The Ultimate Guide to Decorating Your Christmas Tree

From the twinkling lights and colorful ornaments to the sparkling tinsel, the Christmas tree is the glittering centerpiece of many holiday festivities. Whether you choose traditional décor or a little more bold, whether you're a seasoned tree decorating pro or a first timer out on your own, enjoy the following tips to make sure your tree stands out as the showstopper it was meant to be!


mother and child decorating christmas tree

Choose your Color Scheme

No matter what decorating style you gravitate towards, the color scheme of your tree will pull everything together for a seamless look. For trees full of those sentimental ornaments of various colors, try a multi-colored tree with a variety of lights, ornaments and balls of varying colors. For a colorful, but more refined tree, try lights and ornaments of greens, reds, and golds. Other fun color scheme ideas can include turquoise and silver, copper and green, or an all white tree.


Lights, Lights, Lights

Perhaps the most important ingredient of your tree is the lights you use. They provide the glittery backdrop to the rest of your decorations and this is one of those instances in life where more is more. If your tree isn’t pre-lit, wrap your lights around each individual branch for the optimal glow. Choose white or colored lights to suit your fancy. Some light strands also come in different sizes and shapes which is another way you can showcase your family’s personality and create a unique centerpiece to your holiday décor.


snowman ornament hanging on a tree

Use Texture

Just like when decorating your home or living space, the use of texture can take your tree to the next level. Find ornaments with unique characteristics like a bird with soft feathers or sequined balls that will reflect light. Don’t be afraid to go with the unexpected to elevate your tree even further. Tinsel is another great choice for adding texture and a flicker of light, but user beware. Tinsel can become a hot mess in a house with kids or pets who can't seem to stop themselves from the lure of twinkling silver strands.


Experiment with Garland

There are as many options of garland as the day is long. Use a patterned ribbon or ribbons of varying colors for a little interest. Drape a beaded garland around the tree for a delicate look or use a chunkier garland of pine cones for a rustic element. Take a trip to your nearest craft and hobby store to browse the isles for inspiration.


father and child decorating the Christmas tree

Use Floral Accents

As the finishing touch, use Christmas floral picks to fill in any holes in your tree. Use traditional poinsettias, frosted berries, or sprays of greenery to give your tree a fuller look. Sometimes it’s these last minute, finishing touches that make all the difference.


Top it Off

And don't forget to top the tree with your favorite family heirloom - a star or an angel. If you don't have one, go out and buy one to start the tradition this year.


Christmas tree décor comes in all shapes and sizes and the possibilities are endless. A little creativity and a large dose of Christmas spirit are sure to give you a tree you can enjoy all season long.


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