Decorating your home for Christmas 2022
Let's look at how we might like to decorate our homes for the festive season this year.
When researching Christmas home trends for this year we learnt that John Lewis & Partners reported record online searches for Christmas as the nation began planning earlier than ever for the festive season. Customers are spreading the cost of Christmas with 10 times as many boxed baubles sold, and trees up 37% in comparison to the same time last year.
'We know the festive period is full of special moments for families. We can see that, despite the cost of living pressures, customers are still determined to celebrate Christmas and are planning ahead to help spread out the cost,' says Claire Pointon, Director of Customer at John Lewis.
So, how might we be decorating our home spaces for Christmas celebrations this year? we've selected a few of the biggest design trends predicted for Christmas 2022.
Traditional red and gold are looking to be two of the top trending colours of Christmas 2022. Red accents against the green of a Christmas tree with gold allowing a sense of luxury. It's familiar and nods to Christmases past. And if buying new for this traditional look, it could be seen as a cost-effective investment as the red and gold theme can return year after year.'
Vintage Christmas favourites such as nutcracker ornaments provide warmth and nostalgia, you may have some or perhaps older family members who would like to make an early gift of some? Using vintage ornaments and paper decorations not only evokes happy memories of Christmas past but is also environmentally friendly. 'Paper ornaments have a nostalgic appeal, harking back to traditional Christmas crafts,' adds Abi Wilson, Head of Buying – Celebrations, at Habitat.
This was a new one for some of us! although one of the cooler team members brought some back from Copenhagen years ago apparently. Gonks, inspired by gnomes and hobgoblins found in Scandinavian and Nordic mythology, are 'bigger than ever this festive season'. Gonks perch perfectly on steps and stairs, beneath the Christmas tree, or by the fireplace, and retailers are expanding their product range considerably across various colourways and themes. They could be said to be rather charming, some might say cute, and certainly fun. (Read on for Scandi style)
Inspired by Nature
We've talked about the benefits of bringing the outdoors in on this blog, so bringing nature in to influence our Christmas decorations made perfect sense to us. This style combines greens and natural warm stone and caramel tones alongside natural materials to give a slightly rustic look. Go for lots of foliage and decorate with wildlife-inspired baubles and ornaments.
Mushrooms are also very much on trend this year, well according to some of the Ocean Marketing team! John Lewis is the place to go it seems.
and they sit well with Gonks too!
An effortless way to be on this trend is by doing something you might have done anyway! with a wreath. Always inspired by the beauty of nature they also make you particularly trendy this year! read on fro more on that...
Instagrammable door displays
Up your kerb appeal at Christmas time with the 'doorscaping' trend. It sounds a bit silly but as we said above, many of us were going to do this anyway. John Lewis reveals that sales of wreaths and garlands have soared 48% year-on-year as customers plan doorstop displays to delight their neighbours. Meanwhile, Habitat has extended its offering of garlands, wreaths and door ornaments this year to suit a range of styles. 'A festive front door is a great way to welcome guests and we're seeing the doorscaping trend start earlier each year,' Abi adds.
Your Christmas decorations needn't be restricted to just the front door, hallway and living room – extend them upstairs, too! As we turn our bedrooms into a cosy, festive sanctuary, a really simple way to embrace it is with seasonal bedding. 'We are seeing bedding becoming one of the most popular ways to decorate during the Christmas period,' says Anna Cross, Head of Buying - Home, at Habitat.
Maybe buying seasonal bedding is not for you, but why not simply take your festive decor into all parts of your home with your chosen style of baubles and decorations? add excitement and anticipation in the run-up to the big day upstairs too. And, if you have the space, such as an alcove or corner why not place a small second tree?
Classic winter white and Scandi style
One for minimalists and certainly a look that works well for Scandi interiors, just don't add too many Gonks. Use snowy whites and neutrals for understated elegance, lovely linens, tactile cushions and lots of greenery with a cool sparkle wreath will be perfect.
'Calming colours in the home can provide what many of us will be looking for; rest, enhanced wellness and that sense of unwinding this Christmas,' explain the team at Hillarys. 'Layer textured whites with sparkles of silver or gold for a purified finish. Cosy throws and blankets full of nubby texture are a must this year, especially when watching a Christmas film in front of the TV.'
Sustainability continues to be an important focus this year with retailers making a conscious effort to improve their products with eco credentials. If possible and within budget let's consider adding locally sourced artisanal, handcrafted, wooden, recycled glass and papier-mâché decorations as much as possible.
So there we are, just a few of the Christmas 2022 trends, or perhaps simply ideas and options. Most importantly let's create a comfortable safe space for ourselves, loved ones, friends and family with whatever the budget allows.
Thu 27 Oct 2022