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Christmas Trends 2016

Christmas has well and truly arrived in stores and homes and there are only two kinds of people at this time of year when the decorations appear.

Exhibit A

(so not us)

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Exhibit B

(yep, there it is)

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With the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) revealing that last year, we spent a whopping $47 billion dollars during the pre-Christmas trading period – it is certainly the wisest among us that embrace the ‘season of giving’ and what it can give back to you. To help you win over your customers (or friends and relatives for our readers at home) this Christmas, we have compiled a list of the top Christmas decorating trends for 2016. Read on to find out the hottest looks for the hottest season of the year.

 

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At the heart of this look are the heritage patterns, natural motifs and rich colours that evoke the magic of a warm and inviting traditional Christmas. Berries, evergreen foliage, bells and all things red and green will never go out of fashion and are sure to delight this Christmas and beyond.

 

Modern Metals

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This is far and away the strongest trend of 2016 and metallics such as copper, rose gold, champagne, gunmetal and silver are sure to make the leap from homewares, fashion and jewellery to Christmas styling. Paired with traditional Christmas colours of gold and silver, the look can be worked into a classic or modern setting with ease, making it highly versatile.

 

Think Pink

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Pantone’s Colour of the Year Rose Quartz is both fresh and classic, soothing and bold. This hue is enjoying a reach and staying power far beyond the usual trend and has been used on every product imaginable, and embraced by all genders. Harness the power of pink and incorporate this defiant hue into your decorating this Christmas.

 

Handmade Tale

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There’s nostalgia in the air and there’s no better time for sentimentality than at Christmas when we reminisce about the year that has gone and enjoy catching up with family and friends. Handmade touches such as papercrafts, weaving, stamping and vintage textures of hessian, letterpress and rustic timber will create a cosy atmosphere that will delight young and old.

 

Carnivale

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A tropical oasis, where lavish colours take inspiration from lush vegetation and colourful wildlife. Let emerald green, jewel purple and rich blue inspire you and incorporate motifs such as feathers and tropical leaves to create your very own shangri-la.

White Wonderland2016-tph-showroom-christmas-043

While in Australia we might enjoy a summer Christmas, we still love the romance and elegance of a white Christmas. Soft shades of white and cream and all things frosted and silver that shimmer and shine work just as well to cool down a white hot Christmas day.

Cool Coastal

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The answer to Scandinavian simplicity in an Australian setting, this look is cool, calm and minimal whilst still full of charm for the Christmas season. Natural materials such as driftwood, rustic timber, whitewash, and ceramics will work in a modern or traditional setting to inspire serenity.

 

For more Christmas styling tips and inspiration visit our Christmas page

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