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2013 Holiday Color and Design Trends

Sleigh bells are ringing! Another holiday season is upon us and at this time of year, we look to what's on the horizon for holiday trends. Both familiar and new, these trends incorporate the best of holiday design and color, providing ideas for a fresh take on the winter holidays.

Diaphanous Delights – Pastel confections, such as macaroon cookies, are everywhere, with more U.S. bakeries enticing us with these sweet treats from France. Taking cues from the pastel color play, we see a variety of pastel hues carry over into ornaments and home décor. Add snowflakes and crystals, a dash of ribbons and feathers, and a final touch of glitter and flocking to create the scene. Add layers of textiles -- including tulle, velvet and cotton -- and iridescent and rhinestone accents to complete the mood.



DE5049 Early Blossom


DE5576 Envious Pastel


DE5681 Pale Jade


DE5960 Shimmering Sky


DE5038 Be My Valentine


DE6105 Weathered Leather


DEW380 White


DEA142 Violet Majesty


DE5416 Candle Flame


DE5737 Aqua Bloom


ME200 Pale Gold


ME150 Silver

Feelin' Groovy - Taking cues from our 2013 and 2014 trend reports on the resurgence of 1960s and 1970s décor, we are now seeing the trend take hold in holiday design. With a wink and nod to the past, ornaments are adorned with peace symbols and smiley face motifs, alongside whimsical patterns and bright, exuberant color. Textiles play off mod and paisley patterns, while details include sequins; yarn; pipe cleaners; and supporting retro icons such as VW Beetles, old televisions and flower power signs.



DE5195 Bright Mango


DEA124 Lime Twist


DEW379 Igloo


DE5047 Love Letter


DEA137 Deep Sapphire


DEA103 Striking Red


DE5579 Cabbage Patch


DE5698 Tropical Kelp


DE6357 Black Tie


DE5515 Ripe Pear


DEA141 Grand Purple


DE5012 Vivid Violet

Eastern Influence – Influenced by the uptrend of Asian influences in design and architecture, Zen design takes over this holiday trend. Cherry blossoms, orchids, bonsai trees and bamboo create a graceful and elegant look to the setting, while medallions, origami, teapots, birdcages, chopsticks and bird plumage add layers of detail. Textiles include Japanese ikat, silk brocade and light linen with embroidered detailing.



DEA108 Red Power


DEA140 Cobalt


DE5580 Parakeet


ME658 Gold Rush


ME591 Platinum


DE5851 Blueberry Muffin


DE6140 Brown Bear


DE6321 Soot


DE5736 Soaring Sky


DE5409 Sun Surprise


DE5005 Brandywine


DEA113 Orange Burst

North, To Alaska! – Log cabin luxe goes holiday, with updated trend details to this traditional alpine look. Textile layers include fair-isle and knitted designs, plaid and gingham that pair with cross-stitch, winter-sport ornaments such as toboggans, skis and skates -- along with outdoor elements of pinecones, branches and berries as accents. Final touches include Scandinavian traditional holiday elements with minimal detail such as natural wood, black and white pairings, fir tree wreaths, rustic lanterns, fabric tree ornaments and stockings.




DEA151 Red Ink


DEW383 Cool December


DE5585 Kale


DEA177 Holly Bush


DEA162 Log Cabin


ME 200 Pale Gold


DE6354 Gray Wolf


DE6370 Charcoal Smudge


DE5422 Egg Nog


DEA195 Primitive Plum


DE5852 Rainy Lake


DE5846 Lapis


Vintage inspirations – Turn-of-century industrial meets Victorian elegance. As industrial design continues to uptrend, this holiday story emerges with aged and patina effects and faded and worn finishes. Lace and crochet, satin, pearls, tassels, sugar and matte glitter accent the tree, while mercury glass, dark iron, dark silver and glazed ceramic décor are found throughout the home. Textiles include burn-out velvet, cotton with patterns of flowing script with frayed edges, damask designs, and tassel accents.



