As the holiday season approaches, the excitement for festive decorations grows. This year, the trends for Christmas and holiday decor are a blend of traditional charm and contemporary flair.

We asked resident expert Lesley Bolden, AIFD, senior designer for trends and display at NAPCO Imports, to share some of her best Christmas decor ideas you should consider when decorating your home for the Yuletide season.

1. Woodland themes: Nature’s charm

Woodland themes are all the rage this holiday season. “This style — featuring pine cones, rustic elements, and a harmony of colors — brings the serenity and beauty of nature indoors,” Bolden says. Popular color choices include ice blue, pink quartz, and sage green, offering a refreshing twist to the traditional holiday palette.

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2. Classic holiday elegance

The timeless appeal of classic Christmas themes remains strong. The iconic red and green color scheme, enriched with black or white accents, creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. Plaids and traditional Santa decorations add a sense of nostalgia and warmth, perfect for a classic holiday setting.

3. Nostalgic décor: A trip down memory lane

The trend of nostalgic décor is growing, with antique-inspired elements taking center stage. Old-fashioned baubles, vintage Santa figures, and retro designs bring a touch of nostalgia, reminiscent of Christmases past.

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4. Nature meets glamour: Metallic finishes

This trend cleverly pairs the rustic appeal of natural elements with the glamour of metallic finishes. Think birch wood combined with champagne gold, or honey-stained wood accented with silver. “This fusion creates a sophisticated yet earthy look, perfect for modern holiday decorations,” Bolden adds.

5. Neutral color palettes: Understated elegance

Neutral color schemes are gaining popularity, especially when paired with natural elements. Cream, white, and beige tones offer a subtle backdrop, allowing decorations like branches, pine cones, and wooden ornaments to shine. “This trend exudes elegance and simplicity,” Bolden says.

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Additional Christmas decor ideas to consider

Lesley Bolden is a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) and has presented at its annual symposium. She researches and sets trends for NAPCO’s vast line of containers, holiday décor, and other gift items. She’s been NAPCO’s senior designer for trends and display for eight years, and has a total of 24 years of experience in the flower industry.

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