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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    free from what is tawdry or unbecoming
    synonyms: neat, refined
    refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style
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