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It may be months until Christmas but the predictions for decorating trends for the festive season are already in.

Christmas 2021 will be all about stark contrasts, with both natural-looking, sustainable trees and flamboyant pop art colours showing favour.

The predictions are based on emerging trends in commercial interior design, which often see businesses looking for Christmas trees that reflect the latest looks and colourways and on trending patterns in brand messaging and customer mood.

Natural-looking, sustainable trees will be very popular this year. As well as using more artificial trees, which have a lower carbon impact than cutting live trees, there will also be a heavy use of eco-friendly decorations, including hessian, raffia ribbon, bark and pampas grass, which has been one of the most popular interior design trends of the year, to create natural looking trees with a nude colour theme.

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Businesses are taking a more serious approach to sustainability this year as customer demand for more eco-friendly products and services increases. Natural finishes and neutral colours are also popular in commercial interior design too, so a tree decorated naturally and in a sustainable way is a great statement piece for businesses who are ethically minded.

However, in complete contrast, pop art colours to make a big comeback this year too. After a very low-key Christmas 2020, many businesses are looking to go big this year with bright, bold multi-coloured decorations and lights to inject a sense of carefree fun and nostalgia into the festive season.

Retro theming inspired by 1970’s pop art and 1980’s neon features large baubles and star decorations in fuchsia pink, lime green, burnt orange and electric blue, as well as a return of strings of multicoloured lights, rather than white lights.

On the flipside, very traditional cosy decorations in reds and greens to remain popular, as well as an interest in trees with blue tones and gold accents such as ribbons.

Top design tips for Christmas 2021 are sprays on the top of trees, in place of a star, and matt, rather than glossy, baubles. It’s early days but by 2022 we may even see the return of the 80’s swag garland too.

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