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Holiday 2017 Color+Design Trends

The winter holidays are back and better than ever! With an abundance of trend themes taking center stage this season, here are some of our favorites to inspire you:

Tickle Your Funny Bone
What better way to express your holiday thoughts than through humor? Quips and quotes infuse laughter into the season, with a blend of tradition with attitude. Cheeky and clever statements dot ornaments and linens,
while classic holiday characters are displayed in off-beat poses such as snowmen lounging by the pool or deer wearing ornaments on their antlers. Color is classic red and green with traditional winter accents.

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Funny Christmas ornament. Cupcakecardsandco on etsy.com


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Funny Christmas ornament. Epic Wood Designs on etsy.com


For Goodness' Sake
Handmade décor brings the holiday season back to the basics, as elements are designed with love and care. A neutral palette is accented by minimal color treatments such as black or red. Materials and textures are
elemental. Paper is key— whether brown-paper wrapping or origami-shaped decorations.

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Painted wood ornament by Anthropologie


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Wooden tree ornaments by Anthropologie


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Urban Agriculture Christmas Tree Grow Kit by Anthropologie


Have a Haute Holiday
Elegant and upscale color and décor yield a lavish holiday setting. With a warm color palette, this trend features pearl, iridescent and metallic luster finishes. Sumptuous fabrics and opulent details — such as songbirds and peacocks — create the finishing lavish touches.

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Faux Fur Stocking by Anthropologie


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Prestigious Plumes Ornament by Anthropologie


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Prussian Snow Gift Wrap by Anthropologie


A Breath of Fresh Air
Suffusing nature into the holidays adds a fresh beauty to the trends this season. Layers of green provide the base, while a variety of bloom and berry hues add contrast — from lavender to bright, punchy pink. Complete the setting with butterflies and birds, as well as pine cones and moss.

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Glinted Houseplant Ornament by Anthropologie


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Remember When?
Tradition reigns supreme during the winter holidays, and many familial customs are displayed within this trend. A return to traditional and revival styles is on-trend through 2018 (as our 2018 Color+Design trend report suggests), and this holiday trend supports this theme. Retro-1940s farmhouse kitchen designs and décor suggest a homemade touch infused with love. Farm-to-table feasts are set against weathered woods, stoneware and hand-thrown ceramics. Color is updated traditional, with layers of red, maroon, brown, gray, blue and green.

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Puppy Lodge Ornament by Anthropologie


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Captured Woodland Ornament by Anthropologie


It’s Time for an Adventure!
Safari themes grace holiday décor this year — from lions and tigers, to elephants and rhinos. Recent efforts to save these animals in their natural habitats have spurred the adventuresome theme into this year’s holiday trend highlights. Poised portraits of these regal creatures are shown on ornaments and accessories, while faux animal stripes and spots dot fabrics and textures. Color is neutral and masculine.

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Vintage Raffia Giraffe Figurines by Stall69UK on etsy.com


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Majestic Tassels Ornament by Anthropologie


Fresh, Fallen Snow
Winter wonderland and snowflakes are an annual holiday traditional theme. Therefore, to keep on-trend, this year we see additional layers of iridescence, white peacocks and crystals. Polar bears from prior years keep an element of tradition, and ice adds to the frozen scenery. Sparkly white is a key color — while additions of frozen lake blues and deep green pine add depth.

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Stitched Scene Stocking by Anthropologie


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Ski Slope Snow Globe by Anthropologie


Happy Holidays from all of us at Dunn-Edwards Paints!