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5 Pro Tips for Decorating a Rustic Holiday Home

There's something naturally rustic about the holiday season. Maybe it's because of the tall pine trees we bring into our homes or the desire for a constant crackling fire. Whatever the reason, this style getsof attention, and we're giving it some more.
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There's something naturally rustic about the holiday season. Maybe it's because of the tall pine trees we bring into our homes or the desire for a constant crackling fire. Whatever the reason, this style gets a lot of attention, and we're giving it some more.

Is the rustic holiday look not exactly for you? Check out our guides to bohemian, retro, and urban holiday homes instead. Or, if you want to skip the tutorials, you can head to our holiday home collections to pick out which style suits you best.

If you happen to love this style as much as we do, don't miss these pro tips to create an idyllic rustic holiday look:

1. Focus on White

There are quite a few colors that are associated with the holidays. Red, green, gold, and white are some of the most common. When it comes to creating the perfect rustic seasonal home, you want to keep your focus on the white. With subtle touches of the other colors as accents and décor, use white as backgrounds, upholstery, rugs, and more to create the feeling of being in a snow-covered forest.

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2. Reclaim Your Furnishings

Add coziness and warmth to the room with lots and lots of reclaimed wood. Not only do furnishings made with these materials usually come in a more muted, wintery color palette, but they'll also add texture and that beautiful unfinished quality to the space that is so important when it comes to rustic designs.

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3. Be Inspired By Nature

When picking out holiday accents and décor, let yourself be inspired by nature. Reindeer immediately conjure up a Christmasy feeling, so use antlers as ornaments, hooks, and more to bring both the rustic and festive spirit into your home. Introduce succulents on wreaths, pinecones as bookends and candleholders, forest green upholstery on armchairs.

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4. Keep Things Simple

Whatever you do, don't over decorate. This rustic look is all about simplicity--going back to the basics. Choose your furniture and décor carefully so that each piece is doing as much work as possible. This will allow you to keep your home feeling open, clean, and humble while still enjoying the hints of festive features.

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5. Feature Your Tree

The item that should be doing the most work in your rustic holiday home is your Christmas tree. This should be the center of attention. You must have a real tree in this style setting, though you can choose whether or not its branches are full or spare.

Its decorations should be just as simple as the rest of your décor, most made from natural materials like leaves, leather, etc. Going back to our first step, you may want to add a touch of white frost to its branches or you can simply leave it in its natural state.

Whatever you decide, make sure that it is the focal point by facing chairs and sofas in toward it and by keeping it the most decorated object in the space.

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What do you think? Is the rustic holiday home for you?

Use these tips to create a festive atmosphere you'll adore! And be sure to check out our other guides for bohemian, retro, and urban spaces. Then head to our rustic holiday home collection to find even more inspiration.