Inspirational & colourful trends for Christmas

Just like fashion and homewares, festive occasions such as Christmas are influenced by trends including new colours and materials.

According to Annetta Palmisano from design agency bora.herke.palmisano, handmade and natural items are still a key focus for next year, however, there is also an emphasis on glamour and uniqueness.

Let’s have a look at four trends for the year 2019/20.

tender festivities: calm and peaceful

Moon, moonlight, stars and stardust are the inspiration for these festive decorations, which create a clean and reductionist impact. “Moving structures, delicate transparency, amorphous forms and reductionist designs conjure a festive, poetic and modern fairy-tale atmosphere,” says the agency of this style.

Colours: the delicate colour spectrum ranges from pale pastel and neutral purist shades to a cool gold. Light, reflected light, misted visual effects and haziness underpin this look. In addition, we find natural colourways that flow over materials such as stone, mother of pearl and paper.

Inspiration: new shapes―modern, clean-lined and amorphous―are what characterise this almost unreal, other-worldly style. It includes delicate glassware, often with soft reliefs, mirrored or double-skin effects.

Ultra-smooth and high-gloss surfaces are combined with matt finishes, stone effects, creased, folded and pleated surfaces, as well as high quality, often natural papers.

essential ceremonies: natural and authentic

This is a style full of emotion that combines modernity with natural colours and rustic materials. When it comes to festive decorations, handmade and natural items are what catch the eye.

Colours: an earthy colourway reflects a close connection between naturalness, modernity and rusticality. This is achieved by the meeting of calm, cool and purist neutrals with warm, burnt tones and a matcha green. Matt, raw and untreated finishes underline this unfussy look.

Inspiration: Dry to the touch, rough, broken surfaces, crackled textures and distressed surfaces are all about getting close to nature and plain simplicity. There are some striking, creatively experimental approaches to the use of materials, as well as an artisanal and rustic aesthetic. The result is unpretentious table decorations for festive occasions―but also for those special moments that one wants to enjoy in everyday life.

sweet traditions: joyful and effervescent

“This is a trend that sets great store by cute, witty details and an extremely youthful appeal―pretty little decorations bring joy and charm skipping into living spaces,” says the designer.

Seldom are classic items so youthful and uncomplicatedly jaunty.

Colours: ginger bread, peach, nougat, bittersweet, strawberry ice, coconut, rum and raisin, together with evergreen, create a recipe in which even traditional Christmas red and green have a vibrant and enlivening impact. Surfaces are reminiscent of icing, sugar pearls and glistening caramel.

Inspiration: There is an eclectic use of materials. Opaque white glass, coloured clear, milky glass, as well as net and latticino patterns in the glass are used for intricate ornamentation of vases and candle holders and find themselves in the company of knitted items and imaginative paper artwork. The patterns are creative, the motifs cute and pretty.

There is a brightly-coloured mix of Norwegian patterning, repeats, checks, diamonds, edgings and trimmings, hand-written patterns and drawings. Stylised, naive motifs and traditional ideas implemented in unconventional and striking ways, create eye-catching focal points.

luminous celebrations: glamorous und unique

A scenario full of party-time glitz and glamour, futuristic music, sparkly effects and iridescent Christmas garb, starring vibrant colours and glamorous surfaces.

Colours: These are based on a vibrant base colour. Beneath the elegant, dark nuances there is a mix of striking, intense colourways. Changing metallic colours and shade gradations bring out an exciting ‘colour melting’ effect.

Inspiration: The materials achieve dramatic effects through glittering opalescence and coloured, polished metallic surfaces. Use is made of sequins, sparkly discs, lamé and lurex effects, ultra-glossy finishes, shimmering feathers and velvet. Typical, too, are crystalline rock textures, marbling and metallic sheens in bronze and gold, which contrive to create striking, iridescent glassware.

These new trends will be showcased at Christmasworld Trends: 2019/2020