‘Tis almost the season to be jolly and very soon we will see Christmas trees pop up in the windows of homes across the globe.
Although at first, decorating a Christmas tree seems like a fun, easy task, it can often turn into a stress-inducing kerfuffle. So much so that the month of December sees over 27,000 online searches querying how to decorate a Christmas tree.
Whether you opt for a real or artificial Christmas tree, there are certain formalities that must be followed in order to achieve a flawlessly decorated tree and experience minimal stressful situations.
As the countdown to Christmas begins, The LuxPad wants to make decorating your home a little easier, so we’ve created an infographic guide that’ll teach you how to decorate a Christmas tree, step by step.
We’ve also asked for the top tree decorating tips from some of our favourite interior designers and bloggers, that’ll help you decorate your Christmas tree in style this year.
How to Decorate a Christmas Tree
1. Choose a tree: Real or artificial?
There are benefits of both real and artificial trees, but the type you choose really comes down to personal preference. Do you enjoy the tradition of going to handpick a real tree and bringing it home to the family, or do you prefer to keep your home Christmas-tree-needle-free with an artificial option? Whether you go for a snowy artificial pine or a real Norway Spruce, there’s plenty of tree decorations and ornaments available to suit any kind of Christmas tree and make yours stand out from the rest of the bunch.
2. Choose a theme
Selecting a theme for your tree will keep it looking well put together and prevent you from going overboard with the decoration. You may decide to go for a specific colour scheme to match your home interior, or you may want to opt for a traditional theme with sentimental pieces.
Choosing a theme for your Christmas tree can be a difficult decision. Modern or traditional? Colourful or neutral? I would suggest choosing a theme that fits in with your home decor and will last for years. Picking something uber-trendy this year might be completely out of fashion next Christmas. More traditional styles will stay on trend for longer, which saves you having to buy new decorations year after year!
3. Add lights
Before wrapping Christmas lights around the tree, always check that they work – especially if they are buried within the Christmas decoration box you get down from the loft each year. Ensure you have enough lights to cover the tree before you begin wrapping (approx. 10m for a 6ft tree). Start from the top and work downwards, weaving throughout the tree.
My top tip to make the most of your Christmas tree lights is to purchase some small mirrors, glue some string to them and hang them in the tree behind your Christmas lights.
This is a great way to multiply the luminance without costing any extra in electricity bills.
4. Add garlands
As with the lights, ensure each garland is long enough to wrap around the tree before beginning. Start at the top and drape around the branches, creating larger gaps between the branches towards the bottom of the tree.
Forget old tinsel, there are lots of contemporary garlands available that will dress your tree in style. Try metallic beaded garlands, mini pom-pom garlands, sparkling gemstone style garlands or artificial leafy garlands. If you don’t have a garland long enough to cover the whole of your tree, add several of the same style to complete the look.
5. Add ornaments and baubles
Ornaments and baubles that match your chosen theme can be added throughout the tree alongside inherited family treasures that make an appearance each year. Start with the larger baubles first spreading them evenly across the branches, then move on to the smaller pieces. Make sure to put ornaments and baubles in the centre of the tree too, not just at the end of branches.
Whichever theme you choose for your Christmas tree this year, elevate its appearance with standout or standalone feature ornaments. Be it traditional or contemporary, accompany your usual collection of baubles with colourful blown glass ornaments, whimsical feathered creatures – or simply opt for an extra handful of flamboyantly embellished baubles to mix throughout your current scheme!
6. Add a topper
Whether you choose a topper to match your tree theme or opt for a family heirloom, ensure it is not too heavy for the top of the tree – this will make the tip of the tree bend, which can lead to the topper falling off and getting damaged.
Tree toppers are important because the eye is naturally drawn to the very top of the Christmas Tree – they’re the ‘cherry on top’!
One of my personal favourite tree toppers is an origami paper folded star. They are very light and easy to attach, and you can scale them up quite big, due to their almost weightless form.
You can either buy pre-scored card stars to simply fold and make, or, make your own from scratch involving all the family, a YouTube tutorial and some mulled wine! A paper folded star lends itself to folksy, Scandi-style tree decorations. I think they look great in recycled newsprint, pages from a book, or even in black card (yes, it’s festive!) for a crisp, contemporary silhouette.
7. Affix optional tree skirt
Adding an optional tree skirt as a final step is a great way to cover the bottom of a tree, conceal any loose wires or hide a tree stand you don’t want on show. Ensure you select the correct size tree skirt – ideally, it should be slightly bigger than the tree stand, in order to conceal it, however, not too big that it floods the space. The perfect finishing touch to a Christmas tree, you can opt for a tree skirt that matches your overall theme, or one that makes a statement within your Christmas home decor.
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Follow our foolproof guide and put these expert tips to the test to create a Christmas tree to be proud of this year. Needless to say, you will be the proprietor of the most stylish Christmas tree on the street.
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