Farmhouse Christmas decor ideas – 10 rustic trends for a cozy Christmas

These farmhouse Christmas decor ideas are full of charm, nostalgia and beauty

Farmhouse Christmas decor ideas
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Farmhouse Christmas decor ideas have been having its moment in the spotlight over the past few years – and for good reason. This cozy Christmas decor trend strikes the perfect balance between sophisticated and rustic; like an escape to the countryside without leaving the city limits.  

Hoping to put some fresh farmhouse Christmas decorating ideas to work in your own space? We've selected the essential aspects of farmhouse Christmas decor – these practical, expert-approved tips and ideas will ensure your home reflects cozy and rustic aesthetic with a true festive spirit. 

Farmhouse Christmas decor ideas

From statement wreath ideas to sustainable Christmas decorations and neutral color schemes, we've gathered our favorite farmhouse Christmas decorating ideas so you can recreate this popular look with ease.

1. Create a focal point with a Christmas wreath

Farmhouse Christmas decor ideas
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Traditionally, we think of Christmas wreath ideas for front doors but this year you could use it on the Christmas dining room table as a centerpiece or on the wall as a festive focal point. 

'For use on the table, simply add candles at regular intervals for a gorgeous glow,' says Meaghan Hunter, senior stylist and art director, Neptune (opens in new tab). 'For an extra layer of detail, use a richly scented seasonal candle, perhaps a pine and cinnamon mix, in the center. If you’d like to update or refresh your existing wreath, or want to personalize a shop-bought one, bring in touches from your Christmas tree. Smaller decorations can be added with wire for instant impact. Choosing a decorative ribbon to hang your wreath from will add color and texture, too.'

2. Adorn your kitchen with fresh foliage

Farmhouse Christmas decor for the kitchen

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Bring a festive feel to your home by adding a touch of Christmas to every corner of your home, kitchen included. 

Tapping into nature with fresh foliage, rustic materials and simple adornments is a fuss-free way to decorate your farmhouse kitchen for Christmas while creating a warm and welcoming look. The key is to opt for a cohesive style for maximum impact. Rustic Christmas decorations are appealing because of their effortless, authentic appearance, while a palette of natural greens and off-whites paired with materials such as linen and hessian complements almost every interior. 

3. Stick to a neutral color palette

Farmhouse Christmas decor ideas
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Making sure your Christmas tree ideas are merry and bright is the most important decor choice you’ll make this holiday season.

For an ultra-stylish look, it’s important to keep your Chritstmas tree decor consistent. ‘Just like design, decorations must have one idea, one image bringing together various parts of the space being decorated,’ says Ana Agapova, Creative Director of O&A Designs (opens in new tab), and strong advocate of Christmas tree themes. ‘It should be decorated using one color palette – preferably in pale neutrals – and, in keeping with the rest of your farmhouse Christmas decor ideas.

One important aspect to consider when decorating with neutrals is to bring in as much texture as possible – an important factor when strong colors are out of the picture. Consider warm metallics such as brass and bronze or natural wood elements alongside linens and chunky knits elsewhere in your decorating scheme.

4. Dress a dining table to impress

Farmhouse Christmas decor ideas
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Whether you're planning on serving a big feast or will be hosting a small intimate affair, a well-dressed Christmas dining room is more often than not the focal point for everyone's family celebrations. 

Restraining your color scheme to muted jewel tones provides the perfect backdrop for the main event on Christmas Day – the food. Turkey and all the trimmings will take center stage in your scheme, while plenty of candles and paper decorations will add depth to the scheme. 

5. Decorate with layered neutrals

Farmhouse Christmas decor ideas
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A restrained color palette can have a calming and elegant effect in a farmhouse Christmas scheme. For a dining room that works through the seasons opt for natural simplicity, leaving bold patterns and brighter hues in favour of muted tones, clear glass and natural materials. 

