5 Christmas decor trends we're pinching from festive Instagrammers

Of course Instagram is getting us in the festive spirit. These are the Christmas decor trends we're copying for 2020

5 Christmas decorating ideas to steal from our fave festive Instagrammers
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Instagram is already getting seriously festive and it's filled with so many gorgeous Christmas decor trends that are SO 2020. And yes, to clarify, we have started planning how we are going to deck our halls this year, and Instagram is our go-to place to get inspired. 

So we thought we would share some of the most trending ideas we have come across to help inspire your own Christmas decorating ideas for this year at home. Keep scrolling, and maybe grab an eggnog while you're at it! 

1. Keep it minimalist like @malmo_and_moss

Oooh, this is exactly how we want to be doing Christmas decor this year! Becca over on @malmo_and_moss gets the perfect balance between being appropriately festive but still lovely and rustic and minimalist. To copy this look switch out the traditional spruce and berries for dried firs, flowers and grasses. Hunt your own garden for pieces you can start drying out now in time to get decorating in a few months.

2. Make a feature of your stairs like @its_all_about_the_house

If you don't decorate your stairs at Christmas you are missing a trick – they are a great place to add some extra festiveness plus create a gorgeous entrance to your home. Pinch this Christmas trend from @its_all_about_the_house and adorn your stairs with eucalyptus and paper decs. 

If you want to buy a garland rather than spend the weekend DIYing one, check out our pick of the best Christmas garlands

3. Go to town on a mantle like @thehousethatjenbuilt_

Just like the stairs, a bare mantlepiece is a sad thing at Christmas. They are so easy to decorate too! Just head into the garden and see what festive folliage you can find and just start arranging it to cover the mantle. We can't promise it will look as regal as Jennifer's of @thehousethatjenbuilt_ but you can't really go wrong whatever you do. P.S Jennifer actually has an Instagram highlights dedicated to this garland so be sure to check that out if you want to see how she created it. 

4. Be inspired by @comedowntothewoods to go colorful this Christmas

If this tree was a plate of nachos I might just describe it as fully loaded’. Can’t tell you how much fun it was to decorate this beauty with the kids. There was fun, colour, giggles and hot chocolate (just not near that velvet sofa). This is decorated with pieces from @shopmatalan s Kaleidoscope range. Look closely and you’ll see sequins, glitter, stars, donuts, unicorns, macarons, disco balls and shells alongside some of our old family favourites. There’s also a starfish which totally makes me think of the nativity lobster in Love Actually because what days Christmas more than shellfish right? I’ve even rediscovered my love of tinsel, don’t knock it til you’ve tried it folks, it brought back ALL the memories. I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m LOVING seeing everyone’s Christmas trees go up. Bring.It.On. . Ps thanks for your love on my other @shopmatalan Christmas look yesterday. Inexplicably it disappeared from my feed this morning. No idea why, has this happened to any of you before? First time for me (apart from the great post disappearance scandal circa 2017.........remember that? Ooooh the drama). . #shopmatalan #matalanmoments #christmastree #playroom #monochrome #christmasdecor #xmasdecor #Xmastree #holidaysarecoming #apartmenttherapy #sodomino #abmathome #bhghome #abmlifeiscolorful #yellow #velvet #interior4all #interieuraddict #pursuepretty #playroomdecor #myhomevibe #apartmenttherapy #xmasdecorations #playroominspo #interiores #interior2you Katie Woods

A photo posted by @comedowntothewoods on Dec 2, 2019 at 11:08am PST

See Christmas can be colorful beyond red and green! Along with all the minimalist 'grown up' Christmas trends of the past few years, kitsch has been a massive one too. Check out Katie of @comedowntothewood's tree – It's fun and creative, yes there is tinsel and are those donut decorations we spy? Love it. 

5. Pick a pastel color palette like @victoria_road_restoration

And another alternative to traditional Christmas decor is this gorgeous scheme by @victoria_road_restoration. We love the soft pastel pinks and pale greys, they look so fab against the dark dramatic backdrop of the blue walls. John Lewis actually have a theme going on this year called Renaissance and it fits perfectly with this look. 

Take a tour of the rest of this glorious Christmas house for plenty more inspiration.

Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer before moving to the Livingetc team in 2021 where she took on a role as Digital Editor. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration. When she isn't writing about interiors, she is renovating her own spaces – be it wallpapering a hallway, painting kitchen cupboards or converting a van.