Rustic Christmas decor – 5 ways to create a cozy farmhouse style space

We've found the best rustic Christmas decorations for a warm and hearty festive period inspired by nature

rustic Christmas decorations
(Image credit: Garen Trading )

Rustic Christmas decor is perfect for creating a relaxed, nature-inspired, festive scheme – that doesn't take itself too seriously. We're talking neutral color palettes, simple designs and, most importantly of all, natural materials. 

Even though it's on the rugged side, it's still one of the most popular Christmas decorating ideas around this year. Instead of  anything too hard, stark, or manmade, a rustic scheme really is all about a lovely variety of textures. We're making comfort, practicality and sustainability a priority. So from hessian to wood and felt, keep on scrolling for the best five ways to style your rustic Christmas decorations and prepare for a family Christmas full of heart.

1. Go for soft hessian to get a farmhouse feel

Festive Foliage Runner from Ginger Ray

(Image credit: Ginger Ray)

There's something so innocent and wholesome about bunting, but in a natural hessian material like this, it brings rustic and country vibes too. We're loving the crisp white Merry Christmas message, making this design from Ginger Ray perfect for hanging over a mantle, or even up your staircase for a warm welcome home. Combine with natural foliage to complete the look. 

2. Up the cozy factor with felt stockings 

grey christmas stockings on a fireplace

(Image credit: Garden Trading)

Felt is a signature material when it comes to rustic Christmas decorations. Somehow soft and rugged all at the same time, felt is a material that screams cozy, be it in Christmas tree decorations, bunting, or stocking as shown here by Garden Trading. The simple tree design and pale grey makes these Scandi Christmas decorations up the modern, cool Christmas vibe too, and we are all for that. 

4. Pack in all the festive foliage 

Christmas dining area with foliage, hessian decorations and a tree

(Image credit: Garen Trading )

When going rustic, you can never have too much foliage, and as arguably the most important Christmas backdrop, the dining room is a great place to go wild with your greenery. This festive foliage chandelier creates a real statement in the space, and the scheme is completed with sprigs of eucalyptus, hessian and wooden stars on the back of the chairs. The goblet style wine glasses and candlesticks shown here by Garden Trading bring an almost medieval feel to the Christmas table decorations and we're loving it. 

4. Get back to nature with wooden decorations 

Lidl nativity scene

(Image credit: Lidl)

Yep - rustic decorations really are all about the materials you choose. Move over ceramic and glass, get back to basics with wooden ornaments.  This nativity set from Lidl is stylish for its simplicity. The simple shapes, clean lines and natural wood grain make for a decorative feature that's warm and inviting. This is the perfect addition to a console table for an earthy and back-to-basics feel. 

5. And keep your pressies in the loop too

brown paper package tied together with velvet ribbon by ginger ray

(Image credit: Ginger Ray)

Choose the sustainable Christmas wrapping paper option with simple brown gift paper, like this from Ginger Ray, and get creative with your ribbons and bows. This pure white ribbon and a sprig of foliage is just the trick for a muted look, or you can liven things up with deep reds and earthy greens. They're the perfect homely and quintessential addition for under your tree, and they're better for the planet too. 

Amelia Smith
Amelia Smith

Amelia has worked on Real Homes magazine since 2016 and is now Deputy Style Editor. She takes style inspiration from her city breaks and is on a mission to be bolder with print and colour.