19 Easy and Cozy Neutral Christmas Tree Decor Ideas

As the festive season approaches, I can’t help but immerse myself in the magical world of Christmas decorations. This year, I’ve fallen head over heels for the timeless charm of neutral Christmas tree decor. Something about the soft hues and cozy vibes really speaks to me.

In today’s post, we’re shining a spotlight on the ever-popular neutral Christmas tree aesthetic. First, we’ll explore the trend of neutral home decor for Christmas, and then I’ll share my personal tips on how to adorn a Christmas tree using 19 absolutely delightful neutral Christmas tree decor ideas. These ideas can be easily incorporated into your own festive setup. Finally, as a special treat, I’ll open the doors to my home, taking you on a virtual tour of the my seven neutral trees I’ve lovingly decorated. Get ready to view some neutral Christmas magic!

Neutral decorated Christmas tree in a blue and white room. The tree is flocked with dried hydrangeas, candles and more.

Today, I’m thrilled to be part of a gathering of skilled bloggers, graciously hosted by my friend Laura @decortoadore. If you’ve arrived here from Kelly’s blog @thetatteredpew, a warm welcome to you! I have no doubt you loved her homespun ideas.

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This year’s holiday season is all about a mixture of contemporary styles and timeless classics, and leading the pack is the ultra-chic neutral Christmas decor trend. In 2023, we’re seeing a rise in the popularity of muted tones, earthy palettes, and soft textures that bring a feeling of serenity and sophistication. More than just a color scheme, neutral decor offers a blank canvas for creativity while maintaining a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

Neutral Christmas Colors

When it comes to Christmas, we often envision bold reds, rich greens, and vibrant golds. However, neutral Christmas colors offer a refreshing departure from tradition. Neutral hues for Christmas include a soothing palette of whites, soft creams, gentle grays, golds, terracotta and warm taupes. These neutral tones not only bring a touch of elegance but also provide a versatile backdrop, allowing you to experiment with layering and different textures.

Neutral Christmas Color Pallete with green, gold terra cotta, ivory and white.

How to Decorate a Neutral Christmas Tree

Now that we’ve set the stage with the enchanting allure of neutral Christmas colors, let’s dive into the art of decorating a neutral Christmas tree. The key to a captivating tree is in the details.

First and foremost, let there be light! Give your tree charm by weaving strands of warm white lights or soft gold Christmas lights. The gentle glow will illuminate the neutral colors and create a cozy ambiance.

Naked Christmas tree with white lights.
A natural pinecone hanging amongst the gold lights of a Christmas tree.

When it comes to neutral ornaments, embrace a mix of finishes for maximum impact. Combine matte and glossy baubles in shades of gold, silver, and ivory. Consider incorporating metallic elements to introduce depth and sophistication and natural elements for rustic elegance. And don’t shy away from getting crafty and making your own DIY Christmas ornaments for a special personal touch.

Gold and white ornaments are hanging on a Christmas tree.
Tassel ornament hanging on the Christmas tree.

To add dimension, vary the size and shape of your ornaments. Hang delicate items alongside larger statement pieces and consider incorporating textured elements for a tactile experience.

In the world of neutral Christmas trees, it’s the thoughtful blend of textures, finishes, and shine that transforms a tree into a mesmerizing focal point. So, let your creativity shine as you adorn your neutral canvas with elements that spark joy and capture the magic of the season!

Next, I’ll share some of my favorite neutral Christmas decorations you can add to a tree, or a Christmas centerpiece, or use them to decorate your living space for the Christmas season.

Neutral Christmas Tree Decor Ideas

Ready to transform your tree into a neutral wonderland? I’ve curated a list of 19 decor ideas to inspire your creativity. From natural elements to rustic accents, each suggestion adds a unique touch to your neutral tree.

1. Dried hydrangeas

Add a touch of timeless beauty with dried hydrangeas. Their muted hues blend seamlessly with a neutral palette.

Dried hydrangeas in the tree.
Rope garland hanging on a Christmas tree.

2. Natural Rope Garland

Enhance the tree’s texture with a natural rope garland, adding a rustic charm that complements the simplicity of neutrals.

3. Bird Nest Lights

Illuminate your tree with the whimsy of bird nest lights, creating a magical and nature-inspired ambiance.

Crafted from a battery-operated candle and a miniature bird’s nest, these charming lamps illuminate my tree . Adorning them with delicate paper shades from the talented @frenchdoorstudio, whose artistry and stunning graphics never cease to amaze. You can read the “how-to card” below the images for directions on how to make these darling lamps for your tree.

