New Traditions Emerge in Holiday Decor
This year looking at the home-oriented magazines, viewing the blogs and browsing the Pinterest boards one trend has become abundantly clear. When it comes to holiday decorating it’s a year many of us seem to be moving away from traditional colors and images and instead embracing fresh approaches to holiday decorating. Neutral tones are being used more frequently, brought to life by mixed metallic, and also often changing the tone of the decor from holiday specific to instead embrace the entire winter seasonPhotograph from Pop of Pretty. Photograph from The Crazy Craft Lady.
Neutral palettes also allow for the accessories themselves to make the holiday statement. Once the holidays are past items can be easily swapped out, or simply eliminated, so the vignette can retain throughout the remainder of the winter season.
Neutrals also make a great background for the use of metallic, a trend from home furnishings carrying over into this holiday season.Photograph from Sarah Barkesdale Design. Photo from Camilla Styles blog. From Hommemaker blog, republished on Home Polish. The photo above incorporates not only the move towards greater use of metallic but also the combining of new and vintage items. Some of these are actually items used throughout the year but repurposed for holiday time. Photo from Camilla Style blog.
Holiday-specific items can be easily swapped out of such displays, but still projecting looks that convey “winter season” more than holiday. Such looks also tend to include both nature and more organic materials.Photograph from Better Homes and Garden. Photograph from Emily Clark.
Why is this happening? One impetus may be the growing number of households with mixed religions. Rather than adhering to the color rules of either, these households are creating their own color palettes. Another reason may be the amount of sheer effort, time and money involved in holiday decoration. Why through all of that to celebrate just a day of a few days? Instead, looks can be created that keep the home looking festive through the winter season. Or perhaps we just need a change, adding a bit more simplicity and calm to our surroundings in the midst of holiday chaos!comments powered by Disqus