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A Colorado Christmas Design Trend: Stylized Woodland

Posted by Susanna Haynie on December 13, 2016
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One of the best aspects of Christmas time is the decorating! Around Thanksgiving we pour through our attics, descend upon the Hobby Lobby stores, and dig through our basements like a kid on Christmas morning, re-discovering the memories of years’ past, and admiring the beauty this season brings.

For many, decorating for the Christmas season also impacts the decor of our home through the winter months. I did some research on what the latest design trends were for Christmas – and how they fit into the lifestyle and culture of Colorado. Luckily, the upcoming decor trends for the holidays, and for the winter months, are perfectly suited for a Colorado home!


The best way to describe the latest trend in colors and design style is, Stylized Woodland. Its influence comes from Canada. Winter whites, lumberjack or buffalo plaids, faux fur design elements, fresh foliage, woodland animals, and other natural elements are intertwined to create an airy, crisp, refreshing style. Set aside the thick tapestries, resist the temptation to overdecorate, stow away your dark-on-dark colors, jewel tones, gold and burgundy, and even your silver-toned elements. Think WHITE with pops of color, patterns, clean, modern, minimalistic, yet rustic and earthy.


I am absolutely delighted at the colors and patterns that are emerging. Textures everywhere, yet all set on a clean, organic background. Just as Canada is affectionately known as The Great White North, so do the emerging Christmas design trends – and even home decor and wedding trends – reflect the white, off-white, and beige overtones. Red and black buffalo checks inspire visions of hard-working lumberjacks stomping through the door and plopping down by the cozy fire to warm up. Add the buffalo check or plaid elements into your Christmas or home decor through pillows, table runners, placemats, or ornaments. Maybe even a cozy throw over your favorite couch! Some other colors and elements to look for are:

  • Rose-gold
  • Pink
  • Champagne
  • Copper
  • Pale yellow-gold
  • Reds (as an accent)
  • Plaids and tartans


Trees are moving towards a minimalistic look and staying true to their roots by moving back towards fresh-cut, but smaller, trees, and incorporating forest animals into their design. (Tip: Interested in cutting down your own tree and helping keep our forests healthy? Check out my previous post on Christmas Tree hunting here. ) Instead of covering a traditional tree stand with a tree skirt, use large tin or wooden buckets and troughs. Decorate with small, white lights, ornaments of woodland animals, faux fur balls, frosted needles, and snowflakes – to give you a few ideas.


I think this has to be one of my favorite trends. Faux fur is everywhere from apparel, furniture, stockings, rugs, blankets, ornaments and even placemats! Bring the enchantment of the woods into your home with the fur.  Create a table runner and bring a rustic elegance to meal times, or dress up an old couch with two or three different faux fur pillows. Don’t forget to draw attention to your fireplace with gorgeous fur stockings!


Whether you are entertaining for the holidays or just want to bring in a striking focal piece to your room, don’t leave your dining room table naked! You have a beautiful space to let your creativity shine! Dig out those dozens of mason jars in the back of your cupboards, pull out flower vases that have been shoved under your sink, and find interesting old pots in your garage. Add elements of berries, pomegranates, pears, plums, nuts, figs, twigs, pinecones, and fresh pine boughs. Add in tall white candles or tall aspen logs for height. Tea lights, candles, tartans, and plaids. These are just a few items you may have around your home that you can gather and create a stunning centerpiece for your home. Below are a few more ideas to get your creative juices flowing…

Also, consider using eucalyptus in addition to traditional pine garlands. Use fresh pine whenever possible or create a stew of oranges, cloves, cranberries, and cinnamon to delight your senses. Inspiration for your home can be adapted from wedding designs that beautifully incorporate the simplicity and serenity of nature into the trends and design elements needed to recreate the Stylized Woodlands look and feel for your Colorado Christmas.


Merry Christmas and happy decorating!

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