There aren’t many who don’t love decorating their home for Christmas, kitting out the mantle with the best garlands, stocking up on more baubles than are needed for the tree and hanging those twinkling icicles along the gutter. For most of us, there’s nothing better than showing off your Christmas decorations for all the neighbours to see. Each year a new trend seems to emerge to help homeowners keep their Christmas fresh and up to date, whilst a lot of you love the traditional look there are a few who like to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ and bring some fresh Christmas style to the home. If you’re after a new Christmas look or simply want to freshen up your old faithful collection of decorations we’ve pulled together some Christmas lighting trends to help you.
Christmas trend no. 1: Industrial
Rustic industrial homes are great for this time of year, and can be so easily styled to incorporate a ‘Christmassy’ feel. Scandi designs can be associated with both the industrial and Christmas scene too and it’s what a lot of us would associate this time of year with. Just imagine a Scandinavian log home with stripped back walls and floors showing off the beauty of nature, it’s how many would picture Christmas and this season. Natural and organic accessories such as wood garlands, handmade holly wreaths and obviously Christmas trees all work well within the industrial trend, there’s something about industrial interiors, they give a warm and welcoming feel with warm textures and rustic metals such as bronze and copper. It’s all about stripping back and exposing the natural design of pieces you have in the home. For instance, exposed bulbs can look great at Christmas as they give a twinkling feature like stars in a wintery night’s sky. Metal designs also look great in a Christmas scene such as Litecraft’s Ampersand Marquee Light or rustic bottle designs with twinkling fairy lights inside.
Christmas trend no. 2: Starry Night
It seems you can’t go anywhere this season without seeing stars! We’re talking the pointy twinkling ones not the ones in the jungle. Browse through Instagram and Pinterest and you’ll find image after image of beautiful interior shots and you can guarantee 99% of the images will feature some sort of star in the shot. Stars are great because they are so versatile, not only do they look super cute during the festive season but you can also get away with them displayed in your home all year round. From marquee star sign lights, Star ceiling pendants, paper lantern star shaped accessories and even star shaped tea lights. And not to mention we even pop one on the top of the tree this time of year. There aren’t many homes that don’t feature some sort of festive star. To get this look simply add a star together with some other festive ornaments on a side table, along a shelf for the ultimate ‘shelfie’ or get your hands on one of our Litecraft Starry Night Wall Marquee Lights for the ultimate in illumination.
Christmas trend no. 3: Traditional and vintage red
One colour that sums up Christmas for so many of us is the colour red. Think Santa’s jacket and hat, Rudolph’s nose, the leaves of a Poinsettia plant and the berries on a holly bush. Red is also such a warming colour which is a must during these colder months. And it’s such an easy colour to inject and bring up to date in any interior trend. Whether you’re a vintage lover or industrial is your thing, red can be easily mingled into any interior over the festive period. Just adding pops of the colour from a plant or a handmade holly wreath will set the scene. Litecraft’s Vintage Red Lantern combines traditional red with a hint of industrialism as well as a warming illumination with the help of a vintage filament bulb. Stylist Emma Fishman styled a lovely traditional scene using our Lantern for Your Home Magazine this month, showing how easy it is to add a touch of Christmas red to the home.
Scattering red throws and cushions such as our luxury knitted reindeer range over your sofa’s and armchairs over the festive period will also help to create a cosy, welcoming and textured interior.
Christmas trend no. 4: Winter Wonderland
Christmas isn’t just about traditional, rustic styles. Bringing some ‘bling’ into the occasion is also a popular option and one we’re seeing a lot more of these days especially in modern and new build homes. Think winter wonderland meets the set of Disney’s Frozen. For those who like a bit of sparkle, you’ve come to the right place. Lots of white silver and crystal designs are a must for the winter wonderland look. Crystal chandeliers over the dining table and lounge area, decanter glass table lamps, disco ball style mosaic designs and grey shade floor lamps will add to this crisp and fresh festive look. Sequins are a must for this look, they create contrast, sparkle and add a feeling of luxury. Our Glitz sequin cushion range is ideal for this Christmas trend.
We’re seeing this look a lot over on Instagram too, check out this beautiful Winter Wonderland inspired look from @greyandglossy with some help from our Marquis by Waterford Annalee Crystal Chandelier.
Christmas trend no. 5: Light filled bell jars and cloches
It’s no surprise this style of lighting has made the list. There’s something about these glass designs that create a warm and whimsical feeling. And just wait until they are lit! They add something a bit different to a setting and can be displayed together with other festive designs without looking out of place. Cloche and bell jars designs are right on trend at the moment and that’s with or without lighting inside them. Litecraft offer a selection of styles including our 3 Light Tealight design which comprises of 3 mini cloche glass domes over a chunky tealight cup.
What’s your favourite Christmas lighting trend this year?