Starbucks’ red cups and seasonal drinks are reportedly launching tomorrow, which means it’s not too early to begin our coverage of holiday decor trends! Etsy has released its 2019 Holiday Trend Guide, aimed at “gift-givers and holiday hosts” looking to deck the halls with thoughtful, artisan-made goods. Keep scrolling to catch up on this season’s must-have decor trends and get a head start on your holiday shopping list.
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1. Stained glass
Searches for stained glass are up 69 percent year-over-year on Etsy, and the rising popularity of suncatchers is largely to blame. These fixtures of 60s and 70s-style decor can be purchased in seasonal motifs (like this refractive dreidel or sprig of mistletoe) or year-round styles (I’m truly smitten with this customizable set of diamond and triangle shapes).
2. Shimmer and shine
Most Millennials, myself included, are easily distracted by shiny things and deeply nostalgic for the 90s, so it makes sense that iridescent accents have worked their way into our holiday decor. This year, trim the tree with glass iridescent baubles or fully embrace the Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century vibes with a trippy, holographic stocking.
3. Winter jungle-land
I live in Los Angeles, where decorating for the holidays with snow globes and heavy woolen blankets feels rather inauthentic. Perhaps this year I’ll adopt a winter jungle-land theme, which according to Etsy, “add[s] a perfectly unexpected – and unseasonal – spin on holiday traditions.” Bring on the leopard print mugs and jungle-inspired gift wrap!
4. Happy pawlidays
Not sure what to gift your four-legged friend this year? How about a throw pillow with their likeness printed on it or a custom portrait of the two of you together? If you’re looking to involve your pet in the countdown to Christmas, *treat* them to their very own Advent calendar (dog bones not included).
5. Log cabin
The best holiday decor doesn’t have to come down on Boxing Day — it can stay put all winter long. Cozy, cabin-style decor is gaining momentum on Etsy and searches for plaid decor in particular have shot up 51 percent year-over-year. Hunker down in style with a minimalist firewood holder or a striped raw wool blanket that will last for winters to come.
6. Winter whites
Wearing (or decorating with) white after Labor Day is definitely a ‘do’ this year. Brighten up your holiday tablescape with handmade ceramic dinnerware set or create a welcoming first impression by hanging a feathery wreath from your door (that leather strap to secure it in place is *chef’s kiss*).
Fashion icon and nonagenarian Iris Apfel once said, “More is more, less is a bore.” That philosophy certainly applies to 2019 design trends, as consumers trade neutrals for bold color and clean lines for curvy silhouettes. The maximalist movement has extended to holiday decor, as characterized by these tinsel and pom pom wreaths and tassel-adorned ornaments.