Tasteful things are elegant, appropriate, or aesthetically pleasing. You may prefer to hang a single, tasteful holiday wreath on your door — while your neighbor decorates with a somewhat less tasteful 12-foot inflatable Santa surrounded by hot pink reindeer.

If you've got good manners, your behavior is tasteful. Having an eye for clothing and decor that's lovely (rather than tacky, ugly or disturbing in some way) is tasteful too. This adjective started came into use in the 17th century. It originally meant "tasting good" but it evolved to mean "having good taste."

Definitions of tasteful

adj having or showing or conforming to good taste

refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style
lacking pretension or affectation
aesthetic, artistic, esthetic
aesthetically pleasing
understated, unostentatious, unpretentious
exhibiting restrained good taste
lacking aesthetic or social taste
lacking in refinement or grace or good taste
making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction
unrestrained and crudely rich
brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy
tastelessly showy
cheap and showy
camp, campy
providing sophisticated amusement by virtue of having artificially (and vulgarly) mannered or banal or sentimental qualities
indelicate, off-color, off-colour
in violation of good taste even verging on the indecent
ostentatious, pretentious
(of a display) tawdry or vulgar
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adj free from what is tawdry or unbecoming

neat, refined
refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style

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