Since John Lewis launched its online Christmas shop earlier than ever before this year (back in August, no less) due to receiving a huge surge in demand for all things Crimbo, we haven’t been able to stop dreaming about all the gorgeous decorations we can’t wait to buy.
Choosing a theme for your Christmas decorations is probably the hardest part – do you pick one stylised theme to run throughout your festive decor, or go all out and mash different tastes and styles together? Whichever way you lean, John Lewis has mapped out 7 distinctive trends for Christmas 2020 and there’s something for everyone – from crisp, clean whites and sparkles to big, bold and fabulous novelty decs.
Consider these John Lewis Christmas trends as your guide to Crimbo 2020.
All icy whites and glimmering sparkles, this theme evokes feelings of a magical wintery adventure. ‘Impressionism captured the changing qualities of light and the passage of time through small, but individual brush strokes. Our theme makes use of an imaginative impression of all of the colours of snow,’ explains the John Lewis website.
‘Inspired by the Bloomsbury Set, a group of artists and writers living, working and studying together in London in the early 1900s, this look is characterised by the group’s literature, art and thought-provoking modern attitudes.’ It’s full of warm tones with colourful accents and motifs that would be found in the Groups’s interior settings, such as books and decanters.
Art of Japan
Traditional icons of Christmas – mistletoe, robins and berries – mix with contemporary Japanese iconography, such as kokeshi dolls, Japanese cats, cherry blossom, fish and lanterns. ‘Art of Japan is inspired by the Japonism movement of the mid-19th century,’ says Jason Billings-Cray, Partner & Junior Buyer, Christmas Shop. ‘These artists used elements of Japanese art and updated the composition and layout in a modern way.’
If you’re a fan of pastel tones, warm neutrals and luxe-looking, ornate decorations, this is the Christmas trend for you. ‘With this theme, you’ll discover ornate decorations with references to literature, music and religious iconography used in a contemporary way. With a lovely soft palette of blush, mint and warm neutrals, this is a luxe look, thanks to its copper and gold accents.’
Fun, vibrant, exciting: if those words scream Christmas to you, Pop Art is the trend you’ll want to head for. ‘Think of Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline,’ says Jason, when describing the Pop Art theme.
For a quirky, jewel-toned theme centred around animals and the natural world, the Post-Impressionism trend will tick those boxes. Taking inspiration from the art movement that placed emphasis on abstract qualities and vivid colours, ‘This theme is full of quirky tropical animals from all over the world – and the decorations make great gifts as you will be able to find your, or your family’s, favourite animal in bauble form,’ says Jason.
Rich materials and extravagant accessories are the fruition of an Christmas trend inspired by the opulent Art Nouveau period. ‘Try mixing luxe materials, such as silk, cut-glass, velvet, marble and heavy jacquards against deep blues, yellows and metallics. Away from the tree, you’ll find beautiful wrap to give your gifts that extra special touch.’