Organic to opulent: Currently trending in holiday wreaths
Frosted Snowball Wreath from Diane James Home
Stationed fittingly on your front door to offer a warm welcome, a holiday wreath is probably the first decoration you’ll hang, setting the tone for the rest of your seasonal décor. With options from traditional to bucolic to glitz and glam, how’s a decorator to choose? Four of the area’s best floral designers offer their advice.
Carolyn Greco of Fairfield’s Hansen’s Flower Shop says the first step is to think about placement. “The front door is just one location,” she says. “Windows make for a great spot also, but consider that you’ll need a double-faced wreath.” Faux-floral designer Carolyn McDonough of Diane James Home in Norwalk notes that your wreath should complement the color of your front door or room if hung inside.
Next, consider size. For the average door, Winston Flowers (Greenwich) events designer Tony Montano suggests a 24–30” round wreath. “Or, on occasion, a square wreath with one or two design elements can work,” he says. “And leave 4–5 inches of clearance on each side.”
Once you’ve nailed the specifications, it’s time to choose a theme. Montano says sculpted, or Biedermeier-style wreaths are on trend. “And natural elements—bark, wood, lots of pine cones—are still very popular,” he notes. Diane James is also on the nature wagon: feathers, lichen, berries—anything that can be found on a walk in the woods—is in demand. “Also, we’re seeing wreaths made with many different types of pines and foliage like noble, boxwood, laurel and eucalyptus for a range of greens and textures,” McDonough says.
For a colorful statement, Montano likes single-element wreaths, meaning only one design component or color. Anything from real fruit like lemons, to glass ball ornaments or even candy qualifies.
Designer Julio Sales of Stamford’s Urban Chic is moving away from organic styles this season. “The trend this year is luxury,” he says. “For us, it’s a mix of fresh Christmas greens accented with magnolia leaves and decorated with luxurious ribbons, rich ornaments and sparkle.” The event experts are taking a page from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, The Great Gatsby. “The elegance, luxury and opulence of the old era. Black, gold and silver accented with feathers and just enough bling.”
For the classicist, “traditional styles are always a favorite,” Greco explains. “Fragrant evergreens, such as Douglas Fir, Noble Fir, White Pine and Cedar are just a few of the many that can be used.” To finish the traditional look, she suggests a pop of red from natural elements like pepper berries or holly. Last, a wired-edge ribbon makes the perfect bow that can stand up to the elements. Or, McDonough suggests that ribbon is optional and can be replaced with a cluster of flowers like amaryllis or roses.
Last, but not least, make it your own. “Find your favorite Christmas pieces and rework them for today,” suggests Sales. “It’s a great way to stay green by repurposing but doesn’t compromise design.”