22 Best Elegant Christmas Decor Ideas {Part 1}

Beautiful Christmas tree in elegant room with decorated fireplace and Christmas presents

What makes interior Christmas decor elegant? It can result from thoughtfully considering scale, quality, and a sophisticated color palette. Gifts may be wrapped in designer paper and luxurious ribbon. There are likely no 8-feet tall inflatable snowmen or dimestore tinsel worked into the mix (see me showing my age there with ‘dimestore’ and not dollarstore? Holllaaaaa, Gen Xers!)

Sure, we could keep adding to our list of elegant ingredients, but you’re here for lovely images. If you haven’t already, do check out the elegant Christmas decor within the home of designer Dana Wolter with its purple velvet and suspended cherub!

I highly recommend enjoying the following parade of elegant Christmas decor inspiration with beautiful Christmas music…as I post this, I am listening to Lauren Daigle while the flame of Lafco New York’s Golden Chestnut flickers gently nearby (the aroma is reminiscent of sugar cookies baking away in the oven layered with the scents of hazelnut cream and love). BTW. This Lafco baby burns for 50 elegant hours of holiday dreaming.

Lafco Golden Chestnut Candle

Lafco Golden Chestnut Candle (photo via Wellboxed)


A Candle to Elevate the Elegance.

Behold some of the most beautiful, elegant Christmas decor inspiration (mostly sourced from Pinterest and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles) and smart sensible ideas for home decor (with affiliate links for which you won’t pay extra yet earn me a few pennies.)


Romantic Lighting.

Elegant French Country room decorated for Christmas with French chandelier and large white Nativity

Best Elegant Christmas Decor Inspiration


A Rustic Board Layered With Deliciousness.

(See also my cheese board tips!)

Cheeseboard and beautiful tablescape with red apples and pomegranates

Best Elegant Christmas Decor

Can elegant also be slightly casual? Why, yes. Yes, it can.


Invite a Yummy Shade of Bordeaux to the Party.

An expert at mixing high and low, Flynn paired Grey Furniture’s marble-and- powder-coated steel gear table with Rocket dining chairs from hayneedle.com.

Best Elegant Christmas Decor Inspiration


Introduce Religious Artifacts.

Elegant French Country stone fireplace hung with white stockings and garland

Best Elegant Christmas Decor Inspiration



Move Chairs Closer to the Hearth.

Shabby chic fireplace mantel decorated for Christmas with NOEL letters and mirror

Best Elegant Christmas Decor Inspiration


Set a Table with Appetizing & Vibrant Hues.

Bright red and blue elegant placesetting at Christmas table with red glasses

Best Elegant Christmas Decor Inspiration


Just Add Shiny Silvery Things.

Beautiful silver vase with winter floral arrangement at stone sink in front of window

Best Elegant Christmas Decor Inspiration


Start a Collection of Holiday China.

Elegant Christmas decor in traditional style dining room with fireplace, wreath, and table set

Best Elegant Christmas Decor Inspiration


Let a Trumpet Vase Sing!

Rustic elegance in a living room with wood ceiling beams and whitewashed paneling decorated for Christmas

Best Elegant Christmas Decor Inspiration

Best Elegant Christmas Decor Inspiration


Think Zinc.

Natural Christmas tree lit with candles in zinc bucket in vintage style room

Best Elegant Christmas Decor Inspiration

Did you find an inspiring Christmas moment or 6 to pin?

Julep cups from Beverly Bremer, greenware from C.K. Swan and napkins from Fragonard Paris create a visual feast.

Best Elegant Christmas Decor

Know what isn’t elegant?

The way I dressed on the plane ride home from Arizona today. These crazy busy Adidas yoga pants were as close to pajamas as I could get away with and loud enough to provoke the elegant passenger (wearing grown up fashion) seated next to me to inquire whether I was a runner. Hahaha. “Oh, don’t I wish” was all I could squeak out with a wide smile. (A smile can be a secret weapon on fashion-impaired days, oui?)

Turns out not even regretfully unrefined athleticwear on a flabby fairy runner wannabe who sampled too many cheesecakes this Thanksgiving can hold a candle to gracious holiday spirit and good will. Ms. Elegant and The Pajamanista chatted joyfully nonstop the entire trip home.

22 Elegant Christmas Decor Ideas - Photo: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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Part 2 with 11 more ideas is right here.

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. Lorena Martinez
    December 2, 2017 / 5:43 am

    Precioso como siempre tu publicaciones!!!!Mil gracias…

    • michele
      December 2, 2017 / 10:23 am

      You’re welcome, Lorena. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  2. Karen H.
    December 2, 2017 / 8:41 am

    Peace to you, Michelle. Loving your beautiful blog posts!

    • michele
      December 2, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Thank you, Karen. I’m delighted you’re enjoying. 🙂

  3. Susan
    December 2, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Good morning! It was your ” lovely” post that made me realize I really do not want to pass forward my Mother’s china to a total stranger. I shall keep it for the holidays and use it with glee! You are an amazing inspiration. Thank you Michele and Merry Christmas.

    Susan in MT (currently spending winter in AZ)

    • michele
      December 2, 2017 / 10:22 am

      Morning, Susan. Thanks for the kind words and adding to the lovely. The Lenox china featured in this post is the very same pattern my mom collected and set our holiday tables with!

  4. Margaret Robinson
    December 2, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Hi — Love your collection of different ideas; really helps when you’re stuck or maybe just dreaming of beautiful things to use and do during the Holiday. One of the things I really was interested in was the Lafco candle. I went to Amazon and found it (and several of the different ones under same company), but it does say 50 hours, not 90 hours. Just so people know. It might not make a difference to some, but to others it’s way more important. I’m buying several to have around the house. Thanks and Happy Holidays!

    • michele
      December 2, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Thank you for pointing out the discrepancy, Margaret! The larger Lafco candle burns 90 hours but you’re absolutely right, the link goes to the 50 hour! Thank you for having my back and I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  5. December 2, 2017 / 11:54 am

    Every day I look forward to your posts. Thank you! Peace be to you, too.

    • michele
      December 2, 2017 / 1:34 pm

      Love having you here in Lovelyland, Jo. Thanks. 🙂

  6. Sandra
    December 2, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    I find the things that spark some of the best conversations {with strangers} to be so amazing! Love that you had that nice visit to “kill” the long boring trip home.

    • michele
      December 2, 2017 / 1:32 pm

      So true, Sandra! Thanks for adding to the beauty today. 🙂

    • michele
      December 4, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Love having you in this lovely tribe, Holly. xox

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