The holidays are one of the most special times of the year. Magic, in the form of ornament-laden Christmas trees, wreaths, and endless twinkling lights pop up everywhere from downtown storefronts to rural farms. It’s a special time of year that’s made even more special and more memorable by the holiday designs we encounter from November through the new year.
Holiday staples like the classic greens, reds, golds, and uncolored lights remain tried and true favorites, but how they are used and the whimsical palettes evolve through the years. In fact, designers are constantly on the lookout for new color and design combinations to inspire the magic of the holidays in exciting and unexpected ways.
As we head into the heart of the holiday season, certain themes have begun to emerge that are unique to the times. These trends go beyond the average, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. The trends of 2019 take lobby and window front designs to the next level with non-traditional patterns, refreshing color palettes, timely cultural themes, and new and sometimes unorthodox ornamental styles. This year’s designs are filled to the brim with imagination and creativity without crossing over into the absurd or over-the-top.
In collaboration with Ambius’ elite designers Janice Nath and Laura Burns, we’re excited to bring you the design themes that you’ll be sure to encounter as you’re out shopping and exploring this holiday season. These are the trending elements of an amazing holiday design in 2019.
Above all, Bohemian Blush is a trend that wants you to feel comfortable and creative. With lush creams, textured yarn, wooden accents, and some light but deliberate metals of pale gold, pewter, and oxidized silver, this trend is as down to earth as you can get. The true creative forces behind this trend, however, are blush pinks and dried florals. Both elements combine to create a remarkably modern bohemian look that embraces simplicity, imagination, and elegance. The final product is a design that perfectly personifies the soul of boutique stylishness and provides no shortage of visual and tactile charm.
Botanical Opulence is a hike through nature. It’s a statement design that reminds us that we exist in a world that’s alarmingly technology-driven and fast-paced, yet requires peace and tranquility. This design is a return to simplicity, beauty, and steeped in the magic of mother nature.
Defined and dedicated to the forest, this design incorporates the full spectrum of greenery, from Oak and Ivy to Eucalyptus and Sage. Secondary inspirations like hand-foraged mushrooms and wooden ball ornamentations provide natural organics to bolster the design. Raw branches protrude from trees or hang from ceilings holding wicker balls, snowflakes, and glass ornamentation. The browns of weathered woods dot the landscape as the forest color palette brings in notes of bronze, pewter, and warm golds to the mix, inspiring both wonder and opulence.
The Sweet Tooth design trend is truly a design that comes with a smile. This delightfully charismatic design is both jubilantly wacky and uncompromisingly fun. Characterized by healthy servings of fuchsia and blush pink hues that anchor the design, along with rich and soft notes of (nearly) every color under the sun, this trend wants nothing more than to make you smile, laugh, and be merry.
Inspired by candy and fairy tales, macaroons and unicorns, the Sweet Tooth design is endlessly creative, colorful, and refreshingly imaginative. Just like the fairy tales and candy desserts that inspired it – anything is possible. With its wildly extensive color palette, focus on traditional and non-traditional holiday roots, and an affinity for candy and desserts, the design possibilities are nearly endless.
The Polar Blue trend is holiday design in its purest form, featuring two of the most iconic aspects of the winter months: ice and snow. The design is a veritable winter wonderland. Though it’s dominated by dark and navy blues, every shade is welcome in this design. And let’s not forget that no winter-themed look is complete without a canvas of shimmering, frosty whites and icy, crystalline features that make the overall composition sparkle and glisten with holiday magic.
Traditional holiday design elements are common throughout this trend. What separates Polar Blue from the rest, however, is the aggressive use of both snow and ice, along with an over-saturation of blues, tinges of silver, bronze, metals, and crystals. Trust us, with this design’s cast of carrot-nosed snowmen, hanging snowflakes, snow-covered trees and more, you’ll be instantly reminded of everything that you’ve ever loved about the winter months since you were a kid.
The Fireside Lodge trend at its core is a contemporary take on a vintage holiday collection. With prominent color palettes of lush dark greens and warm burgundy’s interwoven with red-hued florals and deep rose fabrics, the colors now appear richer, fuller, and somehow reimagined within the designs overarching context. Round it all out with dark stained wooden elements, worn leather, deer antlers and brass flourishes. This design inspires visions of fireside nights sipping bourbon as wintry snows fall gently outside the window.
This design feels forever in vogue, refined and tasteful with classic vintage Victorian elementals, antique furnishings, an occasional stack of old books, mossy terrariums, and even touches of modern ornamental decor. Final but essential details include hanging accent pieces and tall carved wooden trees to fill out this nostalgic design. Pair it with the subtle aroma of cabin smoke and a muffled chorus of Beethoven’s Ninth, and welcome to the holidays.
At Ambius, we love livening up the holidays with traditional design concepts, but we also love to create unique and one-of-a-kind designs that will inspire awe and wonder in your guests, customers, and clients.
Holiday design goes beyond trees, lights, and ornaments. Discover how to kick your holiday design into overdrive by tapping into the power of scent. Learn more by reading “Give a scent-sational boost to your retail sales this holiday season.”