Gingerbread cookies conjure up sweet memories of winter days in cozy kitchens and exude an unmistakably spicy scent that is inextricably linked to the holidays. This year, gingerbread isn’t just a treat, it’s also one of the biggest design trends of the season. Like many of this season’s most popular trends, gingerbread decor signals a return to classic motifs and soothing designs.
Just because gingerbread cookies usually feel traditional doesn’t mean you can’t adapt the trend to fit your look. In London, department store Harrods has teamed up with Dior to transform their storefront into a cute yet sophisticated frosty fantasy land that undeniably proves biscuits can be chic. Whatever your desired design, we’ve got some tips on how to adopt this sugary seasonal style—and a look at why gingerbread decor is ubiquitous this holiday season.
Why gingerbread decorations are trendy
While gingerbread cookies are often already associated with Christmas, this season’s popularity extends beyond the typical cookie plate into a complete design scheme. Much of the appeal of this trend revolves around a desire to connect to a simpler time.
“I think there’s a certain nostalgia around the holidays in gingerbread decorations, houses and cookies,” says Annie Liddle, director of Annie Liddle Design. “They take us back to our youth, are colorful and cheerful and bring us joy!”
It’s that childlike wonder that many of us try to recreate this time of year, especially when we gather with family and friends. After a few years of being apart for many of us, this longing for simpler times and the connections of yesteryear is particularly meaningful, so if sweet cookies can conjure up that extra holiday magic, bring on the baked goods!
Here’s how to try gingerbread decor in your home
If the thought of creating a design scheme around desserts makes you a little nervous, there are a few things to keep in mind. One of the great things about seasonal decorations is that they’re temporary: They don’t commit to an entirely new look for your home, so it’s a fun way to test the waters and maybe get a little out of your comfort zone without anything to make a long-term commitment.
The gingerbread look can range from wildly whimsical to simple and modern. While this trend is undeniably cute, there are ways you can incorporate it into your style — and without a sugar rush. Check out our tips to try out this hip holiday look.
Remember that small touches can make a big difference.
Incorporating just a few gingerbread decorations into your existing Christmas decor can give you an instant update. It can be as simple as swapping out your signature bow for a gingerbread man at the top of each garland to add a fresh twist to a classic design. You can also scatter a few gingerbread accessories like decorative towels, candy bowls, and candles throughout your home for a slight touch of the trend. Liddle suggests making gingerbread decorations for the Christmas tree, which she says can also serve as a fun family activity and create the sweet memories for us all Yes, really yearn.
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Rather than redoing your whole house with gingerbread cookies, limit the creative candy to one area where the theme can shine without being overwhelming. For example, your dining table could become a winter wonderland filled with intricately decorated gingerbread decor. For a stunning centerpiece, consider a custom version of a gingerbread house, a decorative option that Liddle tried out himself.
“As a housewarming gift, my real estate agent gave us a replica of our house in a gingerbread house from a local bakery,” says Liddle. “It was beautiful and the detail was amazing. Needless to say no one was allowed to eat any of it and the house was on display the whole holiday season!”
To complete your table setting, add biscuits with the guests’ names written in icing for memorable place cards, and if you want to gild the fleur de lis, add some gingerbread-themed embroidered napkins for a polished look.
Use the cookie colors as a guide.
If you want to give a nod to the trend without taking a literal interpretation, consider pulling shades from the gingerbread color palette. Brown has been having a moment in the design world for a while, so keep up the cozy vibe for the holiday season. The warm colors associated with gingerbread are a perfect way to try this trend if you haven’t already. Additionally, classic holiday colors like red and green are perfect for the traditional holiday vibes they evoke. You can subtly mix these hues into your home by adding accents such as warm toffee and chocolate toned cushions with contrasting borders or warm biscuit colored textured throws, giving your home a cozy cottage feel that is both timeless and contemporary.
Don’t forget that simple silhouettes can be effective.
If your style is more modern, you can take a more minimalist approach when decorating gingerbread cookies, using the iconic cookie cutter shapes as inspiration. Choose colors that match your current design scheme and select some large format gingerbread molds to place strategically around your home in high-traffic areas like your entryway or near your fireplace for an impactful yet chic look achieve.