If you’re planning a vacation, chances are you’ll be spending more time in the kitchen. So why not make it extra festive with some holiday decor? Whether you’re the main chef whipping up holiday classics for a crowd or you’ve been delegated the chopping job, the right Christmas decorations (and a solid playlist!) will make everything more fun. Ahead, get inspired by 12 designer kitchens decorated for the holidays.
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These adorable mini wreaths on the wire cabinets are playful and sweet. The pink bows bring a playful and unexpected touch. And if you look closely, you’ll notice those greeting cards strung in a garland and hanging above the window! Now, if your guests insist on helping you in the kitchen, they can see how good it is that you didn’t throw their card in the trash!
Match the decor to the existing color scheme
Rachel Barrett incorporated lots of lush greenery for a festive kitchen update, but to keep it cohesive, she opted for slivers that matched the existing color palette instead of sticking to reds and at the Green light. It is the same for all the rooms of the house!
They are not just for the tree: Weave branches around your trays and scatter a few ornaments to match the wreath ribbon. In this dessert corner, we also love how Rachel Barrett stacked the cake stands to alternate the heights of the cakes – it adds visual interest and ensures they all get the same amount of time in the spotlight.
Gather Seasonal Branches
A display of greenery enlivens the nook while a clump of berry branches enliven the island in this kitchen designed by CB2’s Ryan Turf. The colorful display also brings out the runner’s vibrant reds.
Don’t forget the pantry!
If your pantry opens up to the kitchen, don’t forget to show it some love with Christmas decorations, too. The wreaths are staggered at different heights, playing up the height of this small but bold space.
Highlight special features with a garland
Following the curvature of these spiral staircases, the garland really brings this room imagined by Cathy Chapman to life. And that enlivens the kitchen, a space that can be tricky to decorate for the holidays since you want to keep all of the usable space clear and ready for feasting.
Hang a garland on the hood and turn it into an advent calendar. Tie a ribbon on it, then hang small containers labeled with the day of the month and fill them with treats. It’s our kind of gift tree!
Bring out the glitz and glamor for the holidays! Bold gold totes and vases accent the metallic details of the hood and hardware in this Jim Dove kitchen. And don’t forget to bring out that bottle of champagne you’ve been waiting for for the right occasion.
This evergreen is completely covered in edible decorations, like cookies, candy ribbons, gumballs, and garlands of popcorn and cranberries.
Add fruit to your centerpiece
Fruits are a fun decorative addition for the holidays. A casual yet festive centerpiece, like the one here in a kitchen decorated by Joceyln Chiaponne, will make Christmas morning even more memorable. Bonus points if you have a roaring fire nearby!
Frame your windows with a garland
Do you have giant windows in the kitchen? Imagine how amazing they will look with a garland draped over them, drawing your gaze to the view even more. Take note of this kitchen in designer Alison Pickart’s California home.
Enhance your dinnerware display
Use gingerbread cookies, cardboard, clay or construction paper to make small snowflakes to add to the garland. It also introduces an extra Christmas DIY to keep the kids busy, and it will make your kitchen cabinets and tableware look even better.
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