With Christmas just around the corner and the rush of Christmas adverts on our screens, you may be thinking about how you will be decorating for the festivities this year. While I know quite a few traditionalists that don’t put up their tree until the days before the big event, I am not one of them. My tree goes up as soon as it seems reasonable (normally the first weekend of December) so that I can enjoy it for a few weeks in the run-up to Christmas Day. The twinkling lights switched on when the sun goes down ease me into the winter and make the entire living room feel cosy and festive. Whenever it is you decide to decorate is of course up to you but if you’d like a few ideas on what the big season trends will be for decorating your tree this year, then please do read on.
Of course, the ways of decorating your tree are pretty much limitless from a very simple Scandi style to a full on look that wouldn’t be out of place in a Hollywood blockbuster. The important thing is that your tree decor should speak to the way you normally decorate your home. If you love a minimalist look than an OTT tree with a million and one lights and baubles will not just look out of place but it won’t really feel like it belongs in your home. Similarly, if you are all about big glamour in your decorating style, then perhaps a rustic style tree will feel a bit out of place.
Here are just a few ideas for decorating your tree that you might wish to consider!
Traditional Red and Gold
Perfect for those who have been passed down baubles and decor from generations before or for whom Christmas is more about tradition than anything trendy, this look never goes out of style and speaks to our nostalgia of cosy gatherings with family and friends. A real tree is ideal here of course, for adding that additional layer of delicious pine scent. Layer your tree with homemade decor, dried fruit and cinnamon sticks or traditional style baubles in red, greens and gold for the perfect traditional style.
With everyone wanting a bit of ‘hygge’ this season, consider looking to Scandinavian style for your decorating. The organic simplicity of a real tree is paramount and is allowed to be the star, its branches decorated with a simple array of choice decorations. You can string a few strands of white lights here but it’s certainly not necessary. Consider a monochrome look, a dash of red or give the tree a little contemporary style with simple metallics in silver or gold.
For full on Hollywood style, consider a glamorous tree decked out in glittery baubles and festive ribbon. Here, more is definitely more and you’ll want to ensure you have plenty of decorations to cover the entire height of the tree from top to bottom. Glittery baubles and those with shiny surfaces will reflect your fairy lights the best and consider mixing gold, silver, bronze and copper decorations for the biggest impact.
For a softer more rustic approach, consider an entire theme built on cool greys and silver. A flocked tree will look perfect here, giving the look of freshly fallen snow atop the branches and keeping to that cool theme, you’ll want to mix in plenty of white, silver and grey baubles alongside strings of white lights. This look will read more cool so be sure to bring in plenty of textural accents into your room with cosy throws and cushions in knitted and wool fabrics.
And finally, for the perfect sophisticated touch with a bit of sparkle, look to the roaring 20’s Art Deco style to decorate your tree this year. Opulent colours in deep blue or aubergine provide a twist on tradition and layer on the metallics for a glam finish. Sequinned cushions and velvet finishes will provide a bit of opulence in your living area and keep the theme going with gilded Christmas wrap and bows.