Find Your Christmas Aesthetic: Cozy Christmas Inspiration

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Embrace the festive season by finding your signature Christmas aesthetic with our creative tips. Whether it’s cozy vintage charm, minimalist chic, or a bold, eclectic mix, I’ll guide you through choosing the perfect themes and accents to reflect your festive flair. Plus, get my tips, tricks, and ideas for creating a warm and welcoming holiday home this Christmas season.

cozy christmas images with wrapped gifts, mantel decor with fireplace, gingerbread cookies, and candles.

When it comes to Christmas, I always go full out. To me, Christmas is a time not only for glamour and sparkle but for warm nights huddling up next to the fireplace. If you’re looking to get that cozy Christmas aesthetic, then you’ve come to the right place!

Not only will this list of Christmas ideas make your home get that cozy Christmas aesthetic, but you’ll also feel cozy on the inside too. So, roll up your sleeves and start decorating because we’re getting snug this season.

christmas tree with fireplace in background.

You also might be asking…

What’s My Christmas Aesthetic?

While we’re covering cozy Christmas in this post, here are just a few themes you might consider for your Christmas and holiday decorating. You can create a personal Christmas aesthetic around any one (or a combination of) these ideas. If you’re curious about diving deeper into some of these aesthetics, I’ve linked a few that I’ve experimented with in the past.

You can style your look around any one of these ideas. And, you can make any of these ideas cozy too!

four unique and colorful christmas mantels.

How to Find Your Christmas Aesthetic

‘Tis the season to sprinkle some personal charm into your holiday home! Finding your Christmas aesthetic is like unwrapping your very own holiday spirit. It’s that special something that makes your heart feel as full as a stocking on Christmas morning.

  • Start with What You Love: Look back at cherished holiday memories for inspiration. Love the vintage vibes of Christmases past? Or maybe you’re charmed by the snowy serenity of a winter wonderland theme? Let your fondest festive moments lead the way or gather images that inspire you and look for a common theme.
  • Color Your Christmas: Your color palette sets the mood. Whether it’s the traditional reds and greens, cool blues and silvers for a winter chill, or unexpected pastels for a modern twist, let the colors you gravitate towards paint your holiday scene.
  • Tradition vs. Trend: Decide if you want to nod to nostalgia with classic elements or break the mold with contemporary decor. Maybe your aesthetic is a merry mix of both!
  • Personalize It: Your holiday decor should reflect your personality. Are you more about handcrafted charm or sleek sophistication? The ornaments and decorations you choose should resonate with your personal style.
  • Festive Feel: Ultimately, your Christmas aesthetic is about how the holiday feels to you. It’s about the stories your decorations tell and the atmosphere they create. Whether it’s serene and minimal or full of festive flair, it should make you feel like the star on your Christmas tree—perfectly placed and shining bright.

Finding your Christmas aesthetic is all about what feels like holiday joy to you. So go on, mix, match, and merry-make until your home is just as festive as you dream it to be!

Christmas lights dining room.

Tips for Achieving a Cozy Christmas Aesthetic

This is one of my all-time favorite aesthetics for holiday decorating. But, before I get into some ideas on what I’ve done to get that cozy Christmas feel, here are a few golden rules you will want to follow.

Change the Lighting

Without a doubt, the fastest way to get that cozy vibe is by changing up your lighting. Put in warmer light bulbs in your living room, light some candles on the fireplace mantel, and plugin that Christmas tree! You want warm lighting at low levels to encourage relaxation.

Winter Wonderland Christmas Mantel garland with paper snowflake.

Swap Out Fabrics

Take any of the blankets in the room and swap them out for something heavier. When you’re snuggled up on the sofa, you will want something thick and soft to keep you warm on cold nights. And hey, if they’re flannel or plaid…all the better!

The same can be said for pillows, which are fairly inexpensive and easy to swap. If you feel extra ambitious you can even cozy-fy your space by adding festive curtains.

Red and Cozy Christmas decorated living room with tree.

Take Time for Yourself

Getting cozy is all about slowing down and settling in. The holiday season can get quite stressful at times, so make sure you take time for yourself. Grab a cup of cocoa or your favorite festive cocktail and nestle into a good book or you favorite holiday movie. A cozy Christmas is much more than aesthetic, it’s about living it too!

How to Get a Cozy Christmas Aesthetic

Now, let’s dive into how to get your home to feel as cozy as possible this season. Here are my personal favorite things to layer into Bayberry House during the holiday season.

1. Decorate With String Lights

The twinkle of Christmas lights throughout the house makes it instantly feel festive and warm. Beyond the tree, light up your house as much as possible with extra string lights.

stocking hung on a mantel with a christmas tree.

I like to use mine in garlands, wrapping them across the fireplace mantle or along the banister. It’s a simple way to make the whole house feel well decorated.

You can see how I made my space cozy and festive through lighting in this Christmas home tour.

2. Light Up the Candles

Once I settle in for the night, I always light up some candles. Candlelit dinners, conversations, and Christmas movies feel that much more magical. Add candlesticks on top of your mantle or as a centerpiece for your coffee or dining table.

cozy living room at night with christmas lights.
vintage brass candle holder with five lit candles.

Fairy lights are another great way to add warmth. These light strands are battery operated so no need to worry about plugs.

Check out my special nighttime Christmas tour here for inspiration!

3. Highlight the Fireplace

If you already have a fireplace, your house is destined to feel cozy! Whether it’s burning real wood or just there for show, you can dress up the mantel easily with a few key Christmas items. Hang wooden beads, place a miniature woodland atop, make your own paper garland, or use natural elements as your inspiration.

Winter Wonderland Christmas Mantel with stockings and paper snowflakes.
Putz House Christmas Mantel and festive garland.

