What’s decking your halls this holiday season? Are you straight-up, red-and-green traditional, or do you like to mix things up each year with your seasonal home decor? Though it might seem like reindeer, holly berries and wreaths never go out of style (and really, they don’t), it’s a fact that Christmastime color trends, hot holiday accessories and even ways of displaying your decor come and go like any other decorating fad.
Think you haven’t succumbed? Think about this. In the 1960s, aluminum Christmas trees had a shining (literally) moment. In the ’80s, who else remembers that “white tree” trend, not to mention garlands as fluffy as our hair? And as recently as two years ago, mixed metals were all the rage, combined with Pantone pops of turquoise, emerald, fuchsia and the like.
So what’s hot in holiday home decor this year? How are designers decking out their own homes, and the homes of their clients, in 2015? We’ve caught up with a few (which is tough when they’re out running around wrapping banister rails with garland and placing berry stalks on mantels), and here we bring you their gorgeous style tips. In a word, think “natural.”
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Stacy McSpadden, interior designer with Chestnut Hall, says one super-hot trend this year is “a very natural Christmas.” Think bringing inside the wintry outdoors. “Pine cones, neat birch sticks and combining that with pine,” Stacy says. “Cotton is another thing that’s popular, using natural stems of cotton. It’s been a lot of bringing nature in.”
“New to me is the woodland theme, or more natural everything,” adds designer Anne Canale of Anne Canale Designs, who stays extra busy throughout November and December doing holiday decorating for clients. And for more adventurous decorators, it’s cool this year to think not only outside, but outside the box. “I’ve used some antlers and feathers, some dried hydrangea and eucalyptus,” Anne says.
Calm & Classic
As for color, natural is blending with a backdrop of neutral. Gallery-white walls are hot, and along with that trend comes a penchant for monochromatic color. “One thing that really pops this year, and we’ve sold a lot of it, is almost a neutral Christmas,” says Chestnut Hall’s Stacy McSpadden. “Lots of greens, different colors of green and some whites, and throwing in some gold, like a pale, shimmery gold.”
But really, anything looks good with white, and that’s why classic reds and greens are back this year, too. “I think it’s more elegant to stay simple with the classic colors,” says Memphis interior designer Lindsay Barton. “I’ve been to some of the stores, and even just thinking about decorating at my own house, I’m really seeing people going back to the classic color combinations of red and green and silver and gold.”
A new twist that plays off a trend in home decor is plaid, Stacy McSpadden adds, noting that plaid ribbon is popular this year. “In interiors, plaid is being reintroduced, and a lot of people like pulling in plaid textiles with their Christmas decorating,” she says.
Antique brass hardware, gold jewelry … we’re seeing gold everywhere we look these days, and it’s no exception in holiday home decor. Anne Canale says gold continues to be prevalent at market, “but it seems that people are wanting more silver and champagne than gold.” She adds, “That follows the trend of using more cool colors. You see that being reflected in Christmas decor.”
Two years ago, we were mixing in copper and bronze. Now the look is a little softer, but gone are the days of all silver or all gold. Just like wearing white after Labor Day, that one-metal rule is meant to be broken in 2015.
All About You
In holiday design, as in home design in general, the best way to decorate is to be yourself. The most well-dressed homes are always ones that reflect the personalities of their owners, even while embracing current trends. “I know for myself this year, for my front door I wanted to go really natural,” Stacy McSpadden says. “I just did a really pretty live wreath. I put some ribbon and some pine cones on it and went natural, not so fussy.”
Memphis interior designer Sean Anderson approaches holiday decor the same way he approaches design in general. “I find the most integral part of holiday decorating is to stay true to the look and style and feel of the home,” Sean says. For example, in a room in his own home with a black and white color scheme, he used black ornaments with mixed metallics. “Black is not normally what you’d think of as a Christmas color, but it complemented the home and continued the sense of cohesion throughout,” he says.
For her part, Lindsay Barton prefers a look that’s simple and timeless. “When clients ask me what to do with their houses — and I operate this way with my own house, too — I say work in your family’s pieces,” she says. “If you’ve got decorations that have been passed down or pieces that your kids have made, to work in those elements makes it fun and lighthearted, and I think it keeps it elegant and homey.”
In my own house, I’ve skipped the bling-y ornaments this year and scaled back to a more classic, ribbon-wrapped tree that highlights my family’s travel ornament collection and reminds us of the places we’ve been. I love a home that embraces the people inside it during the holidays — a cozy hearth, a festive dining room, warmth and color all around. And when it comes down to it, whether your tastes lean to the trendy or the classic, the important thing during the holidays (and any time) is how your home makes you feel.
So no matter how you choose to deck your halls, we at StyleBlueprint wish you a wonderful and happy holiday season filled with laughter, family and friends!