36 Christmas Kitchen Decorating Ideas to Bring Even More Cheer Into Your Home

Bring a festive layer to the heart of the ho-ho-home!

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Jean Allsopp

With the holidays upon us, it's officially time to pull down those boxes of holiday decorations from the attic, roll up your flannel sleeves, and get to work decking the halls. (That is, if you haven't already!) For many of us, this means adding festive details to every single inch of your house, inside and out. First things first: trim the Christmas tree and get those outdoor Christmas decorations up stat!

But there is still work to be done. When it comes time to layer in Christmas decor throughout the rest of your house, make sure to add an extra dash of holiday cheer to the kitchen. Even though the kitchen is the most utilitarian room in your house, it's also the heart of your home, where you'll be spending tons of time this season, from baking Christmas cookie recipes to catching up with loved ones around the island. So make it merry!

The breakfast table or island is a great place to incorporate creative Christmas kitchen table decor—think Christmas centerpiece ideas, a sweet spot to display your best gingerbread houses, or even a kitchen themed Christmas tree. For pretty kitchen cabinet Christmas decorating ideas, drape fresh Christmas garlands above and hang wreaths atop cabinet doors or in windows. Smaller Christmas kitchen accessories can happily tuck into open shelves.

After you've tried all the best country kitchen Christmas decorating ideas, we bet you'll be ready to relax with a mug of hot chocolate and, might we suggest, a plate of those fresh-baked cookies!

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Lovely and Layered Christmas Kitchen

This mostly white kitchen is anything but blah, especially at Christmastime, when the homeowners pile on the pretty with garland, wreaths, and other natural touches. Greenery tucked into brass urns and pottery is placed throughout—from the countertops to the breakfast table. Red bows, linens, and other kitchen accessories make a simple holiday statement.

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a mom and daughter decorate cookies at an island in a rustic kitchen with wood cabinets and rough hewn beams
Dylan Chandler
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Woodsy Christmas Kitchen

Wispy wreaths made by bending faux berry branches into a ring shape and securing with garden wire hang from oak cabinets. Open cabinet tops offer just enough space to tuck in fresh greenery. The butcher block-like island offers the ideal spot to decorate cookies in the shapes of forest woodland creatures like deer, foxes, and squirrels.

swaths of fresh greenery frame the windows in a simple kitchen with the wood lower cabinets and a long farmhouse table
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Understated Christmas Kitchen

With not a red bow in sight, there's no doubt it's the holidays when you enter this kitchen—especially in the days leading up the Christmas, when the nine-foot-long farm table is piled with the makings of gingerbread houses and other Christmas crafts. Simple swaths of garland accent the giant windows that flank the black steel-framed range hood.

a kitchen with white and blue cabinets and a large island topped with marble in the middle
Caroline Allison
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Calm and Bright Christmas Kitchen

With a soaring 22-foot ceiling and warm antique touches, it's no surprise this Nashville kitchen is where everyone congregates, especially during the holidays. A pair of runners with muted reds and classic swags of greenery make for understated and sophisticated holiday touches in this open and airy space.

an all white kitchen with reclaimed wood beams and an antique kitchen island on wheels is set for the holidays with vintage tins and santa mugs holding bottle brush trees
Dylan Chandler
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Vintage Collectibles Christmas Kitchen

Pull out all the vintage collectibles to cheer up an otherwise neutral kitchen space. From red and white tins holding tree clippings to a group of Santa mugs with bottle brush trees, these happy accessories are sure to brighten any room. Open shelving is another clever spot to tuck in seasonal collectibles (spy the festive plaid Thermoses here!).

a marble backsplash and white hood range cover with copper pots hanging on a rack underneath and a holiday wreath on each side
Caroline Allison
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Festive Wreaths Christmas Kitchen

You hang wreaths on your exterior windows, so copy that same look inside. Here, the symmetry of the hood range zone is emphasized with windows on each side and wreaths strung up on the sconces above. A single ornament is tied on to the iron pot rack.

