Granted, Christmas might look a little different this year (miss you, Winter Wonderland), but there’s one sure-fire way to offset all that COVID-induced doom. And that’s to jazz up your home with as many of the best Christmas decorations as humanly possible. Seriously: decorate the hell out of it.
While wreaths, Christmas trees and Christmas stockings may reign supreme year after year – they’re classics, after all – it’s nice to update your Christmas decoration collection with every trip around the sun with decorations and ornaments that are reminiscent of the times.
With that in mind, we caught up with Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy’s Trend Expert, to find out what Christmas decor trends we should be incorporating into our ornamentation this year.
“People might be hosting Christmas for the first time this year since they’re not travelling,” she said. Rule number one: Christmas decorations are going to be more over the top than ever as we all hunker down at home. “Sustainability and personalisation are also going to be huge, especially as everyone tries to be a bit kinder to the planet,” she continued.
“In terms of top-level motifs, Cheerful Citrus is set to be big on Etsy. Lemons, grapefruit, oranges, summery themed citrus fruits that we typically align with the summer will now be integrated into the Christmas season. Because we need more cheer! You’ll see this across ornaments and wreaths. And that’s the same with natural elements. We’ve learnt this year that the time we spend outside is a time of reflection, so we’ll continue the celebration with our Christmas decoration with plenty of raw wood and dried foliage.
“Lastly, we’ve coined the trend “Indigo Show” – coming off the back of the tie-dye trend which was huge over lockdown. This is the sophisticated version, because tie-dye is not going away. Lots of our sellers are using natural dyes and injecting indigo across their table linens and stockings.”
Anyone else left wanting to ditch Halloween altogether and decorate their homes for Christmas right about NOW? Minced pie and mulled wine in hand (nope, it’s never too early), we’ve spent the past week hunting down a plethora of stylish Christmas decorations to make your festive season the merriest yet – with Dayna’s tips in mind. ‘Cos we’ll be decking the halls with Christmas wreaths, Christmas stockings and Christmas trees galore before we know it.
We’ve looked back through the archives, scoured Pinterest and spoken to our favourite festive retailers (Selfridges, Oliver Bonas and Graham & Green, we’re looking at you) – and the Christmas decorations we’ve found are something rather special.