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Tis the Season

While it may seem we’ve hardly had time to put away the jack-o-lanterns, the winter holidays are fast approaching. It’s time to bring some festive cheer to your home, both inside and out. Whatever you’re celebrating, you can create holiday magic for your friends and family through your decor. Here are some styles that are trending for this holiday season.

rustic charm
If the bold and bright design of holiday decor doesn’t vibe with your personal style, don’t worry. Neutral colors are everywhere, whether it’s in modern farmhouse or mid-century modern design, so the subdued palette is making a statement in seasonal decorations this year. A farmhouse style Christmas is more popular than ever, and it’s a great way to keep your holiday decor in line with your year-around aesthetic. You can use white, black, navy and natural wood tones to create an organic but festive look for the season.

merry & bright
Is subdued not for you? The holidays are a time of celebration, so bring some fun and joy into your home with bold colors. It doesn’t just have to be red and green for Christmas or blue for Hanukkah. Consider a range of jewel tones or even pastels if you’re looking for something a little softer but still bright and playful.

focus on sustainability
One of the biggest trends this holiday season is sustainability. Instead of plastic decorations, look for pieces in more environmentally friendly materials like brass, glass and wood. If you’re feeling creative, make your own wreaths and garlands using twine and foraged items like red berries, holly and pine cones. If you want candles to light the winter nights, choose eco-friendly soy or beeswax varieties. Outside of decor, you can go green for the season by also mixing up your gift wrapping routine. Instead of reaching for one-time use paper, consider trying traditional Japanese furoshiki wrapping cloths or opting for cloth gift bags.

a touch of nostalgia
Last year, we learned just how precious our holiday traditions are. This year you can evoke your favorite memories of celebrations past by using passed down items like ornaments, tablecloths and other decorations as centerpieces in your decor. Indulging in a little nostalgia is another way to make your holidays environmentally friendly since you don’t have to go out and purchase new decorations. Consider mending family pieces or hunting at estate sales, antique shops or online for gently used items.

Sources: Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful

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