There are endless factors that influence our Christmas decor choices – budgets, traditions, whether we still have kids in the house, etc. – but it may also be the one holiday that lends itself to easy, affordable elegance.</br></br>Consider: Halloween is impossible, because elegant isn’t the goal. Turkeys make it tough on Thanksgiving. July Fourth is too explosively festive with red, white and blue. And, Easter might let us get close with white, pink and lavender, but that’s only if we leave out the rabbit …</br></br>So, we’re left with Christmas. Here’s how to keep it classy:</br></br><strong>1. Use all-natural décor to warm things up.</strong></br></br>Sprigs of evergreen, pine cones, holly, chrysanthemums – these are all excellent ways to add a touch of holiday spirit without overdoing it.</br></br>To keep it even more low key, forgo the bouquets, wreaths and garland, and instead use simple arrangements in decorative bowls or vases.</br></br><strong>2. Decorate with holiday scents.</strong></br></br>Other holidays may not have a particular aroma, but Christmas has several and they’re all pretty amazing.</br></br>Cinnamon, fresh pine and the smell of sugar cookies are just a few scents you can find in <a title="Candles" href="https://www.atgstores.com/home-decor/home-accents/candles-candle-holders/candles/" target="_blank">candle</a> form that deliver a lot of holiday cheer without being visually intrusive.</br></br><strong>3. Opt for softer light.</strong></br></br>Candles are also a great way to set the mood without overusing twinkly lights. They come in all kinds of festive shapes and colors, and add a cozy mood to any holiday decorating style.</br></br><a title="String Lights" href="https://www.atgstores.com/lighting/outdoor-lighting/string-lights/" target="_blank">String lights are super fun</a>, though, so if you do use them you may want to try putting them on a dimmer so you can control the intensity.</br></br><strong>4. Keep your reds ruddy, or go for gold and silver.</strong></br></br>Christmas is a holiday dominated by the color red, but not all reds are created equal. Different shades can have different effects.</br></br>Bright, candy reds are energetic and aggressive, while deeper, ruddier reds have a mellower feel. Choose the latter to keep things calm and comfy in your holiday décor, or try a burnished gold and silver theme for a more neutral palette.</br></br>If you’re looking for more unique holiday décor ideas, you can always get great tips from the professional interior designers at <a title="Decorist" href="https://www.decorist.com/" target="_blank">Decorist.com</a>.