I know it’s not December yet, but if you’re spreading the cost of the festive season out this year then you might like to think ahead about Christmas decorations and giftwrap. Here are the latest trends for 2017, and some of the best places to find them on a budget.
Main Christmas decor & wrapping trends for 2017
It’s easiest to group the biggest trends by their colourways this year, which are:
- Deep jewel tones: opulent, glamourous, with touches of gold or copper
- Woodland colours: shades of green and white (with optional magical creatures)
- White, pastels and iridescence
- Traditional red, green and wooden decorations
There are also a few Wild West and South American influences that are bright and fun.
Let’s run through some of those high street shops and their best collections…
Wilkinson’s is one of the best value places for ornaments and gift wrapping this year, with prices from 70p.
The eye-catching Starry Night collection (above left) is full of rich jewel tones and metallic accents. My favourite collection at Wilko is their Rustic Glow (above right), which I’ll write more about in a few days.
The high street stationery and gift chain has two great Christmas decoration collections to choose from this year.
The first one is the bright, fun Christmas Rodeo collection (above left), full of llamas, pop-poms and cacti. The other is Christmas Frost – traditional at first glance but full of glitter, sequins and magical animals (top right).
Their collections aren’t on the website yet, but they’re starting to turn up in stores. It’s good value, with prices from 50p and some great coordinating wrapping paper and gift bags.
The collections include the deep, opulent Yuletide Jewel, sparkly white and pastel Northern Lights, and red and white scandi-style Nordic Noel.
There are six decorating and wrapping themes for Christmas at Sainsbury’s Home for 2017, ranging from bright themes aimed at kids to some very grown up and sophisticated designs.
The Snowdrift look (above left) is grey, white and frosted, Mistletoe is simple and chic with leaf patterns. Festivity (above right) is traditional with a touch of vintage – it’s my favourite range of the lot and I’ll be doing a separate feature on it in a few days so look out for that.
Boutique Christmas (above left) is sophisticated with touches of gold, Contemporary / Nordic Skies (top right) is a modern Scandinavian look, and North Pole is a cute collection that’ll be a hit with the kids.
For 2017, expect four different collections from Tesco. There’s pale, glittery Winter Wilderness, country-style Baronial, girly gold and teal Wonder & Sparkle, and colourful retro-style Nutcracker. Their Christmas shop is open online, but it isn’t grouped into the collections yet so I’ll update the links in due course.
ASDA / George Home
George home has a few strong looks, all very reasonably priced and worth a peek.
The Frosted collection is white and sparkly, Dark Romance (above left) is glamorous and ornate, and Maple (above right) is perfect for the relaxed log cabin / lodge look. The full Christmas selection, including bedding and tableware can be found here.
There are quite a few attractive wooden decorations and LED lights and baubles at Lakeland this year. They aren’t grouped into different styles, but they’re modern looking and would look nice in most homes.
While they aren’t the cheapest, John Lewis have the widest range of festive decorations on the high street and if you want something new and striking this year they’re the best place to look. They have seven different collections, and their flagship store on Oxford Street even has a colour-coded bauble dispensary so you can make up your own unique scheme.
Or you might prefer bright and cheerful Lima Llama (above left), delicate oriental Mitsouko (above right), Russian-inspired Winter Palace (make sure it doesn’t hack your drinks cabinet or find kompromat on your Christmas stockings), or rustic Highland Myths.
Do you have a favourite look or collection? How are you decorating this year?