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Close up of a holiday tree hung with gold and red ornaments and string lights.



It’s time to dig those holiday boxes out of storage and give your home its annual makeover. If you’re ready to up your holiday decorating game, try incorporating some of these hot trends for 2021. 

Tree Collars

The classic tree skirt now has some competition. A tree collar is a decorative band or cuff that hides the base or stand of your holiday tree, instead of the more traditional, draped skirt. A collar can be made of metal, woven seagrass or wicker, wood, or anything rigid enough to stand under the tree. It’s a modern take on decorating that looks tidy and chic. Whether you’re planning to DIY your own or buy one, make sure you know the diameter of your tree stand, to ensure the collar fits completely around it, and also consider the overall proportion of the collar relative to the tree’s size. A good rule of thumb is to aim for a collar that’s about as wide as the diameter of your tree halfway between the floor and its tip. 

Recycled Materials

Eco-friendly decor is booming, and that trend is carrying over to the holiday season as well. Rather than buying new decorations, upcycled and vintage ornaments continue to grow in popularity. Instead of holiday wrapping paper (most of which is not recyclable due to the shiny coatings and dyes used), consider using cloth gift bags or wrapping gifts with fabric in the style of traditional Japanese furoshiki wraps

Nostalgic Decor

After all the upheaval of the past 18 months and not being able to celebrate in the usual way during lockdown restrictions, many people have come to cherish classic holiday traditions. So in addition to those vintage ornaments, people are using family china and serving platters, and grandma’s tablecloths to set the holiday table. Retro ceramic trees have made a comeback as trendy decor, and mercury glass, punched tin luminaria, Edison bulbs and other vintage-style lighting are still going strong. 

Whatever holiday themes and styles you go for, enjoy giving your home its holiday glow-up this year. For more of the latest lifestyle trends, take a look at Olympus Northpoint’s other blog posts.


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