The hottest Christmas decorating ideas and trends this year
When Christmas arrives, there is nothing better than getting your treasured decorations down from the loft or out of the garage ready to dress up your home and spread festive cheer.
Every year new trends and designs are brought out to help keep your Christmas home fresh and exciting.
We’re going to take you through our top six trends for Christmas 2018, and help you create a new festive look for your home. Whether you want to completely revamp your style, or add a little something to bring your old decorations back to life, we have some great ideas for you.
What's hot this Christmas
Christmas trend no. 1: Copper
Following on from the really hot trend for the year, copper continues to be a stand-out feature for Christmas 2018. Copper is present across our Christmas range, from string lights to silhouettes. It’s also a key element in our home accessory ranges which are ideal for creating a stylish festive look, with tea light holders, ornaments and indoor artificial plants. You can add small touches of copper with individual pieces that match well with subtle colours or wood, or go all out and continue the copper look throughout your holiday decorations.
We love these warm white Copper Wire Christmas String Lights. The thin wire looks great amongst modern décor to give a sleek and industrial look. String them up around mirrors and pictures or put them in a glass jar to create a stand-out feature decoration.
You know, these lights aren't just for Christmas, they can be used all year round. Also, as they are battery-operated you don’t need to worry about trailing cables or placing near a plug socket.
Another of our favourites is the LED Copper Wire Diamond String Lights. The contemporary geometric design means that the lights don’t have to be packed away once the festive period is over – as with the copper wire lights, these lights can also be kept up all year round to continue the copper trend.
Carry on the minimalist look with a simple but attractive Copper Metallic Wire Table Top Tree. The shining copper catches the eye, and will dazzle your guests by sitting proudly as a centrepiece on your dining table, or as an ornament on your windowsill or mantelpiece.
Christmas trend no. 2: Light-filled decorations
This dazzling and sophisticated White LED Bottle Wire Light (pictured) is a hot trend this year. Featuring ice white battery-operated LED copper wire lights with a plastic cork attached at one end, they can be displayed without the hassle of having to hide unsightly cables. You can place them inside a vase, jar or glass bottle. It’s an ideal showstopper decoration for the table centrepiece or the mantelpiece.
To add to the theme, our LED Copper Wire Filled Baubles are an ideal addition to your decoration collection. Again, with battery-operated lights, they can be hung on the tree without the hassle of wires or sockets for added twinkle. Choose from warm white to match the elegant light dome silhouettes or add some colour with a bauble filled with multi-coloured lights.
For something a bit different, check out our Holographic Effect Stars Lantern. The LED lights within the traditional style lantern create an intriguing holographic effect. Place the lantern on tables, fireplaces or shelves to brighten up the room. Choose from a mellow white lantern with warm white lights or a merry red lantern with jazzy multi-coloured lights.
Christmas trend no. 3: Sausage dogs
A playful trend for this holiday is dachshunds, ideal for dog lovers. For a quirky addition to your front or back garden, our range includes this fun Sausage Dog Light Silhouette. Featuring classic Christmas deep red, it can add an amusing element to more traditional decorations.
For a toned-down addition, but still with the same cute dachshund feature, our adorable Walking Dog Animation dressed in a festive knitted jumper plays "We Wish You A Merry Christmas". This furry pup is the perfect gift for kids or adults alike.
If you love dogs but dachshunds aren’t your favourites, we offer other dog products, such as this adorable cuddly Dalmation Animation and a Dog Stocking. If you're more of a cat person, we also have a very cute Cat Animation. This furry feline is dressed in a matching red and white striped hat and scarf, and even has a button that makes it roll over!
Christmas trend no. 4: Mythical characters
Unicorn lovers rejoice! Inject some mythical magic into your Christmas with our unicorn inspired decorations and ornaments. We love our cute Unicorn Animation with its beautiful multi-coloured tail and an adorable fluffy scarf. It even has a button you can press so that it makes a neighing noise.
Keep the trend going by adorning your Christmas tree with our sparkly Glitter unicorn decorations (pictured), despite being sparkly, they remain subtle and tasteful, and make a lovely addition to the tree. This year it’s all about having fun and using your imagination. Our Christmas collection is jampacked with fun, fairy-tale characters, such as, fairies, elves and unicorns. The beloved Elf Animation is back and sure to bring some cheer to your home this Christmas, and children will absolutely love our Green Elf Decoration.
Introducing the Shelter Fairy
Our Fairy Animation is raising awareness of the amazing work B&Q do with the Shelter charity, and for every Fairy Animation that we sell, we will donate a minimum of £2 to Shelter. This incredible charity is on a mission to combat homelessness and give families a place to comfortably live and sleep. Over 128,000 children in the UK won’t have a home this Christmas. By purchasing a Shelter fairy animation, you are playing a big part in changing the lives of children and families who need your help.
This year we have released Fairy Character String Lights. Why not hang them above doorways or windows to make your home twinkle this festive period. That’s not all, we also have a delightful Polyresin Character Fairy to decorate your tree, and a Fairy Rope Light to enchant your garden.
Christmas trend no. 5: Light projectors
To complete your outdoor Christmas display and be the envy of your neighbours, a must-have this year is projector lights.
Our light projectors use bright LEDs to create attractive patterns that move around. We offer two types, elegant white snowflakes or merry multi-coloured Christmas shapes, and with a projection range of three metres, these lights add instant Christmas cheer to plain walls.
The projectors can also be used indoors. Project onto a wall or ceiling to create a Christmas disco that the kids will love!
Christmas trend no. 6: Woodland charm
This year’s on-trend look is inspired by simple Scandinavian design, mixed with a rustic and authentic forest theme. Combining soft materials with distressed wood and aged metals, this is set to be a popular style for Christmas 2018. The colour palette consists of light pecan browns, dusky berry pinks, copper and enchanting dark blues.
We offer a range of forest inspired Christmas tree decorations and ornaments in designs including stars, snowflakes and forest animals such as this Rustic Hedgehog, and this Wooden Star Silhouette. We also offer other Christmas decorations in a shabby chic style, such as this Set of 3 Hessian Stars and a Distressed Star Silhouette to sit on a windowsill or mantelpiece.
Why not dress your front door with a frosted wreath like this 50cm Tula Wreath? And for a stunning metallic showstopper, we love this copper and silver rattan effect Reindeer Adult and Baby Silhouette, which would look amazing inside or outside the home. Hang our Glitter Mistletoe Stem from your entrance for an entertaining feature.
Continue the distressed metallic theme through to your dining table for a stunning Christmas table your guests will love. Why not hang metallic decorations from ribbon to add interesting features to your dining table? And for the room, this 3ft Frosted Rattan Potted Tree fits with the Nordic Nature theme and would look fantastic coupled with the copper, light brown and dusky berry pink colour scheme.