Slowly it gets colder and winter is approaching. Shops have signaled us with gingerbread and Christmas items for several weeks that we should think about Christmas now. Time to think about winter decorations.
In addition to the well-known color trends for Christmas 2016, we see three new understated color trends for winter decorations this year.
As always the traditional red-and-white is also back in 2016. This time the color combination gets support from light gray to medium gray nuances. The gray tone is mostly the basis of accessories which leaves enough room for the red and white combination that reminds us our childhood days, as red frobles stars or red balls decorated the tree. We associate the color red with the symbol of love. Since Christmas is often celebrated as a time of love and peace, many use the red tones in Christmas decorations. The gray color gives the whole concept more flair and modernity. If the gray is made with soft materials, such as felt, wool, fur or fabric the color combination gets especially cuddly.
PANTONE has chosen baby blue and soft pink (Serenity & Rose Quartz) as the trend colors of this year, so it doesn’t suprise that the Christmas branch also produces pastel pink and bleu balls as well as decorative accessories in matching color nuances. The soft pastel tones match the winter weather and snow (if it still comes?) and give the home a nostalgic, yet light and playful flair. The two colors however are rarely mixed but conjure up into a white deco, partly with white-washed natural materials a slight romantic effect.
A color which was also worn in fashion this year is blue.
Denim was trendy unlike any years before. Blue tones from light to dark as blouses, dresses and t-shirts have accompanied us this spring and summer. This color also finds its place in winter decorations. The color palette of the blue tones is varied: medium blue, night blue or petrol, uni or mixed with other blues and cream colors, optical heat is generated. When the decoration is combined with warm old gold / brass colors, a copper-colored or reddish wood it creates a particularly elegant Christmas mood. Petrol harmonizes nicely with the metal color copper. Blue shades go very well with gold / old gold.
The color green belongs to Christmas for almost everyone. At best in the form of a Christmas tree. But this year intense shades of green are mixing the decors. We were also able to admire green in green, that is, tone-in-tone at the Tendence in Frankfurt. Minimalists decorate at least a tree and if you want to do this with understatement, you choose green balls and decoration this year. The mostly intense dark green acts harmoniously on driftwood trees and minimalist wooden constructions. But also green balls with fancy decorations, small dabs or slightly frosted make a traditional christmas tree very unique. You might also consider copper or gold accessories that can generally spice it up.
Natural materials are a must-have for almost every decoration.Under the theme “The Forest Calls”, Christmas 2016 is a real decorative spectacle for people with love for nature. Natural materials such as cones, nuts, chestnuts, bark, acorns and berries can be found everywhere. Especially with traditional Christmas colors and earthy tones, as well as bright natural tones – the fruits of the forest simply belong to it. Decorated with gold, copper or metallic brown-red tones even simple beeches or acorns get an opulent appearance in the decorations.
Even wild animals are a real hype this year. Whether on porcelain, table-ladders, cushions, napkins or as window decoration.
We’ve already seen this at Mars & more at the Tendence in Frankfurt which brought new life into the dusted country house style with its “animal decoration ideas”. For example the stylization of reindeer or birds is now largely ignored and the motifs are mainly illustrated in real photo quality or illustrated in its true nature. The squirrel and the hedgehog are very popular but also foxes, robins, boars and deer. In order to make it look harmonious you stick with 1-2 animals or use a consistent color concept.
Back to the Christmas colors: Winter is largely associated with the color white and so it is not surprising that decoration will be in white too this year. A pure white decoration tone-in-tone combined with a very reserved warm copper or bronze shade or a slightly grayish dark wood looks particularly puristic and modern. If you want it to look warmer you can also mix an old gold tone and choose natural white or creamy tones with the decorations. These color combinations fit perfectly into apartments with Scandinavian style.
The color combination orange-red-with strong pink seems to be an outsider.
Some people call it the “Boheme” style, “Marakesch”, “Oriental” or “Boho chic”. It reminds of the orient, of warmth and joy of life in the snowy winter days. With the intense colors Christmas tree look stunningly beautiful and opulent. But that’s not something everybody would agree with.
Light is also a symbol of Christmas and thanks to LED technology there are many small and large and partly battery-operated light chains which ensure the perfect decorationon on the table or at the window sill. Regarding candles, the trend is clearly heading towards larger stumps that are best in different heights and similar colors. Metallic effects on the wax candles are less present but the candles with “frost optics” are more suitable for the pastel trend.
What color combinations are interesting for you this Christmas?
Well, that’s a good question right? Find the color combination that suits you and try something new. Write us in the comments and let us know which favorites and ideas you have on this topic. We will deal with Christmas and decoration in the next weeks.