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Christmas Trends 2019

Kitsch; adjective. Noun.

art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

Neon Nostalgia is the phrase we are using this Christmas to capture the main trends we will be seeing throughout the merry season. With the lead up to 2020, neon lights have been retrieved from the 50’s and here for another chance to illuminate celebrations throughout the world with luminescent logos. We also ditch the Hygge trend this year and embrace our Australian lineage. Texture and colour are in focus and from the kitsch to the koala, we’re here to show you all the fun and fantastic trends this Christmas.


Silent Night, Neon Lights

Santa’s throne covered in fairy lights, naughty and nice lists in blazing text, juxtaposed palm trees with baubles and Christmas trees made entirely of lights. There is nothing subtle or silent about this trend. Bring in the year 2020 with radiating trails of light. Inspired by the neon jungle trend, this Christmas, blend tropical greenery with shiny baubles for a euphoric festive occasion. Energy will be buzzing with hyper-saturated colours juxtaposed on raw brick backdrops. This trend will be a mix of unexpected characters next to the bold tones found in the iconic neon glow. When you think you’ve reached your illumination maximum… add a few more.


A Very Vintage Christmas

A very favourite trend here in the office; a very vintage Christmas is inspired by the retro tones of the 50’s and the nostalgia of delicate ornaments and colours only found in vintage stores. The revival of vintage Christmas includes delicate glass baubles and kitsch bubblegum wreaths. Drape lengths of pearls around your wreaths and deck your mantel piece with antique ornaments. We’re here for the revival of tinsel. Hear us out… let the cellophane material hint into your aesthetic by using small pieces throughout your living area (inside a clear bauble or wrapped around the crockery).  We want to see ornaments that make you nostalgic for your childhood and kitsch decorations that should have been donated but now reminisce a bygone era.


In the Spirit

Let’s party like Gatsby this Christmas. Inspired by the decadence of the 1920’s, the burgundy trend sees the glitz and glam of the 20’s re-imagined with luxurious velvet ribbon, sparkling baubles and plush feathers. From mahogany to raspberry, this colour trend is all about the depth of tone. Compliment these tones with copper or put a modern spin on it with accents of buttery gold and slate. Charcoal inflections will herald warmth and visions of nights by the fire. This trend is all about texture, with the velvet trend only picking up pace and bedazzling Christmas this year. Drape burgundy over seating arrangements, use in place-mats and be sure to wear the colour yourself this merry season. Guests will be drawn to you with the red hue capturing the spirit of Christmas. Go further with accessories of gold and glittering statement shoes. After all, “A Little party never killed nobody” …


Stay Golden

When you think of gold, images of grandeur and glamour come to mind. We’ll take gold this Christmas in anyway there is to offer; glittering stars on top of the tree, 2mH reindeer’s standing proud, gift boxes wrapped in shiny paper and tables twinkling with cheeky gold bells hinting to Santa’s close arrival. The best part about using gold as your focal colour this season is that you can match it with almost anything. Navy blue, check. Pink, check. Black or white, check. Olive green, check. Gold works as a metallic neutral tone, so it is perfect to be used throughout your home to highlight your table decor or dress your tree tip to toe in the honey shades of the sunset.


Deck the sheds with bits of wattle

As the last few years have seen the Danish Hygge trend “a quality of coziness that makes a person feel content”, transform to Swedish concept of lagom “enough, sufficient, adequate, just right”, to the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi, “finding beauty within the imperfections of life”. We’re taking 2019/20 as our year to show what ‘down under’ has to contribute. From the country to the coast we celebrate our lineage under blue skies, crashing waves and the minty pine aroma of our giant gum trees.

We’re all about foraging for eucalyptus and celebrating Australia’s rustic environment. Natural timber decorations will be found throughout the home, on both the tree and table. Transform your outdoor setting with simple branches decorated in twinkling lights and vases filled with raw cotton stems, proteas and wattle. Add these elements to your gift wrapping by enveloping your presents in olive coloured ribbon with twigs and leaves sprouting out of brown paper secured with twine. We encourage you to rummage in the undergrowth for natural treasures. Complete the look with twinkling stars, glass baubles and earth toned embellishments.



The direct french translation for black, noir is our seductive and stylish trend this year that captures the old Hollywood genre. Focusing on colour (or lack there of), it’s all in the detail with this Christmas trend. Mix textures timbers for the best result of the noir trend. Let us paint the picture for you; James Stewart’s face appears on your screen “A Wonderful Life” is playing. Decorations on the tree are a mixture of black, gold and white with a ribbon replacing the movement of tinsel as it swirls around the branches. The tree is illuminated with warm twinkling lights and their glow is cast onto gifts scattered underneath wrapped in geometric white and black wrapping. Tall thin candles are a matte black dripping wax onto the white table cloth. The flaw reminiscent of film noir heroes and the dramatic low-lighting, structuring a murder mystery. Less Gothic, more tuxedo.

Get ready for Christmas by visiting our showroom at The Prop House

– 306 Vulture Street, Woolloongabba 4102. 

or SHOP ONLINE now at www.christmasdecorationsbrisbane.com.au.

For more information, contact VM+ at (07) 3217 4500 or email info@vmplus.com.au




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