Non-Traditional Holiday Decor

Unexpected Modern Elements to Transform Your Home 

Red and green have dominated the sphere of Christmas decorations for as long as we can remember. And while the color combination is certainly festive and nostalgic, sometimes it pays to decorate a bit outside of the box – especially if traditional décor isn’t quite your style.

If you’re dying to showcase your own unique flair this holiday season, then this inspiration guide is for you. Everything from unexpected Christmas trees to new and interesting color palettes await – all you have to do is read on and get that seasonal playlist pumping. You’ll have a perfectly-decorated home that fits you before you know it.

Christmas Tree

Whether you’re short on floor space or are just ready for something fresh and new, these Christmas tree alternatives are sure to dazzle in your home. From the crisp and clean lines of a wooden-style tree to a collection of floating branches with colorful Christmas baubles, these modern takes on a holiday classic will instantly make you feel festive while giving your décor new life.


Wreaths don’t always have to be evergreen with a big red bow. Why not go for unique shapes and textures instead? Try hanging simple greenery wreaths together for a Scandinavian-inspired front window display. Or opt for a geometric wreath with subtle greenery accents. Having a wreath that reflects your personality is the key to making your home’s entrance as inviting as can be.


Perfect for decorating a mantel or any side tables or shelves throughout your home, Christmas tchotchkes are a must have. That’s why we love these modern and chic décor elements. Understated wooden trees and color-blocked wooden houses give a refresh to those classic Christmas village scenes, while simple branches in vases can help to give your vignettes height and a splash of color and texture. Don’t forget those candles, too – they help to spread that festive cheer by making the ambience relaxed and welcoming.


Adding garland to your home – from the fireplace mantel to doorways – can instantly bring about that holiday vibe we all know and love. For a new and non-traditional look, we recommend trying either eucalyptus (or other similar foliage) or adding a touch of flocking spray to your greenery to give it that silver and wintry mix. Or, if you’re all about opting for something totally different than greenery, try a geometric-shaped garland or one made of colorful poms – you’ll still get that Christmas vibe, but in a completely unique way.

Neutrals & Metallics

We are absolutely in love with Christmas décor that ditches the red & green and goes instead for sleek metallics and bold neutrals. Try pairing silver and gold for a glamourous holiday look or go for chic black and white décor that brings a sense of class and elegance to the space. And whether you’re filling your mantel with eclectic ornaments, placing unique candlesticks around the house, or creating a minimal and chic advent wreath, these color palettes are sure to make your décor one of a kind.

Wrapping Paper

Finally, Christmas décor isn’t complete without that beautiful wrapping paper making a debut underneath the tree. Instead of traditional scenes of snowmen and Rudolf, why not spring for a more modern look with clean lines and understated – yet impactful – prints? By mixing and matching a variety of textures and colors, you can achieve a curated collection of gift wrap that goes perfectly with your updated and modern home décor. 

Inspired to do that non-traditional Christmas you’ve always desired? We say go for it – after all, your holiday décor should reflect whatever makes you happy and helps you spread that cheer. Happy decorating!


By Megan Johansson