Happy and Bright: Non-Traditional Christmas Decorating Ideas That You’ll Love

Posted December 21, 2021 by in Lifestyle

Is your decorating style unconventional, offbeat and just a little bit quirky? If you’re keen to bust out of the traditional red-and-green Christmas look this year, there are many ways to decorate your home in a style that matches your spirit.

Here are some unique ways to decorate for Christmas that will delight even the Grinchiest Grinch:

Woman Wearing Pink V-neck Long-sleeved Shirt and Red Skirt Holding Christmas Gifts

Embrace the Rainbow

There’s no rule that says you have to decorate in red and green! Colour is in  this year and there are so many ways to utilise splashes of it in your Christmas decorating. Whether you go wild with one or two of your favourite colours, opt for an ombre look or embrace the rainbow with a multicoloured flair, bringing colour into your home is a merry way to celebrate the Christmas season.

For a more minimal approach, combine champagne, pastel pink, gold and silver decorations; shades of blue with copper; or sage green, white and silver.

Whichever colour scheme you choose, start with a basic bauble pack to cover your Christmas tree, then add in a range of unique decorations that match your style. Get creative with multicoloured ribbons, pom poms or strings of beads in place of baubles on your Christmas tree. Ribbon can also be wrapped around your tree instead of tinsel. Add a personal touch with customised decorations with your families’ names or initials.

A rainbow Christmas tree background made from colored paper.

Pick a Creative Theme

Are you obsessed with snowmen, Disney characters, dogs or unicorns? Mad for vintage? Love pineapples? A themed Christmas tree is a fun way to delight your guests and express your love for your favourite characters or hobbies. There’s no limit to how creative you can get, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

Choose a Non-Traditional Tree

If you’re daring enough to look beyond a traditional green Christmas tree, there are so many funky alternatives that will bring a touch of whimsy to your home. They include:

  • Bare branch trees (you could even have fun with a paint brush!).
  • White, pink or blue artificial Christmas trees.
  • Christmas trees made from piles of books, wine bottles or balloons.
  • Space at a premium? Use Christmas cards to stick a Christmas ‘tree’ on your wall or even a framed Christmas tree print or wall decal. Pop your presents in a bucket or basket at the bottom to make the trunk.
white and gold Christmas tree

Light Up the Night

There’s nothing better than the twinkle of Christmas lights at night. LED lights in all shapes, sizes and designs have become more popular in recent years – from sausage dogs to gingerbread men and Star Wars characters, there are plenty of quirky ways to decorate your house with lights, both inside and out. Multi-coloured lights can be used to frame windows, mantles and doorways for a festive glow.

Deck the Halls

Once you’ve decided on how to decorate your Christmas tree, consider your mantle, coffee table or sideboard. Don’t forget to add texture – felt garlands made with fun shapes (pom poms!) or quotes, bottle brush Christmas trees for the mantle and ceramic festive pieces are all great ways to decorate spaces across your whole home. Stockings in bright colours and playful prints are a must to finish the look. 

Tiny artificial trees in vibrant colours or decorated with multicoloured baubles make great Christmas table decorations when combined with brightly coloured napery and crackers. Etsy is a great place to source a wide range of printable artwork for a quick and easy way to finish your space. 

Add Street Appeal

Make first impressions count and welcome your guests with a brightly coloured bauble wreath. Elevate a simple doormat with window decorations that can be seen from the street. Delight your friends and neighbours with a light show, or if you’re really daring, arrange a display of blow up Christmas animals on your front lawn.

Wrap it Up

Finished your Christmas shopping? Wrap your gifts in paper that complements your decor – choose solid colours or go wild with patterns and finish them off with pom poms, feathers or small decorations. Silk scarves, tulle or fabric squares are a great eco-friendly alternative that can be reused year after year.

Decorated Christmas Tree and Gifts Arranged in Blue and White

However you choose to decorate, have fun!

After a tough couple of years, there’s no doubt we’re all looking forward to Christmas, even if our celebrations might look a little different. There’s never been a better time to take a non-traditional approach to your decorating, incorporating your own personality and touches of whimsy.

Have lots of fun and surprise Santa with a colourful wonderland when he comes down your chimney.