With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about getting your home in shape for the festivities. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah…they’re all such festive occasions and we want our home décor to reflect that joy. But with our busy lives, we really don’t have the time or the will to decorate for one, and then redecorate for another. But with the flexibility of today’s home designs, you really don’t need to go to much trouble.

When it comes to décor for the holidays, a neutral palette is your best friend. Accent pillows in gold or pine green, bare branches in vases that can be dressed up or left natural, pine cones mixed with greenery and berries—these are all subtle ways to infuse the holiday spirit into your home.

Take a look at some of our favorite neutral holiday-décor ideas and give them a try. You’ll be amazed at how festive a home can look with just a few neutral additions.


1. Decorate with Driftwood Wreaths


These beautiful, natural wreaths can be hung outside your door or even inside by the mantle. They can be dressed up for Christmas by adding ribbons or red berry vines or left natural as a charming nod to the winter season.


2. Place Branches in Vases
Christmas Branches

This is a popular trend that’s catching on in the design world and it definitely reflects the winter season. Try natural branches or a potted gold twig tree for a little more dazzle. For Thanksgiving, you can leave the branches bare and place mini pumpkins or greenery around the vase base for a beautiful centerpiece and for Christmas and Chanukah, hang snowflake ornaments from the branches or wrap a blue ribbon around the vase as an embellishment.


3. Accessorize with Silver and Gold

Gold Pillow

Silver and gold transcend every holiday because they’re festive, elegant and neutral. Tabletop accessories like decorative spheres and sofa adornments like gold pillows bring a touch of holiday glamor to your room. A gold pinecone garland also dresses up a room without being too holiday-exclusive.


4. Take Elements from All the Holidays


Subtly blend décor elements for all the holidays. Top an array of dried leaves with vintage ornaments, or make a natural garland out of pinecones. The Twig Reindeer or modern dreidel are indeed holiday-exclusive, yet they’re so artfully designed, they somehow blend into any décor scheme.


5. Use Light as an Accent


An easy way to create atmosphere for all the holidays happens through the magic of lighting. Pick up a few lanterns for side tables and entryways, illuminate a hallway with chic hanging stars or add a chic touch with the cluster glass pendant chandelier.

How will you decorate for the holidays? Let us know some of your favorite decorating ideas in the comments section below.