Holiday Decorating Trends for 2019/20

by Karen LeBlanc
Modern living room with fireplace and christmas tree

Emerging Color and Design Trends for Christmas

As the holiday season approaches, attention turns to planning parties, events and decorations. The overarching theme for holiday decorating is authenticity and craftsmanship with a generous dose of Mother Nature. One of my favorite sources for holiday décor trends is the Christmasworld trade fair, held in Frankfurt, Germany. After reviewing their trend reports and a few of my own sources,  I bring you the holiday materials, themes and motifs trending for 2019 and 2020.

A Celebration of Craftsmanship:

Christmas tree decoration

Christmas tree decoration, wooden star with reindeer hanging on the fir tree, beautiful festive background, winter holidays decor

Holiday decorations that celebrate the essence of craftsmanship set the overarching theme for 2019 and 2020. The look curates labor-intensive, handmade decorations rather than mass-produced, disposable, destined for the landfill embellishments.  The charm comes form simplicity, a reductionist style.


Christmas tree on background

Christmas tree on light wooden background

Mother Nature decorates for the holidays with raw, organic materials paired with rough-hewn and modern surfaces such as coarse wood and veneered wood. Envision wreaths of dried flowers or twigs and leaves paired and table settings and fire mantles adorned with pine cones and sprigs, acorns, twigs and grasses. 

Sweet Traditions:

Sweet Traditions is a theme emerging from Christmasworld, a massive trade show of holiday decorations held in Germany. Christmasworld describes it as joyful and personalized with decorations of handwritten messages and hand-drawn images in fresh colors such as peach, red and berry tones.  Imagine Christmas stars in various sizes, made from paper and folded, cut, glued and painted all by hand.

Luminous Celebrations:

Christmas tree background

Christmas tree background

Chistmasworld also predicts luminous, opulent, the iridescent decor will be a trending theme for 2019/20. The look exudes elegance and glamor incorporation dark shades mixed with shimmering metallic colors, iridescent surfaces, sequins, sparkly discs, ultra-glossy finishes, lurex effects, velvet and feathers. 

The color scheme includes reds, blues and gold, accented with black, pinks and purples. 

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