For us South Africans, warmer weather means Christmas is coming and Decorex SA has started to unwrap some of the festive season’s most stylish trends. Inspired by creating a comfortable, family space away from the hubbub of everyday life, this year’s festive season trends blend traditional inspiration with contemporary finishings. Think classic crystal table settings, fine china and elegant flatware along with more traditional holiday decor like wreaths and candles. Here’s how to incorporate this fusion of styles into your holiday home:
1. Minimalist but sparkly
Simple, clean, muted tones have made their way onto the scene this season. Incorporate silvers and whites into your table decor along with glossy, reflective table surfaces that offset twinkling Christmas lights. Try small, delicate baubles; simple, clean candleholders, long-stemmed candles, and brass and copper buckets for an interesting twist.
2. Circles, mirrors and glass
Include on-trend circular mirrors in your dining room space to break up the linearity without being overwhelming. Glass, especially handblown glass, is perfect to add a festive touch to your home. Try hanging mirrors on your tree as decorations, or putting up glass lanterns or baubles to add an air of elegance. Stemless, rounded wine glasses will finish off your table setting in a sophisticated manner.
3. Monochrome geometrics
Geometric shapes and muted grey and blue tones create an air of serenity and coolness in the summer to apartments and studios. For a more moody vibe, go for darker tones of grey and black along with candles and ferns to add some festivity to the space. Look out for black and white geometric Christmas stockings and gift wrap; monochrome printed table runners and clean-lined metal tree decorations.
4. Botanics and natural textures
Infuse minimalism with warmth by using dried flowers and branches in your decor. These work well with clean lines and smooth glass. Wooden items with metallic accents blend traditional with modern – try incorporating wooden bead accessories into your table setting for a proudly South African look and feel. Keep an eye out for botanic-inspired table accessories and breaded wreaths.
Allow your holiday spirit to overflow into outdoor greenery by including luscious garden plants in your decor scheme, along with juicy dark red and purple fruits. These natural finishes enhance the beauty of cooler metals and glass. For an easy detail, try placing a few handfuls of berries into iced water for a cool contrast.
6. Add a personalised touch
Personalising your home never goes out of style so try add an element of family into your design. Be creative and let your family’s traditions speak for themselves by incorporating heirlooms and photographs to your dining room.
7. Sleep sanctuary
If you’ve got extended family sharing your home for the festive season, try and add a festive element to their rooms to create a welcoming, warm environment throughout. Festive decor doesn’t have to be limited to the dining room.