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Classic Christmas Kitchen Ideas

These Classic Christmas Kitchen Ideas give you inspiration for adding small pops of red and touches of nostalgic decor for a cheerful and fun holiday season!

Come on in and grab a cup of cheer! Today I’m sharing my favorite Classic Christmas Kitchen Ideas to help inspire you to bring in small nostalgic touches to your own space. You can see more classic Christmas decorating ideas here and you can visit more Christmas kitchens at the bottom of the post!

A Red and Green Classic Christmas Kitchen

Classic Christmas Kitchen Decorating Ideas and Inspiration

In case you’re just visiting for the first time, we recently renovated our kitchen. You can get all of the details here! We actually just finished it a couple of weeks ago, so I had barely had a chance to enjoy it before it was time to decorate for Christmas!

Classic Christmas Kitchen Decorating Ideas and Inspiration

I felt like there was a great lesson in this, that you only have to make a few small swaps in order to bring big holiday impact into your space. I left the base of the shelf decor intact, then changed just a few things out and added inexpensive touches like ornaments.

Classic Christmas Kitchen Decorated Open Shelving

I was very intentional about decorating with only what I had on hand from previous years.

A sprig of greenery on a kitchen shelf decorated for Christmas.

Many of you shared in the reader survey that you’d like to see simple, achievable, and affordable ideas for decorating your house for the holidays, which I completely understand. I know it is difficult and/or sometimes impossible to go out and buy new things each year— but the good news is that a small collection of inexpensive staples can make a big impact, too.

Classic Christmas Kitchen Shelf Vignette

In the spirit of that, my favorite things in this entire room were the sweet little red finches I bought a couple of years ago. Although the “put a bird on it” joke definitely came to mind— if it works, it works. They feel so whimsical and cheerful peeking out of random spots all around the room! The oil painting was done by my grandfather.

Toy-Inspired Decor

Wooden horses farmhouse kitchen Christmas Decor

I also brought out the wooden horses that I’ve had for years and years. They always make me think of the nursery in the Velveteen Rabbit and other stories from that era.

Classic Christmas Kitchen Decor with Wooden Toy Horses

I created a swag at their feet from faux evergreen branches mixed with some red holiday berries.

Create a Hot Chocolate Station

Hot Chocolate Station and white jars

I added a small and portable hot chocolate station to the corner of the counter. At this point, I’d call this a yearly staple!

Hot Chocolate Station in the kitchen

The kids love it. Since we have snow in the forecast already, we’ll be using it sooner rather than later.

Hot Toddy Station

Classic Christmas Kitchen with Hot Toddy bar

As a new companion to the hot chocolate station, we have a hot toddy station for the grown-ups.

Hot Toddy Station in a Classic Christmas Kitchen

I’ve actually never had one, but we’re going to give it a try! Aside from the whiskey and tea, we’ll add a couple of lemons and some honey and drink them from these fancy red goblets.

Portable Christmas Village

Christmas Village vignette on a tiered tray

This is my little Christmas village, and I absolutely love it here on the wooden tiered tray. The best part is that it can be easily moved when we want to bake Christmas cookies.

Tiered Tray featuring a white porcelain village in a Classic Christmas Kitchen

I’ll likely add some rosemary trees to the island once they become available, just like I do most years! You can get a similar green linen runner here.

Red and White Classic Christmas Kitchen Hutch

Classic Christmas Kitchen hutch with red and white decor.

In the same vein as the shelves, I made a couple of small additions to the hutch to bring it from every day to Christmas.

Christmas shelf vignette with small red bird and red berries.

The bright touches of red really stand out since the rest of the cabinet is pure white.

White Kitchen Hutch decorated for Christmas with a red and green plaid napkin.

I found this specific plaid at Target a few years ago and it’s my absolute favorite. While not exactly the same, these have a very similar feel (there’s also a table throw and dishtowel).

Classic Christmas Kitchen with bright red and green decorations

I hope that these classic Christmas kitchen ideas sparked inspiration for how you can use a few simple touches to create a cozy holiday feel in your own home! If you use some of these ideas, please make sure to tag @ninahendrickhome on Instagram so we can share in our stories!

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6 Comments

  1. Michael Wurm Jr. Says

    Nina! It’s all so festive and fun! I’m ready for my cup of cocoa! Ha. Such a beautiful kitchen! Merry Christmas!!

    xo Michael

    1. Nina Hendrick Says

      Post author

      Come on over for that cup of cocoa! 😊 Thanks so much, Michael! Merry Christmas!

  2. Chris Says

    I love the little house/barn picture on your shelf! I was hoping to see a closer shot of it. is it something that’s still available somewhere?

    1. Nina Hendrick Says

      Post author

      My grandfather painted it, Chris! 😊 It’s a one-of-a-kind.

  3. Kadie Says

    I love the idea of a grown-up drink station! And those horses are gorgeous!

  4. Chloe Says

    So stunning! absolutely love this! the cocoa station is darling!