20+ Christmas Kitchen Decor Ideas

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When it comes to interior design, there really is no place like home for the holidays. For many, Christmas offers a unique opportunity to pepper your space with decorations that are equal parts festive and fetching—whether it’s opulent ornaments, lush wreaths, or glitzy tinsel. Doorways and living rooms might be excellent places to get started, but sprucing up your kitchen is the real secret to nailing that holiday magic. Not only is the kitchen a high-traffic space in any house, but you’ll also spend a lot of time there whipping up family feasts and baking fresh batches of cookies, so shouldn’t it be dressed to impress? From a charming hot cocoa bar to strategically placed garland, there are plenty of ways to bring the seasonal spirit into your kitchen—all you need to do is find the right inspiration. To help, take a look through the top Christmas kitchen decor ideas that are poised to appeal to all of the senses.

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A thoughtful centerpiece is a fail-safe way to make a statement on your dining room table, so why would a kitchen island be any different? Tamara Anka of Citrine Living spruced up this spacious countertop with a modern assortment of miniatures. With a textured palette of silver and white, this setup would look right at home in an all-white kitchen.

While Christmas has different meanings for many, some people boil it down to one thing: Presents. Turn your kitchen into the gift that keeps on giving—literally—by tying some ribbons on jars, as seen on Citrine Living.

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Layer Lush Touches on Light Fixtures

Need a bright idea? Take a cue from Gatehouse Style, who spruced up professional dancer Whitney Carson’s home just in time for the holidays. For a look that’s festive without seeming over the top, the Utah design firm added mistletoe-like bunches to the kitchen’s pendants.

This elegant holiday kitchen decor idea, courtesy of ELLE DECOR A-List designer Ken Fulk, brings the snowy Montana landscape indoors. Here, Fulk delineated the cooking area with an evergreen garland draped from the ceiling and emphasized the powdery views by outlining the windows in fresh magnolia leaves. A rustic pail full of blooms and branches adds an extra heap of cozy romance.

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Opt for an Unconventional Tree

Contrary to popular belief, a Christmas tree doesn’t only belong in the living room—or even right side up. In this metallic kitchen, John McClain turned the festive foliage into a “wow” moment. “One item that had always been missing from this space is a central light fixture,” the designer shares. “Cue the conifer decked in baubles and battery-powered twinkle lights. This special touch really sets the mood and makes the kitchen feel special.”

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Pick a Pared-Back Palette

If your design style skews on the more minimalist end of the spectrum, stick with a muted color scheme. For designer Megan Molten, it’s all about adding touches that match your home’s evergreen decor. “I typically like to focus on the colors already in the space; for this space we have a lot of white, brass, and black,” she says. “Also, adding touches of greenery—a mix of real and faux—really helps elevate your holiday decor.”

Or, for a more conventional take on your favorite festive foliage, place a traditional Christmas tree in the corner of your kitchen. “I have always dreamt of having a Christmas tree in the kitchen, as it’s where everyone seems to gather” during the holidays, says Amy Nightingale of Feathering Our Nest. “It makes it feel extra festive!” The content creator dressed up this tree with star-studded ornaments and sweet twinkling lights.

Anyone who is looking for a holiday-packed happy hour—and just so happens to have a wet bar in their kitchen—will find a lot to love about this decorating idea from Emily Henderson. In addition to a lovely strand of garland, the designer added some festive touches such as a gilded candleholder, smoky glasses, and a red cake stand to make this a setup worth toasting to.

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Stay Warm With a Hot Cocoa Bar

If cocktails aren’t your beverage of choice, a designated hot cocoa bar will give your kitchen a warm, inviting feel. Here, Phoenix-based blogger Diana Elizabeth styled her choco zone with monogrammed mugs, homey signage, and modern canisters for marshmallows and other accoutrements.

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Freshen Up With Flowers

If you’re looking for a Christmas kitchen decorating idea that’s equal parts fashionable and festive, some foliage is in order. Chandos Dodson Epley of Chandos Interiors breathed some life into this modern kitchen with a few poinsettia plants. To keep this space from feeling in-your-face festive, the Houston-based designer traded in the classic red petal for an off-white alternative.

Put your pristine penmanship on full display by writing a sweet holiday message on a chalkboard. While you could lean your festive wish against your kitchen backsplash, we love how Julie Ryan of Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss placed this sign above her range.

Despite what you may think, ornaments aren’t just for Christmas trees—ask Anne Sage. “I love holiday decor that feels like it’s seamlessly incorporated into a space, so I’m always looking for ways to use existing decor pieces in the vignette,” the lifestyle blogger shares. “Pendants and chandeliers in particular lend themselves beautifully to a little holiday bling!”

Wreaths are a Christmas staple that can be hung anywhere—yes, including your kitchen. Monika Hibbs added a perfect seasonal touch with a wreath in the window above her sink.

Since just a few Christmas wreaths can go a long way, give your kitchen a cozy, woodsy feel by introducing another natural element. “These pine cone chair decorations were one of my favorite DIYs last holiday season,” says Jackie Hempel of Finding Lovely. “Our kids collected the cones on a walk and I added pretty ribbons and hung them from the backs of our counter stools. An easy, festive, and unique alternative to greenery or wreaths.”

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Accessorize Your Open Shelves

Open shelves are a great opportunity to show off your dinnerware, cookbooks, and, once the holidays roll around, festive decor. When it came to decking her shelves, Lisa Kanegae of LHK Interiors stuck with a muted color palette. “Since this was our first Christmas in our newly renovated home, I was so excited to display holiday decor on our open shelves,” she adds. “I pretty much dreamed about it when I designed the kitchen, and I can’t wait to do it again this year!”

Let your kitchen shine at full wattage all winter long with some strategically placed lighting. Here, Kelley Nan spruced up her fruit bowl with a subtle strand of fairy lights, a special touch that isn’t too Christmasy and can last well beyond December 25.

If you want something nice to look at as you wash the dishes, you’ll find a lot to love about this idea from Linda Braden. Here, the It All Started With Paint blogger filled an old-school toolbox with seasonal flowers and pine cones. Since this arrangement is perched on the windowsill, you won’t have to worry about your decor getting all sudsy.

Put your bar cart to work—aesthetically, that is—by creating a seasonal vignette. Janan Assaf Kissler styled this spirit setup with a Christmas countdown, a fragrant candle, and a box of letters for Santa. Bonus: This cart is on wheels, so the vignette can be moved to the dining room, living room, and beyond.

Nicole Yosick of Florals and Pearls transformed her kitchen into a winter wonderland with garland around the room and small wreaths on each cabinet. Not only does the mix of foliage breathe some life into the kitchen, but the fresh greenery also pops nicely against the all-white space. (In fact, the color combination is reminiscent of a snow-dappled forest.)

Have spare gift wrap? Make the most of your leftover supplies by sprucing up your kitchen. Here, Studio DIY deployed red ribbons to turn pantry essentials into one big present.

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Add a Stocking Sensation

If your home doesn’t have a proper mantel, consider hanging your stockings on your kitchen’s chairs, as Erika Vér of Peony and Honey did here. “Setting up my kitchen for the holidays is all about personalization, as shown in the place cards, layering serving pieces like taller tiered trays, and adding shine with flatware and candles,” she says.

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