For many years wreaths weren’t given much attention, but with the rise of interior designers such as Abigail Ahern, who specialises in faux florals and plants, it has meant this neglected area has been given the spotlight. Plants have been a big trend throughout 2016-2017 in interiors as well as being a key textile motif; we were not surprised to see this trend influence Christmas greenery.
Natural foliage is a popular material at Christmas with pinecones, ferns and even bark as we look to bring the outside in. This season there is a mix of dense foliage and the use of a single choice material. The heart pinecone wreath from The White Company makes use of small pinecones with a dusting of white. Marks & Spencer and Cox & Cox wreaths although faux, look very realistic with a wide selection of foliage, pinecones and berries. These options are luscious, textured and rich in tone due to the use of various leaves. Marks & Spencer have cleverly picked up on eucalyptus which had been popular on social media with bloggers and influencers.
The example from Abigail Ahern is oversized and a statement piece that could almost be used instead of a tree. West Elm and John Lewis wreaths are both dense and rich and make use of one key material, creating more impact. Many retailers have also made use of unusual greenery for wreaths – box and moss.
Our last three wreaths are the newest trends we have seen and we would expect to see them grow in importance. The metal hoop from Skandivis is actually a DIY wreath – you simply attach your own foliage. We are beginning to see this type of wreath being used all year round and not just for Christmas. Our prediction is this will be the biggest trend next year on the high street. Scandinavian influences in interiors do not seem to be fading and the use of texture and natural material is an important part of this trend and we especially like the use of bark on the Ella James wreath which again makes use of just one single material without losing impact.