Amid the quiet, still, steely days of midwinter, up pops Christmas – a riot of colour and light, where all that glisters is gold, the scent of cut spruce fills the air and halls are decked with bewitching lights, heralding joyous days ahead.
Christmas is always a magical time of year at Holloways. Outside, lights in the giant hop yard trees twinkle as the firsts frosts gild with their silvery dust pots old and new. Inside, candles flicker on the Christmas trees, delightful decorations fill every corner, and our Gift Shop shelves are laden with thoughtful presents to delight even the hardest to buy for. While in the Glasshouse, corks pop on the festive fizz while groups of friends meet for brunch, or lunch, or an elegant afternoon tea.
This year, Christmas is about remembering the past, embracing the present and looking forward to the future. From beautiful tableware to luxe linens, elegant cutlery to glasses, candles to lighting, we take a look a this year’s home decorating trends.
With a nod to autumn’s coppers, russets and golds, this year’s country Christmas trend is a wholesome and humble celebration of the home and family.
Taking inspiration from the rolling landscape which surrounds us, touches of verdant greens – faux or real evergreens from the garden woven into table garlands – and rich reds ground the metallics.
It’s a celebration of the natural world with slow living and rural escapism at its heart. Think welly walks through the woods, roaring fires, Sunday roasts, mulled wine and cosy nights in.
We love: Neptune’s Francesca oak leaf baubles and Avery baubles in apricot, silver and green
The softest grasses in muted pinks and neutrals, frosted glass baubles in snowy whites and smooth ceramic decorations are lifted with flashes of silver to create a fairytale look this Christmas.
It’s a soft and calming look that works in urban or contemporary country settings – with a pared-down, slightly Scandinavian feel. Dress the table with white linens, silver cutlery, glass votives and silver or subtle metallic candlesticks.
On the tree, aim for the softest copper, pink and snowy white palette and ensure lights are cool, rather than warm, white.
We love: Neptune’s new collection of faux pampas grasses in pinks and naturals and their Castleton houses, with a slightly textured glaze
With the Coronation still fresh in the nation’s minds, interior decorators are agreed on one key trend this year – a right royal Christmas. Think sumptuous banquets on generous, extending dining tables, sparkling glassware, elegant cutlery and lots of candles.
Colour comes from purples, royal blues, reds and golds, all coming together in table linens and tree decorations to bring a regal touch to your celebrations, whichever room you’re in. Make it opulent with a little Victoriana – add some whimsical Nutcracker motifs and royal regalia.
Blue is set to become one of 2024’s key decorating colours.
Uplifting and stylish, a blue palette signals wellness and tranquility. As neutrals fade into decorators’ backgrounds, shades of water and sky will create a sense of togetherness and comfort in homes.
Midnight and silver have long been associated with Christmas decorating schemes. Rich and opulent, a blue scheme works as well on your Christmas table as it does on your tree, evoking positivity and energy.
We love: Midnight starry napkins and table runners from our Gift Shop
With the minimalist trend of 2022 behind us, this year, it’s all about a riot of colour – playful schemes to bring joy, redolent of homespun, childhood Christmases and raucous family times. Bold colours, rainbow light, glitter and satin given an almost circus feel to proceedings. It’s not for the faint-hearted!
We love: Oversized baubles in purples, reds and golds interspersed with glass votives from our candle selection
Slightly whimsical, this year’s polar trend is all about treading lightly on the planet, with a distinctly Scandi vibe.
Recycled decorations, greenery from the garden and faux furs on chairs and dining benches spell snowy days and cosy nights in front of the fire.
Think textured accessories, wreathes made from natural foliage, mistletoe and foraged branches, with lots of twinkling fairy lights to bring the scheme to life.
We love: Neptune’s Southdown sheepskin rug