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Decorating for the Holidays: Easy Trends and Inspiration To Uplevel Your Decor

Don’t be afraid to add some personalization to your holiday decorating this year!

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The holiday season is just around the corner, and you know what that means: It's time to break out the Mariah Carey, put on the fuzziest slippers, sip your peppermint mocha, and get decorating! But, instead of going for the same old cookie-cutter decorations, how about adding a personal touch this year? If you’re looking for holiday decorating trends and inspo, look no further! Find all the good ideas for Christmas decorations right here. 

Holiday decorating, like any kind of decorating, is all about your personal taste and style. What screams cozy, personalized, holiday home decor more than custom photo books filled with your family’s memories?! Create them with just a few taps right from your phone’s camera roll. They also make great conversation starters for when you have a festive and full house. Go ahead, leave those monthly photo books filled with your everyday memories and that Layflat photo book filled with your wedding photos out on your coffee table, and watch the conversation and eggnog flow!

Colorful Christmas

Do you drool over Anthropologie’s holiday window displays? You’re not alone. They’re whimsical, they’re creative, and most of all, they are teeming with color. If this is the vibe you’re going for, buckle up! You can easily achieve this look by using a very eclectic color palette, holiday wreath, and decor pieces—basically, don’t be afraid of neon! 

You can also add a personal touch by printing a photo book of your family’s memories to display with a flashy designer cover by brands like Rifle Paper Co., or you can opt for a stack of photo books with colorful covers by signing up for a monthly photo journal with Monthbooks.

Merry and Monochromatic

Think of this one as colorful Christmas’s twin sister who is nothing like her. If you’re a big fan of Kim Kardashian’s home interior, this one’s for you. Who said holiday decor couldn’t be merry while also being minimalistic?! 

Holiday decorations use a neutral color palette to decorate, think beige, browns, whites, tans, etc. Can’t find decor pieces within your color palette? No problem, spray paint exists for a reason! Add your personalized touch by creating a luxe, personalized coffee table book filled with your favorite family memories from throughout the year. Choose a cover photo to really make a statement amongst your beautiful, muted decor.

Happy Hygge-a-days!

When it comes to cozy, the Danes really know what they’re talking about. The dictionary definition of Hygge is “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment.” Who doesn’t want that? 

Create easy DIY holiday decorations by displaying your favorite moments in photo books. Use “cozy” as your guide when it comes to decorating in the hygge style. Think, big, fluffy throw blankets, twinkling Christmas lights, and the warmth of being around family.

Charm with Jewel Tones

This one’s hot this year. Think sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and deep, rich colors. The combination of these colors creates a sophisticated yet inviting atmosphere that will have you ready to welcome those holiday guests! Pro decorating tip: Decorate your dinner table with a velvet, jewel-toned runner and display your Chatbooks on them. Why? Because personalized Christmas decorations are next level. Your family and friends will have a great time looking at your photo books and DIY Xmas decorations, remembering all of the great times you had at holidays past. This hack will add personalization to decorating for the holidays while keeping up with the trends and design inspo!

Scandinavian Sparkle

Imagine Hygge, boho, and minimalism had a baby, and you get Scandinavian design. Love strolling the displays at IKEA and admiring that careful balance between all of those designs? Then you’ll love this style. This one blends light and airy, clean surfaces, and straight lines, with a sprinkle of holiday magic. Basically, it’s taking a minimalistic approach to your holiday decorating. Decorate the tree, put up a few garlands, and add some twinkling candles for ambiance, and you’ve nailed it. 

Pro tip: Create mini photo books with Monthly Minis that are the perfect size to stick in your tree to act as holiday ornaments with a twist!

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Rustic Coziness

Want to bring the great outdoors indoors this holiday season? This one’s for you! Use natural elements and neutral colors paired with deep evergreens to achieve this look. Think branch centerpieces, using greenery as garlands, and incorporating logs into your decor, bonus points if you have a fireplace. Create a photo book of your most recent camping, or nature adventure to display on your shelf, or make a show-stopping photo book to lay out on your coffee table.

Boho-ho!

