One of the biggest joys of Christmas is making your home merry and bright for the season, and with the 25th just around the corner, there’s no better time to think about decorating! With so many gorgeous Christmas decorations from all around the world available online, there’s a lot of room to find your own personal Christmas style, beyond the classic red and green motif.
The history of red & green as Christmas colours
Red and green – heralded the world over as the traditional colours of Christmas – have their roots in religious symbolism: in the 1300s, Adam and Eve’s day was celebrated on the 24th of December, the green and red representing the apple tree, and the infamous apple, of the story.
The significance of the Christian symbolism has since abated, however, with red and green coming to represent Christmas in their own right.
What's your Christmas style?
In the same way that the significance of red and green has changed, so too has the style of the season: now, decorations are much more versatile, and even reflect the Autumn/Winter trends from year to year. For example, when brass and wood are in fashion in homewares, the Christmas decorations of that season will often reflect the trend.
While few will change their entire repertoire of Christmas decorations each year, there's still room to change your Christmas theme with a few unique ornaments: colours, materials, motifs, and finishes come in myriad options, giving you the chance to express your own festive style, whether it's rustic, modern, Scandinavian-inspired, or lavishly colourful.
Rustic Christmas Decorations
A rustic Christmas theme is suitable for traditional interiors. A cottage-style home or one that features lots of wood, open fireplaces or antique copper accessories is the perfect backdrop for this style.
Rustic Christmas style is also perfect for those who have lots of handed-down decorations that hold sentimental value. The organic, natural-looking features of rustic ornaments is wholesome and eclectic, so your old Christmas decorations have space to shine.
Achieve this look:
Choose ornaments made of unpolished wood, quilted finishes, and felt and wool. Opt for decorations in primary and neutral colours, rather than bright secondary colours and glitter. Handmade pieces are also perfect for a rustic Christmas theme: go for ornaments that are big and wholesome, rather than fragile and delicate. Traditional motifs, like stars, bows and stockings, go well here.
AARS CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
DATIA CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
NIBE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
RESDAL CHRISTMAS GARLAND
Scandinavian Christmas Decorations
Scandinavian Christmas decorations tend to steer clear of the green and red palette, or at the most, use these colours sparsely as accents to the typical Scandinavian theme. Like their interiors, a Scandi Christmas is made up of whites, greys, and wood and brass tones – with hints of red or green thrown in. Nordic Christmas decorations are simple by design, and are often symmetrical (baubles obviously work well here, but hearts, bells and pinecones match too).
Achieve this look:
Choose monochromatic-coloured ornaments made of natural materials, and which are simple and geometric in shape. Add a touch of glamour and flair with metallic pieces in silver, copper and brass, and break the sterility with natural wood.
To fill your tree or to decorate dining chairs or the Christmas table, try using simple white ribbon bows, which will give you that honest, clean look for which Scandinavian design is renowned. More intricate ornaments should be detailed in their construction – for example, carved wooden ornaments – rather than pieces that are glittery or colourful.
GRENA CHRISTMAS BAUBLE
IKAST PINE CONE
TORPA CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
GRENA HEART DECORATION
Modern Christmas Decorations
Christmas means something different for everyone, and so as times and traditions change, there’s no reason why the decorations shouldn’t, too. A contemporary Christmas theme is sleek, suave and subdued. With muted tones and sophisticated finishes, the modern Christmas style is elegant and uniform.
A contemporary Christmas theme is best achieved with a limited palette, with no more than five colours used on a Christmas tree or around the room. When selecting your colours, it’s okay to go traditional here: a blend of simple glass baubles or paper ornaments can help bring the Christmas theme through. A modern Christmas theme tends to be a little more adult-like, and instead of the cosy feeling of traditional decorations, will give your home a stylish festive edge.
Achieve this look:
Go for block-coloured decorations in paper and glass. Flair and a touch of glitziness works well, but opt for iridescent and metallic finishes rather than tinsel and glitter.
KABLI BAUBLE SET
Colourful & lavish Christmas Decorations
Warm and intricate, exotic and artistic, bright and lively: lavishly coloured Christmas decorations become the feature of the room, blending together an array of motifs and finishes for a statement tree and mantel.
Lavish and exotic decorations have the advantage of looking striking from afar, but boast a definite charm from close up thanks to their often elaborate and deep-looking designs. Like with the rustic theme, it’s easy to combine old, sentimental decorations with these baubles, because there’s no colour that won’t match.
Achieve this look:
For an exotic, colourful Christmas theme, select decorations that are hand-painted and feature intricate and delicate motifs. Shiny finishes help Christmas baubles to pop and reflect the light around the room. There’s no restriction for the colour palette here: the more, the merrier.