Minimalist vs. Maximalist Christmas | How To | Travelshopa

Do you consider yourself a minimalist who’s allergic to clutter? Or perhaps you’re a maximalist who’s yet to meet a pattern you didn’t like? The minimalist and maximalist might have little in common but one thing we can all unanimously agree on is that decking the halls in Christmas regalia is the quickest way to usher in some holiday cheer. To put a little spin on a classic, here are some ideas for Christmas decorating done two ways! Minimalist vs. maximalist — no matter which camp you find yourself in, you’re sure to gain some great decor ideas.

 


 

Christmas tree

The Minimalist

Minimalist is just another code for black and white, no? The minimalist is extremely loyal to the monotone palette and will hardly venture out of that zone save for a few small overtures into — wait for it — neutral. But that is surely no indicator that your Christmas tree is bound to be a snoozefest. Just take a look at this shimmering ombre example. DIY your own ombre tree by spray-coating an all-white Christmas tree with black, gray and silver paint in graduating layers. A little dusting of shimmer at the top will mirror the effect of freshly fallen snow.

The Maximalist

The maximalist takes an all-aboard approach to their decorating mantra. And that goes for the Christmas tree as well. The trick is to fill every square inch of the tree with anything pretty you can find. Glittering baubles, blown glass ornaments, tinsel and twinkling lights…all are welcome on the Maximalist’s XXL tree. Pile your presents in an untidy heap next to the tree and hang your Christmas stockings by the fireplace. The living room will soon start to crackle with warmth and colour — just the way the Maximalist likes it.

 Minimalist vs. Maximalist Christmas | How To | Travelshopa
 Minimalist vs. Maximalist Christmas | How To | Travelshopa

 


 

Table setting

The Minimalist

No one does Christmas better than the Scandinavians. Or so the minimalist thinks. The simplicity of Scandi Christmas decorations completely mesh with the minimalist’s soul, emphasising clean and subtle geometric shapes over extravagant textures and materials. Plenty of natural elements are key to generating that classic, homespun feel. Incorporate pine leaves and branches into your table setting and hang a couple of structural paper ornaments; you might even make it a fun DIY project for the entire family!

The Maximalist

Restraint is simply not a word in the maximalist’s dictionary. Oh no, given the chance, the maximalist chooses to splash out on the brightest and boldest. A table setting drenched in gold and silver definitely plays the part. You’ll want to keep things multi-dimensional by selecting props of varying heights and different shades or colours. A hanging branch decked in tinsel and clipped with silver ball ornaments seriously livens up the dining space.

 Minimalist vs. Maximalist Christmas | How To | Travelshopa
 Minimalist vs. Maximalist Christmas | How To | Travelshopa

 

 


 

Gift wrapping

The Minimalist

Most who call themselves minimalists will already know their way around brown paper and twine. So why not change it up a little? Black and white patterned wrapping paper is simple and modern, yet eye-catching enough to delight all tastes. Choose ones with a linear pattern or a cute Christmas graphic — no trims necessary. Dress it up with a hand-lettered gift tag or not. Either way, your gift is sure to make a lasting impression. You’ll even get them to match perfectly with your stark white walls. Double win!

The Maximalist

Here’s where maximalists get a real creative workout. Simply pick a theme or colour scheme you’ll like to work within (who says maximalists are incapable of any organization) and the fun begins. Glitter, feathers, twine, gold ribbon, or even tiny Christmas ornaments plucked from the tree — choose an element you want to be the highlight of your wrapped present and build it up from there. Come up with fresh and inventive ways to secure your chosen accent by taping it with metallic tape or knotting it with your fanciest ribbons. Let your imaginations run wild!

Minimalist vs. Maximalist Christmas | How To | Travelshopa
Minimalist vs. Maximalist Christmas | How To | Travelshopa

 

Do you count yourself a minimalist, a maximalist or a little bit of both? Either way, get inspired by the scores of Christmas decor ideas on our pinterest board!

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