Picture Maximalism and Scandinavian style had a baby and you get boho. Pro tip: Hit the thrift to find some colorful and mismatched decor for easy DIY Christmas decorations. Be brave and combine different textures and patterns that may not traditionally match, along with bright, airy, and cozy spaces. And don’t be afraid to play around with color too! When you put it all together, you’ll have something really special! Use loud and funky wrapping paper to wrap your Chatbooks underneath the tree, or, add flashy designer covers and add an eye-catching ribbon to wrap it up.

Metallic Mistletoe

Use bronze, silver, brass, and gold accents to really set your holiday decor on fire. Source antique candlesticks from yard sales and thrift stores, shop metallic Christmas tree decorations and add a little pop of metallic wherever you can. 

Fun craft idea: Create 12 photo books of your family’s 12 favorite memories from throughout the years and create a giant advent calendar by wrapping them all in metallic wrapping paper. Add some festive bows and watch your family get excited to unwrap their memories!

Naughty and Nice Nostalgia

Remember the magic of the holidays when you were a kid? Try to recreate that with your holiday decor this year! Use the good ’ol multi-color Christmas lights, hang the classic red and white stockings, and deck the halls with boughs of holly, baby! Put on the classics like Home Alone or Frosty the Snowman as your decorating for the holidays and have your littles help and join in on the fun while you make memories together. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures and surprise them with a photo book filled with them on Christmas day!

Vintage Vibes

Have a thing for old-school holiday decorations? Do those big-bulbed Christmas lights set your heart on fire? If yes, vintage vibes may be for you! Deck your tree with lots of tinsel, get your record player out and play tunes from your favorite classic crooner, and search the internet for some colorful vintage ornaments. Plus, create a Yearbook of your highlights from throughout the year and choose a vintage-inspired designer cover, and add it to your Christmas decoration display!

Cottage Core Christmas

If 2023 was anything, it was the year of the mushroom. Mushrooms everywhere! From mushroom string lights to mushroom throw blankets and more. It was all a part of the great cottage core decor movement, which strives to make your home feel like a cozy little cottage, even if you live in an apartment in a big city. Use elements to make your home feel cozy and Christmas-y, by blending rustic style with hygge and you get cottage core! Use branches and greenery for easy DIY holiday decorations.

Classic Celebration

Lean right into that red and green! Buy a semi-life-sized Santa, get the red and green tartan tablecloths, and put up that outdoor nativity set. This is a tried and true holiday decor style that you really can’t go wrong with. It’s cozy, it’s nostalgic, it’s everything Christmas. Stuff your stockings with Monthly Minis and surprise your family with a meaningful gift they’ll love!

Magical Mid Century

This one is similar to the vintage style but primarily focuses on 1950s and ’60s decor styles. And if you can’t find the real, vintage pieces you’ve been looking for, don’t worry! A quick Google search for ‘mid century modern’ will give you plenty of mid century-inspired decor options to choose from and will even include Christmas decorations for outside as well!

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Be a Merry Maximalist

If you absolutely love decorating and having all of the things and maybe can’t decide on one distinct design style, maximalism is for you! In maximalism, there are no rules! Simply decorate to your heart’s desire. Who knows, maybe your house will win your town’s holiday display contest this year with your overabundance of outdoor Christmas decorations and it’ll be all thanks to maximalism! 

Fun maximalist tip: Create a Christmas tree out of your Chatbooks! Simply stack them in the shape of a triangle and voila! Personalized holiday decor made easy (and fun!). Here’s a video explaining how.

All Things Pink

Use all things pink to decorate this year! Pink Christmas tree, pink garlands, pink ornaments, pink everything! It’s a fun way to shake things up and break away from the traditional holiday decor style and Christmas ideas. Sign up for monthly photo books so you can capture your memories and display them as a neat and fun little stack as a centerpiece to your decor, and don’t forget to select the pink cover option!

And there you have it! Decorating for the holidays has never been easier with these trends and inspo tips for adding personalized Christmas decorations. From vintage to Nordic to classic, the possibilities are endless! Don’t forget to add your very own personalized touch by printing and displaying your Chatbooks for your guests to absolutely gush over. Not only will you impress, but you'll also be surrounded by cozy memories that will warm your heart all season long.

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