Christmas tree decorating ideas
In full flower
Create a soft yet dramatic entrance by decking a foyer tree with a mix of oversized white and cream faux flowers, like magnolias, orchids and roses, clipped to the boughs. A matelassé throw around the base suits the tree’s simple decorations and snowy colour scheme.
Pine cone pretty
Twinkle lights and a plentiful collection of pine cones in a mix of colours, sizes and finishes make a modern statement on a traditional tree, like this one tucked into a corner at the Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa in Cambridge, Ont. Instead of topping the tree with the usual star, opt for a vintage found object, such as this salvaged oak-leaf wreath, to add panache. The white faux fur throw pooled at the base evokes a soft snowdrift.
Inspired by the lustre and shape of icicles, glass ornaments evoke a frosty festive flair that’s a sparkly juxtaposition next to a cozy fire on a blustery day. Use vintage chandelier crystals and blown-glass ornaments with an opalescent sheen to create this aesthetic, then bring on the sparkle with hits of gold and silver in beads and tinsel. Maintain the colour scheme throughout the room – on the mantel and with the gift wrap – for a seamless look.
Tip: Inexpensive strings of gold and silver beads make a fast and easy tree garland.
Out of the blue
Playing off the rich navy walls and the warm tones of antique wooden pieces, this tabletop arrangement uses a grouping of five small trees (some real, some artificial) nestled together for impact. Lit with a multitude of striking turquoise lights, it’s a display that’s reminiscent of a wintry forest landscape.
Extend an invitation to the Sugar Plum Fairy with this faux white tree adorned with sugared fruit ornaments. An unconventional scheme like this one, with its jazzy spirit and bright jewel tones popping against the frosty backdrop, can shake up tradition and breathe new life into your more conventional holiday decor elements. Have fun with it!
Follow these nine steps for the perfect tree in How to decorate a tree.