It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And with the year we’ve had, we can all use a little wonderful. Recently, we shared our tips on how to decorate your fireplace for the festive season. Now that we’re all in the mood to start planning our decoration theme, I thought I’d share some of the best Christmas decorating ideas and trends that I’ve seeing on the high street and online this year.
So grab a cuppa and take a look at these stunning Christmas decorating ideas. I have to warn you—these trends will have you wanting to decorate #pronto. The only decision you’ll have to make is which theme to choose. Or, you could decide that “anything goes” (this year, there’s a theme for that too!)
Personally, I’m a neutral girl at heart and love to see things that soothe so my vote goes to the frosted winter wonderland. The blush Christmas decorating trend has my heart skipping a few beats as well…. And well, Pop art?? The year of the unconventional lives on in our Christmas decorating too.
Goodbye bare Christmas tree, hello eye-catching festive display of gorgeousness!
Dazzle them with brilliance
One of the easiest ways to decorate your home for Christmas is to start with a relatively plain and simple tree. Then it’s time to choose a theme or story. There are so many jaw-dropping Christmas colours and looks that you’ll be awestruck by the striking choices.
From embellished birds to glass finials, the key to creating a cohesive décor scheme is to keep one common theme throughout the room. Think winter white, frosted blue, red and gold or magnificent metallics.
The John Lewis home range has every theme imaginable and all of the dazzling decorations you need to create a look that welcomes the holidays in style. No matter what your Christmas story may be, we hope that these Christmas decorating ideas will serve to inspire you.
Art Deco Luxe
We love how the Cox and Cox website describes this trend….A festive party to which everyone wants an invite.
Inspired by the extravagance of grand Gatsby-style parties, this trend relies on luxe finishes, deep jewel colors and gold or brass accents throughout. Imagine the richness of a midnight green tree holding opulent treasures that shimmer in the richest tones.
Deep blues, burgundy and forest green baubles and balls surrounded by golden ornaments and shimmering bows. Traditional tree garland is replaced by the elegant golden sprays of faux pomegranate leaves pushed into the tree branches, providing volume and contrast.
Cox and Cox has a vast selection of gold wild animal ornaments that are a stunning addition to this trend. Amara also has spectacular baubles and tree embellishments. Featuring bold patterns, rich colours and luxurious textures. When it comes to luxe looks, you can tie the rich colour palette and animal prints together with decorative pillows, chic accessories and holiday packages.
Something to Blush about
You want your home to look holiday perfect and you love the romantic appeal of pink and white. Maybe it’s your year to start blushing. Blush is a Christmas trend. Last year, pink was a Christmas colour theme that dominated the shops.
That wasn’t surprising as pink always makes an appearance in Christmas decorating trends with a host of feminine shades from cotton candy to soft peach. This year, it’s all about just a hint of pink in the form of Blush. A lovely soft palette of blush, mint and other warm neutrals takes this luxe look and elevates it with silver and frosted accents.
Frosted Winter Wonderland
While Blush is an elegant Christmas decorating idea, you can also choose winter whites and frosted blues if pink tones are not your cup of tea. Frosted, snowy landscapes and woodland whites have universal appeal during this wondrous time of year. Look to John Lewis, Amara and other interior retailers for a jaw-dropping selection of glorious holiday decor that will turn your home into a magical wintery scene.
White is a classic winter colour choice, as there’s nothing quite as stunning as pure white against the greenery of a fresh Christmas tree. Choose white, clear or silver baubles and tree decorations, including embellished stars, feathered finishes and angel wings – all of which are made even more magical by the addition of holographic surfaces to create a Winter Wonderland feel.
Decorate an all-white tree with string fairy lights or a garland of silver stars and bells to ring in the season. The beauty of a winter white or frosty theme is that you can create a festive scene that echoes the quiet serenity of a walk in the forest.
Regal Red & Gold
Red and green are traditionally linked to Christmas, but what about adding some gold in there to take a traditional look up a notch. Gold is the most elegant of all metals so it’s no wonder it’s a popular addition and a popular Christmas decorating idea. Gold screams glamour and it works incredibly well in a variety of interiors.
The traditional festive elements of Christmas (stockings, berries, robins and Santa’s attire) are showcased among touches of gold in the form of baubles, gilded leaves, gold garland, golden bells and opulent gold ribbons. It’s fairly easy to find decorative touches in red and gold.
Fill vases with poinsettias or display clusters of gold candlesticks throughout your space. For a unique twist on the red and gold Christmas theme, check the John Lewis campaign which uses the Art of Japan to further modernise this exquisite palette.
Scandinavian style has never been more popular than this year and our love of Nordic influences continues in holiday decor. Anyone who prefers a minimalist approach to decorating will love the Scandinavian Christmas theme. With a pared-down aesthetic, Scandi style reflects simple, natural beauty. It brings the sheer beauty and natural peace of the outdoors, inside.
This popular look and always one of the top Christmas decorating ideas! Unassuming and striking in its simplicity, Scandivanian style pairs bleached and natural wood tones with wooden beads, frosted tree garland and charming felted forest wildlife as decorations. A Nordic-style scheme incorporates white paper stars, glass and silver baubles, allowing the natural beauty of the tree itself to shine.Tealight holders are a Scandinavian tradition and they add to the cosy look of hygge interiors shimmering with the flicker of candlelight.
Of course Ikea is an expert in this homey style and they do not disappoint with their selection of gnomes, bottle brush trees, cloches and woodland friends. Every Scandinavian accent incorporated into your holiday decor collection should bring comfort and joy to any setting.
Pop Art Pizzazz
A year like no other (thankfully) needs a theme that’s off-the-charts fun! Vibrant decorations that pop with colour and go beyond anything you would ever believe Christmas decorating to be. Forget the traditional string of Christmas lights and let neon stars and holiday shapes breathe new life into your decor. Choose your favourite colour and build your holiday scheme around it. Let the tree be your canvas and the decorations, your artistic touch.
The John Lewis Pop Art campaign encourages decorators to be brave and have fun with Christmas decoration ideas. This campaign “takes its inspiration from Pop Art and other modern art movements.” Imagine a tree decorated by Picasso or Andy Warhol. These artists “experimented with new ways of seeing, with fresh ideas about the nature of materials and the function of art.”
John Lewis offers a Santa on a Scooter, vibrant paintbrush and a box of crayons among their vast selection of unique decorations. Rather than distribute coloured baubles throughout the tree, group colours together, as shown on the John Lewis tree above. It’s a look you don’t see often, which makes it all the more fun!
This non-traditional decorating trend allows you to showcase your artistic side. Anything goes, so you can showcase your personality with a collection of birds, whimsical decorations or embellishments that are totally outside the box.
Bejewelled Jewel Tones
We are always in awe of how British online homeware emporium Amara turns Christmas into such a glamorous affair. Jewel tones are a consistent Christmas decorating trend and I for one, love it. This has to be my favourite look as I adore the exquisite mix of emerald and midnight blue, teamed with rich gold. With a jewel tone trend, more is more and you can never be too extreme when you go elegant!
At the heart of the Bewelled story is holiday entertaining. This year, even if you are only celebrating with close family, look at creating a wow moment on your dining table, from gold fruit (you can achieve this by spraying pieces of fruit the day before your gathering), to a mix of soft lighting, from candlesticks to tealight holders along the table.
Id love to know which are your favourite Christmas decoration ideas from these seven and don’t forget to share a picture of your home decorated for the festive season in our Free HomeEnvy Facebook community.
Happy Christmas and happy decorating….. Here’s to a wonderful 2021!