by Katherine Olmstead, Brown’s the Florist –
After a year full of uncertainty and the unexpected, we’re finding it easy to get excited for Christmas early this year!
The holiday season is a magical time filled with nostalgic wonder, joy, and excitement. Of course, our classic celebrations will be different with everyone home, without winter travel plans, and perhaps without seeing family for months on end. We’ll be spending more time inside, baking yummy Christmas treats, snuggling up in cozy blankets, making crafts, and probably indulging in lots of Christmas movies while we’re at it. This holiday season comes with it great opportunity to mix things up, create new traditions with our families, and find ways to lift the spirits of those around us who really need it this year.
Decorate a healthy and inviting environment with these year’s colour trends. The Pantone colour for 2020 is Classic Blue. Blue for Christmas décor? Absolutely!
Colours have a way of setting the mood and even impacting our mental health. Blue, like the ocean or the sky, creates calm, reduced anxiety, and mental clarity. Cool shades pair beautifully with festive colors, including white, silver, and gold, platinum/champagne, green, and even red. If you have blue accents in your home, consider bringing blue into your holiday décor to make it a real “West Coast” Christmas this year.
Some things are classic and never go out of style, like raw wood and natural green for that cozy northern Canadiana feeling. Even the metallic trend is warmer and less shiny this year for a relaxed but modern atmosphere. Deep jewel tones bring a sparkling starry-night feeling into your home for all of those long winter nights, while snowy white and earthy neutrals fit well with a light and minimalistic look. Whether you like bold reds, or fun and interesting pinks, one thing we know for sure is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to be able to bring Christmas into your home or share it with loved ones. Small touches, pieces, and nature-inspired items such as seed pods, pinecones, dried flowers, and evergreen branches create inspired and unique results in a sustainable fashion for all of your DIY projects.
Festive front door and window displays take us back in time and make us feel those down-home, warm and fuzzy feelings. Decorated urns with fragrant evergreen boughs and branches remain beautiful throughout the season! We love the idea of hanging a wreath outside that can double as a freshly scented green table centerpiece inside. Or for a modern flare, try an asymmetrical wreath with dried florals that’s long lasting and versatile. Combat allergens from the dryness of closed windows in cold weather with plants like Christmas cactus, African violets, and phalaenopsis orchids. They make a great gift and they’re pet friendly too.
While you’re out shopping this year, remember to buy with intent and support local. As we head into what is typically the busiest season of the year for retailers, it couldn’t be a better time to support local businesses who have been mustering through to keep their doors open through this pandemic. With so many great options, finding unique ornaments or a decorative pot to reinvent your own décor with is easy!
For more information, visit www.brownsflorist.com.
Photo by Amanda Cribdon Photography