These Are the Unexpected Christmas Decor Trends in 2021, According to Experts

published Nov 24, 2021
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With Christmas just around the corner, many people will be beginning to deck the halls for the festive season—if you haven’t done so already. While there are certainly some mixed feelings on the internet, according to research, Thanksgiving week is the sweet spot for many Americans. The long weekend is a great opportunity to get out your decorations, so it’s likely you’re going to start seeing more Christmas trees, twinkling lights, and lawn decorations around the neighborhood.

While traditional Christmas decor is still a huge hit, fun and unique holiday decor has taken center stage over recent years. Think black Christmas trees, wacky giant inflatables, and even Christmas palm trees.

Flooring Superstore collaborated with a range of interior design experts to discover some of the most unexpected trends that we may be seeing a lot more of this Christmas.

Elfcore, or “nostalgic festive maximalism”, as the experts described it, is at the top of the list for unexpected Christmas decor trends for 2021. This trend plays into the more is more mindset, and mixes childhood magic with traditional decorations. If you’re thinking of incorporating elfcore into your home, high saturated colors, layered patterns, and elf-themed ornaments are your best bet.

For those with enough space, multiple Christmas trees are on the rise. Long gone are the days of dedicating just one corner to holiday decor. Consider adding one to your entryway as a joyous way to invite guests inside, or dot miniature Christmas trees around the house for a festive touch in every room.

In the kitchen, snowy tablescapes will elevate any festive dinner party.

“The key to a good snowy tablescape is to build it up with lots of layers and textures using white and off-whites,” says an expert. “A crisp tablecloth or white table runner and white plates can be given a bit of festive sparkle with beaded garlands, fairy lights, and white-tipped pine cones.”

Mixed metallics are a huge hit around New Year, but they’re creeping in earlier and earlier. Really up the wow factor by mixing silver, gold, champagne, and rose gold tones on your Christmas tree, or keep things simple but still ultra-glam by concentrating mixed metallics on one area, such as the table or mantlepiece—metallic garlands with a soft sheen work well to keep the look subtle.

Finally, you may be seeing more pastel tones this year, especially when it comes to Christmas trees.

“Backdrops of pastel pink and blue provide a beautiful touch of nostalgia, feeling almost childlike, which is perfect for young families,” notes an expert. “Blush pinks and light blues work well with a dusting of silver and gold to create a more unusual festive color scheme. Or try a mix of baby pink and mint green baubles on a frosted faux tree.”