Do you plan a theme for Christmas every year?
A winter floral?
A special Christmas find?
Every year when I’m dreaming of Christmas and it’s 105 here in Texas, I tend to think in themes. I group things together in new ways and take old decor and spray paint it to match the new theme and look at things in ways I’ve never looked at them before.
So today on the “12 Days of Getting Ready for Christmas” series I’m sharing with my friend Leslie from My 100-Year-Old Home, we are discussing themes.
How to plan for them.
Ideas to plan around.
Simple, creative theme ideas and tons more Christmas inspiration.
Are you ready?
When planning out a theme, it’s usually a good idea to go all Julie Andrews and start at the very beginning.
After all, it’s a really good place to start.
If you haven’t planned your theme yet for this year, here are four categories of theme planning I usually use:
- I go with an overall color scheme (like blue and white) for the room and tree and mantel
- I go with an overall pattern (like plaid) for the room and tree and mantel
- I go with a certain type of Christmas floral (like evergreens or hydrangeas) for the room and tree and mantel
- I go with one of my favorite Christmas things (like snowflakes) for the room and tree and mantel
Does that make sense?
I pick one and go with that. When you think of it in categories, it makes it so much easier to choose.
Let’s start with color. There are so many options and I wanted to show you a few of them to (hopefully) inspire your theme.
Here are four amazing color schemes I’ve used before (and I’ll probably use them all again).
Choosing a Color Theme
1. Blue and white Christmas decor
Please act surprised that this was number one. This is layers and layers and layers of blue and white texture and pattern. Here are a few ideas if you think blue and white Christmas decor might be in your future:
- find blue and white wrapping paper for presents and use to decorate
- flocked greenery mixes well with this color scheme
- adding blue velvet into the texture mix elevates the entire room
- create a mantel display with ornaments and wide ribbon looped around zip ties
- add eucalyptus as an alternative to traditional greenery
- a pretty blue and white table cloth makes a pretty patterned tree skirt
2. Red and green Christmas decor
Hello traditional Christmas. There’s nothing prettier. When I think of Christmas colors that make me truly happy? Red and green make the top of the list. Here are a few ideas if you think red and green Christmas decor might be in your future:
- mix in galvanized buckets and other metal accents
- traditional greenery like pine and fir and cedar are so pretty with red and green
- add a simple mantel display with votives for each of the days leading up to Christmas
- keep the wrapping simple with craft paper boxes and decorative ribbon
- use skates and other vintage Christmas pieces to add to the traditional color scheme
- fill a sleigh with red and white and green ornaments for an easy centerpiece
3. Red and white and black Christmas decor
This is another one of my favorite Christmas color schemes. It’s so fun to mix in chalkboard and vintage lettering and black and white check. Here are a few ideas if you think black and red and white Christmas decor might be in your future:
- make personalized chalkboard ornaments for the tree
- decorate the room with black and white checked ribbon and a buffalo check tree skirt
- make a garland out of old Christmas cards
- create displays with vintage red and white and black books
- use a plaid blanket as a tree skirt
- add pom pom ribbon on packages and swag it through Christmas garland
4. Neutral Christmas decor
The calm side of Christmas. Texture and natural materials and wood and burlap and all the greenery. Here are a few ideas if you think neutral Christmas decor might be in your future:
- cut Christmas trees out of pallet wood
- mix fresh greenery with faux greenery to add the smell of Christmas to your decor
- add burlap and jute ribbons to the Christmas tree
- make stockings from vintage feed sacks
- mix in eucalyptus with pine and fir and cedar
- create a mantel display with layers of ribbon and texture
Choosing a pattern theme
Instead of color? Why not look at pattern?
Like polka dots or stripes or Christmas toile.
If you are going with a pattern, it’s a good idea to start with the ribbon. Sometimes a ribbon has inspired an entire Christmas theme. Like this neutral with red buttons. I did an entire tree around mixed in with burlap ribbon I painted with the words to Christmas carols.
Or you could go with my favorite pattern, plaid
Here are some simple ways to incorporate a plaid pattern into your theme:
- buy plaid wrapping paper and wrap your presents and decorate with them
- fold up a plaid blanket at the end of a bed
- wrap a tree with plaid ribbon and make your own DIY plaid ornaments
- make a garland out of plaid fabric
- tie plaid bows on wreaths
- add a plaid runner to your dining table
- make your own DIY chargers out of plaid fabric
Choosing a Christmas Greenery theme
Instead of pattern? Why not look at Christmas greenery instead?
Like magnolia or fir or cedar.
Here are some simple ways to incorporate Christmas greenery into your theme:
- fill a vintage wheelbarrow with mixed greenery
- add command strips and loop greenery up the stairs
- add extra greenery or branches to a tree that’s a little scraggly to fill it out
- fill vintage boxes with greenery
- add greenery to a basket on the door
- wrap a paper garland around a tiny tree
- make tiny wreaths out of evergreen garland and decorate with them and add them to gifts
Choosing a Christmas theme around one of your favorite things
Instead of greenery? Why not look at one of your favorite Christmas things instead?
Like angels or mini-trees or red trucks or reindeer.
I adore snowflakes.
Here are some simple ways to incorporate snowflakes (or fill in the blank with your favorite Christmas thing) into your theme:
- add snowflakes to pillows
- create snowflakes out of pinecones and make snowflake artwork
- decorate with snowflake pillows
- use snowflakes as tree toppers
- make a chalkboard advent calendar out of snowflake ornaments
- add snowflakes to your tree
- make snowflakes out of bedsprings and string them together in a garland
Christmas themes are fun and this post was meant to inspire you to think outside the box.
If you don’t have a theme or having a theme seems a little overwhelming. No worries. Decorate from your heart. It’s the best place to start.
Sometimes the best decorations are the ones that bring you joy and make decking your halls a little brighter.
Be sure and stop by Leslie’s.
You can see it here.