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Anita Bloom, Creative Director at Decorex SA, says the spirit of the 2019 trends is all about creating a comfortable space, away from the daily demands of life, where time could be spent together with friends and family

Translated into decor trends, this Christmas will see a convergence of traditional celebrations and contemporary style for the home. Expect classical table settings comprising crystal glassware, fine china and sleek flatware among traditional holiday décor such as wreaths, candles and fruits. 

Decorex SA outlines the festive season trends and how to interpret them…

Minimalist…with sparkle

The Scandinavian simple, clean lines and muted tones are sprinkling their way into the 2018 festive décor, balancing the excess and decadence that so often dominates this particular holiday..

Decor ideas: marble-like baubles; clean-lined candleholders; long-stemmed candles in whites and silvers with a subtle glitter finish; metallic cutlery; brass and zinc candlesticks; copper tree buckets.


Circles, mirror and glass

The festive decor is further extended by incorporating on-trend circular mirrors throughout the dining room space, working well to break the linear designs. 

Decor Ideas: hanging mirrors as Christmas tree decorations; large mirrors over serving areas; hanging glass lanterns; handblown glass baubles; circular glass candle holders; stemless and rounded wine glasses. 


Monochrome geometric

This is a refreshing way to keep things cool as the summer days enter the home. Ideal for apartment and studio living, geometric shapes - alongside muted greys and blues - create a serene space that invite a touch of sparkle. 

Decor ideas: white and black geometric cotton Christmas stockings, geometric-style gift wrapping; straight-lined metal tree décor; geometric-printed table-runners.


Dried botanics and natural textures

A beautiful way to infuse the minimalist trend while also bringing in the warmth of Christmas is through dried flowers and branches. The muted organic tones and textured appearance work well with the Scandinavian clean lines, smooth glass and geometric style.

Decor Ideas: Raw-edged linen stars; rattan twine for Christmas gifts; botanic table accessories; wooden, rattan or wicker tree baskets; beaded wreaths.


Greenery and vegetation

A South African Christmas celebration is not limited to the home, but rather flows into the enlivened greenery of the outdoors. Enjoy your al fresco festive lunch by including some lush greenery from the garden and incorporate the deliciously colourful red and dark purple fruits into the decor.

Decor ideas: Fresh berries in iced water; green ivy as table decor.


Personalised touch

 The personal touch trend is never out of style, so be sure to add an element of yourself and your family into the design. 

Decor ideas: personalised baubles; incorporating family heirlooms into decor; personalise the place settings with a subtle reflection of each guest.


Sleep sanctuary

Festive season trends are not limited to the eating space alone. This is a time to welcome friends and family into our home, which demands the creation of ‘sleep sanctuaries’ for guests – and even yourself.

Decor ideas: Incorporate touches of these Christmas trends into the guest room; create a comfortable Christmas fort for the children near the Christmas tree using blankets and cushions; re-envision an outdoor area – shed or room – into a cosy sanctuary.