Kendall Jenner's toned-down decorations teach us how to do Christmas the neutral way

The model's Los Angeles home is a maze of neutral tones and organic textures – and the festive period is no exception

Kendall Jenner
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It is already no secret that Kendall Jenner has one of the most tranquil homes in Los Angeles – comprising soothing neutrals, earthy materials, and rustic lemon trees. It is only fitting, therefore, that her Christmas decorations follow suit.  

The model dressed her Mediterranean-style abode for the holidays with a Christmas tree and a naturally-hued garland hanging from her mantel. Both the tree and garland exhibit organic tones and, despite their style, don't overwhelm the neutral room – proving that it's possible to mark the holiday without sacrificing style. 

Instead of experimenting with an array of glittery colors, Kendall has ensured her Christmas decorations follow a traditional palette – featuring primarily gold and red lights and ornaments on the dark green tree and garland. This allows the textures of the leaves to do most of the talking while simultaneously complementing the room's rustic Mediterranean aesthetic. 

Kendall Jenner, like many of us, enjoys decorating with neutrals around eleven months of the calendar, so why should that need to change for the holidays? The model's ability to decorate tastefully while still celebrating the season is a reminder that it's possible to do both, and designer Keely Smith agrees. 

'When it comes to adding Christmas decor to a room with neutral tones that aren't used to bold colors, there are some techniques I've found very effective,' she comments. And her advice translates to homes of every size beyond Los Angeles. 

First off, focus on special accent pieces instead of just piling stuff around. One showstopper item, like a cool couch or light fixture, will draw people in better than a bunch of little things that keep the room's calm style alive.'

Keely Smith
Keely Smith

Keely Smith is an interior designer expert and artist at Home Stratosphere, a leading interior design studio in North Vancouver, BC. With over 10 years of experience, she's helped numerous businesses and individuals realize their interior design goals. 

As mentioned, Kendall has opted for raw, organic decorations where possible (firstly, with her Christmas tree, but also in her garland). Keely recommends pairing these decorations with more plants that ensure the space feels entirely green and neutral. 

'Plants are a lifesaver – their natural look adds warmth without dominating,' she says. Something big like a hanging pot or tall plant creates a nice atmosphere. Plus, they stick around after Christmas, too.'

Another approach is using texture instead of color. Patterned walls, rugs, throws – that sort of subtle detail adds great visual interest. Soft fabrics are also great for balancing out minimalist living room styles.'

Sustainable christmas decor, minimalist living room with garland and wreath

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Lastly, the right lighting is one of the most powerful tools we can use to ensure our home feels equally ambient and chic over the festive period. 

'Strategic lamps or a nice hanging light above a plant or couch bring just the right glow. Putting it all together – unique centerpieces, greenery, texture, and lighting - lets you feel festive without sacrificing your style. With those techniques, you can celebrate the season delicately in calmer spaces.'

Choosing sustainable Christmas decor is another way to buy into the look, and we can rest easy that these pieces will look good (and feel just as fashionable) for many Christmases ahead. We've handpicked some of our favorite understated pieces here.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.