Holiday decorating and restraint don't always go together, but that doesn't mean your Christmas tree can't be as tasteful and minimal as you see fit. If you're looking to celebrate the holidays in a streamlined, minimal way, look no further than these 10 beautifully trimmed minimalist Christmas trees, six of which showcase one of our all-time favorite tree stand alternatives.
Above: A tree with widely spaced boughs (like this Noble Fir) starts with a bit of a minimalist cachet. The paper garland pictured here is available from Burke Decor.
A tree covered in translucent and silver ornaments is the perfect choice for a simple black and white interior from My Scandinavian Home.
The folks at West Elm chose an incredibly simple approach for this tree, choosing to decorate with only lights. (Hiding the tree stand inside a basket is a nice touch.)
A minimalist look doesn't have to mean eschewing all those old ornaments you've saved — just make sure to leave a little space, like Natalie and Seth did when decorating for Christmas in their California home.
White and silver ornaments make for a lovely combo on this tree from Home Oh My, while the basket (in place of a traditional stand) lends an organic modern vibe.
This tree from Popsugar jazzes things up with a touch of red.
Here's another tree with simple trimmings, from Mokkasin.
A monochromatic approach works with colors other than white, too, as seen on Chic Deco. Just make sure to space the ornaments out a bit instead of stuffing each branch.
This tree from Sisters Guild really walks the line between minimalism and maximalism, but I wanted to include it as proof that colorful Christmas ornaments need not be chaotic — just be sure to leave a little space to let the tree itself shine.