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.

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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.

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close up of its a wonderful world reclaimed wood sign decorated for christmas in the dining room with christmas greenery, fairy lights and battery operated candles with vintage decor

In addition to my thrift store mantel, I stuffed my vintage wall water fountain with Christmas greenery, fairy lights, and these cute owls.

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.

view of vintage wall fountain stuffed with christmas greenery, fairy lights and owls by christmas table

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.

The overall look started with a cozy warm white tablecloth that I layered with a jute table runner and an airy warm white table runner on top.

But that centerpiece is the thrill of the table.

Christmas dining table centerpiece with poinsettias and christmas greenery

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.

Of course, you can use live poinsettias too, but I want a set-and-forget centerpiece for the season on the table.

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.

Christmas dining table ideas with neutral colors, organic materials with christmas greenery, gold, and white poinsettias with lots of candles

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.

Each place setting is layered with this gorgeous cedar branch placemat, a gold charger, neutral Lenox dinner and salad plate, these beautiful gold linen napkins, and a miniature wreath.

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.

christmas table setting ideas with cedar branch placemat, gold chargers, lenox dinner and salad plates, gold linen napkins and mini christmas wreath with taper candles, tea lights and lanterns
votive candles and mini lanterns on the Christmas table

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.

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More About Decorating the Dining Room for Christmas

Thanks so much for dropping by my dining room today! I hope you got some fun ideas to decorate your home for the holidays.

What’s your dining room decorating style? Do you have any tips you’d like to share? I would love to know more in the comments below.

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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!

And dramatically different from what it looked like when we moved in too. It used to have upholstered dark walls and a heavy faux finish on the ceiling.

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.

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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.

If you are coming from good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill, welcome to my home!

If you are new here, I’m Stacy, a self-taught master gardener who lives and gardens in northern New Jersey, zone 6a.

We recently moved to a beautiful 1850 Farmhouse with 10 acres of gardens, sculptures, and statues.

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.

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34 Comments

  1. Your dining room is so pretty decorated for Christmas!
    I love your family pieces and found treasures.
    Truly can’t get over that gorgeous chandelier!

    1. Leen we just moved here a year ago and I still can’t believe it’s mine! The glitz. The glam! I love it!!! And thank you so much for organizing such a great group this week! xoxo

  2. Wow…your dining room is stunning. That chandelier is an amazing focal point. We love your styling too. Your family and friends will enjoy spending time in this beautiful space.

  3. You certainly did that beautiful chandelier justice! It’s stunning! I love the garden nods and will be ordering those cedar placemats…and the hutch is perfect. The mix of the elegance and casual is perfect. Loved sharing your inspiration on the tour this week!

  4. Stacy, your dining room is stunning. That chandelier is the icing on the cake. It’s so beautiful and adds so much elegance to that room.

  5. Stacy, I never tire of seeing your dining room! I love that chandelier and you make the prettiest centerpieces!! Happy hopping with you this week, friend!

  6. Stacy you have really perfected this charming space. I love the greenery, the candles and all the magical sparkle you have added to your dining room. I’m going back to study all the pretty details and to pin!

  7. I knew it would be gorgeous and it absolutely is! Yes, that chandelier is everything and I love how you tied your table decorations around it. I still love your buffet though, it looks stunning with your beautiful collections inside. Amazing that you’ve been there a year already, how this year has flown by! Happy Christmas Stacy!

    1. Thank you – do you remember what it looked like before? I was just looking at my first supper club in here and wow. What a difference!

  8. It all looks so beautiful Stacy! I love how the chandelier in your dining room has changed your decorating style a bit. Not that I didn’t love the other home and your style. It’s just a little different and still as gorgeous as always. I don’t think I have an elegant bone in my body so I’m not sure I could pull it off. Glad I got to see it. Seriously stunning. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you so much! It is so different to decorate here than the other house. Has a much different flavor! It’s made it fun to work with. You are the best. xoxoxo

  9. I can’t even imagine your beautiful dining room without that stunning chandelier Stacy. Every detail of your table is gorgeous. I especially love the faux poinsettias and gold container they’re in. You’ve done such a lovely job, my friend.

  10. Stacy, you’re whole dining room and Christmas tablescape look other worldly. Magical and beautiful combination. Especially like how the glowing golds pop against your dark cabinet.

  11. I love farmhouse style! You’re so talented my friend! I’m loving your Christmas decor! Thank you for sharing!

  12. Wow, that chandelier is just fabulous and it really does set the stage for your gorgeous table. I love all the greenery, too. It’s so elegant and very festive. Happy Holidays!!

  13. Wow your dining room is amazing! I understand why you love the chandelier so much, it is a showstopper. Your table setting is gorgeous. I have been wanting some vintage candle sticks like you have here. I need to get out thrifting so I can find some. Thank you so much for sharing your home!