The holiday season is upon us, and one of the most cherished traditions is decorating the Christmas tree. Whether you prefer the natural beauty of a fresh cut tree or the convenience of an artificial one, you can transform your tree into a masterpiece that radiates evergreen elegance. With a little creativity and some expert tips, you’ll be styling your Christmas Tree like a pro.
1. Start with a Solid Foundation
No matter which type of tree you choose, the first step to an elegant Christmas display is a solid foundation.
For Fresh Cut Trees: Select a fresh, healthy tree with vibrant green needles. Ensure it’s properly watered to maintain its beauty throughout the holiday season.
For Artificial Trees: Invest in a high-quality artificial tree that mimics the real thing. A well-shaped tree forms the foundation for an elegant display.
2. Fluff & Shape for Life-like Trees
Fluffing and shaping your tree may take a while, but they’re an essential part of the decorating process. This will help you achieve a lush and life-like look for your centerpiece. Ask family or friends to help shape your tree, wear gloves to protect your hands, and start from the inner branches, working your way outward, shaping the tree by section, starting from the bottom.
3. Lighting is Key
The secret to a stunning Christmas tree lies in the lighting. Follow these lighting tips for both fresh cut and artificial trees.
Choose the Right Lights: Opt for warm white or cool white LED lights for a fresh look, or multicolored lights for a classic and nostalgic vibe. Twinkling lights can be fun and add a touch of enchantment to your tree. Ensure you have enough lights to create a dazzling display; a general rule of thumb is at least 100 lights per foot of tree height.
Weave the Lights: Rather than wrapping lights around the tree, weave them in and out of branches for an evenly illuminated tree. Start from the top and work your way down, spacing the lights evenly.
Test Before Decorating: Always test the lights before placing them on the tree to identify any faulty bulbs or strands.
4. Embrace a Theme
The first step in learning how to decorate a Christmas tree professionally is to select and stick to a cohesive theme or concept. A spectacular tree needs an element that ties everything together. You can base your Christmas tree theme on a certain color palette, an ornament collection, or one of your interests. Get style inspiration from Flowerland’s 2023 Christmas Collection, designer blogs, home décor sites, or Pinterest, and create a mood board to bring your vision to life. This will help you pick out the decorations that you need.
5. Ornaments: Quality Over Quantity
When it comes to ornaments, quality beats quantity. Invest in a few statement ornaments that stand out and complement your theme. Handcrafted, heirloom-quality ornaments can add a touch of elegance to your tree. Mix them with sentimental ornaments that hold special memories.
6. Ribbons & Garlands
Elevate your tree’s appearance with the strategic use of ribbons and garlands. Here’s how to do it like a pro:
Ribbons: Use ribbons to create cascading loops down the tree for a dramatic effect. Create velvet bows that drape on the branch tips. Secure them in place with ornament hooks or floral wire
Garlands: Choose garlands that complement your theme. Whether it’s beaded garlands, natural greenery, or tinsel, garlands add texture and depth to your tree.
7. Final Flourish with Faux Botanicals
For an extra layer of sophistication, incorporate decorative picks and sprays into your tree. These can include glittering branches, floral sprays, or even faux birds. Insert them strategically to fill gaps and add a touch of luxury.
8. Tree Skirt & Topper
Don’t forget the finishing touches. A tree skirt in coordinating colors with your theme adds a polished look to the base of the tree. For the tree topper, select something that crowns your tree with elegance, whether it’s a star, angel, or a unique handcrafted topper.
9. Don't Overcrowd
While it’s tempting to keep adding ornaments, resist the urge to overcrowd your tree. Leave some breathing space between ornaments to allow each one to shine. A well-spaced tree feels elegant and balanced.
10. Step Back & Assess
Once you’ve decorated your tree, step back and assess the overall look. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure a balanced and elegant appearance.
11. Enjoy the Process
Remember that decorating your Christmas tree should be a joyful experience. Involve the whole family, play festive music, and sip on hot cocoa as you adorn your tree with love and care.
By following these pro tips, you’ll be styling your fresh cut and artificial Christmas trees with evergreen elegance, creating stunning centerpieces for your holiday.