9 Red and White Christmas Decor Ideas for a Classic Holiday Home

candy cane christmas tree and presents
Photo: Adam Albright

A red and white color palette conjures images of peppermint candy canes, Christmas stockings, and even Santa Claus himself, with his bright red suit and fluffy white beard. And while this holiday color combination is undeniably classic, it lends itself well to a fresh and contemporary look. It's easy to incorporate pops of red into any neutral living room or white kitchen, and the look will blend particularly well with any modern farmhouse decor you already have.

Prepare your home for the season's festivities with these red and white Christmas decoration ideas. From the dining room table to the living room mantel, we’ve got every corner covered.

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Red and White Christmas Table Decor

red and white christmas place setting

Better Homes & Gardens

When holiday guests gather, we’re most likely gathered around the table. Whether we're tucking into a Christmas feast or playing board games, the kitchen table is often the center of holiday gatherings. Adorn the hub of Christmas activities with red and white table decor. Drape the table in a striped linen tablecloth and set each place with simple red and white dishes. Tie personalized name tags around napkins with red and white baker’s twine and add a sprig of greenery for a finishing touch.

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Red and White Christmas Fireplace

white fireplace with red poinsettia garland and red mantel gifts

Better Homes & Gardens

If you’re looking for an incentive to get your Christmas shopping—and wrapping—done early this year, incorporate holiday gifts into your decor. Wrapped in glossy red paper and tied with silky ribbons, Christmas presents make a striking piece of fireplace Christmas decor. This colorful holiday mantel display will also deter anyone from sneaking a peek at their gifts!

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Red and White Christmas Centerpiece

red and white yarn christmas trees

Better Homes & Gardens

This budget-friendly Christmas craft makes a striking centerpiece for the table or fireplace. All you need is a variety of red and white yarn, cardstock for the cone structures, pom-poms for the tree toppers, and some strong glue to hold it all together. Arrange them on a red and white table runner (Better Homes & Gardens Geo Strip Cotton Rich Table Runner, $16, Walmart). Scatter some baubles around your finished yarn forest for a final festive flourish.

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Red and White Christmas Tree

candy cane christmas tree and presents
Adam Albright

Guarantee the magic of a white Christmas with a flocked Christmas tree. Red ornaments pop against the snowy white canvas and offer a simple pop of color without overwhelming the space. Wrap the branches with red and white plaid ribbon and string lights before topping the tree with a subtle white star for a chic look.

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Red and White Christmas Wreath

frosted pinecone cardinals ornaments wreath
King Au

No Christmas decor collection is complete without a holiday wreath. This year, swap the classic green foliage for a wreath of frosted pine cones. Let the texture do the talking and keep the decor simple with red ornaments and a small family of faux red cardinals to keep watch. Hang it on your front door to welcome guests or create a focal point above the fireplace.

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Red and White Christmas Ornaments

a basket of pine cones

You can create a festive Christmas display out of any old objects you’ve got lying around the house. Repurpose a plain basket by adding a red plaid ribbon, white birch logs, and bright red ornaments. Add a few oversized pinecones and a sprig of fresh greenery to complete the rustic front porch display.

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Red and White Christmas Porch Decor

traditional red berry wreath bow lanterns outdoors
John Granen

Welcome holiday guests with a glowing display of candle luminaries. Gather an assortment of glass candle jars and fill them with fake snow. Tuck a pillar candle into the middle of each vase and line them up on a side table or along your front steps. You can also bring them inside to lend ambient lighting for your Christmas feast. Red lanterns and a cheery red bow complete this classic Christmas look. If you have a bench or rocking chair on the porch, dress it up with a red and white throw blanket and some decorative pillows (Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Truck Chenille Pillow, $25, Walmart).

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Red and White Christmas Wall Art

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Adam Albright

Fill your blank walls with Christmas cheer with a large piece of wall art (like this Better Homes & Gardens Merry and Bright/Gather Together Double-Sided Wall Decor Sign, $10, Walmart). Or make your own cheery wall art. An upcycled window frame makes a compelling rustic backdrop for a thrifted piece of fabric or vintage tea towel. Cluster a few on a blank wall and hang with pretty red ribbon or twine for a final seasonal touch.

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Red and White Christmas Stockings

Fireplace with stockings and Christmas tree
Adam Albright

Line the mantel with simple red and white stockings, ready for Santa’s arrival. Attach homemade name tags for every household member for a fun personal touch, and add small trinkets to the stockings throughout the season. Complete the festive display with a flocked garland draped over the mantel and a holiday wreath to crown the festive scene.

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