Up close night view of a candle lamp on the Christmas tree.
Bird nest lamp in the Christmas tree with moss and ribbon.
Yield: 1

How to make battery operated candle lamps for your Christmas tree

A DIY Lamp in the Christmas tree made out of a dollar tree candle and a bird's nest with a feather.

A Simple and fun way to add light to your Christmas tree is to make DIY lamps using battery-operated candles.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • Printable lampshade template "Home for the Holidays" @https://thefrenchdoorstudio.blogspot.com/
  • 1 2" round wood disc
  • 1 3" bird nest
  • 1 Wood clothespin
  • 1 5-6" battery-operated candle (from the dollar tree)
  • Spanish moss
  • Feathers
  • 1 piece of chipboard


  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue


  1. Order the digital kit "Home for the Holidays" from https://thefrenchdoorstudio.blogspot.com/
  2. Print the image of the lampshade cover on 80 lb. card stock.
  3. Hot glue the edges of the shade together to create the shade. You can add trim if you like.
  4. Image paper lampshade
  5. Using the pattern in the kit, cut a circle of chipboard and then cut the small circle in the center. (you can see the full video here:[ https://www.instagram.com/reel/C0LT4MGtQQC/
  6. Image cardboard circle cut to go over the candle
  7. Hot glue the small candle base to a 2" wood round.
  8. Image The candle base is glued onto a 2" wood disk.
  9. Create a small hole in the center of the bird nest.
  10. Image Small birds nest with a hole in the center of the bottom.
  11. Hot glue the bird nest onto the wood round, putting the hole over the base of the candle.
  12. Image A bird's nest is glued to a wood disk to create a small candle lamp.
  13. Hot glue a wooden clothespin to the bottom of the wood disk.
  14. Image 8 bird nests lined up with a wood disk and clothespin glued to the bottom.
  15. Decorate the nest with moss, ribbon, cinnamon sticks, feathers, or whatever matches your decor.
  16. ImageA bird's nest decorated with moss and faux greenery.
  17. 10. Add batteries to your candles and screw the candle into the base.
  18. Imaage Candle inserted into the bird's nest.
  19. Place a small amount of hot glue onto the chipboard circle to keep it in place on the shade, or leave it without the glue. I prefer to store them separately, so I choose not to glue the shade to the chipboard disk.
  20. ImageBird nest lamp in the Christmas tree with moss and ribbon.

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4. Dried Orange Ornaments

Add a burst of warmth and fragrance to your tree with dried orange ornaments.

5. Natural Mushroom Ornaments

Embrace fairytale woodland charm with natural mushroom ornaments.

DIY natural mushroom hanging in the tree with a bit of moss and velvet ribbon.
Whole dried oranges are placed in a teacup with moss hanging on the Christmas tree.

6. Neutral Plates and Cups

Integrate elegance into your tree with neutral plates and cups, a unique and unexpected ornament choice.

7. Pinecones

Classic and versatile, pinecones bring a touch of nature to your neutral theme.

Add an eyescrew to the bottom of the pinecone, weave a ribbon through the eye, and tie the pine cone to the tree.

Pinecones with velvet ribbon and wood beaded garland hanging in the Christmas tree.

8. Wood Bead Garlands

String wood bead garlands for a boho-chic flair; an easy way to introduce a hint of playfulness.

9. Antlers

Adding antlers is a great way to bring a rustic feel to your neutral holiday display.

Antlers and pine cones in a Christmas tree draped with velvet ribbon.
Bird in a bird nest hanging on the Christmas tree.

10. Birds

Elevate your tree’s allure and add a graceful touch with delicate bird ornaments.

11. Natural Branches

Bring the outdoors in by incorporating natural branches. This creates a visually dynamic and organic look.

12. Feathers

The light and airy quality of feathers adds a natural touch to the bird’s nests in any Christmas tree.

13. Rustic Bells

Add a festive jingle with rustic bells, bringing in a cozy and nostalgic charm.

Feathers and twigs in a Christmas tree.
Rustic bells at the top of a Christmas Tree with velvet ribbon.

14. Velvet Ribbon

Introduce luxury with velvet ribbon. Tie it into bows or drape it gracefully for a touch of opulence against the neutral backdrop.

15. Mercury Glass Ornaments

Reflect light with the elegance of mercury glass ornaments, adding a vintage touch to your tree.