DE5935 Soft Charcoal


DE5029 Berry Frost


ME150 Silver


DE6355 Tarnished Silver


DE5961 Tinted Iris


DE6112 Cedar Chest


DE5689 Wintermint


DE5062 Rosy Cheeks


DE5596 Frosted Garden


ME206 Champagne


DE5750 Winter Escape


DE6322 Black Lead

Punch of Pink – As pink continues to trend up in residential and commercial design, this hue is packing a punch in the holiday market. Hot pink, fuchsia, saturated and light pinks transform the home setting. Embellishments include flocking, glitter, embroidery, mercury glass, appliqué, gems, sugar and feathers and the surprise addition of pink flamingos. Flowers are key for pattern play and include magnolias, orchids, roses and poinsettias. A mix of textiles in velvet, sheer and satin jacquards create additional interest.



DE5048 Pink Punch


DE5037 Flamingo Feather


DE5014 Spun Sugar


ME591 Platinum


DE6362 Storm Cloud


DE5647 Reeds


DE5706 Pine Needle


DE5971 Jubilee


DE5013 Deep Magenta


DE5558 Citrus Leaf


DEW337 Gardenia


DE6349 Edge of Black

Chocolate Layers – Warm neutrals and shades of brown provide a chance for a fresh look on elegant and opulent holiday style. Masculine elements -- including matte metal finishing, dark iron and smoke glass -- pair with feminine elements of velvet, pearl finishes and ornate medallions. Ornaments are shaped in orbs, teardrop, onions and stars, detailed with glitter, sugar beads, satin embroidery and diamond quilting.




DEA159 Rich Mocha


DE6119 Neutral Valley


ME200 Pale Gold


DE6032 Hazelnut


DEA156 Cherry Cola


DE5320 Copper Cove


DE6368 Walrus


ME150 Silver


ME195 Copper


ME206 Champagne


DE6356 Sheet Metal


DE5978 Plum Wine

All-American Holiday – Americana coziness and relaxation are signature highlights of this relaxed holiday setting. Highlighted by a mixture of denim, knitted yarns, gingham, plaids and painted wood, fabrics look lived-in, worn and relaxed while other finishes look distressed. Patchwork, American logos and rural country accents such as canning jars are inviting details along with Scrabble-tile ornaments and patterns.



DEA105 Cherry Bomb


DE5845 Americana


DEW344 Frosting Cream


DE6014 Dark Chocolate


DE5544 Topiary


DEA178 Billiard Table


DE6007 Old-Fashioned Purple


DE6131 Teddy Bear


DE6090 Western Red


ME206 Champagne


DE5828 Winter Chime


DE5515 Ripe Pear

Woodland Winter – As we mentioned in our Thanksgiving 2013 holiday trends report, woodland creatures continue to invade the holiday setting. Along with the extremely popular owl, we see deer, songbirds, partridges, and rabbits among a large cast of characters. Outdoor elements -- including snowflakes, driftwood, pinecones, acorns, vines, leaves and winter blooms -- add another dimension.



DE6048 Pine Cone


DE6096 Homestead


DE6319 Gray Flannel


DE5594 Jolly Green


DE5334 Gingerbread House


DEW384 Snowflake


DEA150 Scarlet Past


DEA127 Wild Forest


DE5270 Apple Cider


DE5785 Glacier Point


DE5249 Coyote


DE5868 Winter Solstice

Minty Fresh – Green gets popular again, with mint as the key shade for a trendy holiday setting. Winter scenes come alive and create a striking look when mint is paired against a metallic and white backdrop. Snow and snowflakes are key, as well as icicles and crystals. Colored mercury glass, painted wood and glazed ceramic add depth and monochromatic fabrics lend a base for the scene.



DE5688 Ode to Green


DE5729 Spearmint


ME150 Silver


DEW367 Touch of Mint


DE5710 Treetop


DE5575 Pastoral


ME200 Pale Gold


DEA165 Hearth Gold


DE5450 Sugar Cookie


DE5953 Alpine Moon


DE5851 Blueberry Muffin


DE5699 Emerald Pool

Happy Holidays!


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