The Best Christmas Stockings for Your Decorating Style
Here's a roundup of the best Christmas stockings for every style of home, just in time for the holiday season.
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Draw upon the history of colonial architecture with traditional Christmas stockings this holiday season—and if you need help getting in the spirit of things, take a look at the 10 small towns with the most holiday spirit. "For a more traditional option, opt for designs that reflect classic looks from decades past that never go out of style," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's trend expert. "Look for traditional colorways like red and green with a personalized punch of initials or customized names." Personalization is always an extra bonus and looks nice on ruffled burlap stockings like these.
Don't let the holidays infringe on your home's cool minimalist aesthetic. Just like your home, seek out textured fabrics in a neutral palette, says Isom Johnson. This hand-felted wool Christmas tree stocking is roomy and is made with eco-friendly wool, perfect for holding $20 stocking stuffers. Isom Johnson also suggests looking for geometric patterns to complement your home's architecture, like this star-printed stocking. Find out if your old stockings are one of the vintage Christmas decorations that are worth money today.
Look to art and history this Christmas season for stocking inspiration in an Asian-style home. "The chinoiserie pattern on this stocking is apropos for a home that features the traditional blue-and-white patterned ginger jars, lacquered bamboo accents, and traditional Asian-inspired furniture," says Baer. "The simplicity of its pattern ensures that it does not compete with other brightly-colored chinoiserie prints but fits cohesively with the surrounding decor." Looking for something a bit simpler? Try one of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments you'll be proud to hang on your tree.
"Mid-century modern design is known for featuring bold patterns paired with simplistic and streamlined furniture," says interior designer Meridith Baer, of Meridith Baer Home. A stocking like this one will fit in nicely with antiques as well. Don't miss what expert antiquers reveal as the 9 secrets to scoring the best deal.
Even if you're not dreaming of a white Christmas, beachy Christmas stockings will bring some holiday spirit into your coastal home. Or if you're thinking of traveling to a warm climate for the holiday season, don't miss out on these 8 gorgeous coastal towns that will leave you breathless. Handmade Christmas stockings, like these Etsy ones made from natural linen or nautical blue-and-white striped cotton, will add a cozy touch and pair perfectly with DIY Christmas decor. "For those shoppers looking to add a touch of the sea, look for fun add-ons, like starfish, coral, and easy blue tones," says Isom Johnson.
Lean into the opulence of French architecture with equally glam Christmas stockings. "For those who want to jazz up their stockings with a bit of glam, consider sophisticated materials like velvet, fur, and of course, don't forget the sequins," says Isom Johnson. This Mongolian fur stocking from Etsy—in millennial pink, naturally—will stand out on your mantle. Equally furry but more toned down, these faux fur stockings from Restoration Hardware will make a splash. Just be sure you aren't making one of the most common holiday decorating mistakes!
Nothing screams southwest more than turquoise! Keep that color scheme going all year 'round with a funky jewel-toned Christmas stocking. This Christmas stocking looks like one of Santa's elves left in a hurry, and it even has a silver jingle bell for a festive touch. It will also help keep questions at bay for young ones before you have to have The Talk: Is Santa real? In due time, don't forget to check out 8 gentle ways to break the news about Santa to your kids.