Office parties and large family celebrations may be off the table but you can still get into the Christmas spirit by giving your home a festive makeover.
After a tough year, many people are planning to put their Christmas decorations up earlier than usual to lift their mood and bring a bit of cheer to their homes. Trimming your home for the festive season isn’t just about putting up a tree and plugging in some lights, adding accessories like wall hangings, garlands, wreaths and ornaments will help give your decorations the wow factor.
But what decorating trends are big news for Christmas 2020?
Think luxurious decorations in blush, mint, copper and warm neutrals. Department store John Lewis is leading the way on this theme with a range of Renaissance-inspired decorations relating to music, literature and religion. Feathers, sprays of artificial flowers and pastel accessories add to the feeling of decadence. Don’t just rely on your Christmas tree to give your home a festive atmosphere, create focal points elsewhere in your home. Try grouping ornaments together on your coffee table and cover your banisters with garlands.
If you prefer bold colours and decorations with a sense of fun, this year is the perfect time to embrace the unusual. Go for bright tropical colours, including vivid greens and pinks and jewelled tones. Choose decorations of animals, birds and insects, velvet throws and unusual tree toppers. With this theme, you can let your imagination run wild and add coloured glass and painted ceramic accessories to your room. Neon colours and rainbow decorations will also be popular this year.
Traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations are still big news in 2020. Scandi chic is all about natural materials and simplicity. Go for red and white felt accessories, rustic wooden ornaments and pre-lit hanging stars with a real Christmas tree – or at the very least a convincing artificial one. Hanging Christmas trees, made from a ladder of natural branches, make a contemporary statement. Dried flowers and berries, white lights and cosy textiles will help you create a cosy atmosphere to pass the dark winter’s nights in.
If you’re finding it hard to pick a colour scheme for this year, you could keep things really simple and stick with white, silver and transparent decorations. This sophisticated take on Christmas is best avoided if you have small children or boisterous pets as it involves delicate glass baubles and ornaments. White or frosted artificial trees work well with this theme and snowy owls, polar bears and other arctic creatures can add a touch of fun and variety.
Overseas holidays may be out of the question but one key trend for Christmas 2020 takes its inspiration from the Far East with Japanese-themed decorations. The main colour scheme is made up of reds and golds with Japanese cats, lanterns, cherry blossoms and fish mixed in with traditional symbols like mistletoe and robins. Jade green baubles, mini-kimonos, teapots and fans are also great accessories to invest in this Christmas for a fresh, contemporary festive look. Add a simple red berry wreath to your door and some Japanese wall-hangings to complete the look.