3 home styling tips for holiday minimalism

Dec 5, 2018 | Education

3 home styling tips for holiday minimalism

Interior Design Strategists of RL Concetti share their expertise for a minimalist holiday look.

During the holiday season, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with too many holiday decorations, especially when you have a small space to work with. From garland to ornaments and dusty trinkets taken out of storage, our living spaces can quickly feel cluttered and closed in by too much additional décor. 

 Interior Design Strategists of RL Concetti, Rachel Nelson and Lauren DeLaurentiis, speak to the hearts of so many millennials these days who are bucking their parents’ traditional approach to decorative elements. Rachel and Lauren share three tips below on how to welcome a minimalistic look when it comes to styling your home for the holidays, so you can celebrate in a clutter-free space, with more room for family, giving and laughter. 

Make Your Space Feel Planned, Not Crammed

Rachel and Lauren agree “Work with what you have. Swap out key pieces in your room with holiday silhouettes to amplify your interior instead of hiding it under too much additional decor.” An easy way to do this? Utilize your living space to make it all about your beautiful Christmas tree. Put a floor lamp in storage for a month and let your tree take the spotlight! If you were looking for an excuse to rearrange your living room furniture, now is the perfect time to do so. Making your tree the focal point of your design allows you to put your mind at ease from feeling like there needs to be a holiday decoration in every corner of your room. Instead, blow everyone away with a focal point you’ve put your heart and soul into and leave your many trinkets in storage. Rachel shares, “Don’t try to have your cake and eat it too.” Not enough room for a traditional Christmas tree? Skip it! Find a unique way to incorporate it instead – minimalism is key for small space, so consider going table top with a small tree as shown in the picture to the right.

 Keep your tabletop neutral, and your centerpiece bold 

Tis’ the season to entertain family and friends, so why not start decorating in arguably one of the most important rooms for entertaining: the dining room. The key is to create a sophisticated feel that will last for many holiday parties to come. How do you achieve this? “Use a neutral place setting. Anchoring the room with neutral pieces allows for flexibility with the surrounding décor,” Lauren suggests. By utilizing muted colors such as greys, blues, or golds in your place settings, it gives the room a base, so that the surrounding décor can add holiday flair without feeling cluttered. Counter the neutral setting with a loud, fun centerpiece that will be the talk of the party – like silver-dipped, colorful trees resting in a pile of glimmering snow confetti. “Who says holiday décor has to be green and red?” says Rachel, “work with the colors you already have in your space!”

Simplicity is Key

It all boils down to this: Don’t overthink it. To maintain a clean, minimalistic look during the holiday season, keep it simple. Find ornaments that match the color pallet of your home, use pieces you already have and be selective about what you choose to put on display. Don’t feel the need to buy holiday décor every year – a few cherished heirlooms can bring more magic to the holidays than all glitter in your nearest big box store. Find what works best for you and your lifestyle, and the end result will be sure to fill your home with holiday cheer.


RL Concetti is a female-owned, Detroit-based group of interior design strategists who use human-centered design and strategic brand implementation to help businesses reach their goals. Their mission is to create functional spaces for personal and professional use and show through service-based philanthropy that design is attainable.