Simple Kitchen Holiday Decor Ideas

Wreaths, lights, and garland can help decorate your kitchen cabinets before the holiday season.

Looking to make your kitchen more magical this holiday season? We’ll go over the following 7 simple holiday decor ideas for your kitchen:

  1. Deck the space with wreaths and bows
  2. String up lights and garland
  3. Brighten up islands and countertops with candles
  4. Display your holiday dishware
  5. Swap textiles and art
  6. Set out bowls or canisters with festive fillers
  7. Put out festive plants

Want to update your kitchen cabinets before the holiday season? Or, are you interested in starting off the new year with a new kitchen or bathroom design? Contact us online or call 480-641-9611. One of our cabinet experts will come to your home for a same-day, no-obligation quote to refinish, reface, or remodel your kitchen cabinets.

Idea #1: Wreaths and Bows

Wreaths and bows are a festive way to add a pop of color to your kitchen during the holiday season.

Wreaths and bows are a festive way to add a pop of color to:

  • Cabinet doors (which look extra cheery when wrapped like a present)
  • Windows and entry doors
  • The range hood
  • The space above cabinets
  • The backs of chairs and bar stools

For even more greenery, string up some garland alongside the wreaths and bows.

Idea #2: Lights and Garland

Lights and garland strung on or above your countertops provide a very festive look.

String lights and garland together for an extra festive look:

  • Along your kitchen windows and door frames
  • From the ceiling above your island or above your cabinets
  • Above the sink or range hood
  • On top of the island or dining table

Garland also looks great nestled between clusters of candles.

Idea #3: Candles on Islands and Countertops

Pillar candles and tea lights in glass jars on your counters and shelves add a festive feel to your kitchen.

Prefer the natural glow of candles over string lights?

Arrange taper or pillar candles between garland, ornaments, and other festive decor. The arrangements are great for filling space on islands and countertops.

For some added ambiance, place pillar candles in glass vases and tea lights in glass jars.

You can also use candles to brighten up your holiday dishware.

Idea #4: Holiday Dishware

What better way to decorate your kitchen for the holidays than to show off your festive dishware?

Open shelving and glass cabinets are great for displaying your holiday:

  • Plates and bowls
  • Mugs and stemware
  • Platters and cookware
  • Canister jars

Want to update your cabinets so they can better display your holiday dinnerware? Cabinet Coatings can install different kinds of kitchen cabinets to suit your needs and style.

Holiday dinnerware looks even more festive next to holiday-themed textiles and art.

Idea #5: Textiles and Art

Looking for easy ways to add pops of color? Swap out your traditional art and textiles for holiday-themed ones.

For example, you can easily decorate with holiday-colored or patterned:

  • Dish towels or pot holders hanging from oven or dishwasher door handles
  • Runners on islands and accent tables
  • Napkins or placemats on dining tables and bar carts
  • Window curtains
  • Art hanging on walls or cabinet doors
  • Plaques resting against counters, shelves, or above cabinets

If you need something to top a runner or placemat, consider a bowl or jar of fillers.

Idea #6: Festive Fillers

For a more natural festive look, you can fill decorative bowls or glass jars and canisters with:

  • Festive dried foods like star anise, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, or mixed nuts
  • Peppermints, candy canes, or other colorful candies
  • Pine sprigs and pine cones (spray painted for some added glitz)
  • Glass ornaments in your holiday’s colors

Then, arrange them on your counter, island, dining table, or even above cabinets—with or without some ribbon or garland—for easy holiday decor.

Want more ideas for the empty space above your cabinets? Learn how to decorate above kitchen cabinets in our blog.

If you like the idea of natural decor, bring in some plants!

Idea #7: Festive Plants

Plants are a great way to bring a more natural shade of green to your holiday decor. You can place them:

  • On countertops, islands, and dining tables
  • Above cabinets or refrigerators
  • In empty wall nooks or corners of the kitchen

Popular holiday plants include:

  • Ferns
  • Mini pines
  • Amaryllises
  • Peace lilies
  • Poinsettias
  • Hydrangeas
  • Christmas cacti

Now, we’ll go over how to take these simple holiday kitchen decor ideas and make them your own.

Decorating for Your Kitchen

The key to decorating your kitchen for the holidays is to:

  • Stick with your kitchen theme. If you have a modern or Scandinavian kitchen, go with sleek, minimal decor with pops of bold colors. Arizona-inspired homes will look great with shades of white decor and hints of desert green—maybe even a Christmas cactus or two.
  • Decorate to your taste. If you prefer a tasteful, minimal look, go with neutral colors and subtle decor like thin garland, wreaths and ribbon, and white mini or twinkle lights. If you like the classic look better, go with bright, bold colors, thick garland, and lights with big, multi-colored bulbs.
  • Think long-term. Choosing decor that you’ll use year after year will help you save money and be more eco-friendly. If you do buy new, consider going with decor made from more sustainable materials like metal, glass, or wood instead of plastic.
  • Decorate without damage. It can be tempting to hang a small nail for a wreath or bow on a cabinet door, but that damages the cabinet finish and can even damage the base material if your cabinets aren’t in great shape. That said, structural damage is usually a sign it’s time to replace your kitchen cabinets.

Want To Update Your Cabinets Before the Holidays?

Schedule an appointment online or call us at 480-641-9611. Our finishing pros will give you a free in-home or virtual consultation. We’ll listen to what you’re looking to update, then give you the best options to get your kitchen ready for the holidays.

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Chuck Derouen

For 20 plus years chuck has been helping homeowners make decisions on how to bring new life into their kitchens. Most homeowners know what they want but don’t know how to communicate it. When chuck does the in-home consultation he draws from the client and uses his expertise to help them bring their imagination to life (achieve the look they imagine.) Chuck dubs himself a “professional mind maker upper.”

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