a wooden kitchen table and chairs with a china cabinet behind that is filled with copper collectibles and christmas dishware
Caroline Allison
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Holiday China Christmas Kitchen

Put the Christmas china on full display this season. The hand-built hutch houses holiday dishware along with an assortment of copper vessels. A scrolly chandelier (with greenery and berries tucked in) hangs above an antique kitchen table decorated with a runner, candles, and magnolia leaves.

a swag of fresh garland and a wreath frame a huge picture window overlooking the countryside in a farmhouse kitchen in new york
Rikki Snyder
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Picture Window Christmas Kitchen

Framed by greenery and crowned by a plaid-adorned wreath, the new picture window provides views of a sweet country road and dairy farm in the distance. A stack of plaid napkins on the island coordinates with tartan touches throughout this New York farmhouse.

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a wooden table set in a nook with a bench and three chippy chairs
Dylan Chandler
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Breakfast Nook Christmas Kitchen

In this sunny breakfast nook, a vintage tool caddy provides a base for an easy arrangement of freshly cut greenery. Come Christmas, the reclaimed wood kitchen table gets topped with brass candleholders all dressed up with festive red taper candles, while the windows each get a wreath hung with thick ribbon.

an antique butcher block table sits beside a wooden cabinet made into a bar in a farmhouse kitchen in new york
Rikki Snyder
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Collected Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen

In this kitchen corner, sentimental vintage pieces, like felt stockings, hang from doorknobs and hooks. A bar is set up near a pass-through window (framed with fresh garland) between the kitchen and dining room. Collectibles, both holiday and holiday-in-spirit, sit atop and nestle beneath an antique butcher block table.

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christmas kitchen decor stripes
Emma Lewis
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Candy Cane Stripes Christmas Kitchen

Stripes will never go out of style—especially when they're candy cane stripes! The look is even more holiday-ready if you have green cabinetry.

painted white cupboards with white dished and a wreath hanging from wide plaid ribbon on two cabinet doors
Rikki Snyder
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Wreath-Adorned Cupboards Christmas Kitchen

The built-in painted wood cupboard provides an ideal spot to display collections (here, white ironstone and picnic baskets [above]), as well as a blank slate to layer on holiday accents. Wide plaid ribbon looped through fresh wreaths adds a graphic touch to plain white cabinet fronts.

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christmas kitchen decor garland
Brian Woodcock
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Fresh Greenery Christmas Kitchen

Easy touches of fresh greenery with garland, wreaths, and mini trees "Christmas up" this clean space without going overboard or getting in the way.

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christmas kitchen decor santas
David A. Land
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Santa Claus Christmas Kitchen

What better way to decorate your kitchen than with the man in red himself? Pop little Santa figurines throughout your kitchen for a fun and festive look this year.

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christmas kitchen decor garland
David A. Land
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Window Garland Christmas Kitchen

The garland does all the talking in this elegant Christmas kitchen design, complemented by hints of red through the antique Santa, bowl of apples, Dutch oven, and ribbon.

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christmas kitchen decor gingerbread houses
Kassandra Arbour
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Gingerbread Christmas Kitchen

Let your gingerbread houses take center stage in your kitchen this Christmas. Add hints of greenery throughout the kitchen with sprigs of holly and extra branches from your Christmas tree. String up dried citrus rings in the window for a subtle pop of color.

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nora murphy christmas kitchen
Annie Schlechter
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Mad-for-Plaid Christmas Kitchen

Blogger Nora Murphy embraces her natural surroundings and uses fresh and homegrown greenery. The iron chandelier by Richard Scofield is typically sans shades, but come Christmas, Nora ups the merry factor with tiny tartan treatments. The garland above the range holds miniature galvanized pails that serve as an advent calendar.

