Friday, 14 October 2016

Christmas Trends 2016

Space shuttle is heading towards the planet Christmas! Are you a bohemian and slightly vintage like Doctor Who or more of a minimalist ultra modern space traveler? In either way this Christmas will be Earth loving, adventurous and full of magic.

Hot Rio summer has turned into fall and winter is coming soon. In these levels snow might be on the ground any day soon. Stores have already put Christmas ornaments to the shelves and it is the best time to dream about Christmas 2016 while digging your nose into the new glittery collections. What will we do with our indoor jungles and baskets when the new season is on the doorstep? This year´s big trends have been dark grey paired with petrol blue, old rose and gold, hotel  style minimalism, indoor jungles, rattan and bamboo, bright colors, recycling and vegetarian eating. These trends will continue to the Christmas season with small variations and some addings.

Don´t take pressure to have the best Christmas ever. Pictures about countryside Christmas with the whole family and relatives makes us long after something quite rare in our modern urban world. I have spent all my Christmases at the urban scene and learned to love it. An urban apartment is as much a loved home and though deserves just as many decorations as a countryside house in the middle of fields. What would be more beautiful than huge house of blocks when it glitters in the dark December night with different fairy lights and chandeliers on the window sills and balconies? We DIYers start our Christmas a bit earlier that others as the best part is to make decorations and gifts. I have surfed through the internet and got inspired by the popular culture and as a result I will reveal the Christmas Trends 2016 as I see them. You can apply these trends to your home whether you live in the small town, big city or countryside. I hope you get inspired to design and make your own projects as well as relax in the candle light watching movies and listening to Christmas songs.

Futuristic boho. This trend gets inspiration form the past centuries as well as from the current pop culture. Fairy tales, vintage decorations and space & time travel novels give a lot of inspiration to create the Christmas magic that lets us fly away from the everyday. Fill your holidays with best series, books and dreaming on the window watching stars and aurora borealis. Decorate with toys, glitter, heavy curtains, trims, exotic plants, fruits, stars, planets and hang fairy lights to the ceiling. Get inspired by the Victorian era post cards, Doctor Who Christmas specials, Cloud Atlas -movie and misty forests.

Space the final frontier. Minimalistic and ultra modern Christmas. Play a mind game: How would Christmas look at the Starship Enterprize? Get inspired by the thought and combine futuristic Christmas to your modern home decoration. Flowers in test tubes, minimalistic plants in square planting pots, pale colors, layered food servings that allow the eaters to see what the portions include, metallic geometric decorations placed in lines instead of organic shapes and decorative settings in terrariums. Get inspired by Finnish functional era architecture and Japanese design. Instead of futuristic bohemians, who watch other universes from the Earth, ultra modern minimalists will book a flight to moon.

Forest undergrowth. Flower arrangements are essential part of festive home decoration. Instead of looking up to the palm trees we are tuning our view towards the undergrowth. Christmas time flowers and plants will be moist thick leaved plants, moss, and deep colored flowers. Decorate arrangements with pine cones and branches.  Indoor pond might also be a good idea; maybe a vase with water and floating candles would do that?

Closed system design. This year recycled materials have become an even bigger hit than before. Beautiful products made of recycled material are nowadays  a luxury. We have to do with what we have and learn to use the massive amount of material we have already produced . This Christmas we will go even bolder and decorate with absolute trash and DIY statement pieces. Flea market finds are also a thing: instead of decorating according to the latest trends and casting away last season pieces we hunt for unstylishness like paper angels, old plastic baubles etc.  

Golden glamour. If copper was so 2015, gold is so 2016. Best thing is that you can add a golden layer into almost every style. With golden elements you can get ultra modern, vintage or luxurious style. What comes to recycled elements or a quick Christmas decoration update, just add some gold and you will be in the season 2016.

Feel good Christmas. A Christmas jog and sauna have been my tradition for the past years. Lots of people spend time at the gym during Christmas holidays or load batteries in nature. In Finnish traditions Christmas has been all about food and eating. Many people prepare and buy traditional Christmas food even though it would´t be such a treat anymore. Why not to choose the favorites from the traditional menu and mix with new treats? Remember that you do not have to load all your favorites to one dinner. You can make a smaller portion of food every day and that way get fresh festive treats.

What do you think about these trends? What kind of Christmas are you planning to create this year?

A very inspirational weekend to you all!



  1. You're absolutely right about us DIYers starting early. I've already been planning my Christmas ornament crafts ;) I love the inspirational photos you've provided. I'm inspired!

    1. Thank you! Looking forward to read about your Christmas crafts on your blog.


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