The 1980s were the decade of maximalism. Think bold, bright colors, and excessive ornamentation. It was the decade to break away from tradition and embrace color, and creativity. Unlike in the previous decades, the '80s rang in a materialistic yet playful statement. For me, 'more is more' sums up the decade perfectly.
Fast forward, 40 years, and Christmas tree trends have become more grounded, neutral, and coordinated. So it was with gleeful surprise to see actors Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern show off this boldly-decorated Christmas tree. Minimalist Christmas decorating enthusiasts look away now.
The intoxicating arrangement of colorful ornaments and twinkling lights brought back cherished memories from the early '90s (the '80s never left our home), and suddenly, just like that, I was back in my childhood home circa 1993.
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According to Martha Stewart, the popular Arts and Crafts movement paved the way for an eclectic style during the holidays. Family Christmas trees were oftentimes decorated with mismatched designs and colors – tinsel, colored fairy lights, and glass all combined to spectacular effect.
Trees simply lit with warm-white lights can err on the unimaginative side. Instead, throw the decorating rule book out of the window and go bold, brave, and just a tad daring this festive season.
If similar to Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, you feel like taking a more irreverent stance this Christmas, try padding out the tree with as many decorations as the branches will withstand, using an array of different colors. It will bring an unmistakable air of cheeriness to the living room.
Having a Christmas tree theme for your tree helps to create a coherent look – and while it’s good to keep up with trends, the most important thing is to make sure it’s true to your individual style and suited to your home.
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While Christmas 2023 might be a mere memory for most of us in 48 hours, now is arguably the best time to shop for Christmas decorations for the following year, especially if you are on a strict budget. Here is a curated selection of our favorites that are still available to shop.
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Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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