The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning to turn your home into a festive oasis to welcome family and friends. Before you start shopping for a tree and unboxing last year’s wreath, consider these holiday decorating trend predictions from the experts.

Holiday decorating trends to watch for this festive season

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Forest inspired home decor for parties; Image credit: Maryna Terletska / GETTY IMAGES

While neutral tones in a home have reigned supreme in recent years, experts expect a return to bright holiday decor. Cheerful, vibrant colors will emerge this festive season, says Etsy trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson. According to Etsy’s trend reports, there was a 346% increase in searches for disco ball decor, an 86% increase in searches for vibrant wall art, and a 24% increase in searches for colorful wreaths .

For traditionalists, you’ll be happy to know that classic hues, like reds, greens, tans, and rusts, are set to return, says Jessica Nelson of Jessica Nelson Design in Seattle, Washington. “Homeowners are excited about the color and they’re ready to bring some color back into their home,” she says. “I love the rich, welcoming feel of warm reds and greens in a home during the holidays.” Nelson adds that these holiday colors bring a nostalgic touch to a home, perfect for the season.

Natural Accents

As evidenced in recent years, people love going out to break up time spent doing remote work and other activities at home. Johnson says that reality continues to be represented in the home vacation setting. She expects to see natural foliage and greenery as decorative focal points for the holidays, as there has been a 118% increase in searches for nature-inspired home decor and a 37% increase in decor searches. inspired by the enchanted forest.

Thoughtful encounters

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everyone plays charades at a party and catches up; Image credit: Askar Abayev/Pexels

Before you welcome guests into your home for a holiday celebration, make sure you have a party trick on deck, says Rebecca Gardner, entertainment expert and founder of Houses & Parties. She says entertainment will be a big trend this holiday season after years of separation from loved ones due to the pandemic. Set the table with party cookies filled with fun invites and activities everyone will enjoy for the festive party.

Texture Keys

As the holiday season approaches, consider decorative pieces with texture to add to the home, such as velvet, mohair and bold patterns, Nelson says. “Love to see Morris + Co, nods to British textile designers and fun trims like fringe used too,” she adds. Other textured pieces like chunky knits speak to an on-trend alpine aesthetic for the holiday season, Johnson says.

Serve drinks

Along with offering a variety of games, Gardner says they have a selection of holiday cocktails on hand for adult guests, noting that changing when and what you serve is a trend this season. “Take out the niggers before dinner and with the espresso martini after dinner,” she said. “Make sure they’re ice cold and not too sweet.” Gardner recommends serving a generous batch from a silver punch bowl and elegant goblets.

Elaborate table decorations

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family reunions around a festive table; Image credit: Askar Abayev/Unsplash

Table decorations will take center stage this holiday season. “I serve an Otto Lenghi-inspired menu with exotic spices, lots of flavorful vegetable dishes, and an over-the-top tablescape,” says Gardner. “The trend of truth is that no one wants less, ‘myrrh’ being more and more fools.” Nelson expects to see “fun prints and patterns, as well as bows and embroidery popping up everywhere” this year, including in table settings.

Again, classic elements will complement the details of the table. Johnson says there’s been an 85% increase in searches for vintage mixing bowls, a 26% increase in searches for retro holiday decor, and a 14% increase in searches for vintage pyrex as people make meals for their holiday dinners.

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