30 Kitchens Dressed Up For The Holidays
The kitchen is always a hub of holiday activity. It’s where we bake endless batches of cookies, entertain over cocktails and cook for crowds of family and friends. So this season, why not go beyond the living room and deck out this hardworking space, too? Here are 30 festive kitchens that are sure to inspire, whether you’re a fan of decorating with fresh greenery, seasonal fruit or all the glittering ornaments you can get your hands on.
When it comes to decking the halls, sometimes less is more, as seen in this understated family kitchen. A simple wreath holds pride of place on the vent hood and a potted evergreen (far right) spruces things up on the windowsill.
As the co-owner of succulent design company Botany Living, Corinne Isherwood (pictured here with two of her children) lets natural materials inspire her Christmas decor. “I’ve always loved the idea of everyone sitting around a big farmhouse table,” she says, who topped it with succulents and fresh evergreens.
For a playful and personalized touch, fill a framed chalkboard with a festive message — it’s a great way to get the whole family involved (even the kids!) in sprucing up the kitchen for Santa.
A row of lush wreathes wrapped with crisp white ribbons enhances the striking French doors in this light-filled eat-in kitchen.
In this charming Muskoka cottage, a grand kitchen-dining area is fit for a holiday feast. Gilded candle sticks, bunches of berries and a vase filled with pinecones and evergreens on the expansive island say “’tis the season.”
Gingerbread houses are synonymous with the holidays, so why not give these festive treats an adult makeover by placing them in glass vessels? This whimsical vignette gives any kitchen counter a hit of holiday cheer.
“I’m not fancy but I try to make every day as special as the holidays,” says designer Loren Leveille of her fairy-tale farmhouse. In the kitchen, a laid-back arrangement is the only piece of holiday decor needed, thanks to the winter-white envelope and snowy view outside.
Who says pets can’t have their own Christmas tree, too? Add a petite version next to their food dish for adorably festive photo ops.
Homeowner Miranda Ogilvie injected Christmas red into her kitchen with jars of her homemade pasta sauce stacked on open shelves. Plus, a French door leading to the living room allows for a sneak peek of the illuminated tree.
This kitchen’s ample counter space, large farmhouse sink and spacious island make entertaining a breeze. A winter-white palette and subtle festive decor — like a lush wreath with red berries and a petite Christmas tree tucked in the corner — add to the holiday cheer.
Pheona Wright’s farmhouse kitchen gets an extra dose of charm during the holidays thanks to a wispy garland, tabletop trees, and touches of cozy tartan.
For an unexpected spin on the tabletop Christmas tree, designer Sophie Burke filled a large demi-john with branches and decorated them with candy-colored baubles.
Petite wreaths can have just as much presence as oversized ones, especially when they’re hung with thick, glossy ribbons. Interior designer Betty Theodoropoulos went with rich mustard ribbons to contrast with her fresh greenery.
A mini potted evergreen is an easy and cheerful addition to a holiday kitchen. Set out your favorite crimson tins, cookbooks and bakeware to enhance the effect.
A vase of foraged branches, a bowl of pine cones and some earthy, stone-look tableware brings the beauty of the winter landscape to this eat-in kitchen.
In this glam kitchen, a gigantic mirror and Lucite bar cart provide the perfect backdrop for a shimmering metallic Christmas tree.
A kitchen chalkboard is the ideal place to display whimsical doodles, must-remember party invitations and family reminders.
Designer Ingrid Oomen suspended a sculptural branch above her kitchen island for a winter wonderland ambience.
The holidays are the perfect time to set out heirloom silver. A polished tea tray paired with elegant paperwhites gives this kitchen a subtly seasonal look.
In this handsome breakfast area, an orange ribbon-adorned wreath ties in nicely with bowls of seasonal clementines.
Follow designer Grace Castaneda’s lead and keep work surfaces clear for holiday entertaining by tucking evergreen sprigs on top of upper shelves.
Cheerfully decorated doughnuts, potted paperwhites and a mini citrus tree lend cheer to this traditional kitchen.
Jars filled with feathery greenery and pepperberries add inviting, yet understated texture to this modern space by Sophie Burke.
In one corner of her spacious kitchen, homeowner and retailer Susan Dyer sets out a charming vignette of decorations old and new (plus a tiny table and chairs for her granddaughters).
Home-baked and kid-decorated treats look even sweeter set out on pretty platters and multi-tiered trays.
Clear footed bowls filled with clementines and pine cones make simple, yet eye-catching centerpieces for Jennifer Worts’ kitchen table.
A chandelier decked out in pretty ribbons and metallic ornaments makes holiday breakfasts feel even more festive.
Hanging above the sink — but not obstructing the view — a simple, mid-sized wreath adds just the right amount of cheer to this already cozy, wood-clad kitchen by Timothy Johnson Design.
A silver ice bucket filled with delicate branches provides sculptural interest, but won’t detract from snowy views in this kitchen’s bay window.
A square wreath suits this clean-lined breakfast area, while a clever pinboard puts a selection of holiday greetings on show.