17 Festive Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen for Christmas

white kitchen with wreath on wood range hood and holiday décor
Photo: Adam Albright

With the smell of fresh-baked goods in the air, it's no wonder everyone always ends up in the kitchen. Make the heart of your home festive with pretty Christmas kitchen decorating ideas. From dressing the cabinets with garland to adding vintage bottle brush Christmas trees to open shelves, decorating the kitchen for Christmas is as easy as pie. And it will look just as delicious too!

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The Ultimate Christmas Kitchen

Kitchen decorated for Christmas with trees and ginger bread houses
Adam Albright Photography Inc

Take advantage of the space above the cabinets to create your own woodland wonderland. Swap out regular wall art with some holiday-themed wooden or metal signs. Rustic wood slice chargers create a stylish foundation for a gingerbread display or floral centerpiece.

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Deck the Kitchen Shelves

open shelves in kitchen with eclectic Christmas decor
Adam Albright

Bottlebrush trees, vintage Santa mugs, and pinecones are small and easy ways to add holiday charm to your kitchen. Display them with simple white dishes and a crock filled with vintage rolling pins.

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Cottage Christmas Kitchen

cottage kitchen with Christmas wreath on range hood
Jay Wilde

Extend the charm of a cottage kitchen with a nature-inspired wreath decked with a variety of leafy greens and fruit. A red striped linen bow adds the look of vintage French linens. Dress the counters with a nutcracker doll ($34, Target) and small trees adorned with miniature ornaments. Add lights to a fresh-cut sprig of greenery for a delightful centerpiece that works well in the kitchen or on the dining table.

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Country Christmas Kitchen

white kitchen with wreath on wood range hood and holiday décor
Adam Albright

In a kitchen with lots of open shelves, copper, and wooden accessories mix well with white ceramic pieces during any season. Small touches, like adding candy canes to copper mugs, gives the kitchen a subtle holiday feel. Make the Christmas season come to life with a wreath on the vent hood and a Christmas sign on the backsplash. A colander with ornaments and a pitcher with fresh greenery add the finishing touches.

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Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen

white farmhouse sliding door built-in cabinet with drawers
Jay Wilde

It doesn't take a lot of décor to add a little Christmas cheer to the kitchen. Adorn cabinets or a pantry door with a wreath (or two) hung from a ribbon. Add a small Christmas tree or a few ceramic statues to open shelves for a subtle nod to the holidays.

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Rustic Christmas Kitchen

farmhouse kitchen table decorated with miniature christmas trees
Jay Wilde

Galvanized accessories and weathered wood accents create a rustic feel in the kitchen. Top kitchen cabinets with garland and wreaths for a festive touch. Vintage platters and wood boards dress the backsplash with a country Christmas quality. Stick trees and bottle brush Christmas trees round out the charming Christmas kitchen style.

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Christmas Beverage Station

kitchen counter eggnog ingredients with greenery decor
David Tsay

Make your holiday party more festive with a decorative dry bar. Dress up the wine chiller with red ribbon and fresh greenery. Display a collection of white ceramic houses for a sophisticated twist on a holiday village. Add ornaments or bells for a little sparkle. Candy cane-inspired paper straws add whimsy to a make-your-own eggnog station.

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Old Fashion Christmas Kitchen

cottage kitchen with crate and festive greenery on shelf
Jay Wilde

Bring back the feel of yesteryear with simple additions to the kitchen. Fresh-cut sprigs of greenery add color and a delightful fragrance. Dried orange slices work well as hand-made ornaments or a charming addition to garland. Bottle brush Christmas trees are an easy accessory for an old-fashioned feel. Add a valance to cover modern appliance, such as a microwave, and further the vintage look.

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Silver Christmas Kitchen

blue and silver wreaths hanging against window above white kitchen sink

For a look that's as crisp as fresh-fallen snow, pair silver wreaths above the kitchen sink. Use a wide navy blue ribbon to hang them with added style. Complete the wintery feel with vintage blue and white china.

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Jolly Christmas Kitchen

Two Christmas wreaths above sink
Anthony Masterson

Swap out the curtains above the sink for a red and white buffalo check pattern. Adorn kitchen windows with wreaths hung by wide red ribbons. A snowflake rug adds Christmas cheer from floor to ceiling. Set out a tray with hot cocoa supplies or gingerbread making ingredients for holiday fun you can make and enjoy together.

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Elegant Christmas Kitchen

silver wreath hanging above stove in white kitchen

Adorn the backsplash with a frosted wreath covered in glittering ornaments and ribbon for a sophisticated Christmas style. Fresh wintery floral bouquets elevate the holiday look. A Christmas tea towel hung on the stove adds a touch of casual elegance to the space.

Editor's Tip: We recommend you remove the wreath when cooking for a safe and happy holiday.

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Christmas Baking Station

Kitchen counter with evergreen and pinecone decoration
Elizabeth Fourez

'Tis the season for baking (and eating!) Christmas cookies. Give those hard-working baking canisters a holiday makeover with an evergreen sprig and a pinecone. For a more colorful look, wrap the canisters with a wide ribbon and finish it with a bow in front.

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Bright Christmas Kitchen

mom and daughters decorating cookies in the kitchen with their doc
David A. Land

Bold pops of red infuse a white kitchen with the spirit of Christmas. An oversize red plaid wreath in the kitchen window sets the tone for this playful style. Hang bright red and turquoise ornaments on a small tree. Use red cookware and linens to punctuate the bright additions to a white kitchen.

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Countertop Christmas Display

pine needles in pitcher with christmas ornaments on shelf
Jay Wilde

Dedicate a small section of the kitchen counter to spreading Christmas cheer with a small decorative display. A vintage crate on the wall adds rustic charm (in any season). Set out a collection of pitchers and creamer cups. Add a few bottle brush trees and fresh cut greenery. Place glass ornaments on the counter for a dose of color and shine.

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Christmas Shelf Display

open wood shelves with white dishes and winter greenery foliage
Kritsada Panichgul

Put your beloved cake stands to good use this Christmas. Use them to elevate holiday décor on open shelves in the kitchen. Set Christmas houses, small trees, or ornaments on them. Add a little fresh greenery for a natural atmosphere. String garland across the top shelf for a darling Christmas kitchen display.

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Candy-Inspired Christmas Kitchen

exposed white shelves with red christmas decorations
Jay Wilde

At one end of the kitchen, Emily Barlow of Handmade Farmhouse converted floating shelves and the countertop into a space for crafting cocoa. "We use the hot cocoa station all of December," she says. "My candy shop colors appear in paper items like straws and cupcake liners to add texture and visual interest."

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Plaid Christmas Kitchen

black and white kitchen with patterned tile
Adam Albright

There's nothing more inviting than a mug of hot cocoa and a tin of cookies during the holidays. The Other Side of Neutral's Becky Grunwald keeps her collection of vintage serving pieces at the ready next to the stove for family and neighbors who drop by. That way, she can whip up a hot drink quickly—and even when it's not filled with a steaming concoction, the Christmas tartan plaid seems to radiate warmth.

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