We’re getting closer to Christmas - the busiest time of the year! Sooner or later, we all plan to check the attic and bring the Christmas tree and decoration boxes down. The checklist is very similar from year to year. We think about where to put the Christmas tree, hang the wreath, place garlands and other little treasured items around the house. And our reward? A warm and cosy home for the holiday season!
But sometimes it’s fun to change-up a few of those old traditions by enjoying new and exciting Christmas décor trends! After all, winter décor evolves and every year there is an opportunity to add something new or give those classic items a new edge. It’s time to check out 5 of the most trending ideas for Christmas this year!
1. Wooden Christmas decorations: cosy and caring to the world
Mural in photo: Pile of Fire Wood
Without a doubt, timber and wooden décor bring warmth and comfort to any interior – especially at this special time of year. And did you know that wood has psychological influences on us? Simply the presence of wood reduces stress and has positive effects on our emotional states - exactly how we want to feel at Christmas time.
If you want a wooden feature wall but don’t want the mess and fuss, forget about piling the logs or ordering solid wood panels. A great alternative is a realistic wooden log wall mural. Paired with wooden furniture, comfy throws on the sofa, a burning log fire and of course, your pine-scented Christmas tree, a wood effect wallpaper will really make you feel like you’re cosying up in a log cabin for the holidays.
Opting for wooden Christmas decorations means that you are also being mindful of the environment. Wooden décor, such as a wooden Christmas tree, wooden ornaments, a wooden reindeer or candlestick holders will not only decrease your carbon footprint but you will be able to pass these items on throughout the years.
Continue your organic look by adding twigs, pinecones and little branches. Small décor will become a great addition to your Christmas interior this winter season. It makes me think of soft throws, a mug of hot chocolate and a relaxing evening near the fireplace.
2. A little bit of chic and sparkle for those who love the glam!
Wood and nature isn’t your thing? Are you more into the glitz and glam side of life? Then sparkle and glitter is the way! Beautiful clear or frosted finished glass accessories can create the perfect Winter Wonderland in your home.
Opt for light-reflecting ornaments that resemble diamonds and pretty glittery candle holders that will sparkle as the candle’s flame shines on them. A silver garland is also a must-have as well as silver baubles for your Christmas tree!
Silver Christmas decorations are also great to use as a centrepiece in the living room or on your dining table. Choose a glittery silver table cloth and scatter faux diamonds on top. Pair with the most beautiful cut-glass wine glasses you can find and choose a silver reindeer ornament framed with silver spray-painted holly as a centrepiece.
3. Gold Christmas decorations: classic and beautiful
Warm shimmers of gold are a symbol of tradition, wealth and are simply chic. To get a stunning look, mix gold with white or with something made of glass.
The beauty of a white and gold Christmas tree is that they will suit most homes' current décor. Not only this, but this popular colour scheme will give you that sought-after traditional Christmas look but with a modern edge.
Other gold ornaments to opt for are a gold tree skirt, gold Christmas lights to twirl around your bannister, gold signs, gold baubles and a golden tree topper!
4. Christmas colours to follow for this year’s Christmas décor trends
Mural in photo: Winter Trees
There are many other colour schemes to suit everyone’s tastes when it comes to Christmas décor trends this year. From bold reds, monochromes and navys as well as rose gold, these popular colour schemes ooze style.
Once you choose a colour scheme, bring the idea to the Christmas tree, mantelshelf and finish with a well-arranged table set. For the best results, choose a neutral white and silver or gold background, such as a snowy forest wall mural, and add accent colours of your choice.
Here are our favourite colours for this year:
Holly berry red
Red has always been a traditional choice at Christmas. But why not mix it up a bit by combining this luscious colour with Japanese style this year? Red cherry blossoms, lanterns, robins and mistletoe are all inspired by the Japanese art movement of the mid-19th century. Expect pops of reds and luscious prints in this Christmas décor trend.
Sleek monochrome and navy
The rise of Art Nouveau and Art Deco style has become huge this year. So now, more than ever, there’s every need to celebrate monochrome and navy colour schemes! These sexy and bold shades ooze the luxury of these past styles.
To achieve this early 20th-century style, choose dark monochrome ornaments as well as cut-glass items. Not forgetting silk and velvet materials all revelling in inky blue shades. If blue isn’t your colour, plum-purples or forest-greens are an excellent option instead of navy.
On-trend pink, rose gold and copper
More than ever, pinks, rose golds and coppers are the on-trend colour scheme to go for when it comes to current Christmas décor trends. And there is so much to choose from out there. Opt for a sequin rose-gold table cloth, copper candle holders and pink shaded dried flowers for your Christmas table centre piece.
5. Rustic Scandinavian influence
Little, hand-carved figures are available to buy everywhere right now! And I can’t help but feel that they have a very traditional, Scandinavian feel to them. Here are charming reindeer, snowmen, birds and more. A set of each on display is a little reminder of childhood innocence and belief in a bit of magic.
Remember that decorating your home doesn’t start from a set of rules and instructions. It isn’t always about perfect style and fashionable trends either. It is about you, your personal comfort and home - where you want to come back and stay! Trends are the guidelines but make it personal for it to be even more special!
Alena Chikurnikova of AlenaCDesign is an interior designer based in Co. Laois, Ireland. She works on commercial and home renovations, extensions and new builds and provides a range of services from colour consultations to project co-ordination. View her work or get in touch with Alena at www.alenacdesign.com
For more on Christmas décor, take a look at our beautiful selection of winter wallpaper murals. Or leave a comment below to tell us which is your favourite trend this holiday!