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Holiday Decorating Trends for 2019/20

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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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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food.