If you’re a Christmas enthusiast, you’ve probably given some thought to this year’s Christmas tree already. There are tricks and tips that will help you create a unique look that fits in your home and adds sparkle to your festive celebrations. Whether real or artificial, a little imagination can take that blank canvas and turn it into something really magical that will brighten your whole Christmas. Here are our tips for decorating a Christmas tree well.
Looking For Inspiration
before you start decorating, you need to look for ideas and inspiration. Keep your eye out for trees that you see in public places, like shopping centres and hotels. These are great places to get ideas that you can easily bring to your own tree.
Our Top Tips For Decorating A Christmas Tree Well
Here are some great tips for creating a beautiful tree:
- Your tree will stand in you room till the festive season has ended, so it should have a visual impact. The space in your room will determine the size of the tree you can have. It is important to consider, especially if you want to enhance the rest of your Christmas décor.
- Decide on the overall look you like. The more branch tips your tree has, the more ornaments and decorations you’ll need. If you want your tree to have an informal look, select a tree that has long needles and upswept branches. If you want something more formal, go for something that has down swept branches and short needles.
- Pay attention to lighting. There is a general rule in deciding the number of lights for a tree – a one foot tree should have about 40-50 lights. The simplest thing to do is buy a pre-lit tree, no mess and easy storage. But if you do the lights yourself, hang them inside the tree, for a twinkling effect. Stringing the lights on the outer edges, over the tips of the branches won’t look right. Remember to keep the amount of light uniform, without any unfilled spaces.
- Add a garland. Whether you choose traditional garland, or a beaded garland, you can get a great look. If you want traditional, swag your garland from the top to the bottom, and also around the back of the tree. The swag of your garland will depend on the width of your tree. Twist the garland at the tip and it should be smaller as it reaches the top of the tree. Another style is to double swag your garland and form it into a spiral garland. Some prefer using ribbon that falls from the top of the tree down along to the bottom.
- Use fillers. You must use fillers in order to give the tree an enchanting look. Some people don’t do this but it is a great way to give your tree a new look.
- Choose a colour scheme. Use a single colour, or two complimentary ones, to give your tree a coordinated, decorated look. Try traditional choices such as red and gold, or something different like pink and white. Use ornaments of these colours and keep the garland in the same colour family as well.
- Dare to be different. Decorate according to what you like, even if it isn’t traditional. Use your favourite hobby, ornaments collected on vacations, or old style bulbs to create a look that’s truly your own. This will create a unique, personal Christmas expression that is sure to be a conversation starter.
- Don’t forget the handmade ornaments. No matter what style you are trying to achieve, handmade ornaments from your own childhood, or those of family members can be wonderful additions to any tree, and compliment any style.
- Cover the base of your tree with a colourful tree skirt, so that the gifts underneath will rest on a pretty background. This makes the packages look even more festive and it looks good after the presents are unwrapped too.
- Top it off. Use a star, an angel or a large bow – whatever suits your individual taste.