It’s hard to imagine a year more focused on the home.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most of us have spent more time in our houses this year than ever before, forcing us to think differently about our living spaces and interior decorations.
As frustrating as quarantine may have been, there’s a silver lining for those in need of gift inspiration – there’s something for everyone in the world of home decor.
So whether you’re shopping for your mom who’s been complaining about her dowdy living room or a socialite friend who can’t wait to start entertaining again, our decor holiday gift guide is sure to make present-buying a breeze.
Buying home decor as a gift can be a risky business. But get it right, and you’ll find that it’s well worth the gamble. Try to avoid the most obvious pitfall: buying gifts thatyou’d like. Instead, think carefully about your giftee. What are their hobbies and passions? What’s their home decor taste? Put your own taste aside for a moment and choose gifts thoughtfully.
Maybe your sister has been missing her usual overseas adventures this year. Perhaps your dad has shown a renewed interest in DIY. Have you been listening to your friend complain about the clutter in her bedroom?
Whoever you’re buying a gift for this holiday, ask yourself two questions: will they find it beautiful and/or will they find it helpful? If it’s a no to both of these, then keep on searching.
According to the experts,bold accent walls with earthy tones or floral wallpapers are in. This makes sense, as strong colors can inject a sense of energy and creativity to homeowners who are feeling confined under lockdown conditions. Alongside intense wall colors, people are also opting for strong statement art to bring the outside in.
Artwork may feel like a minefield for gift-givers, butCozy Frames makes gifting easy, thanks to the wide range of wall canvases we offer across various categories, including autumn, beach, forest, lake, ocean and dock-side. What’s more, you can even personalize your chosen imagery with the names of your lucky recipients for a gift that feels truly custom.
With travel plans put on hold for the foreseeable future, interior experts have predicted a renewed interest in the Distant Shores trend. From Hawaiian leaves and floral prints, to bright color palettes contrasting with soft lemony hues, families are yearning to bring glimpses of the exotic into their interiors.
For the seasoned travelers in your life, wall maps are a failsafe. Pick a destination you know they love, and source a framed map for them to hang on their wall. Global-chic soft furnishings, such as pillows, throws and rugs, will bring a sense of the wider world into their homes.
Alternatively, take a look at our beach range, which can be personalized to fit beloved names into a seaside-themed wallscape. What’s not to love?
Design experts predict huge interest in the natural look in 2021, with people paying more attention to the environmental impact of home styling. As such, sustainably-made items crafted from natural fibers – think leather, jute and cane – make great gifts that can bring a sense of calm to interiors.
That 1970s home decor staple – the humble houseplant – has enjoyed a strong revival over the last couple of years, and it’s unlikely that this trend is going anywhere in the near future.
From hanging creepers like the “string of pearls” to vibrant palms like the bamboo palm, the available options are many and varied, and can suit any living space.
One rule of thumb to keep in mind: the darker the leaf, the more suited it will be to darker spaces. That said, if you’re not sure of the light conditions of your recipient’s home, a safe option is the Calathea “Medallion” plant. It’s ornate, yet hardy, only needing a weekly watering – a perfect gift for both experienced and novice plant-lovers.
We’ve all been hit by the social restrictions this year, but few have felt it to the degree that the entertaining enthusiasts among us have. Before too long, we’ll be able to reconvene at bars and restaurants. But until then, home entertaining is the way to go.
For the “hosts with the mosts” in your life, a bit of “bar jewelry” such as cocktail stirrers or decadent cocktail glasses make for great gifts. Due to their antimicrobial properties, items made of copper, bronze and gold are enjoying huge popularity right now, so look out for gift items featuring these materials.
Given that most of us have spent more time at home than ever before, we’re all starting to think differently about how we use our spaces. Rather than having a “best” room that we rarely use, alongside purely functional areas like the living room, many people are seeing the benefits of layering all their interior spaces with both function and style.
Find items that double up as both quirky and useful so that function isn’t replaced by pure style. Think of a cozy velvet blanket that doubles up as a throw, or an ottomon footstool that offers extra storage capacity. Both are perfect gifts for multi-purpose living.
It’s been estimated that over the course of 2020,68% of homeowners have engaged in more DIY projects than ever before. So if you have a family member who’s been showing talent in the home renovations department, now’s your chance to encourage them.
Why not gift them a stylish multitool (some websites even personalize these for you) or a great book that’s full of DIY projects? For DIY beginners, a starter tool-kit could make an excellent gift. And for the DIY-er who has everything, why not a personalized tool belt?
Regardless of how you approach gift-giving this year, it’s clear that – as we journey out of 2020 and into the year ahead – the home styling landscape has undergone some interesting and unexpected shifts. The move towards multifunctionality, the inclusion of nature and travel, and a renewed fondness for DIY means that gift-giving for home-lovers has never been more exciting.
Whether you choose to embrace these trends withcustomized canvas wall art or any of the other ideas listed here, this holiday season is sure to be one to remember.