Deck the halls with these 2021 Christmas decorating trends

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Excited to dig out the decorations this festive season? We’ve gathered 2021’s biggest Christmas decorating trends to get your abode ready for December 25…


Botanical Beauty 

It might be cold outside in the northern hemisphere, but in Australia we’re all about celebrating an indoor-outdoor Christmas in the sunshine. Inspired by native Australian florals and greenery, the botanical trend is making it big in 2021 – think Eucalyptus-filled garlands, wattle-decorated ornaments and protea-adorned wreaths.

Botanical motifs are also appearing in everything from gift wrapping paper to bon bons and tableware. How blooming lovely…  

Blush and gem tones  

For a touch of luxury, opt for blush and gem tones. Teamed with metallic accents, this elegant look offers an alternative to the traditional ‘red and green’ while still keeping things classic. Hosting Christmas lunch? Decorate your table with coloured glassware, berry-hued napkins and golden cutlery.

When it comes to the tree, pops of pale pink add softness to a striking gem-inspired colour palette. Also, consider opulent textures that help set the scene – think velvet-flocked decorations, tassel-trimmed cushions and sleek metallic accent pieces.  

Contemporary sophistication  

Taking its style cues from Scandinavian culture and adding a touch of youthful flair, this trend is less about making your home look straight out of a Netflix Christmas film and more about creating ‘dinner party vibes’. Seek out modern favourites like pillar candles, cut-glass glassware and dazzling twinkle lights.

Stylists are also featuring plenty of Scandinavian folded paper decorations, as well as minimalist Christmas decorations crafted from timber.  

Colour pop  

If you’re more about embracing the festive season’s more over-the-top side, go bold and fill your home with a rainbow of colour… literally. Deck the halls, your tree and your table with a skittles-like colour palette of bright tones. To really bring the trend to life, also have fun with patterns (peppermint swirls and rainbow stripes are popular options) and showcase nostalgic or pop culture-inspired ornaments.

Glittery doughnuts, your favourite Star Wars characters, a margarita glass – keep it personal and just have fun!  

White on white 

On the other end of the spectrum, an all-white colour palette creates a fresh and refined setting that will suit essentially any type of home. Transform your abode into a winter wonderland with fur-trimmed adornments, snowflake motifs and silver accents.

Or celebrate Australian summertime and go for a coastal look. Dried coral, oyster shells and pearly metallics pared with wicker and straw textures have timeless appeal. You can also find gorgeous coastal-inspired tree adornments, such as jellyfish ornaments and seashell garlands.

  Traditional charm  

After the craziness of the past couple of years, it’s no wonder that we’re drawn to the familiar and comforting. Stylists and home-owners alike are still drawn to Christmas classics like tartan patterns, holly-dotted wreaths and gilded poincianas.

Red, green and gold is here to stay, as are reindeer and star-shaped motifs. So hit play on some Nat King Cole, dig out your plaid pyjamas and go with tradition… it’s Christmas after all!   

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Article by Emily Russ

Article by Place Newmarket

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