Each year Christmas brings a fresh opportunity to decorate your home in new and exciting ways, finding new inspiration for festive displays and magical Christmas trees. As ever with trends, they tend to reflect our wider concerns and moods, and this year seems to be no different with its focus on colour and kitsch, as well as natural and sustainable themes.
We've rounded up some of our favourite Christmas decorating trends for 2018 to give you some inspiration for your home.
Colour and joy abound in this trend, where your tree becomes even more of a statement piece. This one comes from John Lewis's 2018 collection, with trees covered in baubles that move through the colour spectrum as you go from top to bottom. This is repeated elsewhere in wreaths and individual decorations, creating a riot of colour and festive cheer.
The traditional Christmas decoration colours are nowhere to be seen in the trend for peacock blues and greens. Shimmering baubles in teal and aquamarine create a luxurious feel, and the use of peacock feathers and other statement pieces will give you a stunning overall look.
To head to the other extreme, natural trees are also very in, with minimal decoration to show off the greenery of the tree itself. With just some white lights to illuminate it, and some other matching displays of evergreen foliage and winter flowers, you can truly bring the outdoors inside. Wreaths, mantelpiece displays, and pots of complementing blooms can really bring this look together and make it luxurious but understated.
Brown paper parcels
Wrapping paper is one of the most wasteful aspects of Christmas, and much of it can't be recycled. Using recyclable brown paper and string not only makes gift-giving much more environmentally responsible, it also looks beautiful and very traditional. You can style up your packages with ribbons and bows than can be reused, and everyone will love unwrapping them just as much seeing them piled up under the tree.
This has been a huge trend generally this year, and now it's making its mark on Christmas decorations. From sausage dogs dressed up as royal guards, to glittery cacti, multi-coloured baubles and more, a kitsch Christmas can be a lot of fun and look very festive. Colourful lights and streamers add to the vibrant retro feel. It's easy to find new kitschy decorations from many different retailers, but you can also easily find genuine retro decorations online for that authentic touch.