How to Decorate a Bedroom for Christmas?

The Christmas season is right around the corner and decorating your bedroom is one of the best ways to get yourself into the holiday spirit. There are many ways to bring a warm and festive feeling into your sanctuary. We’ve gathered together some great tips and ideas on this subject and we’re excited to share them with you in this post.

When deciding how to decorate your bedroom for Christmas, it's essential to find a design theme and stick to it. You can approach your decorating from a classic Christmas novelty theme with bright contrasting reds and greens, or you can try to create a more organic and natural feeling with muted green and brown colors. The most important thing is to maintain a balance that brings you joy. 

Updating your bedding and curtains is a quick and easy way to transform the overall feeling of the room. Adding Christmas themed hanging decorations like garland, lights, and stockings also goes a long way to complete your room design.

There are so many details involved that it can be overwhelming to consider them all at once. That’s why we’ve taken the time to break it all down in this post and help you make the best choices for your Christmas bedroom make-over.

Find Your Christmas Decorating Theme

How to decorate a bedroom for Christmas?

Your own natural sense of design is probably going to dictate which type of Christmas look is right for you. For example, a clean, crisp color pallet of white and blue is ideal for the minimalist decorator. Someone with a more eclectic style may be drawn to vintage-inspired bedding and trinkets. A classic Christmas novelty style calls for bright red and green with lots of decorations throughout the room.


If you’ve already begun decorating the rest of your home, you can try to follow the same theme in your bedroom. You can use the same style of decorations and colors to bring all of your design elements into harmony.

Add a Christmas Tree

A Christmas tree for the living room is usually the first thing you think of when you start decorating for the season, but they actually come in all shapes and sizes that can be perfect for bedrooms too. Arts and craft stores often sell these mini trees and carry an assortment of ornaments that fit them.

You should consider getting a fake tree as opposed to a real one for the bedroom because fake trees don't shed and they don't need to be watered. If you have little space, you can prop the tree up higher on a stool or small table. Even a tiny tree on your dresser can make a big difference when adding Christmas flair.

Change Your Bedding and Curtains

The bed is usually the centerpiece of the bedroom and tends to set the tone for the rest of the decorations - use this to your advantage and start strong. Updates to your bedding, pillows, and curtains are a straightforward way to acknowledge the holiday season. You can use your established color palette to coordinate the sheets with throw pillows and other textiles in the room. Thick blankets and quilts can be draped over the bed, sofas, or other surfaces in the room.

You may consider this rustic Christmas bedding set (see on Amazon here) -

Or you could go with a nice winter theme like in this set (Amazon link).

For your curtains, you can try a full-fledged holiday piece like this one (Amazon link) -

Or just add the holiday colors to your window treatments, like these delicate curtains will achieve (Amazon link) -

Add Lights and Greenery 

You can hang lights and garland throughout your bedroom to change the appearance of the walls and brighten up space. Try outlining existing decorative items like mirrors, frames, or your bed frame with your decorations to add character. Lights add to the Christmas theme while making the room brighter; they also provide a warm glow.

LED chains are offer an affordable way to do just that. You could try placing these over the tree in your room or just along the walls (Amazon link)

Visit this article for more ideas on using lights to decorating the bedroom - any time of the year!

Use Scents 

An often overlooked aspect of decorating a space is the scent of a room. Some common Christmas themed choices are gingerbread, peppermint/candy cane, and pine. There are many ways to change the smell of a room- the two most common are candles and scented air fresheners.


Candles provide a source of light while ambiently filling a room with your choice of holiday scents. They need to be monitored, however, and you need to put them out safely after you use them. You can try this triple-scented candle, for example (Amazon link):

Air Fresheners

Scented air fresheners do not need to be monitored like candles but they can be overbearing at times. They may also be unsafe to use around small children and pets. Fabric sprays are another way to change the scent signature of the room.

Fill Empty Spaces with Christmas Trinkets and Decorations

Once you've made the big changes to your bedroom, you can start filling in your space with trinkets and Christmas themed decorations. Some examples to consider are nativity figurines, nutcrackers, snow-globes, bells or snowmen. You can display these on desks, tabletops, or empty shelves.

You can hang stockings off of your bed frame or dresser. If there is an empty wall that you’d like to fill you can easily hang up some paper snowflakes or wall decals.

How to Decorate a Small Bedroom for Christmas 

Even if you have a small room to decorate, there are still many things you can do. Since you have little room for adding decorations, you can focus on changing the colors and patterns of the things that are already in your bedroom. By sticking to what you have, you don't have to worry about cramping your space further.

Adding more lights and mirrors will make the space appear bigger. If you can’t add hanging lights, whether due to lack of space or not having enough outlets, you can change the light bulbs in your existing fixtures to more appropriate colors. You can lean into the smaller size and focus on making the room cozy.

How to Decorate Your Bedroom for Christmas on a Budget

If you don’t already have some of your Christmas decorations from a prior year, it can seem intimidating to buy all these new things. A majority of Christmas themed decor is easy to put together yourself though, and that can help you keep costs down overall. Craft stores and boutiques will often have bargain bins that make it easier to afford supplies to make your own decorations.

Here are some DIY Christmas room decorating tips.

  • You can make garlands using a string and loose pine branches or other greenery.
  •  A knit throw pillow can be made by wrapping a pillow you already have in a sweater and tying the arms behind the back.
  • Popsicle stick snowflake decorations can be made easily and become a fun family activity.
  • Wreaths can be put together using some metal wire from the craft store and attaching bright accessories to cheer up any wall.

Decorating is Part of What makes Christmas Special, So Enjoy the Process!

Changing your surroundings to fit the mood of the season is a part of what makes this time of year special. You should enjoy the process of filling your space with merriment and you can involve the whole family along the way. We hope you can take something from this post with you as you go forward and prepare your room for Christmas.

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