How is it December already? How is it that Christmas is basically here? Did I blink for a whole year instead of a second or something? I must have. It’s time to decorate for Christmas now.

Usually when I think of Christmas decorations, I think of red and green, but I thought I would share a few decorating options that are not just red and green and obviously Christmas. I think as the years go by, people are decorating less and less with those typical colors, trying to think outside the box.

Angel+Blume shared a few suggestions:

The tassels and the beaded star are great festive options and-as Angel+Blume mentioned-could even be left out all year. I love how simple the star is but pretty and sparkly enough to be Christmasy(can that be a word?).

Kristin at Bliss at Home did an awesome job of decorating her living room in gold, silver, and black. Understated glamour and still has that magical Christmas vibe.

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In fact, her simple tree actually inspired me to decorate our new faux Christmas tree rather simple. I have an eclectic collection of ornaments-must have gotten it from my mom- that I used on my little Charlie Brown Christmas tree. But for our new tree, I just used the ball ornaments like you see on Kristin’s tree in four different colors and it’s still simple looking. Of course, I have a star on top that lights up.

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I’m seeing more and more turquoise blue in Christmas decorations. Click here to see more color combinations for Christmas.

How about using mannequins?

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Via Mannequin Madness

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These mannequins are so creative! I never in a million years would have thought of doing something like this!

10 Easy-to-make DIY Christmas D├ęcor Ideas to Create a Festive Ambience on a Budget:

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I love making paper snowflakes, but for some reason, I have never thought to gather them together like this one to make it a bit of a chandelier look.

unique christmas wreath:

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Making wreaths out of yarns is actually a neat idea. Gives it a cozy feel.

Architecture Art and Design had a few good ideas for log cabin Christmas decorating:

33 Cute Log Cabin Christmas Decorations

I love the dark cozy feel here and the light against the wood wall. Can’t you just imagine a fireplace nearby? Love the gingerbread heart ornament on the tree. My mom did something like that at least once.

33 Cute Log Cabin Christmas Decorations

The decorations on the fireplace mantel has captivated me. I love that big sign. It’s inspiring me to make one of my own. I also love all the neutral color coordination here but still manages to capture the Christmas spirit.

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You could even make your own little Christmas town that lights up. This is actually a neat and easy idea.

Black, white, gold & red Christmas tour- beautiful, timeless, glam decor. via monicawantsit.com

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I love the way the red, black, and gold combination was used here. Black gives Christmas a little bit of that hip edge.

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One day I’ll get this good. And have patience to do it.

How do you decorate for Christmas outside of the box?