The Latest Trends in Holiday Decorations: Inspiration for a Modern Look

The Latest Trends in Holiday Decorations: Inspiration for a Modern Look

November 08, 2023

Do you want to decorate your home in a way that looks festive yet on-trend this holiday season? If you tend toward modern décor, you're in luck: There are more options than ever available to homeowners who prefer streamlined and chic over more traditional or fussy-looking holiday decorations.

At MosquitoNix®, our MosquitoNix Elves have helped deck the halls of countless homes with our professional light installation and decoration services. That means they have the intel about the latest holiday decoration trends. Keep reading as they share ideas for how to decorate your home indoors and out using products and techniques that express your love of the holiday season while also fitting your forward-thinking sense of style.

10 Modern Holiday Décor Trends for Inside and Outside Your Home

  1. Star lights - Star-shaped lights that can be hung with wire, twine or ribbon are extremely popular. Whether they're made from durable plastic, delicate paper or metal and glass, an illuminated star always looks simple yet sophisticated. There are versions designed for use indoors as well as outdoors, so whether you want to hang these stars from trees in your front yard, over your dining table or virtually anywhere else, you can enjoy their lovely light.
  2. Giant Christmas ornaments - This trend requires a bit of explanation. We're not talking about actual ornaments for your Christmas tree; we're talking about decorations made to look like round Christmas ornaments, but which are so large that they rest on the ground. These Christmas ornament decorations come in inflatable vinyl varieties in an array of colors, as well as minimalist wireframe varieties decorated with Christmas lights. With their simple round shape, these oversized decorations can be surprisingly chic, and as with the hanging stars, you can usually find versions that can be used indoors, outdoors or both.
  3. Light-wrapping everyday objects - Another popular holiday décor trend? Wrapping common objects in lights and displaying them in your yard. Rustic items are great for this because of the way they juxtapose with the delicate look of the lights. Think antique bicycles or wagon wheels, or even just bundles of sticks - preferably white birch. Just beware of the fire hazards that can arise from wrapping a wooden object in lights. Don't let the lights burn for too long, especially overnight, and use LED lights if possible - they stay much cooler to the touch than incandescent lights.

  1. Icicle lights - Icicle Christmas lights have been around for a while now, but they're more popular than ever. That's because they're almost as simple to use and versatile as regular string lights, but they pack a lot of visual impact. Designed with light strands that hang down to imitate the look of real icicles, they combine the simplicity that's a hallmark of modern style with lots of bright lights all along their length. They're particularly on-trend in classic white.
  2. Permanent Christmas lights - This is an increasingly popular trend as well, but not so much for aesthetic reasons as for reasons of convenience. That's because permanent Christmas lights look very much like standard string lights, but once they are installed, they can last for years. Line your roofline with lights, or the areas around your doors and windows, and enjoy knowing that you won't have to take the lights down at the end of the holiday season and start all over again next winter.
  3. Smart Christmas lights - This is another trend that's all about modern convenience. Smart Christmas lights look like regular holiday lights, but they can be controlled by a remote control, downloadable app or even your digital home assistant. Smart lights can be especially helpful if you want to control lights in high or out-of-the-way places, like on your roof.
  4. Outdoor spotlights - Like icicle lights, spotlights, well lights and other ground lights are not new developments per se, but they are very popular in contemporary holiday decorating. That's because, through the power of uplighting, you can use unobtrusive beams of light to instantly add a warm glow to your home's exterior. This is an incredibly simple way to make a big difference, making your home instantly look more inviting to your holiday guests.

  1. Lanterns - Lanterns are definitely having a moment of popularity. People are using them to decorate everything from front porches to hearths. Those with an angular, minimalist style are particularly on trend; choose lanterns with a simple square or rectangular metal frame. Put battery-operated candles inside the glass shades and you're good to go.
  2. Lighted signs - We're not referring to traditional neon signs or storefront signs. There are many stylish LED lighted signs available that are designed to act as beautiful, eye-catching holiday accent pieces. There are signs that can be installed on an indoor wall, as well as outdoor versions that can go on the side of your home, garage or barn. Choose from lighted signs that say "Joy," "Peace" or another holiday message.
  3. Use lots of light - As you've probably noticed, almost all of these Christmas décor trends have to do with lights and lighting. That's because the holiday season is often associated with the uplifting power of light. Light helps combat the long, cold nights of winter, bringing brightness and cheer to you, your guests and your neighbors. During the holiday season, bright, beautiful light is always on trend.

If you need help with everything from installing icicle lights to hanging star lights or wreaths in high places, contact the MosquitoNix Elves today to find out what they can do for you. Get a free quote by calling (855) 808-2847, or texting ELVES to that same number. And for additional inspiration, take a look at some homes that our Elves have decorated in past years. Many of them feature a festive yet modern aesthetic.

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