If you're design-obsessed (or just opposed to cheesy décor), decking your halls in garish decorations for the holidays probably isn't something you participate in. But if you're still a fan of festive vibes, you don't want to give up on adding a little spirit to your home altogether. In that case, look to modern décor that can easily be reimagined as holiday displays in your home.
For holiday parties, skip the tree-covered platters and instead opt for more simple (but still glam) options for entertaining. A cream and gold tray like the Jan Burtz Porcelain Trays in gold luster, which range from $78 to $106, will look beautiful stacked with appetizers or desserts.
On your dining table, an assortment of Hawkins New York Copper and Brass Louise Vases from Food52, which range from $35 to $195, will provide the perfect subtle hint of red and green mixed in with a more versatile copper. Or, forgo smaller flower arrangements and fill Tom Dixon's $290 small Bash Vessel with large poinsettias for a stunning contrast of gold and bright red.
Not sure how to avoid a dramatic holiday display in your living room? A few simple, small pieces scattered about should do the trick. CB2's marble trees, which range from $49.95 to $69.95, are the perfect answer to the obvious Christmas décor — just mix-and-match the sizes and colors to create a vignette on your mantle or coffee table that's so subtle, people might not even notice what they are. If stockings are a tradition in your home, One Kings Lane's clear and gold stocking holders for $75 look perfectly modern and will fit right in on any fireplace.
For the rest of your space, some barely noticeable additions will provide a flawless finishing touch. West Elm's Metal Sputnik Objects for $49 can be easily placed on shelves or side tables for a sparkly effect (that's not actually sparkly), and an Aviva Stanoff Velvet Pillow for $125 in a deep berry hue on various chairs and beds will add the perfect amount of warmth and color. With a few lit candles in Jonathan Adler's $88 Medium Berlin Candle Holders, you'll have shine, coziness, and festivity — and no cheesy décor in sight.
Decorating for the holidays in a current, non-cheesy way can be done – it just takes a few tricks and the right combination of pieces to create a festive feel that comes across as elevated. For a few ideas to get you started, keep scrolling to see a selection of modern decorations you'll look forwarding to having in your home.
Scatter a combination of these across your mantle or on your coffee table for the most subtle addition of holiday cheer.
Tom Dixon's gold vessel would look stunning on a dining table filled with poinsettias or greenery for a more natural vibe.
Place a few of these objects on shelves throughout your home, or scatter them across your dining table for a little extra shine next to your table settings.
Skip the evergreen wreath and instead opt for this minimal option on your front door.
Serve desserts or appetizers on these for your next holiday party, or use them to display an array of your favorite holiday candles on your coffee table.
Place a few of these pillows throughout your home for warm texture and color.
Set these vases on your end tables or scatter various sizes and colors on your dining table at your next dinner party.
These trays look great stacked, or you can choose one to use on your couch or coffee table for a festive display.
With long taper candles, these holders will provide warmth and light in any room.
If stockings are a staple on your mantle during the holidays, opt for this modern stocking holder.