Top Christmas decorations trends

Feeling less than inspired by the old decorations you’ve dug out of the attic? It’s the ultimate festive centrepiece, so we’re big believers that your Christmas tree deserves the best – there’s really no sadder sight than a forlorn fir. As the countdown gets underway, head over to ours to treat your tree to the makeover it deserves this year.

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Traditional Christmas tree decorations


MERRY TALES


The highlight of the Christmas countdown, decorating the tree is a date that deserves to be in the diary alongside the most anticipated party invites. This twist on the traditional feels like a celebration of the act itself – unloading the boxes of red and green baubles, finding old favourites and searching for branches that aren’t already weighed down with a decoration (or two). This year’s update - shot by interiors blogger Melanie Lissack - is a certified crowd-pleaser. Mixing forest finds with nutcrackers, retro cars and plenty more, it’s charming, child-friendly and easy to integrate with your ‘vintage’ Christmas decorations (yes, even the homemade ones you promise to chuck every year).

“Mix hand-crafted treasures in with old family favourites”

Whilst the ‘more is more’ mantra is key to this trend’s appeal, there is some method in the madness. To maximise the mix-and-match feel, choose just one or two of each decoration and try to keep the larger baubles towards the bottom of the tree. It’s worth going easy on the glitz – whilst we’re not declaring this a tinsel-free zone, a base of earthy tones and wood accents will help to balance out bolder decorations. Instead of gold, add warmth via berry red baubles, tactile textures like felt and wool and consider a snow-tipped tree for that cosy cabin feel.

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Scandinavian Christmas tree decorations


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We might not actually be spending this year sipping Glögg and watching the snow fall from a chic Copenhagen apartment, but boy do we know how to fake it. Yes, the Scandi Christmas trend is still going strong, and for good reason – it’s eternally chic, requires minimal investment and is, quite simply, very easy to live with. This year, we’re putting aside the pinecones et al in favour of stars, shimmer and glass decorations inspired by the beauty of a winter sky. Think the same minimal Scandi cool, updated with a dash of festive sparkle and a nod to this season’s star trend, all styled by interiors writer and stylist Cate St Hill.

“A nature-inspired Scandi scheme meets Copenhagen cool”

Start by hanging some simple matte decorations - like these versatile white stars – then layer in metallics until you hit your shimmery sweet spot. Mixing shapes and finishes will keep it feeling contemporary rather than clinical – try lustre, glass and antiqued finishes in a range of round, onion and teardrop styles, filling in gaps with mini baubles. A few of these ribbon-tied decorations will add welcome softness and a hand-crafted feel to the scheme. And don’t forget the classic brown paper-wrapped presents to complete the look – the daschund is optional, but very much encouraged.

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Pink and gold Christmas decorations


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We’re not averse to a little non-conformist colour on our Christmas tree, and saturated tones styled well can still feel curated. If the rainbow tree trend feels a little too far out, this pink and metallic idea could be just the Pinterest-approved alternative you’ve been looking for. It’s a clever way of exuding warmth without the traditional red and green - these pinks are less punchy and more millennial, layered with ultra-chic blush, champagne and rose gold tones. Equal parts feminine and fun – aka how we like to think we look during party season – it’s just the touch of Gatsby-ready glamour that Christmas was made for.

“This Gatsby-inspired trend is equal parts feminine and fun”

Stick to a sophisticated colour scheme and dial up the drama with interesting shapes and textures, à la Melanie Lissick’s expert styling. The beauty of this trend is that every bauble is a standout, so forgo the filler in favour of everything from glitter-dipped designs to pink feathered fancies. Look out for lustre, pearl and foiled finishes, too, adding a little edge with angular geo and gemstone shapes. And whilst tinsel might be the most controversial Christmas staple to make the yearly pilgrimage from the attic, here its texture, slightly retro feel and unashamed sparkle works wonderfully.

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