To give your home a cohesive look for the holidays, it’s best to work with a theme. (See part 1 of our holiday decorating tips to help you get ready.) While the classics will never go out of style, holiday decorating trends are moving toward fresh and unexpected themes and color combinations. If you’re ready to step away from traditional red and green, here are five hot holiday decorating ideas to test out this year.
White on White
Just as white walls are hot in home decor, white decorations are trending in holiday decor. The secret to making white on white work is to add in a lot of texture and a little sparkle. From chunky knits and super-soft furs to bottle-brush trees and birch-bark ornaments, the goal is a room you want to reach out and touch. Add hints of silver and a sprinkling of glitter to get that holiday shimmer.
If you put up a tree, opt for a flocked tree and fill it with all of your favorite white and silver decorations. Look for ornaments in different sizes and textures to create interest. Make it pop by adding some unexpected touches – like oversized white poinsettias and snowy white birds. White berry wreaths and garland are the perfect way to finish off the look.
If you dream of escaping the holidays in a cozy cabin in the woods, this style is for you! The idea is to create a warm and relaxing atmosphere that makes you want to stay home and spend quality time together. The best thing about casual cabin holiday decor is that it’s completely hassle-free.
Fill your home with buffalo-check plaid on everything from blankets and pillows to placemats and napkins. Then, get maximum coziness by piling on plenty of faux fur. Look for pillows, throws and even ottomans that are so soft you won’t want to get up. Mix in birch bark and live edge wood elements to add natural texture. Round out your rustic holiday decor with friendly forest animals; furry penguins, antler wreaths, reindeer statues and polar bears are all welcome in your cozy cabin.
One of the hottest holiday trends you’ll see this season are trees with carefully planned gradient decorations. The great thing about this trend is that it goes with every color scheme. Whatever your holiday theme, an ombre tree will match. Popular color combos include full rainbow trees; white, pink and green gradients; and gorgeous, gold-to-silver combos.
Get the Holiday Blues
Take a cue from your favorite chinoiserie vase and have a classic blue holiday! Winter blues are hot this season and will give your home an elegant and sophisticated look. Instead of the teal and powder blues of recent years, this year the focus is on deep navy and cerulean hues with contrasting white.
Chinoiserie is really at the heart of this holiday trend, and you can find everything from ornamental trees, stockings, ceramic stars and balls, and tiny ginger jar ornaments sporting the popular pattern. Finish off the look with a wreath fashioned from blue ornaments and some beautiful blue poinsettias.
The blue trend also offers a great opportunity to incorporate another hot holiday trend – oversized ribbons. Instead of tinsel and beads, try weaving oversized ribbon through your tree and garlands for a big pop of color.
One of the biggest holiday trends this year is finding new and environmentally friendly ways to celebrate. From gift-giving to decorating, there are many ways to be a little greener this holiday season. Switch to plain paper wrapping that you decorate yourself. Or, better yet, opt for reusable cloth gift bags. Your gifts will look great and the bags won’t end up in a landfill.
Will you stick to the classics, or are you ready to try one of these fresh, new looks this holiday season?