Looking for some cozy farmhouse dining room decor ideas for Christmas? Ditch the store-bought magic & DIY a cozy Christmas retreat in your farmhouse dining room that reflects your unique, personal style. Tips, tricks & stunning visuals inside!
The holidays are a time for gathering with loved ones, sharing delicious meals, and creating warm memories. And what better place to do all that than in a cozy farmhouse dining room that has been transformed for Christmas? This year, I’m embracing rustic elegance with lots of natural neutrals that celebrate the simple beauty of the season.
When decorating your dining room for the holidays, think of your dining room as a winter wonderland, where natural textures and muted colors take center stage. We’re talking weathered wood furniture, chunky knit throws or table linens, and twinkling fairy lights. Imagine mason jars filled with cranberries and cinnamon sticks, antique lanterns casting a warm glow, and a table laden with homemade pies and roasted vegetables.
Because rustic elegance isn’t just about aesthetics, it’s about creating an atmosphere. It’s about slowing down, savoring the moment, and connecting with the people who matter most.
In this blog post, I’m sharing my favorite ideas for decorating your farmhouse dining room for Christmas with a rustic elegant touch. We’ll cover everything from table settings and centerpieces to lighting and mantel décor.
And I’ll show you how to incorporate vintage and second-hand finds together with natural elements to create a space that’s both personal and festive. So grab a cup of hot cocoa, curl up by the fire, and get ready to be inspired. Let’s transform your farmhouse dining room into a winter wonderland that’s perfect for cozy Christmas gatherings.
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Cozy Farmhouse Dining Room Decor Ideas for Christmas
Before I share how I decorated my farmhouse dining room for Christmas this year, I’ve got to tell you about some of the pieces in this pretty space. Since we recently moved here, I’m still getting a feel for the room and how I want to decorate it overall. But I LOVE the direction it is going.
I’ve got a few statement pieces in the room that dictate a space that is classy, vintage and beautiful with some rustic charm.
The Statement Piece in the Country Dining Room
The formal dining room has a beautiful crystal chandelier that is the focal point of the room.
This light fixture is incredibly large, really beautiful, and makes my heart sing every time I walk by. So whenever I decorate for a season, the chandelier is the showstopper in the space.
In my former home, the focal point in the dining space was my china cabinet and hutch that is painted with black paint. And it is a focal point here too, but that chandelier is everything isn’t it?
So I’ve been trying to reconcile my rustic style with vintage charm to bring a cohesive look together in my farmhouse dining room. Choosing pieces and decor that would bring out those details creates a rustic glam farmhouse vibe in the dining room.
Since my hutch is so dark, I lighten it up with my collection of Lenox because I have two sets. One set was gifted to me for my wedding and the other was passed down from my grandmother.
My Thrifted Dining Room Set
My rustic farmhouse dining table from my former home didn’t work well in this space, so I found a new-to-me dining room table and side chairs at the thrift store for $300!
Isn’t that a steal for the whole set? After the holidays, I want to recover them with light colors and a different pattern so they blend in with the overall dining room design. I also love weathered wood tables, so I may even strip the wood and go with that raw, natural aesthetic.
I considered painting the upholstery fabric, but decided the chairs are in really good shape, we sit on them often as a family, and they’d be better off getting recovered than painted.
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Cozy Farmhouse Dining Room Decor Ideas for the Walls
It’s going to take some time to decorate the walls here. I could shop online and buy whatever, but I like to take my time, be patient, score a deal, and pull a vibe together.
To spruce up an empty wall, I added a beautiful thrift store mantel that I refinished more than a few times. For Christmas, I decorated it with a less is more approach using this festive greenery, battery-operated candles in these vintage candleholders, rustic gold bells, and twinkle lights.
Above the mantel, we added a large gold vintage mirror that is perfect for this space, brings out the sparkle in the chandelier, and adds some vintage rustic charm to my country dining room.
When I’m not decorating for Christmas, I keep it filled with faux greenery to warm up the wall space next to my china cabinet and hutch.
On the other side of the french doors that lead to my backyard gardens, I added my reclaimed wood “What a Wonderful World” sign.
My husband danced to with his mother at our wedding to that song and so it carries a lot of meaning for us.
Country Dining Room Decor Ideas: The Christmas Table
To decorate the dining table for Christmas brunch, I focused on neutral colors, rustic metals, and earthy colors.
But that centerpiece is the thrill of the table.
I found these GORGEOUS faux poinsettias at my local nursery last week. Let me tell you, I searched high and low online and found nothing as realistic as these pretty beauties.
And one of the easiest ways to decorate the dining room is with a beautiful centerpiece. If you do nothing else, that centerpiece will make the dining space feel festive and cozy.
Since my personal style infuses a cottagecore approach with a farmhouse vibe, the table settings needed to reflect that style and create a cohesive, rustic elegant look.
To hold the cutlery, I love these cute pouches, don’t you? They are a unique way to pull the look together while adding more decorative elements to the table. And for extra bling, I used my grandmother’s lead crystal wine and water goblets.
Don’t Forget Mood Lighting
Of course, we’ve got to set a mood with lighting.
And while I’ve got that stunning chandelier to start with, I love to add taper candles in these vintage candlestick holders, simple votives, and these mini lanterns to make the dining space feel cozier.
Dining Room Storage Ideas
The rest of the room is furnished with storage pieces, like my china cabinet and hutch plus this small dresser that we found in Vermont.
These pieces at lots of wood tones and create more spaces for adding organic materials like Christmas greenery, berries, and pine cones.
I’m sure I’ll make some more tweaks here and there as I unpack more of my holiday decor, but for now, I’m decorating with a Christmas farmhouse decor style in the dining room.
More About Decorating the Dining Room for Christmas
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It’s been a whirlwind of a year after moving in last Christmas. What a crazy time that was.
We moved in 10 days before Christmas so there was not a whole lot of decorating happening then. After unpacking, I decorated one room just so it felt like Christmas for the family.
So I’m really looking forward to decorating our new home for the holidays. The first room I started decorating for the holidays is the dining room and wow does it look amazing!
But now, after choosing paint colors that were more neutral for this small space, the dining area has white walls, natural elements, and a rustic glam farmhouse design style.
Wait until you see how the dining room ooks all decked out for Christmas and ready for my supper club to meet up for Christmas brunch.
The 10 Days of Christmas
Did you catch the 10 days of Christmas where my friends and I shared daily inspiration to get you psyched up and ready for the holidays?
In case you missed it, you can catch the 10 Days of Christmas lineup here:
- Day 1 – Christmas DIY Ideas
- Day 2 – Front Porch Decorating Ideas
- Day 3 – Christmas Tree Ideas
- Day 4 – Christmas Table Decor Ideas
- Day 5 – Christmas Cookies and Sweet Treats
- Day 6 – Christmas Decorating Ideas
- Day 7 – Bloggers’ Favorite Christmas Idea
- Day 8 – Gift Wrapping Ideas
- Day 9 – Wreaths & Front Door Decor
- Day 10 – Winter Greenery
Celebrate Christmas Blog Hop
Thanks to my good friend Leen from Sand Dollar Lane for pulling together such a beautiful group of talented bloggers with the most incredible table inspiration.
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If you are new here, I’m Stacy, a self-taught master gardener who lives and gardens in northern New Jersey, zone 6a.
I’ve been gardening for over 20 years and enjoy helping beginner gardeners find their inner green thumb, as well as discover a love for all things plants and flowers. I love to bring the outdoors inside my home too.
I hope you enjoy visiting my home today and hope you come back so we can grow stuff and create beautiful spaces together.