16. Wooden Ornaments

Embrace a rustic vibe with wooden ornaments, each piece bringing a piece of nature’s beauty.

A wooden jingle bell ornament is hanging in the Christmas tree.
A large white acorn ornament with a touch of greenery on the top.

17. White Ornaments

Keep it classic and elegant with a selection of white ornaments. White decor is a simple way to create a serene and cohesive look.

18. Woodland Animals

Invite whimsy with woodland animal ornaments, adding a playful element to your neutral Christmas decor.

A white squirrel in the Christmas tree.
A white fur ball ornament hanging on the Christmas tree.

19. Candles

Infuse your space with a cozy and intimate ambiance by integrating battery-operated candles. Suspend them within your Christmas tree using a discreet fishing line for a whimsical touch of holiday magic.

Candles suspended in the Christmas tree.
Candle suspended in the Christmas tree.

My Neutral Christmas Tree Decor

This year, I have gone all out and decorated seven neutral Christmas trees in my home. Some big and some small. Even though each tree has its own unique decorations and theme, they all tie together beautifully. This is because I’ve used a neutral color palette and many of the neutral Christmas decor ideas listed above. Join me on a Christmas home tour, all decked out to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!


In my kitchen, you’ll find the cutest little Christmas tree in the center of my island. Here, my DIY air-dried clay gingerbread ornaments are the stars of the show. To create this look, I strung my new ornaments with velvet ribbon. Not only were they easy and so much fun to make, but they are also the perfect unique pieces for neutral Christmas decorating in the kitchen.

Kitchen gingerbread tree with air dry clay ornaments.

Coffee Table

Some people find tabletop trees challenging to decorate, but I love the challenge. This small tree lives on the coffee table in my home’s family room and is decorated with another DIY neutral Christmas tree decoration: 3D printable gingerbread houses and I have made these available to downlaod for free to my e-mail subscribers.

I love the simple but impactful statement they make when strung up with velvet ribbon. If you’re looking for more coffee table decor ideas, check out my post about how to style the best Christmas decor for coffee tables.

Family Room

Moving on to the large trees, you’ll also find these beauties in the family room. My woodland trees are decked out in all sorts of neutral Christmas tree decor, including pinecones, velvet ribbon, wooden bead garland, antlers, natural mushrooms, wool felt garland, and rustic bells. Another fun feature is that the trees are nestled inside a genuine wood tree box, giving it an even more impressive overall look for the neutral Christmas theme.

I tied the mantel decor in to match the tree with simple greenery, curly willow, and pinecones tied with raw-edged velvet ribbon.

The family room mantel has greenery, curly willow branches, pinecones, and natural stockings.

Living Room

The neutral tree in my living room is a flocked tree decorated with various textures that make for an elegant display. This cozy Christmas tree features natural dried hydrangeas from my garden, twine garland, branches of rustic bells, white woodland animals, candles, tassels, fur ornaments, birds, and white felt poinsettias. While this might seem like a lot of decorating ideas, the combination of neutral colors and layers of different textures is truly stunning.

Christmas tree in the living room. Flocked with natural ornaments and suspended candles.

This is the original fireplace in our home, built in 1898. I decorated it with both mercury glass and moss trees, a moss birdhouse, a green garland, brass bells, dehydrated oranges, and our blue and white stockings.

Dining Room

The theme of my dining room tree is dried oranges. This natural tree is full of handmade orange slice ornaments. You’ll also find white ironstone pieces, including pitchers, plates, and cups filled with dried oranges, in addition to pine cones, velvet ribbon, feathers, bird nest candle lamps, wooden ornaments, white berries, and orange Christmas tree ribbons. This collection of neutral Christmas tree decorating ideas looks particularly pretty against the natural greenery of this tree.

A wood goose, pinecones and greenery adorn the dining room table for the holidays.

The Butler’s Pantry Tree

The dining room table is decorated with a wooden goose, greenery, and wood candlesticks. There is a stack of vintage plates on the table with dried oranges and pinecones. A neutral Christmas tree sits in the back.

Finally, I extended a touch of orange throughout the dining room and butler’s pantry, ensuring a cohesive look for the entire house.

To achieve this, I delicately dehydrated whole oranges, including both green and orange varieties, using the air fryer at a low and gradual pace. Afterward, I affixed an eye screw to the top of each dried fruit and threaded a piece of velvet ribbon through it, elegantly securing them to the tree.

A Small Christmas tree in the butler's pantry with whole dried oranges hanging on it.

