Decorex SA illuminates this year’s Christmas trends
This Christmas season is awash with blushing pinks and subdued hues that perfectly accent the fresh flowers and greenery that will adorn rooms and table settings as the festive atmosphere takes hold. Moving away from the excesses that have come to dominate the month of December, this year will see a more toned-down approach with emphasis placed on enjoyment with family and friends.
The South African Christmas is about getting outside and enjoying the summer sun with those closest to us. Pool parties, picnics and outdoor feasts featuring colourful summer berries and sparkling wines is what Christmas 2017 is all about. But, rather than overindulging, the trend is to make the most of everything, putting meaning into each individual piece.
Here are some ideas about Christmas trends from Anita Bloom, Decorex SA’s Creative Director.
Create that on-trend Christmas
Gliding away from the loud bubblegum pink that was popular in the past, 2017 will see Christmas ushering in the soft pink hue of the ‘Millennial Pink’ trend. Dominating décor, furniture and fashion, this blushing colour will also form the delicate backdrop of the three Decorex exhibitions taking over Durban, Joburg and Cape Town in 2018.
It’s a great idea to mix the blushes with different shades of pink and white with soft touches of metal and glass. This really makes a statement, both for the table décor, as well as for tasteful Christmas tree decorations. Bringing in candles with their soft light also creates a beautifully cosy atmosphere.
This same treatment of pink is being seen with paint trends too. The Kansai Plascon Colour Team recommends combining a shade like Pink Marshmallow with a few rose gold accessories to pick up the blush undertones, all while adding a sense of seasonal glamour.
Keeping it natural
This fresh and natural trend will breathe new life into your Christmas this year as flowers and green leaves weave their way into the décor. Take a trip to the local flower market for a kaleidoscopic selection or just bring the outdoors indoors by taking fresh foliage from your garden to enliven the Christmas tables. Scatter cushions in the garden is a colourful way to bring the indoors outdoors, extending the comfort of home for those relaxed midday picnics with family and friends. Put a home-grown touch on your Christmas décor by creating your own festive wreaths using green leaves.
The soft, neutral pinks and whites are perfectly complemented by the incorporation of matte gold cutlery and touches of different metals in your table settings. This contrasts beautifully with the natural elements of wood, glass and ceramics.
Personalise your table décor with handcrafted decorative accessories while walls can be stencilled using playful colours and designs. Localise the Christmas season by using ceramic plates with African prints either for decorative wall hangings or displayed on the table itself. You can actually extend your table theme with an over-pattern treatment on other surfaces.
Embrace the ‘less is more’ trend embodied in the Scandinavian ‘Lagom’ which encourages more frugality in all aspects of life. In Christmas, this ethos of moderation which strives for ‘adequate sufficiency’ translates into clever purchases and elegant minimalism. There are many subtle ways to make your home feel cosy without excess. Using freshly cut flowers and leaves from your garden decor; home-made stencils on walls or re-decorating old plates are just some options.
A great way to bring families together is through shared food in a beautiful setting which is why this Christmas, outdoor feasts incorporating summer fruits and healthy snacks are trending. Picnics in the garden with scatter cushions or elegant outdoor meals with gentle pink hues and contrasting metal and wood will create an inviting setting for festive feasts.