Between the vibrant red and green tones and extravagant displays, holiday decorating can feel like a lot if you're a minimalist — and maybe even if you're not one. Sometimes we just want to dial it all down; to cut through the visual noise with calming design elements that still evoke joy.If you're excited to take a subtler approach to decorating this season, look no further than our three favorite holiday design trends of 2022. Between festive botanicals and minimal metallic accents, these trends embrace natural textures and organic touches and feel festive without being over the top. In other words, you won't find any gaudy ornaments or tacky figurines here. Ahead, see our tips for expertly curating each look in your space (big or small!) with pieces you can shop in store or online from Ashley, the style leader for the home with a variety of premium designs for every room.
'Tis the season for more is more, but despite what your instincts may be telling you, less is more is the way to go this season, especially when it comes to metallics. Gold and silver tones will always be central to holiday decor, but keeping them to refined touches here and there is the difference between a space that looks tasteful and one that looks tawdry. Goodbye, metallic tinsel!
This trend is perfect for a bigger space, like a living room, where you can spread out your metallic accents and anchor them among larger-scale pieces. Some ideas: mixing in a few metallic throw pillows with your more neutral ones, corralling gold and silver ornaments for display on a coffee table tray or in a glass jar, displaying flowers or winter greenery in a metallic vase, or hanging gold wall-mounted candle holders. Even if you go for all four ideas, your space would still look more elegant (and definitely more unexpected) than the more obvious route.
From wreaths to garlands to winter floral arrangements, festive greenery is an easy and elevated way to deck out your home for the holidays. If you live in a smaller space, you could even opt to go this route in place of a traditional tree. While this trend can work in any area of your home, for the most impact, try narrowing in on a space where it can be the true focal point. For example, you could center a wreath or botanical installment over a mantel, credenza, or entryway console.
Ashley has tons of great faux options to help you create eye-catching botanical design moments, and, even better, they don't require any upkeep. In addition to a wreath, try clustering together some pinecones, or display a branch with some hanging ornaments or string lights.
Natural, slightly rustic textures like rattan and washed wood have dominated the home-style space in recent years. If you're into that warm, earthy, and neutral look, keep it going with your holiday decor, too. Look for traditional decorations reinvented in organic textures. Think: ornaments, garlands, decorative trees, all made from materials like wood, woven yarn, or paper, and in calming tones like cream, beige, or brown.
We love the idea of transforming a little nook with these organic decorations so they look like a natural extension of the space. For instance, a trio of wooden vine wreaths, a wood bead garland displayed with holiday cards, and a woven basket piled with presents are the perfect complement to your existing pieces like a cane accent chair or rattan pendant.
Credits: Producer: Becca Solovay; Art Director: Meg Konigsburg; Photographer: Taber Licea; Prop Stylist: Rose Kalinowska; Production Assistant: Michael Spadola; Soft Stylist: Galyna Golovenko