By Baldwin Design Council Member Miriam Dillon, Assoc. AIA, ASID
We are kicking off December with a feature on holiday décor. Thanksgiving was quite early this year, and it seems as though we all just jumped right into decorating for the holiday season. Candles are in the windows, wreaths on the doors, and lights surround our homes, but what excites me the most is seeing the latest holiday trends.
What’s new this year? I do love a traditional Christmas where I keep things simple and elegant. I often decorate our tree with my grandmother’s vintage ornaments and the many ornaments I have collected over the years. I even make room for the ornaments my children have made. I pull out the same boxes that have the same decorations, but it’s also fun to just mix it up and try something new.
If you are looking for inspiration, here are just a few of the Holiday Trends for 2018.
I am seeing a mix of metals that include finishes such as copper, brass, and platinum. Mixing these metals adds warmth to holiday decorations. This Asian inspired Christmas tree can be a beautiful holiday addition to any room when you add various copper and bronze glass ornaments. Mix in both matte and gloss for some added dimension. Wouldn’t this look lovely in a room that features chinoiserie wallpaper from de Gournay?
Mixing metal accents with natural materials creates a more rustic, casual setting. You can add in pine cones, wood, burlap and use a wood crate for a “tree skirt." I just want to pull out my cable knit sweater and light a fire next to this tree.
I spotted this beautiful interior on Craftberry and Bush. It is the perfect combination of mixed metals and natural materials while it provides a beautiful holiday setting that is also warm and cozy. How cute are those white ice skates tucked in under the tree for some added fun?
It’s not just plaid pants and ribbon. Plaid is popping up in table runners, accent pillows, throws, wrapping paper, and ornaments. The list goes on. I even added a few flannel plaid shirts to my wardrobe. It’s the first time I have ever worn plaid since my uniform in high school.
How pretty is this? I could see myself sitting here Christmas morning next to a roaring outdoor fire. Look at those giant bronze metal jingle bells! The metal accents keep showing up.
This is the prefect collage of Christmas plaid that I found on Pinterest from the Frosted Blog. The collage features the same winter table setting we just discussed!
Paper flowers, silk flowers, and dried flowers, to just name a few, are a fun addition to holiday decor.
This is one of my favorite tree images. Not only do I love the colors, but it is fun to see the ornaments (metal accent, of course!) on the floor and the tree packed with flowers. It's stunning! Maybe, this would be the perfect addition to a sun room?
Mixed metals, plaid and holiday florals are just a few of the many Holiday Trends of 2018. What are the trends you are seeing this season and what can we predict for 2019? Happy Holidays!