Here, the wall panelling has been painted in a soft, stone-like neutral that is comfortingly familiar. A traditional wooden dining table (this one is an antique from Maison Artefact) and rush-seat chairs continue the rustic feel, while candlelight provides an atmospheric glow. Decoration has been kept to a minimum, with woven placemats, linen napkins and foraged greenery, while the theme is followed to the windows with large paper stars. The farmhouse Christmas scheme is cozy and convivial.

6. Welcome visitors with a tree near the entrance

Christmas tree topper ideas with paper decorations and pale blue toppers

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It’s already a pretty big deal having an actual tree inside your home, so sometimes keeping your Christmas hallway ideas simple is best. A pared-back look can be incredibly elegant, especially if you invest in quality decorations.

If sustainability is on the agenda this holiday season, then look to homemade, hand-crafted, recycled wood, glass and papier-mâché decorations. Thinking outside the box can inspire some alternative Christmas tree ideas too, such as this tree decorated with almost entirely paper ornaments.  

7. Make your own rustic wreath

Farmhouse Christmas decor ideas
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This year’s festive wreaths are showpieces. They are big and bold, colorful and shapely, so much so that we say why stop at the front door? Use them to add a festive touch to every part of your home: hang them above the fireplace or over a mirror, in a window or in multiples up the staircase. 

Foraged natural Christmas foliage and berries are the key elements of this pretty heart-shaped wreath. The design shown here includes rosehips, medlars, fir, oak leaves with acorns, viburnum berries, blackberries and horse chestnuts.

8. Set the scene for guests come Christmas

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At this time of year, there’s plenty of opportunity to have a little fun with your Christmas bedroom ideas by introducing festive decorations that add color, texture and intrigue. 

Ensure guests receive a warm welcome to your home this Christmas by dressing your spare room with Christmas foliage, monogrammed stockings and a few festive treats upon arrival. 

Experimenting with texture and style, whether modern farmhouse or classic country, is a great way to break away from your everyday aesthetic. But try to opt for a scheme that complements your existing interiors rather than competing with them. 

9. Decorate your mantel to perfection

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If you don't tend to do things by halves, then you certainly shouldn't leave your fireplace unadorned over Christmas. Go big with a sweeping arrangement of foliage, including draped elements of ivy, baubles or even clove-studded clementines on ribbon, and festive stockings (although make sure these are well out of the way of flames, or easily removable for when the fire is lit). 

The real trick to creating an authentic farmhouse Christmas decor scheme is to be even more strict than usual with your palette. Choose one dominant color, such as gold, and use the secondary color, here green, to support and calm down the dominating tone.

Avoid anything too overtly 'modern' like fairy lights, bold colors or glitter and instead rely on the sparkling of the metal decorations.

10. Set the table for a festive feast

Farmhouse Christmas decor ideas

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Celebrating the season with an abundant display of greenery, real or faux or even a mix, creates such a welcome and you can style it all in advance which is a real time saver. 

'I love to add in real flowers and greenery just a couple of days before the main event,' says Chrissie Rucker, founder, The White Company (opens in new tab). We have some amazing faux wreaths, swags and garlands and if you mix these up with fairy lights and lots of candles it’s a truly seasonal statement. Candles, of course, never fail to please mixed in displays with pretty small bud vases, which bounce the light beautifully. And don’t forget that lovely glass vases can often double up as storm lanterns, too, when you pop a candle inside. 

'I always stick to white and when it comes to flowers for the table I like them to be simple, not too arranged – I love them to feel loose and natural. Sometimes I use just greenery and I mix in one white stem. For larger displays I mix lots of seasonal greenery or herbs into my arrangements and favorite flowers, which include ranunculus, hyacinths, white roses, flowering eucalyptus, snowberries and fresh rosemary.'

What colors are good for a farmhouse Christmas decor scheme?

A restrained color palette, featuring a plethora of off-whites, antique golds and faded pinks should make up the basis of your farmhouse Christmas decor ideas. The key is to opt for a consistent and complementary color scheme for a cohesive and considered look.

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.