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With the holiday season upon us, minimalism in home décor offers a refreshing approach. Embracing minimalism during the holidays does not mean forgoing the cheer. Instead, it’s about creating a serene yet enchanting atmosphere, where every piece of furniture or décor serves a purpose and adds to the festive spirit.

The journey into minimalist magic begins with sight. Welcome guests into a clean, uncluttered space where festive décor is carefully selected rather than abundant. Opt for a calm, tone-on-tone colour scheme, accentuating sophistication. Strategic lighting, whether through dimmed lamps or softly glowing candles, adds to the visual appeal, casting gentle shadows and creating a warm, inviting space. The centrepiece? A simple Christmas tree, lit with warm string lights and devoid of excessive baubles, encapsulates minimalist charm. Nestle it in a willow wicker basket or drape a furry throw at its base for an added touch of elegance.

Hanne Langmead, Collection Conceptualiser, THE One

The minimalist approach extends beyond just visuals. Fill your home with holiday joy and the aroma of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, orange, and fir, through candles or diffusers. Complement this with a classic festive playlist and a beautifully arranged platter of freshly baked gingerbread cookies to create a cosy ambiance, enhancing the overall sensory experience.

Touch is equally important. Introduce textures like wool, flannel, and fur on sofas and beds, inviting guests to relax and feel at home. Place a plush throw over a chair and choose soft, inviting cushions for your sofa as these materials create a snug environment, perfect for those long, festive evenings.

In terms of decorations, less is more. For a modern, minimalist aesthetic, group candles on a tray or create a mini forest using various decorations. Natural elements such as a wreath or a tasteful arrangement of red berry stems in a vase also help to bring a touch of nature indoors.

By focusing on these sensory experiences and adhering to minimalist principles, you can transform your home into a festive haven that’s both sophisticated and welcoming, proving that minimalism, indeed, can be magical!

The writer is Collection Conceptualiser, THE One