Posted by Dan O'Malley in Home Design

​You’ve just settled into your new dream home and you’re getting ready for the fun holiday festivities, excited to show off your beautiful, holiday-themed home! Here’s a look at what’s trending to help keep you on track.

​Even though you may not be hosting large groups of people over the holidays, that doesn’t mean you can’t host your more intimate gatherings in style. Follow the below pointers and host with confidence knowing your décor will dazzle your guests as we head into the new year.

The Best Holiday Decorating Trends

​According to industry experts at Decorator’s Warehouse, here are the 6 top trends you’ll want to incorporate into your home this holiday season:

  1. Navy Is In – Navy is making its way into the market. As a striking color, this color aims at making a statement and pairs beautifully with more classic colors, such as gold, silver, white, or champagne.
  2. Farmhouse Chic – The Farmhouse trend is still going strong and includes cozy plaid prints, rustic details like berries, natural woods and colors, or even aged metals. This look can vary to include a very neutral, natural palette, or be full of bright red berries!

  1. Striking Metals – Think oversized jingle bells or tin ornaments. Adding large scale metal pieces to your tree ads a fun texture to your palette. Another idea: try a mixed metal look by combining golds, silvers, and coppers.
  2. Classic Buffalo Check – This is always a good, solid choice. Typically associated with the holiday season, black and white or red and black buffalo check can be nicely paired with burlap for added texture and a rustic element.
  3. Platinum Is Where It’s At – This neutral color is a hot one this year! Falling between a silver and a gold, not only is it soothing and glamourous, but it can also easily be paired with virtually any color to create a festive elegance you’ll love.
  4. Soft Neutral Décor – Right now, neutral color palettes are gaining attention in all aspects of interior design, so why not include them in your holiday decorating! Soft grey tones, white, and greige are all popular go-tos. These colors create a soft and inviting look for a natural feel your guests will love.

Holiday Decor Mistakes to Avoid in Your Home explains 5 common holiday mistakes you may not be aware of but should avoid in order to minimize distractions from your interior decor wonderland and keep the focus on your showstopper pieces:

  1. Don’t Limit Yourself to Red and Green – Yes, red and green have been adopted as two colors that scream Christmas; however, don’t get stuck thinking you have to use these colors. It will work best to coordinate your holiday decorating theme around your home’s current day-to-day décor. If you have a mainly neutral color palette, consider adding pops of color into your holiday decorating that won’t detract from your current home décor.
  2. Avoid Cookie Cutter Décor – Ditch the traditional tinsel and go-to Santa figurines and try a more elegant metallic or wood bead garland to add something different to your tree ornaments and lights.
  3. Don’t Overdo it – Remember: less is often more. The same goes with holiday decorating. You don’t need to display every Christmas related item you’ve collected, as this can overpower a room and make it appear cluttered. Instead, choose three or four holiday elements per room to display.
  4. Skip Store-Bought Wreaths – Consider weaving bare branches, ribbon, or pinecones into a plain wreath. You can even add cinnamon-scented pinecones! Sometimes the fun of having a wreath is making your own, and this way your front door is truly an expression of your style, rather than a department store’s!

  1. Don’t Forget the Rest of the House – It’s easy to stick to the main living room when you start decorating, but tasteful holiday touches throughout the rest of the home can add to the ambiance. Decorating the stairway banister adds a great touch and naturally extends your decor to the upper level. Think a holiday scented candle or soap in the bathrooms and kitchen to continue the holiday cheer throughout the rest of the home.

​The most important aspect of interior design is to choose items that reflect you, your taste, and ultimately make you feel good while in the space. The same goes for holiday decorating.

​Through a little trial and error and guidance from those predicting what’s hot and what’s not, you’re sure to holi-dazzle your guests this season!

​Share your personalized holiday home décor with us and be sure to tag @mihomes!


Dan O'Malley
Dan O'Malley


Dan O’Malley is the Vice President of Product Development for M/I Homes.With over 30 years of expertise in residential architecture and design, Dan has been overseeing the product needs of the company's 16 divisions located throughout the Midwest, Southeast, Nashville and Texas for the past 12 years. Before joining M/I Homes, he was a partner in the Chicago office of BSB Design, a national residential architectural firm, for 14 years. Dan is an expert in all aspects of single-family and multifamily design and has received several awards for his successful projects. He is also a popular speaker at various industry events, including the International Builder’s Show, Midwest Builder’s Show, and Multi-Housing World.

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