Primitive Christmas Decorating Ideas

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For a rustic country holiday look, fill your home with primitive-style Christmas decor. Primitive decorations add homespun flavor and nature-inspired detail to the holiday ambiance. Your Christmas tree, fireplace mantel, table accents, dining centerpieces, front door--all these and more are prime spots for a rustic decorative touch.

Primitive Christmas Decorating Ideas
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Decorate your home with fresh boughs of evergreen; the greenery will add natural appeal to the holiday decorations and permeate the house with a pleasant pine scent. There are many ways to incorporate evergreens into your holiday decorations. For instance, choose a live Christmas tree instead of an artificial one, drape pine garlands along the top of your fireplace mantel and hang a sparsely decorated evergreen swag over the front door.

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Decorating with items that look handmade is one of the easiest ways to give your home primitive appeal during the holiday season. Achieve this look by hanging chunky cable knit Christmas stockings in lieu of the furry red and white variety and filling rustic bowls with a small collection of knitted and fabric ornaments.

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Do a little pruning to give your Christmas tree a primitive feel; remove branches along the trunk to create short lengths of bare trunk between bands of branches. You can further enhance the tree's primitive look with a handmade (or handmade-looking) quilt arranged around the tree's base, as well as with white strand lights and cinnamon ornaments on the its branches. If you want to display some of your glass tree ornaments, go ahead and add them to the tree branches, but balance them with sewn and knitted ornaments.

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Instead of bathing your home in cherry red and Christmas green, go the neutral route. Working with a neutral color palette allows you to combine different shades and textures to create subtle, but rich, visual appeal. Natural colors also accentuate your evergreen accents, giving them center stage in your room decor. Additionally, neutral colors evoke a sense of simplicity, which is key to creating a successful primitive look.

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Make pine cones a part of your rustic holiday decor and you'll add instant primitive appeal. Attach ribbons or twine to pine cones and use them for tree decorations, affix them to pine swags and garlands and arrange them in decorative containers strategically placed throughout your home.

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