If you're among those who prefer a natural, less is more approach when it comes to decorating, the holidays can be a bit overwhelming. There are, of course, many alternatives to bountiful decorations in silver and gold. In fact, even just a small number of well-chosen and well-placed decorations can create major holiday atmosphere.
Start by drawing inspiration from your year-round decor and adding a few decorations in the same palette. Try to introduce ornaments that are decorated simply or opt for objects that are rich in texture, such as those made from basic materials like paper or wood.
Rather than a bushy Christmas tree covered in lavish decorations, opt for a leafless hardwood tree or a large branch from which you can hang a few ornaments or lights.
Other alternatives include a miniature tree that can be planted outdoors come spring or a table centrepiece composed of richly coloured ornaments. Simpler still, fill a large plate or glass bowl with evergreen branches and pinecones, a handsome arrangement that will both cheer and scent the room. These new-age takes on yuletide decorating are practically effortless and will add a simple yet elegant touch to your coffee or dining room table.
Finally, there's nothing like pillar or taper candles to achieve a cosy and inviting atmosphere during the holidays. Simple and inexpensive, scented or unscented, flickering flames instantly create a festive ambiance that will complement, not appropriate, a minimalist decor.