Christmas Tree Trends 2018
“It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that counts, it’s who’s around it.”
– Charlie Brown
Shopping for Christmas trees is one of my favourite holiday traditions. There’s something magical about selecting the perfect tree and bringing that gorgeous pine scent into my home. Then, there are the possibilities. Once the tree is propped up in its stand, it becomes a blank canvas for your festive artistry.
Creating a Theme for Your Christmas Tree
If you’ve been browsing Pinterest during the Christmas season, you’ve undoubtedly seen scads of impossibly beautiful trees. For those of us who grew up in homes where the Christmas tree situation was more Charlie Brown than Martha Stewart, achieving that perfect festive look seems daunting. But it doesn’t have to be. The key to achieving a gorgeous tree is to plan the look you’re going for. Here are some of the Christmas tree decorating trends that are all over social media lately.
Decide on a Colour Scheme
If you pay close attention to the most beautifully decorated trees, they generally have a consistent colour scheme. Sticking to ornaments in 2-3 complementary colours is a shortcut to making your tree look elegant. Here are some of my favourite combinations.
Blue and White is a wintery combination that works looks gorgeous against blue, teal or grey walls. This look can be a little harsh with only one shade of blue, so it’s best to blend several shades of blue with your ornaments to add more dimension.
Silver and White is a classic combination that is both beautiful and easy to put together. This pairing works especially well in homes with cooler toned dÃ©cor. Choose white lights with a white or silvered-white garland and decorate with white and silver ornaments.
Gold and White is a little more traditional and works well with warmer toned dÃ©cor. To enhance the traditional feel of this look, add Red accents for a richer aesthetic. To make the look more contemporary, opt for tiny golden twinkle lights instead of a garland for an Insta-ready holiday focal point.
Multicolored trees have a homey and nostalgic feel when balanced with a neutral tone. To keep the look from going too over-the-top, choose multi-colored ornaments with white lights or multicolored lights with subdued white or silver ornaments. I like to add a few strings of warm white lights to rainbow-lit trees to soften the effect of the colour.
Unconventional Christmas Tree Ornaments
I love the look of a tree with creative, unexpected decorations. If you’ve grown tired of the same old glass balls and tinsel kicking around in your basement, it may be time to think outside of that cardboard box.
Flocking is the spray-on product that adds that “snowed-on” look that mentally transports people to an Alpine lodge. This subtle decoration looks amazing with something as simple as a burlap garland or mirrored ornaments.
Ornate Tree Skirts add another visually interesting layer to your tree display. Choose a base colour that acts as a complementary backdrop to your wrapping paper to make those gift boxes “˜pop’ on Christmas morning.
Found Decorations from the outdoors, such as driftwood, pine cones, natural vines and firm berries enhance the natural appeal of your tree. Natural ornaments look stunning with strands of white lights.
Silk Flowers have a delicate, whimsical appeal with that makes guests do a double-take. Thread them together for an enviable garland.
Traditional Christmas Tree Decorations
The classics are classic for a reason. A simple beaded garland with traditional red, gold and white ornaments never goes out of style. Space out your decorations evenly to keep your traditional tree looking polished.
Just like everything else during the holidays, a little planning ahead goes a long way when designing your Christmas tree. Once you know the look you’re going for, that Pinterest-perfect holiday magic will come together quickly. You can leave the all-nighters to Santa Claus.