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mcguire christmas kitchen
David Land
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Cozy Cabin Christmas Kitchen

Cheery pops of red are found throughout this log cabin kitchen, from the clip-on task lighting and the vintage signs to the candy cane-stripe runner and plaid hand towel. A Charlie Brown-style Christmas tree adds a fragrant and nostalgic touch.

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bowlin christmas kitchen
Jean Allsopp
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Vintage Tennessee Christmas Kitchen

A little holiday nostalgia goes a long way in Jenni Bowlin's kitchen, where sophisticated year-round displays are seasoned with not-so-serious accents such as Putz houses, bottle brush trees, and Santa mugs.

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starzyk christmas kitchen
David Tsay
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Bright and Cheery Christmas Kitchen

This cheerful, retro yellow-and-white kitchen gets the Christmas treatment with curtains made with repurposed gingham tablecloths, fresh greenery, and a seasonal rug.

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Glamb Christmas Kitchen
Zach DeSart
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Minty Green Christmas Kitchen

The homeowners paired a mint-hued paint (a mix of Mint Chocolate Chip and Hancock Green, both by Benjamin Moore) with neutral accents to keep the kitchen looking sophisticated. Simple garlands and potted paperwhites add to the seasonal feel without competing with the kitchen's beauty.

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Hunter Green Christmas Kitchen

This kitchen's hunter green cabinets (Jasper by Sherwin-Williams) are Christmas-ready with the addition of red skillets and pots hung from ceiling beams, red spatterware, and a cherry-red tea kettle. A sweet and simple wreath hangs atop a platter above the sink.

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Hoppen Christmas Kitchen
David Tsay
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White Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen

Shiny Brite wreaths lend cheer to an equally vibrant array of vintage servingware, including Pyrex and a mix of old canisters. The glass fronts on the cabinets help homeowner Abby Hoppen justify her never-ending urge to collect.

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perkins christmas kitchen
Max Kim-Bee
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Homespun Christmas Kitchen

Weathered surfaces, like reclaimed beams and a range hood made from scrap lumber, add a homespun farmhouse feel to this space. The upper cabinet doors (painted Bachelor Blue by Benjamin Moore) are lined with antique mercury glass and have greenery and ribbons hanging from the hardware.

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Gearhart Christmas Kitchen
Cedric Angeles
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Merry and White Christmas Kitchen

This kitchen (with a half butcher block/half marble island!) has plenty of open shelving for necessities like canned goods and paper towels. The pass-through shows off the stairwell garland.

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holloway christmas kitchen
Sarah Dorio
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Picture-Perfect Christmas Kitchen

This bright kitchen gets pops of green from wreaths above the windows, a velvet ribbon swag, and potted rosemary. Picture lights illuminate the art collection and shine light on the workspaces.

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mueller christmas kitchen
Max Kim-Bee
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Arizona Christmas Kitchen

Linen-covered pendant lamps bring the kitchen's 17-foot ceilings down to a cozy scale. The white marble island provides plenty of space for cookie-decorating. Simple touches of greenery allow the neutral kitchen to shine.

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Bretheim Christmas Kitchen
Philip Ficks
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Scandinavian Christmas Kitchen

The kitchen's built-in shelving houses a collection of mostly vintage dishware, with the red and green pieces taking center stage for the holidays. The homeowner crafted the maple dishwasher cabinet to stand alongside the existing farmhouse sink.

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kayne christmas kitchen
Victoria Pearson
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Rustic and Woodsy Christmas Kitchen

Cedar branches, secured with invisible fishing line, curve naturally over a rounded pendant. A cluster of pinecones adds another textural touch. The clean white walls (Pure White by Benjamin Moore) and wood cabinetry offer the perfect neutral backdrop for any holiday decor.

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bridger christmas kitchen
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Simply Festive Christmas Kitchen

The kitchen in this revamped 100-year-old farmhouse features a custom island and open shelving made from old beams and rafters. Pops of red, festive greenery, and tartan dishware play off the patterned runner and bring simple holiday flair.

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