Mantels are one of my favorite things to decor so I go all out as you can see here. You can find more of my mantel decorating ideas HERE.

4. Bake Cookies

For those hosting a holiday party, Christmas cookies are a must-have. I have made so many cookies over the years, from classics such as whipped shortbread to fun milk and cookie shots. Here are over 25+ of my favorite Christmas cookies of all time!

Peppermint Sugar Cookies on a white platter.
hand dunking Almond and Hazelnut Biscotti in coffee.

All of them look as amazing as they taste, ready to be on display for your guests and Santa. As an added bonus, the aroma will add to your aesthetic personally.

5. Make Hot Cocoa

You’re going to need a drink to accompany your delicious cookies. What better option than a cup of hot cocoa? (You need my go-to recipe here. It doubles a a great gift too!)

The BEST recipe for delicious Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix in a glass jar.
hot coca in a mug with marshmallows.

Picture just how cozy you’ll feel curled up under a throw while you sip your cup of hot cocoa under the Christmas lights? It looks like something straight out of a Hallmark movie!

6. Decorate a Tree (or Two!)

No cozy Christmas would be complete without the show-stopping tree. Over the years, I’ve made plenty of different kinds of Christmas trees. They can be uniquely you while also having that cozy Christmas aesthetic.

Cozy Lodge inspired christmas tree with presents.

Add one to your living room, entrance, guest bedroom, dining room, or wherever you need a boost of cheer.

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7. Make Gingerbread Decor

You can do so much more than just eat gingerbread. I’ve used gingerbread to make ornaments, a whole village, a wreath, and even a cake (here’s how!).

glass cake dome with gingerbread cookies inside.
gingerbread cookies on a glass plate.
two gingerbread houses cup huggers on a plate.

It has such a nice rustic and sweet appearance that works well throughout the home. And you can even eat the leftovers!

8. Enjoy a Christmas Cocktail

If you need something a bit stronger than hot cocoa, you can get festive with a cute yet boozy Christmas cocktail.

hand holding a Cranberry Manhattan Holiday Cocktail.
hand pouring a christmas martini from an glass ornament.

Bourbon has a signature sweet flavor that works well for seasonal cocktails. And if bourbon isn’t your thing, try one of these must-try cocktail recipes featuring everything from martinis to punch.

9. Add a Nostalgic Feel

When everything is new and sparkly, it’s harder to get those cozy feelings. Adding a bit (or a ton) of vintage Christmas pieces to your decorating may give you that boost of yuletide joy.

 Staircase Christmas Garland with vintage letters.
vintage plastic deer on a mantel.
presents under a tree with a picnic basket.

From ornaments passed down to you to classic tin packages, try incorporating some vintage holiday pieces throughout your home during the season.

10. Christmas Ribbon Cabinet

This may be one of my favorite hidden gems in my house. In my family room, I placed a vintage wood cabinet that I found while antiquing. Come the holiday season, I fill it with all of my ribbons. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s convenient when it comes to gift wrapping!

wall cabinet filled with colorful Christmas ribbon.
christmas ribbon in a wood cabinet.

Does anything say “cozy” like an entire cabinet full of ribbon? I don’t think so.

11. Turn Up the Tunes

Part of getting the cozy Christmas aesthetic is by pleasing all the senses. When things look festive, you’ve enjoyed a holiday drink, and you’re under a comfy blanket, it’s time to please the years by playing some very merry music.

My Ultimate Christmas Music Playlist with an ornament hung on tree.

Listen to my ultimate Christmas music playlist or my classic, country, contemporary, and folksy playlist. There’s something for everyone!

12. Make a Paper Star Garland

If you feel like getting crafty, this paper star garland is an easy afternoon project.

I love how inexpensive and simple it is to make, while also looking elegant and rustic at the same time. Hang it on your tree or along the banister.

diy garland with string and paper stars on a tree.

If you’re looking for even more handmade Christmas decor you’re in luck because I have an entire blog post dedicated to all of my favorite holiday home decor crafts. You can find that HERE.

Some of my favorite projects include:

diy paper chain on christmas garland.

13. Make Handmade Gifts

Speaking of getting crafty, there’s nothing I love more than immersing myself into an art or craft project around Christmas especially when I can share that project with friends and family.

Abstract art Holiday Gift Tags displayed on a table.

One of my favorite projects were these abstract art gift tags that I made. You won’t believe how easy they are and it’s a whole lot of fun. PLUS, you give to give a little mini artwork with every gift. I love that!

And if you like making your holiday gifts (so do I!) then I have a wonderful list of some of my favorite handmade holiday gifts HERE.

Abstract art Holiday Gift Tags with ribbon and scissors.

14. Add Stockings

Without stockings being hung by the fire with care, can we really have a cozy Christmas?

mantel with christmas garland and stockings.
Antique Wood Stockings hung on a Christmas mantel.

These wooden stockings are a fun take on the classic version. While you can’t fill them with goodies from Santa, these vintage sock forms are sophisticated and unique. Hang them from your mantle and embrace the natural wood.

I have an entire tote full of stockings I’ve collected over the years. It’s always such a joy to tuck them around my home during the holiday season.

popcorn garland on pine with ornament.

That’s a Wrap On Christmas Aesthetic!

Are you feeling snug and cozy yet? Once you start decorating, the comfy and warm feelings come naturally. Let me know what ideas you loved the most. Remember to make them your own and to have fun with it.

Whether is cozy, classic, modern, or country I hope you have fun discovering the Christmas aesthetic that works best for you and your home.

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Looking for more Christmas decor and inspiration? Then check my Christmas page. It has everything you’ll need. I hope this information helps you create your happy place for the holidays!

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