12/06/2012

Holiday Trend Colors

by Erika Woelfel

One of the things I like about Christmas decorating: It gives permission for excess and clutter. This is just what the Grinch was complaining about! Lights strung everywhere, mantles decked with garlands, tables overflowing with food and sweet goodies, stacks of presents piled high, and a

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tree laden to near-collapse with ornaments of all kinds and colors. These items form the backdrop for the season of giving and abundance.

What starts to happen, of course, is that through the years many, many Christmas tree ornaments start to gather in storage bins hidden in your basement or garage. Ah, yes…you know what I’m talking about! If you’re anything like me, I tend to collect at least one or two new ornaments to add to the tree every year. It is hard to retire old ones. Each decoration is familiar and comes attached with a memory of the time they were bought or the spirit of the gifter who presented it. I get nostalgic seeing the carved wooden birds for my first tree in 1992…the paper stars from Amish country in Lancaster, PA… or the tiny beaded Santa hand-made by a friend in 2002. You probably have decorations marking the year your children were born, or a significant anniversary. The Christmas tree becomes a kind of holiday timeline, holding memories a family cherishes.

I can literally go back through the years and see holiday color trends evolve. In the 1990s, my tree was themed in a copper, cream and peach. All the lights were white; the effect was simply heavenly. In the 2000s I took on the milk chocolate brown, spa blue and silver trend. All stringers of lights were LED blue, it created kind of a sci fi halo in the living room. Now the rich look of saturated jewel tones have been slowly entered into the equation. It is difficult to mix and match decorations of Christmas past with Christmas present, it’s too clashy for me. Now I’ve taken to changing out the color schemes on an alternating rotation. It kind of feels like I’m getting a new tree every year!

Sapphire, dark turquoise, dark purple and burgundy are the jewel tones to watch this year.

Want the luxe look? Go for the gold! Golden metallics and highlights are trending this year.

It can be all about the white Christmas after all! Gold metallics replace silver when it comes to the glitz factor.

Acid green combines with traditional forest green and brown this holiday season. Brown in metallic ombres and chocolate tones look good enough to eat!

Taupe, fresh green and red are key for rustic country looks this year.

There is always room for vintage, hand-made looks at holiday time. Bring on the tassels, calligraphy and Victorian florals. Mix them with rustic wood and metal details for the perfect country charm.

Colorfully yours,

Erika

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