From winter whites to glowing golds and popping pinks, poinsettia blooms offer many more ways to pep up your Christmas décor than a simple red pot plant! The experts at Stars for Europe reveal a world of crafty poinsettia makes, to add the perfect finishing touch to 2020’s top festive looks.
We all love a fresh take on Christmas decorating, and this year it feels more important than ever to create a magical, cosy haven for our loved ones. Luckily, whether you get the chance to treat your home to some new Christmassy pieces or stick to your usual beloved decorations, there’s a simple, on-trend way to breathe fresh life into this season’s best looks: poinsettias.
Available across garden centres from late autumn, the starry, colourful modified leaves of poinsettias make them one of the nation’s best-loved winter houseplants. Whilst the bold red varieties are traditional favourites, shop early and you’ll find a host of other beautiful colours set against lush green foliage… from buttercream, rose and candy pink to apricot, sunshine yellow and even variegated stunners. And with miniature to large sizes available, you can either create a whole plant festive feature or use single bracts to add flair to your decorations.
This rainbow of colourways and options makes poinsettias perfect for 2020’s biggest Christmas decorating themes. A spokesperson for leading poinsettia growers’ group, Stars for Europe, confirms: “With all of us holding our loved ones even tighter, the trend gurus at the Christmasworld trade fair in Frankfurt have identified ‘family matters’ as this festive season’s most important priority. We’re all looking for as much sociability, solidarity and belonging as possible. Based on that, Christmasworld has defined three key worlds of home styling: ‘silken party’, ‘green ritual’ and ‘happy get together’. And the sheer choice of shades and hand-crafting options that poinsettias offer, from single cut blooms to whole plants, offers the perfect way to add a natural wow-factor to these stunning schemes.”
Stars for Europe’s Top Three Styling Tips for Christmas 2020
1) SILKEN PARTY – the ultimate fashion creation
About the look: Make your décor look good enough to eat with a delicious, feminine palette of creamy lemon, strawberry or mocha sorbet shades, nestled against warmer lavender, caramels or chocolate. For the table, choose accessories that gleam and glow, including silky fabrics, florals, translucent glassware and twinkling finishing touches.
Floral flourishes: Transform a plain spruce wreath with pearlescent, sugar-drop baubles and bracts from a velvety, variegated poinsettia for the ultimate ‘silken party’ table centre. Allow the stems to reach a dish of water beneath, or wrap them in moistened tissue and foil, for a lasting display.
2) GREEN RITUAL – inspired by natural vegetation
About the look: In this scheme the fern greens, soft plums, calm taupes and pure corals of autumn’s vegetation pop against deeper, mysterious tones of moss, stone, water and cranberry; allowing you to get really creative. Experimental ideas, designs and materials in these contrasting colours will work well. Think blossoms and leaves, papercraft decorations, pale wood, light-catching glass and tactile natural surfaces set against richly coloured backdrops.
Floral flourishes: Hang your tree with this season’s must-have, Nordic-look paper baubles in neutral and earthy tones. Miniature apricot or salmon-leaved poinsettia cuttings nestled in baby zinc pots will glow beautifully alongside – simply moisten their soil daily to keep them fresh.
3) HAPPY GET-TOGETHER – inspired by the new urban lifestyle and recycling
About the look: Get the fiesta started with appetising shades of lemon, lime, mint and straw, alongside hot ochres, rich blues and warm russets. Use speckled, mixed materials to reflect a re-use and recycle ethos, along with ‘second life’ products incorporating paper and PET. Unconventional, handcrafted accessories, weaving, tying and layering are all perfect for this scheme.
Floral flourish: As poinsettia plants are native to Central America, a rag rug, woven cocoon chair with Mexican-style cushions and cactus collection make the perfect backdrop to this clever, alternative Christmas tree display. Using at least 24 matt and shiny gold baubles, hang around half of them from ribbons in a hot colour palette. Turn the remaining baubles into mini vases by removing their crowns, adding water and a rainbow of poinsettia stems. Use wire and more ribbon to hang.