Modern French Country Christmas

Our Modern French Country Christmas will inspire you with Christmas decor ideas for a neutral, cozy and timeless look.

christmas decor in living room with couches and chair

Modern French Country Christmas Decor

A simple color palette with classic furniture lines in neutral colors create modern french country decor style. Add in timeless evergreen garlands, lots of candles, neutral colored stockings, earthy wood tones, vintage art and touches of metal for a layered look that not only feels cozy but simple.

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Wood Bead Garland

We created this wood bead garland using wood beads we bought and strung using some natural weave yarn. We made one single sized garland and then another one with varying sizes (14mm, 16mm, 18mm) in a repeating pattern. Tie a knot on the ends and string on the the tree!

christmas decor on builtin shelving with fireplace Large Paper Christmas Star Lanterns

We’ve had these large Christmas paper star lanterns for about 7 years and I originally got them from HomeGoods. I found some similar here and here. We don’t string battery powered remote fairy lights in them you can! I just love how they dress up the windows and remind me of Scandinavian style.

christmas decor on builtin shelving with fireplace

Scandinavian Candle Evergreen Wreath

My favorite part of our modern French Country Christmas decor this year is adding some Scandinavian inspired evergreen candle wreath. A tutorial will be coming soon on how I created these beauties but if you think you can figure it out on your own and don’t want to wait, I used a large wood quilting hoop, floral wire to attach faux evergreen sprigs, this remote operated candle and some velvet ribbon.

christmas decor on builtin shelving, stockings and accent chair

Real look evergreen garland

I discovered the reason I didn’t like faux Christmas garlands in the past was because they look so tacky and fake! I just couldn’t handle crowding my visual plane with fake looking garlands. But I didn’t like the mess of real ones dropping their needles either and wanted to have decor that lasted more than a week. So I finally bit the bullet and invested in some real look evergreen garlands. They look SO real that people often come and touch it just to see if it is is real or fake. Sadly, they went out of stock by the end of October this year but I have linked the places that I have found them at the bottom of the post in case they get restocked at any of those locations. On my mantel are 3 Norfolk Pine garlands I layered over each other to fit the large span. On my dining room chandelier is a cedar one.

couch with throwpillows and christmas decor

Cozy Winter Throw Pillows

I love to use neutral winter textures and colors for my throw pillows so that I can just them all winter long and not just for Christmas. I sewed the antelope print pillows with fabric I got from Hobby Lobby and stuffed them with our new favorite down alternative pillow inserts (that are karate choppable and don’t fall flat). You can buy the same look here. Don’t forget to buy inserts that are the next size bigger than your covers for that plump pillow look! We bought this inexpensive white faux fur pillows here (comes in a 2 pack!),

Flocked christmas tree in living room

Add a touch of Vintage

I’m always a sucker for vintage items. I fell in love with these vintage glass ornaments I bought at an estate sale but know they would shatter if I hung them on our tree with my kids constantly running around the house. I chose to display them in a rough cut wood bowl on our favorite coffee table. I used a white holly berry wreath to break up the wood tones from each other.

close up of christmas tree ornaments

Christmas Candle Clips

I adore these battery operated remote controlled Christmas candles that I can clip anywhere, including my tree! It reminds me of a Scandinavian tree and adds to the modern French country Christmas vibe.

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Entry way Christmas Decor

I love greeting guests and loved ones with simple yet elegant styled Christmas entry way! The art I printed in a large oversize 24×36 vintage winter scene from this free public domain file. I used our favorite flickering remote candles in these sleek gold candlestick holders to give it a hygge feel. I stuck some flocked Christmas trees in ceramic pots to elevate the look and tossed the burlap bags they had wrapped at their base.

christmas decor in entryway with ikea hemnes shoe cabinetswoman in kitchen grabbing an apple

Kitchen Christmas Decor

I kept my Christmas decor in the kitchen simple but I’m a messy cook. I hung a evergreen garland across the window and added some faux trees in decorative pots.

christmas garland around window and sink in kitchenminiature house with candles and christmas tree on kitchen island

On my island, I added a few more candles, faux Christmas tree, a miniature porcelain house I thrifted and centered them together on a decorative tray to help ground them.

christmas garland on dining room chandelier

Dining Room Decor

Christmas is my favorite time to dress up my dining room chandelier. I used another real look cedar garland, making sure to pull the branches down a little bit to create that draping look. I added candles into this gold lantern and centered in in another faux evergreen wreath.

christmas word art in frame on shelf with two christmas trees

Mantel Shelf

I kept the Modern French country Christmas decor clean and simple on my mantel shelf over our stairway wall. With a decorative calligraphy font for the words, O Holy Night, you can create any simple word art like this in Canva. Download as a jpeg and have it printed at your local photo store (I use Walgreens because it’s close). The fairy bubble lights can be found here. I used the simplicity of symmetry by flanking the black frame with two Christmas trees in English style garden pots.

nativity image in frame with candles

Vintage Art

Adding vintage nativity scenes in simple wood frames with mats, create an elegant yet timeless look that you can use year after year. You can access this image to download for free from the public domain here. Then print at your favorite photo store! Create a cozy feel with candles on chunky candlestick holders. It’s no surprise that I added another pre-lit flocked Christmas tree in a terra cotta pot that I painted with some paint I had on hand at home.

nativity image in frame with candles  

You can find this vintage Nativity scene to download and print here. I cropped it a little tighter to take out the arch from the top of the image right before selecting to purchase the photo online.

christmas decor in living room with couches and chair

Mistletoe

My kids like to make sure we always hang some mistletoe from my chandelier. They like to tease their parents into kissing which they both love and hate to watch us do. Ha!

Don’t forget to check out how I decorated our home for the after-Christmas-but-it’s-still-winter look here.

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