look at them looking fabulously festive in this recent House Beautiful article. Hang your baubles on it, put tinsel around it, or just pop them along your table or mantlepiece display for a tropical inspired Christmas! What’s not to love?

White As A Base Color

It may seem simple but one of the easiest ways to add a modern, Scandi-chic vibe to your modern Christmas decor and festive displays, is to have white as the base color. You can still add splashes of brightness and vibrancy to make it come alive and feel more personal. The juxtaposition of bright colours or even a more traditional print like tartan, with a white base color, will give your entire display a truly modern Christmas twist.

Go Minimalist With Your Tree

Rather than choking your tree with tinsel and a hundred non-descript baubles, choose perhaps 2-3 complimentary decoration sets and dot them over your tree adding classic white lights and some luxury white tinsel, for another modern festive look.

Be Vintage

This may seem counterintuitive if you're trying to be current and unconventional, but the vintage or retro style is an ever-evolving modern trend. You can rework past fashions and modes, and scatter your home with some individual, retro Christmas decorations for an ultra-modern look. Burlap sacks, vintage Christmas decorations, floral pillows and lots of ribbon make for a gorgeous vintage festive display.

Embrace Nature

For a thoroughly modern festive look, bring the outdoors in! It is the perfect context in which to embrace nature in your non-traditional Christmas decoration ideas. For years, nature has weaved its way into Christmas interior design: with firs, dried oranges, cinnamon, wreaths and garlands - add your own non-traditional twists with white lights, spray paints, fresh eucalyptus, ferns, dried or fresh exotic fruits (pineapples!) and spices. Nature offers so many beautiful colours, tones and textures to play with, so why not embrace it creatively in your home?

Like the idea of nature inside, but don’t want fresh foliage? Use nature inspired prints instead on textiles - something bold and beautiful like this big leaf fern pillow (which continues the tropical holiday Christmas theme. 

Scandinavian influence

Scandi-chic is certainly a modern trend in interior design. To get the perfect Scandinavian inspired Christmas style why not try implementing these ideas:

  • Embrace minimalism (strictly no clutter!).
  • Adopt the charming Danish term ‘hygge’ - there should be as much natural light as possible but when it gets dark introduce lots of cosy candlelight.
  • Make a feature of your fireplace even if you don't use it - garlands, candles, bold splashes of colour - get creative!
  • Go all out on textiles - throws for your sofas, thick rugs and lots and lots of blankets, such as this stylish Pink Geometric Blanket.
  • Opt for white as a base color.
  • Consider displaying several trees in your home- go for a more natural, stripped back look with lots of lights but minimal decorations.

With plenty of consideration and a creative mind, you can achieve a non-traditional, modern Christmas look that suits your style. Remember to stay inspired and if in doubt, follow a layout you have seen. There's nothing wrong with copying a style you love and that you can see works.



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