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Christmas Trends 2020

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, 

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads… 


If anyone else grew up watching Barbie and the Nutcracker or The Grinch, this trend is for you. Even if you didn’t, we are going to give you reasons anyway as to why this Candyland pastel trend is for you. After a tempestuous year, we’re mellowing out over Christmas with tones of pink raspberry sherbet, eggshell blue, butter yellow and peach puff hues. Fusing together, this candy trend is light and soft and a cheerful welcomed colour palette to start the Christmas season. Velvety textures and a medley of pom poms, flamingos, sugar coated doughnuts and gingerbread houses. This year we are embracing all the sweetness you can envision as we build pink trees and decorate them in pastel swirls, disco balls, vintage style candies and cupcakes. If you’re not sure how to approach this trend, we encourage a viewing of The Grinch (the 2000 version of course) and bring Whoville to life with a dramatic emphasis on all the good and gooey, pretty and polished.   


Escape the intensity of the summer sun this Christmas with the coolness of iridescence. Bring in brightness of pastel colours with reflective baubles and snowflakes. Swirl iridescent garlands around your Christmas tree for a look like it has been captured by icicles. Watch the light dance and play with the movement of iridescent behaviour, the modern holographic finish is bold but we can’t help but think of unicorns and all things shimmery sweet. Don’t be afraid to add pops of flat colour to your decor to bring out the blush and pearlescent hues. Ice blue, misty pink, washed aqua and porcelain peach are sure to show their heavenly faces throughout the merry season. When you feel overwhelmed by the craziness of Christmas, all you have to do is picture a pastel rainbow and drape your decorations in the colour changing surface.

Noosa Vacation 

As the year draws to a close, many of us venture to the seaside for fresh air and R&R. The Australiana trend was big last year, and this year it has refined into an Aussie beach inspired escape. Off to the shores of Noosa we travel this December for a Christmas of sage green foliage, homemade wrapping paper, decadent seafood spreads among tables decorated with champagne flutes and boutique ceramic dishes. Focus in on tones of tea tree green, Turkish blue, enticing corals and of course lots of caramel and bronze hues to reflect the golden sands found throughout the national park. This trend is a gentle approach to a traditional Australian Christmas and we encourage DIY decorations and eucalyptus bouquets juxtaposed next to an indulgent bar cart or some mistletoe draped from a crystal chandelier. 



We’re taking the nostalgia up a notch in 2020 with the illumination trend. As children, one of the ultimate memories of Christmas was venturing around your neighbourhood discovering the houses adorned in glorious lights. Feel transported this season with the simplicity of light and shape. Returning to structural elements, this trend focuses on an encounter with light. Embrace the art of observation as light shows capture the essence of Christmas with bulbs illuminating in an artistic installation. From orbs to trees, tunnels and overhead installations, there is no limit to how you design your space with the power of light. Radiant reindeers will bring enjoyment for the merry season while modern spheres allow for an innovative way to express the magic of Christmas.  

See the trends in action in our showroom at

The Prop House – 306 Vulture Street, Woolloongabba 4102. 

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

Chat to our retail manager today at sales@theprophouse.com.au




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