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John Lewis & Partners: A look at the 7 Christmas decorating theme for 2020
Christmas is a time of self-expression, inspiration and shared experience, a communal moment of joy and wonder that shares more than a few similarities with how we, as a community, react to great art. Which is why this year’s decorating schemes at John Lewis & Partners have taken inspiration from key art movements.
‘This year’s themes have been inspired by the colour and ideas within art and the belief that art is for all,’ says Jason Billings-Cray, Partner & Junior Buyer, Christmas Shop. ‘Christmas is a time for being creative, whether that means the time and effort put into preparing your home or simply bringing friends and family together to make great memories.’
Join us on a tour through our Bloomsbury, Art of Japan, Renaissance, Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Post Impressionism and Pop Art-inspired themes and bring a touch of fine art into your home this Christmas.
HEAD TO EUROPE AND THE CLASSIC PAINTING, SCULPTURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS OF THE 14TH-17TH CENTURIES FOR OUR RENAISSANCE THEME
With this theme, you’ll discover ornate decorations with references to literature, music and religious iconography used in a contemporary way. With a lovely soft palette of blush, mint and warm neutrals, this is a luxe look, thanks to its copper and gold accents.
This look is perfect for adding a touch of luxury to Christmas. Drape garlands, beads and sprays over banisters and mix with beautiful pastel accessories. Try grouping a few ornaments – like the angel and the bird – on a side table, creating a display moment away from the tree.
GIVE YOUR TREE A QUIRKY LOOK WITH THIS THEME INSPIRED BY THE POST-IMPRESSIONIST MOVEMENT
This art movement, with its famous names of Paul Gauguin, Van Gogh, Henri Rousseau and Paul Cézanne, placed emphasis on abstract qualities and vivid colours, often with the thick application of paint.
This jewelled theme works really well with decadent velvets in similar colours, with plenty of gold and metallic accents. The palette builds from greens to yellows and oranges with splashes of blues and reds. Think ‘more is more’, with hand-blown glass and painted ceramics alongside embroidered stockings and alternative tree toppers.
GO ALL-OUT BRIGHT WITH OUR POP ART THEME FEATURING DECORATIONS DESIGNED TO MAKE YOU SMILE
Taking its inspiration from Pop Art and other modern art movements, this theme is vibrant, bold and exciting. ‘Think of Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline,’ says Jason. ‘You’ll also find our collection of decorations for children in this theme with art materials, diggers and dinosaurs among the curated set.’
There are also plenty of reflective materials, which allow you to play with light and colour to add to that sense of fun and vibrancy.
OUR EVOCATIVE TAKE ON THE MOVEMENT TRANSLATES INTO A COOL AND WINTERY THEME
Impressionism captured the changing qualities of light and the passage of time through small, but individual brush strokes. Our theme makes use of an imaginative impression of all of the colours of snow.
For Jason, no Impressionist tree would be complete without a water-lily decoration, although his personal pick from the theme is a glass bauble filled with a dried flower. Bring the look into the dining room – it’s a great way to bring sparkle to existing white tableware, while the faux fur adds texture and the coloured glass has a shimmering quality.
JOIN THE BLOOMSBURY SET THIS CHRISTMAS WITH OUR WARM, INVITING CHRISTMAS THEME
Inspired by the Bloomsbury Set, a group of artists and writers living, working and studying together in London in the early 1900s, this look is characterised by the group’s literature, art and thought-provoking modern attitudes.
The theme has a rich, jewel-like colour palette of purple, red and blue. ‘Don’t miss our Hot Air Balloon decoration, which captures the story perfectly,’ says Jason, who also loves the Grand Piano bauble. ‘It just captures the creativity of the group so brilliantly, it’s mouth-blown and hand-painted.’
Get the whole look with leather and wooden furniture paired with richly coloured and patterned rugs – this is a Christmas space that you won’t want to leave, and it looks even more dramatic come evening time.
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TRAVEL TO THE FAR EAST THIS CHRISTMAS WITH OUR RED AND GOLD LOOK, A CONTEMPORARY TWIST ON THE FESTIVE CLASSIC
Discover the traditional icons of Christmas – the mistletoe, the berry and the robin – drawn in a contemporary way, alongside kokeshi dolls, Japanese cats, cherry blossom, fish and lanterns.
The colour palette for this theme moves from bright red through to fuchsia and metallics. Look out for touches of cherry blossom for an easy update to a red-and-green tree. You’ll also find the in-house blossom and robin designs on Christmas linens, tableware and glassware, helping to give your festive table a contemporary Japonism feel.
RICH MATERIALS AND EXTRAVAGANT ACCESSORIES MAKE OUR OPULENT ART NOUVEAU TREND REALLY SPECIAL
Think of the architecture, painting, jewellery and glass from the highly ornate Art Nouveau period, and you picture its opulence and sense of glamour inspired by names such as Gustav Klimt, Georg Jensen, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Antoni Gaudí.
Try mixing luxe materials, such as silk, cut-glass, velvet, marble and heavy jacquards against deep blues, yellows and metallics. Away from the tree, you’ll find beautiful wrap to give your gifts that extra special touch.
The Christmas shop is now open at John Lewis & Partners, Chelmsford.
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