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Why get excited about Christmas decorating trends and themes this year? Well, it’s been an interesting few months to say the least and you know what? We deserve to enjoy Christmas in all its glory.
So we’ve pulled together some relevant, refreshing and ready-to-go Christmas decorating ideas to get your teeth into this year.
For some of us it means making sure we squeeze the juice from this colourful sparkly feel-good season. For some of us it means decorating our homes thoughtfully, with our families and in good times.
It means hitting the ground running come December 1st and making sure we’ve got all our Christmas cards ready, our shopping list at hand and the Christmas decorating supplies stocked and ready.
We found some great advice from Woman and Home Magazine on How to Decorate for Christmas according to Interior Designers.
The key advice is to be contextual and conscious of the space you have to work with in your home. So let’s think about what that means:
Even if you’ve chosen a Christmas decorating theme, don’t be too rigidly stuck to the aesthetic and personalise it to suit your existing decor and taste.
Here’s a tip - when pulling together disparate Christmas decorations you’ve accumulated over the years, try sticking to a colour theme to keep things looking coordinated.
This means decorative additions or random accessories don’t jar with one another - without a colour theme, you’re in danger of creating a cluttered kitschy look.
There are however, other Christmas Colourtrend Projections for 2021 that tie in with our decor themes below
The colour blue and all it evokes is the most contemporary trend to emerge in the last year as it is the furthest thing from the traditional colours we associate with Christmas.
Pair trendy gold metallics or silver with moody dark blues for a celestial look or go with earthy teals and pearl for a contemporary under the sea theme.
According to Steph Briggs it's all about sky and space - a timely trend at a time when space rockets are lifting off on a regular basis and we have the pleasure of celebrating the long winter nights.
The celestial theme is all about the sparkle - so bring out the gold, silver and glitter - celebrate the sun, moon and stars. Perfect for the dreamy astrologers or the future-forward sci-fi fans.
This is a kooky albeit nature-focused trend could be all about our desire to visit the beach in a year when overseas travel may not be an option.
The Seaside-Fantasy look is all about the pairing mother of pearl, earthy shell tones and translucent iridescence to create an other-worldy Christmas
This trend should appeal to those of us feeling a bit sickened by the proliferation of plastic trash and disposable mass consumption of factory generated tat.
This Christmas trend ticks all the boxes - the pared down minimalist look, the use of natural materials like wood and yarn, the emphasis on handcrafting and homemade objects and the evocation of a Hygge-aesthetic.
A true testament to Scandi soft power thanks to places like Sostrene Grene and Ikea infusing global tastes with their traditional nordic aesthetic.
What does it look like? Check out this gorgeous article Scandinavian Christmas Decor Ideas by Realhomes.com.
Just like those Little-house-On-The-Prairie style autumn dresses in the shops , we predict a desire for homely rustic looks that come with a host of home crafting projects you could engage in the build to Christmas with the kids.
This comes with an homage to all things rural and natural in terms of forest motifs like Owls, Stags, Robins and Foxes. There will be the return to our pagan roots using natural foliage and botanic motifs like toadstools and berries.
We predict the return of handsewn quilts and embroidered elements to our soft Christmas furnishings and decorative elements too.
Think of an Enchanted Forest and of all the fairy magic it brings...and add a dash of sparkle to top things off.
What does it look like?
Check out this love spread in THE MOOD GUIDE where we pull these images from.
This theme is the perfect go-to when you’re looking to evoke an antique - themed Christmas and all the Ottoman - Victorian nostalgia it brings forth.
Evoke.ie ‘s latest interview with Brown Thomas Buyers reveals the limitless popularity of this theme which has been given an update this year. This is a theme filled with vintage imagery and pops of vivid jewel colours.
There’s even a lovely article on How Nutcrackers Became a Classic Christmas Decoration in Better Homes and Garden Magazine.
Where second hand purchases are being made some of us will sourcing Christmas home accessories and tableware made from found pieces to add to our Retro Christmas Themes..
We will be looking for retro gems in vintage shows, flea markets or internet auctions to complement our Retro themes.
There are many decades, indeed centuries, to choose from.
Our big prediction for Genz, millennial or boomer is that sustainability never gets old. This zeitgeist means that even the smallest details of Christmas decor will be focused on recycling, upcycling, reusability and natural material - something that is expressed in most of the trends this year.
Thanks to COP26 some of us will be toning down our acquisition of new decorations, and resorting to mending old ones.
Reusable wrapping paper or recyclable wrapping paper will be big. Consider natural fibers like hessian and burlap sacks as well as recycled paper from newspapers. Why not try the traditional Japanese route of using fabric wrapping styles as seen in as an alternative.
There are a plethora of ways you can create your own Christmas craft decorations.
For more ideas to keep you going before our next list check out these Tips for a More Sustainable Christmas stay tuned for future blog on this topic...
The era of more conscious Christmas shopping will make its presence felt.
Apart from natural materials as seen on our CottageCore trend, the idea of a #madelocal handcrafted Christmas will shine through this year.
We will be buying into a more artisanal Christmas and choosing more and more to support local stores rather than risk Brexit-led custom charges or pandemic-led shipping delays.
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