3 Simple Christmas Kitchen Ideas

Simplify your holiday decor by using these 3 simple Christmas kitchen ideas. You don’t have to sacrifice function to have a festive and welcoming space!

bouquet of christmas flowers in kitchen sink

No two Christmases are the same. Change is guaranteed. One year we may have absent family members, and the next, the house is overflowing. We might experiment with a different menu, or start a new tradition. Likewise, nowhere is it written that your Christmas decor needs to be the same every year.

Some years I have gone all out, and decorated each space. Other years, things are simple and minimal. This year, our Christmas decor is somewhere in between. For the kitchen and dining nook, I chose a few select zones, and was able to provide color and cheer, without sacrificing functionality.

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christmas kitchen decor wreaths on bar stools

Decorate the Focal Point

No matter the size of your kitchen, it’s a challenge to decorate every corner. If you’re like me, and have limited counter space, adding Christmas decor to my work space isn’t practical. A good way around that dilemma is to choose one focal point in your kitchen, and dress it up for the holidays. I chose my kitchen island, mainly because it’s big, and there was room to add decor without losing too much counter space.

christmas kitchen decor small tree in crock

The little wreaths on the bar stools take up no room at all, and even though the tree is small, it makes a statement in the large crock. It’s all very simple and quick.

christmas flowers and greenery in kitchen sink

Splurge on Scented Soaps

Since we have an artificial Christmas tree, I’m always trying to find ways to make the house smell like pine. Of course there are candles, or potpourri, but one of my favorite ways to enjoy that special touch of Christmas is by using scented dish soap, hand soap, and counter spray. This year I treated myself to products by Thymes, and I love them…especially the counter spray. It’s truly a gift I give myself!

Add a Table Centerpiece

Christmas is the perfect time to bring out your dough bowl, or any large bowl or tray. One of the easiest centerpiece ideas is to simply layer greenery with other festive elements.

christmas dough bowl centerpiece with lanterns

For this centerpiece, I began by placing a vintage piece of mangle cloth on the table for a runner. After that, I began building the dough bowl arrangement by laying faux greenery that I already had in the dough bowl. I made sure that some pieces were falling over the sides. After that, I nestled one very big pine cone in the middle, and sprinkled dried limes over the greenery. (The smaller pine cones are attached to the pine stems.)

christmas greenery and dried limes in dough bowl

Tip #1: when making an arrangement with faux or real Christmas greens, mix up the varieties. Use cedar, juniper, and spruce for an assortment of textures and colors.

Tip #2: to learn more about mangle cloth, click HERE.

christmas plates on plate rack

At the last minute, I tucked some faux greenery in the existing pitchers on our dining nook shelves, and placed a few Christmas plates in the plate rack. I didn’t have to move anything, and these little touches took up no extra space.

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christmas centerpiece in dough bowl

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  1. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! Your posts have been a blessing all year long. I’ve got your recipes that I’ve made, new stylish clothes to wear, and a few pillows and throws to thank you for! Thank you!

  2. Nancy Wichman says:

    I just love how your home looks! All your decorative touches look simple and beautiful. But, most of all, it’s just homey and welcoming. I would love to be your best friend 🤗

  3. Merry Christmas, Ann
    I so enjoy your blog. Have a wonderful Christmas Holiday with your family. Looking forward to your blog in the New Year. Thank you for the wonderful ideas all year. Blessings in the New Year.

  4. Susan Toto says:

    I love reading your blog! You give us some great ideas.

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  5. Such good ideas! I really like the way you styled the dough bowl. After seeing your plate rack, I think I need one. Did someone make it for you or was it purchased?
    Can’t wait for the Christmas surprise! Happy Holidays Ann!

    1. Hi Donna! Yes, my son-in-law made it for me a few years ago. You can find something very similar on Etsy. In fact, that’s where I found the inspiration pictures to give him. Merry Christmas!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Merry Christmas, Ann! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas with us. Blessings to you and your family.

  7. I love your site! Have a Merry Christmas!🎄🎁

  8. Merry Christmas to you and your family 🎄❤️🎄. Thank you for all the wonderful posts this year 😊

  9. It has been a great year to look at your blog. Thank you for sharing the joy of home. I am a fan. God bless you!

  10. I love the dried limes. Never seen them before. As always, you’ve hit your record out of the park. Have a blessed holiday.

  11. Love your festive touches especially the tree in the crock and the dough bowl.Like you,I try and decorate around what I have rather than rearranging my house.Keeping it simple as always.Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  12. Merry Christmas 🎄🎄🎄

  13. Where did you find the huge candy canes on your island…. SO CUTE!!!

  14. Lisa Williams says:

    Simply lovely! Even small touches can add holiday cheer. Thank you so much for sharing – and for inspiring my Christmas decor. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  15. 💕 Just beautiful, and I love those dried limes! You will be so grateful your barstools don’t swivel. My three little grands think it’s fun to bang ours together when the three of them are together hence driving the adults in the house nuts! Happy Christmas…..Ann

  16. Thanks Ann for another great year of posts & sharing all your wonderful ideas.
    Wishing you & your family a very Merry Christmas & a very happy New Year!

  17. Beautiful and great ideas