Festive Interior Design Trends and How They Have Changed Over the Years.
George Michael isn’t the only one thinking about ‘Last Christmas,’ we are also thinking about how decorative Christmas trends have changed over the years. In the past ten years, we have seen new colour schemes and minimalism take over from previously loved traditions. Traditional styles, lights and even what we put at the top of the tree have all changed and contemporary trends introduced.
In 2009, the most popular colours to decorate with were red, gold, silver and white. 2021 saw silver reign supreme with gold adding warmth, that’s not all, we also see brightly coloured decorations spread throughout homes, neon hues saturating Christmas trees and glitter baubles adding that needed sparkle to our lives.
Larger trees have grown in popularity. In 2009, 4ft trees were the most popular. In 2021 7ft trees are the most popular size, coming in all sorts of shapes including asymmetrical and sparse trees, compared to the classic pine tree. Pre-lit Christmas trees are also on the rise. In 2009, John Lewis stocked just one kind of pre-lit Christmas tree and in 2019 stock forty different kinds of pre-lit trees, all with LED bulbs compared to the previous incandescent bulb.
The lights we wrap and drape around our trees have dramatically increased from 160 incandescent bulbs to cover a 6ft tree, to 480 LED bulbs to cover a 6ft tree. In recent years there has been an increase in neutral coloured LED lights such as white and warm white, replacing the classic red, green, yellow and blue incandescent string lights.
Baubles and Tinsel
Tinsel and baubles gained a sense of individuality over the years. In 2009, John Lewis stocked less than two hundred individual types of bauble and only three colours of tinsel (red, gold and silver). In 2019, the amount of individual bauble stoked by John Lewis increased to four hundred different types and eight different types of tinsel (iridescent white and rainbow being the most popular).
To top off the Christmas trends, let’s talk toppers. Star or angel? Perhaps a dove? Or a snowflake? The finishing touch of our trees have changed and developed to include many different kinds of toppers, from bows to stars, to angels and even light up tree toppers. In 2009, just four tree toppers were stocked by John Lewis. This number tripled in 2019.
Over the years, we have decided to add more class when it comes to decorating our homes for the festive holidays, and we are now finding our own individual styles of festive decorations, whether it being blush coloured ornaments, or putting a light-up star on the top of the tree.
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