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10 Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen for Christmas

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The true heart of the home at Christmas is the kitchen. Incorporating some simple, impactful design ideas can really bring the holiday spirit into the space that matters most. Here are 10 festive ideas to decorate your kitchen for Christmas that are adaptable to any kitchen style and budget.

1. Stick to a simple palette that complements the colors of your kitchen

Choosing two main colors such as classic red and white, wintery blue and silver, or forest green and gray keeps your design streamlined, sophisticated, and welcoming.

A red and white palette creates Christmas simplicity in this kitchen featuring Ella
A red and white palette creates Christmas simplicity in this kitchen featuring Ella™ countertops and star-pattern backsplash. Design: J. Kath Design + Build
Styled for Christmas, this bright and inviting farmhouse kitchen includes Swanbridge countertops paired with a movable Islington™ island.
As seen in Country Living December 2019.

2. Use organic elements to bring the outside in

Natural greenery works as a perfect accent for any Christmas color scheme. Try a festive green garland on your open shelving or small wreaths over closed kitchen cabinet doors. You can also add a vibrant pop of color to your kitchen with an amaryllis, poinsettia, or sprig of berries. For texture, consider incorporating some pinecones, birch bark candle holders, or a decorative antler bowl.

Freeflowing greenery, pinecones, and organic textures create a boho-chic Christmas display.
Spacey by: The Ranch Uncommon , Featured design: Torquay™
A simple splash of greenery creates Christmas cheer in this Brittanicca kitchen.
Over-cabinet wreaths add a dash of Christmas green to this gorgeous white kitchen featuring Brittanicca™ countertops. Design by: ProStock Kitchens SC.

3. Create a festive focal point on your range hood

A built-in range hood that blends with your cabinetry is a natural focal point for your Christmas decorations – much like a mantel in the living room. Think greenery, wreaths, or a holiday sign.

Get creative with Christmas decor that is festive but does not disrupt your workspace.
Spread Christmas joy through décor displayed on a built-in range hood. This kitchen from Mary Lane Co. features Brittanicca countertops and cage pendant lights. Photo: Happily Ever Pratt.
Decorate your kitchen for Christmas with an alternative color scheme.
A dark pink wreath adds a pop of color to this winter-white kitchen featuring Torquay countertops. Photo: Househaven.

4. Create a countertop vignette

Your countertops are the perfect place to showcase the holiday spirit with a simple vignette. Tuck away any appliances or utensils you may typically leave out, and enjoy the beauty of clean countertops paired with a sweet Christmas scene. Ceramic figurines, mini trees, and even serving ware can combine for festive display.

A woodland scene pops on gray Carrick™
A woodland scene pops on gray Carrick™ countertops with a black Mercury Mosaics tile backsplash.
Serving on Swanbridge™ is pared back and polished
Serving on Swanbridge™ is pared back and polished in this space from Construction2Style.
Decorate your kitchen for Christmas with a mix of décor and serveware.
Decorate your kitchen for Christmas with a mix of décor and serveware, as House of Jules does on her Waverton™ countertops.

5. Use a letterboard to share the holiday spirit

One of the easiest ways to decorate your kitchen for Christmas? Put a fun, festive message on a letterboard – keep a favorite quote for the entire season or change it up as the mood strikes. Stumped on a phrase? Scan Letterfolk on Instagram for inspo.

Illuminate a Christmas vignette on Torquay.
A string of lights illuminates a lyrical Christmas message in this kitchen corner, connecting to a village vignette on Torquay. Photo: SeasTheMoment

6. Let your dishware serve as a practical decoration

Use Christmas versions of your kitchen staples for décor that’s as useful as it is delightful. If you have open shelving, showcase dishware that complements your palette. Consider setting aside space on your countertops for a hot cocoa and coffee station – complete with Christmas mugs, of course.

Cake stands and Christmas mugs create a cozy holiday moment.
Cake stands and Christmas mugs create a cozy holiday moment in The Daily Nest’s kitchen. Her stain-resistant Cambria countertops are the perfect spot to serve hot cocoa and coffee. Featured design: Torquay.
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Have a cup of cheer with seasonal Santa mugs. Featured design: Torquay. Photo: SeasTheMoment.

7. Style your kitchen island with a centerpiece

The kitchen island is a natural focal point in your kitchen, and likely where holiday guests will want to hang out. Dress it up for the occasion with a Christmas centerpiece. You can’t go wrong with a medley of evergreen, or style a Cambria Lazy Susan with décor and food for a double-duty centerpiece.

Build a beautiful Christmas centerpiece on a Brittanicca.
Pine boughs, berries, driftwood, and retro ornaments make a beautiful Christmas centerpiece on a Brittanicca kitchen island.

8. Delight your guests with a surprise at their seats

Are you planning to decorate your kitchen for Christmas gatherings and holiday parties? A beautiful tablescape makes for a memorable get-together, and it’s not limited to the dining room. Set the table – or kitchen island – in style with a gorgeous centerpiece and place settings. Surprise and delight your guests with a party favor or gift. Try personalized ornaments for place cards or set a box of truffles on each seat.

Greet guests with festive chocolate boxes atop each barstool.
We love the dressed-up Swanbridge island at the Wit & Delight studio, greeting guests with festive chocolate boxes atop each barstool. Photo: 2ndtruth.

9. Swap out your rug and dish towels

A holiday-themed dish towel is an easy décor swap to bring the Christmas spirit into your space. For your kitchen rug, choose a solid color or scaled-back pattern in your color scheme. Simple designs are easier to re-use and will still seem fresh and bright well into the new year.

Keep it simple with simple swaps for Christmas in the kitchen.
A Christmas dish towel is an inexpensive and easy way to decorate your kitchen for Christmas. Featured design: Torquay. Photo: TXsizedHome
Torquay fits right in with a red and white Christmas color palette.
A red and white striped rug complements the Christmas color palette in The Daily Nest’s farmhouse kitchen with Torquay.

10. Incorporate your holiday traditions into your kitchen décor

Let your kitchen tell the story of how you embrace the Christmas season. If Christmas baking is your favorite tradition, showcase your supplies in an artful way. If you love catching up with Christmas cards, post your favorites on a framed board or arrange neatly on the fridge. If you look forward to crafting with your kids at the kitchen island, display creations from past years alongside the new. Rather than focusing on perfection, decorate your kitchen for Christmas in a way that allows it to be enjoyed with the ones you love.

Utilize colorful cook books when decorating your kitchen for Christmas.
Showcase seasonal cookbooks and unfussy ornaments for a lovely Christmas countertop display. Featured design: Torquay. Photo: Kathleen Richardson.
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Holiday baking on Ella countertops paired with pastel poinsettias creates a lovely moment in The Happy Tudor kitchen. Easy-clean Cambria makes for a stress-free prep space.

We’d love to hear your tips on sprucing up your space and see how you decorate your kitchen for Christmas. Share with us on social (@CambriaSurfaces). If you’re pairing Christmas décor with your Cambria countertops, be sure to tag using #MyCambria.

Ready to style another space? Check out our tips for decorating your fireplace mantel.

Cheers to decking your halls and serving up holiday cheer this season!

Merry Christmas from the Cambria family to yours!
Merry Christmas from Cambria! Featured design: Wellington™.