Decorating a Christmas tree is super stressful because not only do you want it to look good with the decor of your home but these ordainments are going to be the ones you use long term. I live with my boyfriend, so last year I wanted to make my tree somewhat gender neutral. I also wanted the tree to match our living room just enough to flow with the decor we have. I have put together how I decorated my tree just because I think it makes it easier, than to just hang a bunch of random ordainments in random places.
First and foremost, you will want to plan every little detail out prior to running around to buy all of your decorations and tree needs. My tree is a faux tree sitting at about 5 feet. It looks real/natural, which is why I like it, but it is the safest and smartest way in my opinion. Real trees are awesome and I get why people want them, but dehydrated Christmas trees are the number one cause of house fires during this time of year. You need to remember to water it and it also creates much more of a mess for setup and clean up. If you are like me and completely uninterested in all of that, I got my tree from Target (it comes with lights already strung).
To start, plan your color scheme and vibe. I have lots of fur in my house which is why I chose the white fur tree skirt. This is one of the girlier aspects of the tree, but it brings it together nicely. I then picked these two large snowflakes from AtHome to be the focal point of the tree. The reason I didn’t do three is due to the size of the tree but some people may not like the lack of balance. My tree isn’t meant to be balanced or even because I want it to stand out a bit more. As far as the focal points on the tree, using shapes or big items should be the first things you place.
All medium ordainments and garland should go on second. My garland is a knit string with sleigh bells and large knit puff balls. I plan on getting a second one from AtHome, to fill out the tree a bit more. The bigger bulbs should be evenly distributed. This will be the most uniform part, because you will be able to space everything out evenly.
Obviously do whatever artistic creation you want, but from what I have seen on Pinterest, I have two methods for stylish, non-basic trees. When choosing your ordainments and color scheme, you can stick to simple guidelines. If you want a uniform looking tree, pick 2-4 colors and type of ordainments you want, and keep things designated. For example, if I wanted a tree that was white, pink and silver, I would pick a type of bulb that I liked and pick one of the colors (depending on what stores have). I wouldn’t get the same type of bulb in all of the colors. So sparkly in pink, matte in white and shiny in silver. It is hard to get things to look perfect but for uniform trees, less is more as far as types and colors.
If you want a less uniformed tree, that sticks to a theme, you can do something similar to what I did. I have lots of blue in my living room which is why I chose the darker blue as one of my colors. I wanted to originally go with rose gold, which is another color I have in my home but felt that was a bit more feminine than I would like, so I went with the copper/burnt orange instead. Once I had my 3 colors (dark blue, copper and white), I picked out different types and shades of ordainments. I picked a velvet navy and the matte and sparkly style of the royal blue. For the orange, I picked three large styles; one is covered in beads, another in sequins and the other is a glossy design. I finished out with the matte orange bulbs (which match the matte royal blue ones). Once my big bulbs where on the tree, I just placed the smaller ones at random. Its good to do each type at once instead of randomly placing all of the bulbs so you can spread things out a bit more. The best part about this, is it doesn’t have to be perfect and can be a bit unbalanced without throwing the entire tree off.
I did not want a tree topper, I think the focal point should be more on the two flakes so a topper would throw it off. My boyfriend and I both skate so the ice skates are just an extra touch. If I was really good at wrapping presents, I would have wrap a few empty boxes in my color scheme to place decoratively around the tree. For my second year with this style of tree, now that my living room is finished, I do love it!
- My tree was about $80 and after all of the decorations, you are looking at a $150 investment. It seems like a lot for decorations, but just remember you are essentially planning/decorating for a long term Christmas tree, so it is a bit more justified.
- I purchased everything from Target, AtHome, Hobby Lobby and Michael’s. If you are shopping at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, Google coupons because they typically always have something online. I also did a trip to all of the stores first to see what they had, took some pictures and then planned out everything that I wanted. It seems tedious and annoying, but it is better than buying something, only to find something better at another store. This is long term, so you want it to be perfect.
- Don’t throw away the box the tree comes in! Keep that in order to store the tree afterwards. I also bought a large plastic bin with a lid to keep all of the decorations for after I take the tree down. Keep the boxes the ordainments came in as well.
- I have my tree set up so I can turn on a light switch to light up the tree, instead of having to plug it in every time or hit a button hidden in the tree somewhere.