Etsy’s resident trend expert, Dayna Isom Johnson, has unveiled the top Christmas home decor trends for 2020 – and cheerful citrus accessories, bursts of tie-dye, and outdoor decor are some of the biggest themes to have on your radar for the festive season.
Whether you’ve started planning your decorating scheme or need some inspiration for your home, Dayna talks House Beautiful UK through the comforting and creative pieces of decor many of us are currently craving.
Take a look at them below…
1. Insect prints
This year, Etsy has seen a spike in insect-print accessories, thanks to our rediscovered love for nature. Lockdown may have forced us to slow down, but it also gave us the chance to zip up our walking boots and reconnect with the outdoor spaces around us.
“For Christmas, expect to see things like dragonflies printed on plates and bees buzzing on pillows,” says Dayna, who is also a judge on NBC show Making It.
2. The ‘indigo show’
Want to add a pop of colour to your home? Dayna says many of us are swapping traditional festive red and green for bolder, quirkier hues.
“I like to call this one the ‘indigo show’ – this trend is coming from our love of tie-dye which we’ve all been doing all year long,” Dayna explains. “It’s not that it’s going away, but this is the sophisticated sister of tie-dye. It’s all about stemming back to that natural element; using those natural ties, but making them more sophisticated for table linens.”
3. A cosy sanctuary
Creating a comfortable and cosy home environment can help offset the struggles modern day life throws our way. Dayna explains that this year, more than ever, people are wanting to create a “real sanctuary” and a “cosy space”.
Put comfort into the heart of your Christmas scheme, whether it’s in the form of luxuriously soft weighted blankets or decadent throws. Curling up with a festive film just got an upgrade.
4. Cheerful fruits
On the hunt for some unique Christmas tree decorations? Put down the glass baubles and add cheerful fruit-themed decorations to your shopping basket instead.
“When it comes to motifs for the home, it’s all about the cheerful citrus. It’s about bringing in those traditional summertime fruits — think lemons and grapefruits — into the Christmas season,” says Dayna.
“Bring that zest to this time of year. You’ll see sunshine-sliced wreaths or wood ornaments. Anything that’s super traditional for the season will have that splash of summer that everyone is trying to hold on to so dearly.”
5. Natural elements
Who says fresh foliage and dried eucalyptus bouquets are simply for springtime? It’s time to rethink your flowers and bring the outdoors in, as Dayna tells us it’s all about natural elements for 2020.
“I love the outdoors, but it’s become the scene of entertainment, the gathering space for friends and family. Because we’ve spent so much time in nature, it’s now having even more of an influence on decor. So you’ll see lots of raw wood, dried foliage and fresh greenery incorporated into holiday decor,” she explains.
6. Outdoor decor
Etsy has also, unsurprisingly, discovered a surge in fire pits and throw blankets. ‘This trend is about making your front door or lawn look festive and fun. We can’t go to a lot of places, so why not bring that Christmas cheer to your neighbours,’ says Dayna.
“We’ve devoted so much time to making the inside of our homes special and cosy, but for Christmas, it’s about how we can bring that cosy indoor feeling to our outdoor spaces. We want to make sure people feel safe and comfortable outdoors.”
7. Creative candles
Nothing starts the countdown to Christmas like candles; whether it’s advent candles or fun festive scents. But, for this year, they’ve taken a creative turn.
Dayna explains: “I’ve seen lots of structured, beautiful coloured candles making waves on Etsy. What is a beautiful tablescape without candles? We’re so used to the white tapered candle or the round hurricane candle, but sellers are taking it up a notch. I’ve seen twisted candles, some with jewel tones, others with ombre hues. They’re beautiful and statement-making and will completely change the way we decorate our tables.”
Tapping into a desire to be at one with nature, cottagecore has never been more relevant in our lives than it is today. “Lots of us from urban areas are fleeing to the forest. But when you can’t be in those environments, how can you make your own home feel like that?” asks Dayna.
“Another element to this trend is stripping yourself of all the technology, because we’re constantly looking at a screen. This trend is really about taking it back to years ago when we were baking, using our hands, being creative, looking to nature as our source of inspiration and spending time with our family.”
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