The Top Festive Interior Trends For 2016 You Need To Know About

John Lewis Christmas scheme
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Architecture & Design Editor
Updated: 2 April 2017
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Whether you’re a complete minimalist or you love to go all out with the decorations during the festive season, you’re bound to find a look to suit your style from this year’s key Christmas trends. Here are our top five themes, plus a few stylish buys to make sure you get the look just right.

Nordic noir

It’s no surprise that there’s a Scandi-inspired theme in 2016’s festive schemes. This year it’s the clean-lined monochrome look that’s winning the hearts of those who want a more contemporary Christmas interior. You can add a touch of warm metallics to soften the look if you feel it’s too harsh in its pure form.

Scandi monochrome interiors have inspired this Christmas dining scheme from Amara
Nordic Grid

GET THE LOOK: 1 Matte Black Country Rustic star, $6.99; 2 Amara Addison dinner plate, £15; 3 Treetopia Silver Shadow Ombre artificial tree, $178; 4 Normann Copenhagen Heima candle holder, $65

Jewel tones

More is more with this look – pile the decorations onto your Christmas tree for a rich and decadent feel that’s inspired by historic interiors and mystical references. Use a precious stone colour palette of ruby, amethyst, emerald, turquoise and gold for a luxurious scheme. Combine plush surfaces with hi-shine metallics and heavy embellishment to complete the look.

John Lewis has opted for a 'maximalist' aesthetic with its peacock-coloured theme
Jewel Grid

GET THE LOOK: 1 North Light blue green and gold braided Christmas stocking, $10.99; 2 TaoTronics dimmable LED string lights, $19.99; 3 John Lewis Peacock Feather wreath, £35; 4 Kurt Adler Jewel Drop set of 4 ornaments, $17.91

Country cabin

Moving on from last year’s woodland theme is this rustic cabin-style interior. Think log fires, fur throws, chunky wood furnishings, hessian and presents wrapped in brown paper and string. It’s a simple yet charming scheme that’s great for creating a timeless and fuss-free festive interior.

House of Fraser's scheme is packed with warm, rustic charm
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GET THE LOOK: 1 Gold 8 Point deer head, $79.99; 2 House of Fraser Linea White Stripe Faux Fur throw, £120; 3 Stonebriar Rustic Wood lantern, $36.74; 4 Perfect Holiday Flocked Snow Christmas tree, $72.51


Lighthearted, bright and modern, this joyful theme can be recreated by using kitsch imagery and carton-style graphics; introducing bright, tactile and glittery surfaces to add texture, plus bold shapes and a vivid colour palette.

Habitat has adopted a playful theme with its 2016 Christmas trend
Playful Grid

GET THE LOOK: 1 HoHo Mr Christmas Indoor Marquee Letters, $79.99; 2 Meri Meri Tiny Confetti crackers, $14; 3 Habitat Arran Green tree, £65; 4 Habitat Daffey set of three multicoloured pompoms, £5

Vintage deco

This year’s obsession with art deco-inspired interior design has followed through into the key Christmas trends, creating a vintage, feminine look. Think pineapples, flamingos, cocktail paraphernalia, blush pink and plenty of metallics. It’s warm, pretty and nostalgic, with the right balance between fun and sophistication.

Pretty pastels, deco glamour and modern metallics inspired this M&S Christmas interior
Vintage Grid

GET THE LOOK: 1 Melrose International Frosted Winterberry wreath, $47; 1 Abott Collection Champagne coupe with dots, $20.40 each; 3 Marks & Spencer Pineapple candle holder, £29.50; John Lewis Flamingo hanging decoration, £4

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