Christmas Interiors: The Top Three Design Trends

By Oliver Burns

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December 2, 2017|Trends

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  • hristmas for most conjures up images of a roaring fireplace festooned with stockings, tables laden with a festive banquet and rooftops covered in a dusting of snow. It is these age-old traditions which make Christmas such a nostalgic and special time of the year. Typically associated with the colours red and green, a modern Christmas can be just as enchanting as a classic one. From a rustic and minimalist scheme to an opulent affair with metallic accents, we explore three key seasonal trends for 2017 and provide our insider advice to creating a thoughtfully designed Christmas.
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The Alpine Retreat

The trend for rustic interiors that draw on nature for inspiration is a popular choice for any time of the year, but it is in winter that this style truly comes into its own. Borrowing elements of Scandinavian interior design such as a pared-back palette and rustic touches, this is understated elegance at its best. The Danish concept of hygge is central to this design scheme with it’s emphasis on comforting and inviting spaces. Soft grey and accents of silver form the backdrop, evoking the colour of stark skies, frost and the translucent light of winter. Tactile woods, faux horn and furs and sumptuous wools add warmth and are an authentic and inviting addition to any winter retreat. Natural elements such as branches of silver birch, frosted pine cones and vibrant eucalyptus and mistletoe make for an enchanting and festive display, that has the added bonus of lasting well into the New Year.

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Luxe Metallics

The fashion for metallic accents in interiors is shining bright; a trend that is showing no signs of dimming anytime soon. Gold remains an enduringly popular and classic choice for the festive season, adding an instant sense of opulence to the home. However, for a more modern and on-trend approach, opt instead for the lustrous shine of rose gold or copper accents. Exquisite gold-plated and Swarovski crystal ornaments by L’Objet pair beautifully with luxurious velvet in rich jewel hues of emerald and teal for a sumptuous look. Joanna Buchanan’s sparkling array of insect ornaments reference both this year’s design trend metallic as well as curio objects, and look magical glittering between the branches of the Christmas tree.

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For a contemporary take on Christmas, a monochrome scheme is an excellent on-trend option. A timeless backdrop of black and white provides the ideal canvas to introduce more statement colours or objects without competing for attention. Graphic shapes and patterns add visual interest whilst paring with subtle silver finishes makes for a sleek, minimalist aesthetic. Christian Lacroix’s Sol y Sombra tableware collection complements this trend beautifully. The result of a partnership with porcelain experts Vista Alegre, the luxury dinnerware is crafted from the finest Portuguese porcelain and features a striking monochrome design with hand painted touches of platinum and gold. Best of all, this elegant tableware can still be used and enjoyed long after the last mince pie has been eaten.

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Whether you opt for a clean and minimalist approach or an ornate affair with plenty of lavish details, our guide will ensure you have your most stylish Christmas yet.



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