Nobody loves a red glass ball quite like we do. Or glitter, or tinsel, or a popcorn garland, or a string of beads, or…well you get the idea.
Sticking with a strict color palette offers a crowded tree a little more peace, and these red framed ornaments make for an extra tidy arrangement.
Red and green don’t always need to take center stage. This blogger used white faux berries as garland around her tree.
A picture is worth a thousand words — but we also love displaying a cheery message to spread merriness throughout a home.
This blogger’s tree is full of handmade and store-bought ornaments, but the real show stopper is carefully placed on the very top.
For a more subtle look, use neutral tones to complement your evergreen.
Utilize every inch of a short and stout tree by hanging ornaments in a variety of sizes.
This blogger isn’t a fan of themed trees, but proudly boasts DIY ornaments that showcase family photos.
Owls, deer, and bears — oh my! Achieve a similar woodland look my highlighting your favorite furry friends.
A white frosted tree has tons of combination possibilities — try mixing in pops of blue for an icy effect.
Replicate a snow flurry by scattering large flakes around as ornaments.
Take a note from a classic Christmas carol — this blogger was inspired by The Little Drummer Boy.
Instead of wrapping your tree in a horizontal direction, drape ribbon vertically for a fresh look.
Beach lovers should take a handful of their favorite things and turn them into ornaments for the perfect by-the-sea tree.
Feeling a little adventurous this season? Follow this blogger’s example and incorporate hues like pink, lime, turquoise and purple.
A burlap ribbon topper — with burlap garland to match — completes this cozy, semi-traditional tree.
When Mark and I were first married and still in grad school, he painted dozens of ornaments on shirt cardboard. They still have pride of place on our trees every year. For this tree — it was 1976, when Kate was eight and Alexa was five — we made garlands of popcorn string and red wooden beads that looked like cranberries. They were cute, but not cute enough for the time it took!” — Duane Hampton
“I’m from New Orleans, and once, after a hurricane, my mother gathered the fallen magnolia leaves and preserved them in glycerine until Christmas,” says designer Suzanne Rheinstein. “We painted them gold. I grew up loving the glitz of Christmas, and this tree, in my house in Los Angeles, reflects it. It holds all of the blown-glass ornaments my husband and I collected in the early years of our marriage, glass beads, and the glitter-and-feather concoctions of our daughters.”
Artfully hung with Chinese silk pincushions and silk flowers designed by floral artist Katsuya Nishimori, this Christmas tree provides a focal point for a seasonal cocktail party and a family dinner. “I like to encourage artists in every field. Even a tree can be a platform for expression,” owner Alexandra Munroe says.
“After too many years of erecting a 20-foot behemoth, I’ve simplified,” says designer Jamie Drake. “Now I get a pair of miniature trees, put them in gold-painted terra-cotta pots — I spray them in my garage — and place them on a console table flanking an antique mirror. I trim them with multicolored ornaments. No lights. No muss, no fuss. Easy to put up, easy to take down. You can’t beat that.”
Real candles give the Christmas tree in artist Clare Potter’s home an old-fashioned charm, but for safety reasons you should use lights at home; all-silver ornaments from Williams-Sonoma Home delight the eye.
“We always throw a big party for about 400 people, and I started putting trees throughout the house to get guests to circulate and not congregate in the one room with the one tree,” say designer Barry Dixon. “Most of them are live and in the root ball and get replanted on my farm after the holidays, in a spot we call Christmas Tree Corner. We put the little purple one in my niece Lauren’s room about nine years ago. She never wanted to go to bed and leave the tree in the living room, so she got her own. I made it purple because that went with the lavender-print Kathryn Ireland wallpaper in her room.”
“The tree in the kitchen is edible, a tradition my mother kept when I was growing up. It’s decorated with cookies, ribbon candy, gumdrops, and other old-fashioned candies that people can eat right off the tree,” says designer Barry Dixon. “The strings of popcorn and cranberries go outside for the birds and squirrels when we’re done. I love a big, glitzy tree, but the little ones really capture my heart every year.”
Combine a solid and striped ribbon when wrapping a skinnier tree to give it a fuller look.
Sometimes it’s nice to keep things traditional. This blogger topper her mini tree with a familiar star and hung colorful ball ornaments on each branch.
This color combo is clearly not only a style for clothing — in fact, black and white makes a tree appear more sophisticated and organized.
This DIY starburst topper is easy to make and truly makes a tree shine even brighter.
Drape your favorite Christmas carol on the front of your tree.
When little ones are extra into the holiday spirit, count down the days by swapping out giant numbers.
Birds love to perch on trees, but even more so when there are mini bird houses. Incorporate that same mindset into your Christmas display.
30. Various Colors
Don’t just settle on one color scheme —c hannel the rainbow when picking out ornaments to hang.
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