Now it is time to move on to Yvonne @stonegableblog. Yvonne is very talented and will show you how to transform your old ornaments into works of art.


As we wrap up our tour of neutral Christmas tree decor, I hope these ideas have sparked your imagination. As you put on the Christmas music and start your holiday celebrations, remember that the true magic lies in adding your personal touch. Here’s to creating a beautiful and cozy space to celebrate the season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


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  1. Love the neutral colors and natural elements Wendy! Pinned!

  2. Oh my goodness Wendy! Everything looks so warm and inviting! I nearly jumped for joy when I saw the bird lights, I am swooning over them. Birds are near and dear to my heart, my grandfather was a bird watcher, and they always remind me of him. I am looking up that lightshade now. My grandmother would really enjoy one, I am sure of it. I just hope I can make it look as enticing as yours look. Merry Christmas my dear!

  3. Wendy, you’ve outdone yourself! Your trees, and the rest of your holiday decor, is simply stunning! Have a wonderful Christmas my friend xx

    1. Thank you, Cindy! Merry Christmas to you as well.

  4. Over the top amazingly beautiful, Wendy! I especially love the dining room with the more rustic vibe. And those dehydrated whole oranges in green-wow! Will definitely have to give that a tray; never would have thought about the air fryer. Your orange decor this year is absolutely beautiful-makes sense that you live in CA!

    1. Thank you so much, Lora. I have had a great time dehydrating all of the oranges this year. Merry Christmas.

  5. Oh my goodness! Everything is beautiful in this post! After going on a Christmas Tour of Homes a few weeks ago, I think your house should be in one next year. It is beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much Susan, I have been on tours in the past, its a lot of fun, but a lot of work, lol

  6. Wendy, your trees are simply spectacular! You’ve outdone yourself, my friend! And those bird’s nest lights — quite fabulous!!

    1. Thank you so much, Kim. I always enjoy decorating the trees each year. Merry Christmas friend.

  7. Wendy, Your home is decorated beautifully for the holidays! I love your choice of neutral decor and all of the natural elements are so warm and welcoming! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    1. Thank you so much, Chloe. It was a fun change this year, and I have not grown tired of it yet, which is nice.

  8. All is calm, all is bright! Those words came to mind when I was reading your post. Your home, filled with beautiful things from nature, has such a calming effect. The dried fruit, nest candles, the cups filled with whole dried fruit, and all those beautiful trees are perfection in your home, Wendy! Thanks for all the Christmas inspiration! xo Yvonne

    1. Thank you so much, Yvonne, that is so sweet of you. I adored your ornaments and can’t wait to try them. They would go so well on my trees. Merry Christmas friend!

  9. You’ve shared so many beautiful neutral Christmas tree ideas, Wendy. Your dried orange ornaments and gingerbread houses are my favorites. Thank you for the holiday inspiration.

    1. Thank you so much Kim! The natural theme is always in and it was a fun change for me. Merry Christmas Kim.

  10. Wendy I am just breathless over all the beauty found within this post. All of your trees are truly inspiring. Thank you so much for adding such beauty to the hop. Have a wonderful holiday season!

    1. Thank you so much Laura, I appreciate you having me so much. Let’s plan a few for next year. Merry Christmas.

  11. Wendy, you are making my head spin with ideas that I want to add to my woodland tree, such as the cute bird nest lights. Absolutely darling! Such a fun post!

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle, your woodland tree was truly dreamy! I adored your felt ornaments, they were picture-perfect.

  12. So many beautiful and creative trees, Wendy! I love how you mixed the natural pieces against the neutral backgrounds. It lets all your gorgeous ornaments and garlands stand out and shine bright. I hope you and your family have a warm and happy Christmas. Big hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much CoCo! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  13. Wendy, I’m always mesmerized with your attention to detail and creativity. Your neutral Christmas decor is so gorgeous and that Hydrangea tree with candles is absolutely my favorite. I adore those nest lamps with shades! They are so unique and definitely something I’d love to try. Thanks for sharing all your ideas and sharing the diys. It’s all amazing! I hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas Season.

    1. Thank you, Debra. It was a nice change to do the neutral this year. It has a calming effect.
      I am sorry I tried to comment again on your blog and had no luck… Your toolbox centerpiece was so cute.
      I love vintage kitchen tools; you made them so festive for the holidays.

  14. Those bird nest lights are SO COOL! I’ve never seen anything like it before!
    Such pretty ideas in this post, Wendy. You do neutral Christmas decor in such an eloquent way. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you so much Rachel. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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