For many of us, Christmas decorations are a mix of hand me downs, treasured trinkets, mismatched baubles and threadbare tinsel bought last minute in the Christmas sales. Sound familiar? Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to get creative, but if you’re completely bamboozled by the choice of colours, textures, finishes and themes, then you’re not alone.
“We regularly have customers coming in saying they love their treasured pieces they have bought or made over the years, but their tree doesn’t have any style,” says Nicole Keleher, owner of seasonal concept store My Christmas.
So just how do you achieve that picture perfect colour co-ordinated theme that will turn your house into a Christmas wonderland? Don’t go throwing out all your existing decorations just yet – instead, update what you already have with.
“Invest in the specialty pieces in either silver or gold so you can always create change and work with trends by adding cheaper baubles packs in the trends of the day,” says Nicole. “You can always work with trends by adding cheaper bauble packs in the colour of the day. This way you are not storing away loads of decorations, and you are investing in pieces you can use every year.”
And you don’t need to be a slave to trends either. For Nicole, the best Christmas styling is the one that has the most meaning to you.
“My Christmas tree is full of decorations chosen by my kids, made by my kids and collected by my husband and I on our travels. Every piece as it goes on the tree reminds me of its story. So my tree is not themed, but I create beautiful themed pieces around my home to create a styled Christmas display.
“I personally love a few key display ‘corners’ around the house, rather than the house being full of lots and lots of different pieces, creating a beautiful Christmas setting. A stunning staircase garland, or stunning table-top garland is always a gorgeous way to set the tone for your home decorating.”
Nicole and her team from My Christmas have scoured the globe for the top trends this Christmas, here’s how to achieve the look!
here’s no better time to bring the outside in, with natural woods, finishes and flowers finding their way into Christmas decor. “Go for wood tones that are lighter in colour and combines with white, creating Scandinavian simplicity,” says Nicole.
“Alternatively, darker tones of woods mingle with the woodland creates, and are mixed with traditional reds and greens for a warm natural glow. Woodland creatures including owls, squirrels and foxes in tones from natural browns to winter whites are a huge influence in 2015.”
It may not be a traditional Christmas colour, but cool blues are a hot trend this year. “Blue is big in so many ways in 2015,” says Nicole. “Every shade of blue from pale blue can be incorporated with champagne or frosted decorations, through the turquoise and royal blue used as a pop of colour with the metallic and brown tones.”
“Another big change this year is more blue and bright gold creating very strong, regal appeal. While we have had blues as a popular accent colour over recent years, they have predominantly been mixed with silver and white. This year the mix creates a far warmer palette.”
If you love metallics, don’t stop at silver and gold. Different tones and textures from platinum, rich gold through to copper and bronze and pewter and silver tones have exploded in popularity in recent years. “While gold has always maintained its popularity, the inclusion of other tones of browns, bronze, coppers and pewters have been predominantly as accent colours.
“This year we have seen more exclusive use of these tones to create one of the hottest neutral palettes. Rich luster, texture and elegance ooze from this combination.”
The beauty of this neutral palette is you can always add a splash of colour to make it your own. “Try burgundy, emerald green or even turquoise,” adds Nicole.
It’s time to scour op shops, vintage stores and even Granny’s cupboard for old Christmas decorations because the 1950s are making a comeback.
“Retro has been a strong theme at the Dallas Market for a couple of years but we have seen very little of it in Australia,” says Nicole. “This year, with the love of chalkboard art it has really grown in popularity. Black, red, white and apple/lime green are the colours to create this palette.”
“As a side line, sweet decorations including reindeer and elves reminiscent of the 1950 styles have been seen scattered throughout many of the glittery, fun themes for this year.”
“Christmas isn’t Christmas without the appearance of red, gold and green,” says Nicole of traditional Scandinavian designs. “While soft champagne replaced gold, and apple green replaced emerald green in Christmas’ past, this year we see the return of the traditional palette.”
“Emerald green was big in 2014 (and was the Pantone colour of the year in 2014), and this year it continues to shine. There is also a mix of gold and champagne gold in this year’s palette.”