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3 Holiday Decor Themes Trending for 2021

Updated: Feb 13, 2022

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The crew: Michele, Erin, Kevyn, Triston, and Chris

With a new home comes new decorating ideas, especially around Christmas.

For me, 2021 flew by. Work was busy, we moved into our forever home, and we started a new business. It’s hard to believe it’s already November. Around here, plans are well underway for Thanksgiving get-togethers with family and friends. The search is on for the perfect Turkey to put on the smoker. And discussions of Christmas presents for our kids have already ensued.

Before we know it, Christmas decorating time will be here. For many, it is a bustling time of year. As my kids get older, I have found that it is a time I slow down and remember the reason for the season, the reason I am here, which is to celebrate Christ. Christmas really is my favorite holiday.

I’ve had a long tradition of decorating for the holiday the weekend after Thanksgiving. It stems from my mom, who always had that weekend as the designated decorating time. It’s funny as I get older and my kids get older, I find myself being laxer on that rule, pulling out my decor earlier. I just love how a well-decorated Christmas home feels.

According to Etsy trends expert Dayna Isom Johnson, she predicts that “celebrating and shopping with intention will be a huge focus for 2021.”

Our holiday decor for years has been more cabin-like than anything else. We love the feel of a warm cabin esthetic in the winter. I don’t think we will be deviating from that this year.

I want my home to be cozy and inviting all winter long, but my style may not fit everyone. So, let’s look and see what holiday decor styles are trending for 2021.

A Green Eco-friendly Chrstmas

I do not mean the color. I mean green sustainably. People searching for a sustainable Christmas has been up 117% over the last five years. So furoshiki, burlap, and hessian wrapped Christmas presents and cloth gift bags will be the highlight under the tree this year. Handmade ornaments are also trending on the tree and are another great way to go green this holiday season.

If you are looking to go eco-friendly and sustainable this Christmas visit ShikiWrap, Gilli Ruth Occasions on Etsy, and Greenyards.

Farmhouse Neutral Christmas Decor

I’ve seen a lot of activity online focusing on farmhouse neutrals. Beautiful warm whites and natural materials make up this house warming esthetic. Google reports farmhouse decorating ideas are up 400% over the last five years, and the trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

Sarah Joy's vintage sled on this table is such a great way to give a small pop of color in a farmhouse neutral pallet.

Vintage Christmas Decor

Remember that old ceramic Christmas tree your grandma would pull out every year? Well, items like those are trending on Pinterest and Instagram.

My great aunt Mable had an amazing attic. You know the kind you would see in a Hallmark movie. You would go up the stairs, and the dormers were lined with antique twin beds and treasures in old wooden chests. It was a rarity that we kids would get to venture up those rickety old stairs, but it was a magical place when we did.

Finding treasures in the attic may not be possible, but there are plenty of places online and in your local flea markets to find these vintage pieces. For me, the hunt is the most fun part.

AVADEZ on Etsy has an amazing selection of vintage holiday decor. This is a great place to start if you are drawn to this esthetic style.

White on White Christmas Decor

Who doesn’t love a fresh blanket of snow on a winter’s day? A trend being forecasted this holiday season is the white-on-white decor esthetic. Very similar to farmhouse neutrals, but regardless of if your home is farmhouse, eclectic, or contemporary, adorning your home with varied tones and textures of whites will be on-trend this year. The Barnwood Farmhouse does this style beautifully.

How do you like to decorate for Christmas? Share in the comments your favorite Christmas decor item and why you love it!


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