Decor Trends for an Even Happier Holiday

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WORDS BY Gillian Grefe

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Published on October 25, 2020

‘Tis almost the season. Whether you believe the holidays begin right after Halloween (no judgement) or wait until December first, there’s nothing quite like decking the halls—sugar cookie in hand, Christmas jammies on, and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” on the radio.

While you can’t go wrong with traditional décor, this season’s trends are too good to keep to ourselves. Pour the eggnog and light the fireplace—here is our Design Lead Heather’s spirited inspiration to make your home all the merrier this Christmas.

Nostalgia and the holidays go hand in hand. There’s a collective longing for the warm fuzzies as we feel wistful for the good ol’ days of cocoa, carols, and connection. This year, we’re seeing a rising appreciation for old fashioned decor—think nutcrackers, snow globes, ceramic houses, and wooden ornaments. Just because we may not be able to travel over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house, we can still channel her warmth by filling our home with treasured heirlooms from the days of yore.

Embrace free spirited style and introduce an exotic and global flair to your holiday scene. Stray from the traditional greens and reds for a more vibrant pattern of pinks, golds, rubies, and saffron yellow. When in doubt, go for decor with tassels and fringe, and strands of wooden beads in lieu of leafy garlands. Weave in handmade elements with lots of natural texture for a more personal touch. Feel free to get playful, (llama ornaments, anyone?) and forego the traditional pine for a collection of colorful bottlebrush trees.

Celebrate the season celestial style with constellation-inspired décor. Opt for a moody palette of rich navy and deep blue, and scatter in accents of silver and gold for a touch of glitter. Weave in star elements such as ornaments and paper lanterns, and fill your home with an abundance of twinkle lights for a heavenly glow. Not sure where to start? Let these stunning plates from West Elm be your inspirational guide.

Holiday Color Palettes

Minimalism is one style trend we predict will be making a big impact this holiday season. Instead of going over the top by setting out all the pieces you’ve collected over the years, opt for Scandinavian simplicity and the notion of embracing beauty in imperfection. Seek more natural decor, especially pieces that have craftsmanship and story. Stick to a neutral palette of whites and beiges reminiscent of winter, and choose organic textures like wood beads, woven textiles, wool layers, and plaster accents.

Staying at home this holiday season? Transform your space into a cozy cabin dream. Start with a foundation of plaid to establish a rustic, outdoorsy character—top the couch with plaid pillows and snuggle up under plaid flannel sheets and jammies. Bring in lots of natural greenery, such as draping a garland over the mantle and weaving sprigs into your shelves while accenting with red berries and pinecones for forest feels. Decorate with sophisticated reindeer statues and adorn the tree with woodland creature ornaments. And of course, go all out with the faux fur. Toss a fluffy throw blanket onto the sofa to ward off chilly winter nights. 

While the holiday season may feel a little different this year, keep the spirit alive by switching up your holiday décor for a fresh feel sure to keep you cozy as the nights grow longer. 

Words by Avery Johnson