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Modern Christmas Decorating Ideas [for the Kitchen and Dining Room!]

Love these beautiful modern Christmas decorating ideas! Beautiful, classic decor for the kitchen, dining room, and coffee bar.

Simple DIY Letterboard

Are you one of the decorate-every-room-in-the-house types? A bit in every bathroom, a little something on every surface? I’m not quite in every room, but I’m pretty darn close!

I love touches of Christmas everywhere, as long as it’s not excessive. I’m going to show you some of my favourite Modern decorating ideas for the dining room, kitchen, and coffee bar. Ways to make the spaces festive, without overdoing the decorations!

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Modern Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Dining Room

modern dining room decorated for Christmas

The decorations in the dining room are really minimal! I shared our main Christmas tree in the living room already, but we added a second Christmas tree in the dining room because a) I had one! and b) I love the glow that it adds behind the table while we eat.

modern Christmas decorating ideas for the dining room

The centerpiece is simple, and non-breakable, lol. We have a toddler in the throws of trouble-making right now. Anything he can get, he will get!

Simple Christmas centerpiece

I love the little pot of ornaments and pinecones – it’s a really simple way to brighten up the table!

sideboard Christmas decorations

My DIY letterboard is on top of the buffet, with a couple little pieces of decor.

simple Christmas decor in the dining room

And a simple white sign that I made using dollar store supplies is on the other side.

Dollar store Christmas decor
Christmas tree in the dining room

The dining room naturally flows into the coffee bar and kitchen, so I’ll show you what we did in those spaces too!

modern Christmas decorating ideas

Styling Our Christmas Coffee Bar

Modern coffee bar cdecorations

We added in this simple coffee bar earlier this year. I love the extra shelves that I get to style. We are real coffee lovers here, so a good coffee bar has been an amazing addition to the kitchen!

Beautiful holiday shelf styling

At the side of the coffee bar, is where our DIY bar cart rests. I added a few simple sprigs of greenery to the edges, and a holiday tea towel to the side to keep it looking festive!

I also added a brand new cordless wine bottle opener, which I cannot wait to put to good use at our Christmas party!

Christmas bar cart

The middles shelves have some glasses, and a couple of stylish decanters. Nothing makes me feel more grown-up then using a decanter! lol.

Bar cart styling for Christmas
3-tier dessert tray

Stepping over to the coffee bar, I put a few holiday treats on display with our beautiful 3-tier tray, and placed a few paper napkins for our friends underneath.

Tall glass mugs for the holidays

I switch out the hanging mugs because these tall glass Irish ones feel much more festive!

Gnome Christmas decorations

I also found the most adorable gnomes to place on the shelves and give a hint of that traditional Christmas red!

modern holiday printables

The art was switched out for the season too! I grabbed these printable versions, printed them, and put them in my frames for a fresh, seasonal touch!

Modern Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Kitchen

gorgeous Christmas kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in our home! I say it every year, but the kitchen needs to stay functional, so I don’t hide our every day items, and I keep the decor simple enough that we can work around it with ease. There are lots of great modern Christmas decorating ideas in here!

Modern countertop decor in the kitchen

If you’re looking for a quick pop of decor on your island, this simple wooden tray with greenery, reindeer, and a pinecone made the perfect vignette!

Funny Christmas letterboard

I switch up my letterboards all the time, lol. This one is a ode to the Hallmark holiday movies that have made me realize that men in suits just can’t be trusted! LOL.

black and white kitchen with Christmas decor

This is the first year that I wrapped the kitchen window with a garland and I love the way it turned out! The greenery really pops against the white trim and definitely adds a new festive touch to the kitchen.

minimalist Christmas kitchen decor

On this side I swapped out my usual oven mitts for some holiday ones. Now that we have a coffee station, you’d think that we would remove the older coffee machine, but I still like to do my quick decaf cups in there! So it stays on the counter.

The little bit of decor on the side is framed by the cutting boards, which always make a great backdrop in the kitchen. We added some simple light up LED trees, which look really amazing at night when the kitchen is all dimmed!

simple candle in the window

I put a single gold candle in the window sill (that smells amazing!).

black and white kitchen with Christmas decor

We only have one small set of open shelves in our kitchen, so you know I’m going to take advantage of that and show off some of my modern Christmas decorating ideas!

Nordic Christmas decorations in the kitchen
Nordic Christmas decor

I also added another fun, festive letterboard. I was very proud of making this Christmas tree work perfectly! lol.

Christmas letterboard idea
modern kitchen decorating ideas

The countertop just needed a couple of decorations to keep the theme of the space and these gold geometric reindeer were perfect!

Holiday counter decor

The final corner of the kitchen had another LED tree. It’s amazing the difference that a simple tree can make in the overall feel of the space.

Christmas kitchen with window decorated

That’s all for our home tour! I hope you were inspired by some of the beautiful modern Christmas decorating ideas!

collage of modern Christmas decorating ideas

This post was part of our Modern Handmade Home series, which means that my friends are sharing some of their beautiful, modern decor! I’d love for you to check out what they did too!

Christmas mantel decor by Lemon Thistle
Christmas mantel decorating ideas by Harlow and Thistle
Christmas shelf styling by The Learner Observer

Thank you so much! I hope you enjoyed the tour! Don’t forget to check out our holiday entry for more beautiful inspiration!

green, black, and white Christmas decor


Monday 6th of December 2021

Looking for your little plant wooden stand with feet from your kitchen!! Can’t find one like it!


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

I found ours at HomeSense! Hope that helps :)

Summer Fettig

Thursday 11th of November 2021

Can you tell me where the little LED trees are from? I love them! The link doesn’t work. Thanks!


Monday 15th of November 2021

I'm sorry, I don't have another source for them! If I see similar ones, I will definitely link them again for you!


Friday 29th of October 2021

lovin the kitchen rug. wheres it from, please

Meghan K

Tuesday 26th of October 2021

Love your style and the modern application of cozy and elegant during the Christmas season! Been looking for inspiration like this for a looong time xo


Friday 13th of December 2019

Everything looks so beautiful! Amazing job!!