Christmas decor ideas for your kitchen-diner

The festive season is one of my favourite times of the year when I have to stop myself from turning my home into the North Pole even before December rolls around… You too? Then, I think I’ve found my crowd!

Planning on hosting your friends and family this holiday season? Well, we’ve got the most wonderful and inspirational Christmas decorating ideas to help you transform the heart of your home into the ultimate winter wonderland.

From evergreen garlands and pretty fairy lights to add sparkle to open kitchen shelves to daring and unconventional centrepieces for your island and dining table, we’ve collated only the best Christmas decor for your kitchen. Let’s begin, shall we?

Christmas cheer

The home bar has become a must-have no matter the season. However, it comes in especially handy during the festive period. To effortlessly top up your guests’ drinks, place it next to the dining area and ensure you tick all the entertaining essentials on the list: your favourite liqueur bottles, crystal wine decanters, luxurious glassware and platters. Decorate with grand, oversized wreaths and foliage and add a glimmering touch with candles and tea lights. Cheers!

pink kitchen design with home bar
The Houghton design by Naked Kitchens, from £15,000.

Simply sophisticated

Jazz up your kitchen shelving with fresh pine branches that will fill your kitchen with the most delicious nostalgic scent. For a romantic touch, weave red ribbons throughout. Opt for crisp, white objects, such as ceramic trees, in a range of styles and heights, for a Scandinavian-inspired look. And, as the finishing touch, dot some star and green honeycomb finial paper decorations around the room.

neutral kitchen design with veiny surfaces and open shelving
Medium-sized antique-white detailed paper stars, £19; large green finial paper decoration, £36; small ribbed ceramic tree, £25; small white ceramic tree jar, £12; small Padstow reclaimed wooden bench, £295, and Luso tableware, from £12.50. All from Layered Lounge.

Modern-rustic Christmas decor for your kitchen

Have fun creating a statement in your dining area with a festive centrepiece hanging nonchalantly from the ceiling. A quick and easy idea is to decorate a wicker tree skirt with dried foliage, eucalyptus stems, holly berries and natural pine cones. Next, use dark red satin ribbons to attach colourful baubles to its base and to secure it in place above your table. Complete the look with retro, cross-back chairs, patterned table linen, brass candlesticks and traditional Christmas crackers.

rustic dining room with centrepiece and Christmas tree
National History Museum mango wood dining table, £499; Emmie dining chair in solid oak, £129; round sheepskin seat pad, £12; wicker tree skirt in Walnut, £20, and Chunky jute rug in Natural, from £35. All from Dunelm.

Whimsical winter

Step away from the classic seasonal red and green colour combination and embrace darker shades for an unconventional Christmas. Set a moody atmosphere for your guests this holiday season with velvet-accent chairs, dining benches dressed in luxurious faux-fur covers and fringed lampshades. Choose an eccentric ceiling centrepiece with bejewelled teardrop-shaped baubles dangling from the dry twigs. Lastly, add depth to your tablescape with enchanting forest-green décor, fluted glassware and charcoal-coloured linen.

moody Christmas dining room with velvet lamp shades and fluted glassware
Celine wine glasses, £20 for a set of four; fringed velvet lampshade, £39.50; teardrop decoration, £10; icicle decoration, £10; sheepskin rug, from £35; large wire tree, £15; small wire tree, £10, and teal paper tree, £10. All from Marks & Spencer.

Cosy vibes

Evergreen foliage is a timeless way of adding a joyful touch to your kitchen-diner. Spruce up your mantelpiece using a long garland and place smaller twig bundles along the top of your tall cabinets. To add warmth and create a cosy atmosphere, intertwine glowing fairy lights in the branches and place a festive centrepiece with chunky candles on your island or dining table.

Classic Christmas scheme with round dining table
Round Callanish dining table in Pebble Grey, £2,395; Washakie dining chair, £425, and Alarik rug in Aged Terracotta, £1,495. All from Oka.

Scandi-inspired Christmas decor for your kitchen

Nordic decorations are ideal for achieving a Scandinavian theme for your Christmas tablescape – from glazed ceramic tealight houses to Dala horses, which are carved and painted figurines originating from the dreamy county Dalarna, in Sweden.

Create a minimalist aesthetic for your holiday dining setup by placing an artisan vase with a bunch of dried branches in the centre of the table and decorate them with forest-themed or felt ornaments.

Scandinavian dining room
Bloomingville Dala horse candle holders, £49 for a set of three, Bøde Living.

Nordic charm

A wooden tree is ideal for adding a dash of Scandinavian style to your kitchen-diner. It’s a pared-back and eco-friendly alternative to the traditional fir tree. Pair it with neutral decorations and create a cosy dining experience with sheepskin throws and taupe cushions. For the perfect Christmas finishing touch, place small tree branches in between the minimalist tableware.

Scandinavian Christmas decorations
Grigio corner dining set, £1,495; Ives rug £129, and Anders dome pendant, £249, all from Furniture Village.

Winter wonderland

Welcome some hygge into your kitchen-diner with curved furniture, layered textures and a calming colour palette brimming with neutral shades. Choose soft bouclé seating, jute rugs and a sheepskin throw – all so deliciously tactile. And why not decorate the table with hand-crafted ceramics and confetti drinkware?

Finally, for that all-white Christmas feeling, pick a frosted tree and warm up the scheme with fairy lights and an open fire. Ready to get cosy?

white Christmas decorating ideas
Otis dining chairs in Casual Bouclé Oyster, £299 for a set of two; Conway round oak veneer dining table, £499; Knit-effect rug, from £120, and 7 lit snowy Christmas tree, £165, all from Next.

Elegant Christmas decor for your kitchen

Create a minimalist but cosy feel in your dining space by dressing your seats with faux-fur rugs. Hang paper stars from the ceiling and decorate the tree with silver baubles and tiny lights. For your table, go for a winter-inspired scheme. Picture translucent glassware, crisp white plates, candles and napkins, and tall, slim wooden trees.

pared-back Scandi dining room
Reindeer Hide rug, £250, Jord Home.

Traditional with a twist

Make the most of unused worktop nooks and introduce the festive spirit in your scheme through petite Christmas trees and foliage. Complement your dark kitchen with copper accents and warm fairy lights, and spruce up your island with gentlemen-style decanters, elegant glasses and freshly baked mince pies on brass stands. Happy holidays!

dark blue kitchen design with island
Somerton kitchen in Baltic Green and Brushed Brass, from £15,000, Kitchen Makers.

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