6 Christmas Decorating Trends for 2021

We say it every year, but we can’t quite believe that we’re starting to think about Christmas already. However, after 2020’s festive season turned out to be a bit of a wash out, we’re only too happy to look ahead, towards what will hopefully be a more ‘normal’ December, with more family members gathered around the tree and fewer seasonal Zoom parties.

Also looking ahead is Balsam Hill‘s interior design expert, Jennifer Derry, who has shared the big design trends we can expect to see for Christmas 2021, including asymmetrical trees, colours and textures, and the rise in popularity of tree collars.

So, if you’re feeling quietly festive, or just want to make sure you’re ahead of the game, scroll down and take a peek into what Christmas will look like this year.

1. Traditional Nordmann Fir still a staple in British homes

“If you’re looking for a more traditional feel this Christmas, the Nordmann Fir is still a hugely popular Christmas tree across the UK and Europe. It’s even shape and somewhat sparse branches have graced British homes for decades and will bring an authentic, nostalgic feel to your home.

“Those looking to go for a more modern take on Christmas this year should look no further than the Fraser Fir. Native to the Appalachian Mountains and extremely popular in the US, the Fraser Fir is a much more full-bodied tree in comparison to the traditional Nordmann Fir, with its volume providing a larger canvas for more elaborate lighting and decorations.”

But remember: the most eco-friendly way to approach your Christmas tree is to go for a real tree that has been grown locally. Or, even better, rent a real tree from a local supplier so it can continue to grow inbetween seasons. Here’s everything you need to know about renting a Christmas tree.

2. Expect to see more asymmetrical, sparse trees in homes

“When it comes to artificial trees, asymmetrical and sparse trees are growing in popularity in the UK. As with many things in nature, nothing is ever perfectly symmetrical, and the humble Christmas tree is no different.

“Sparse trees allow for you to show off the various decorations and lights you’ve collected over the years – from the more modern to your precious family heirloom baubles.

“With homes up and down the nation following the popular simple, paired-back, grey interiors trend of last year, we expect to see LED twig trees continue to trend this year as a way to add a holiday decor accent to another area of the home.

“Those that have a more clean, simplistic, and modern home should invest in these trees, as the bare branches with warm lighting add a festive feel without overwhelming the space.”

Tip: If you go for a fake tree, make sure you care for it well so it can be used for years to come. Package it away thoughtfully in between Christmases so it lasts.

3. Silver will reign supreme, with gold adding warmth

“As the modern, paired-back interiors continue to grace British homes, we expect silver to take centre stage this festive season. Its muted and cooler tone will help bring the snowy outside in – without the freezing cold temperatures.

“We also expect to see gold – the colour of 2020 – to feed through into festive designs this year too, helping to add a warmth and depth as it contrasts against the leading silver tones.”

decorated christmas living room interior with beautiful fir tree gift boxes on the floor, firewood for a fireplace


4. Textured, layers of white to imitate snow

“Continuing the trend of bringing the snowy days of Christmas indoors, white decorations paired against other whites will be a huge trend this year.

“To add depth and differentiation, we’ll see a rise in soft whites paired with textured white, creating the perfect festive feel in our homes.”

5. Capiz shells will filter through into winter

“The beautiful shells of windowpane oysters, known as capiz shells, have captured the attention of interiors the world over thanks to their dazzling, pearl-like shimmer.

“Thanks to their pearly white appearance, they will be perfect for this year’s festive season, delicately replicating the white snow of Christmas with a warmer, softer feel.”

6. Tree skirts to continue rising in popularity

“As Brits opt for cleaner, more modern looks in their homes, tree skirts will continue to rise in their popularity. The addition of a tree skirt, or collar, allows you to cover up the base of the tree, while also giving you the option of continuing your theme from the star at the top of three right down to the base.”

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