This year’s Christmas trends reflect an elegant toned-down approach to the festive season with the emphasis on enjoyment.

This Christmas season is awash with blushing pinks and subdued hues that perfectly accent fresh flowers and greenery that will adorn rooms and table settings.

“The South African Christmas is about getting outside and enjoying the summer sun with those closest to us. Pool parties, picnics and outdoor feasts featuring colourful summer berries and sparkling wines is what Christmas 2017 is all about. But, rather than overindulging, the trend is to make the most of everything, putting meaning into each individual piece,” says Anita Bloom, Creative Director: Lifestyle, Design & Retail Portfolio for Decorex SA.

Top Christmas trends

Decorex SA, leaders in the décor, design and lifestyle industry, have interpreted the global influences into a uniquely South African setting, outlining some of the best 2017 Christmas trends.

1. Colours of Christmas

Gliding away from the loud bubblegum pink that was popular in the past, 2017 will see Christmas ushering in the soft pink hue of the ‘Millennial Pink’ trend.

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Dominating décor, furniture and fashion, this blushing colour will also form the delicate backdrop of the three Decorex exhibitions taking over Durban, Joburg and Cape Town in 2018.

“It’s a great idea to mix the blushes with different shades of pink and white with soft touches of metal and glass,” says Bloom. “This really makes a statement, both for the table décor, as well as for tasteful Christmas tree decorations. Bringing in candles with their soft light also creates a beautifully cosy atmosphere.”

The soft, neutral pinks and whites are perfectly complemented by the incorporation of matte gold cutlery and touches of different metals in your table settings. This contrasts beautifully with the natural elements of wood, glass and ceramics.

The Kansai Plascon Colour Team recommends combining a shade like Pink Marshmallow with a few rose gold accessories to pick up the blush undertones, all while adding a sense of seasonal glamour.

2. Keep it natural

This fresh and natural trend will breathe new life into Christmas this year. Take a trip to the local flower market or simply use fresh foliage from the garden to enliven the Christmas table.

Scatter cushions in the garden is a colourful way to bring the indoors outdoors, extending the comfort of home for those relaxed midday picnics with family and friends.

Put a home-grown touch on your Christmas décor by creating your own festive wreaths using green leaves.

3. African craft

Personalise table décor with handcrafted decorative accessories and ceramic plates with African prints.

You can extend the table theme with an over-pattern treatment on other surfaces. According to the Plascon Colour Team, the Plascon Polvin is a great option to incorporate in the shade of your choice. Enhance this further by creating a stencil which will transfer your creativity seamlessly from table to walls.

4. Mystical minimalism

Embrace the ‘less is more’ trend embodied in the Scandinavian ‘Lagom’ which encourages more frugality in all aspects of life.

“There are many subtle ways to make your home feel cosy without excess,” explains Bloom. “Using freshly cut flowers and leaves from your garden decor; home-made stencils on walls or re-decorating old plates are just some options.”

This same minimal sentiment is also coming through as a strong paint colour trend as people try to find the perfect neutral for the season. The Plascon Colour Team recommends warm grey-white shades like Antique Petal as well as soft greys like Light Stoe Mandarin Tusk and Off Shore. When going for a more muted colour choice, a lusher texture is a great contrast, and the luxurious matt finish of Cashmere helps to achieve this perfectly.

Specialists in South African décor, @home, have also incorporated the emphasis on a simpler, quality narrative for this year’s Christmas season.

“This year, Christmas is about celebrating together in deconstructed luxe or modern grandeur,” explains Renee New, Head of Marketing and Commercial for @home. “The philosophy is to buy less, but buy better and create longevity with sophisticated heirlooms and memories that can be passed on.”

5. Summer feasts

A great way to bring families together is through shared food in a beautiful setting.

Create the perfect colour background for an outdoor entertaining space with a strong, grounding tone like Rogue, recommend the Kansai Plascon Experts. It’s a particularly good shade when combined with natural greenery, as well as more vibrant colour pops like Hot ‘N Spicy Fuscia Fizz or even Lavender Veil By selecting Wall & All, you’re ensured a durable, long-lasting finish for any project in this kind of environment.

Accessorise with scatter cushions in gentle pink hues and contrasting metal and wood to create an inviting setting for festive feasts.

Celebrate this festive season with some of these sparkling ideas and start 2018 afresh with the best décor, design and lifestyle trends by visiting Decorex SA