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Decorate Your Tree in 6 Simple Steps

For many, the most enjoyable time of the holiday season is decorating the Christmas tree. However, if you are looking for some help this year, let us guide you through the basics of making a beautiful tree. Ornaments, lights, and garland are a good start, but there are many accessories you can add for more personality and style. For example, our designers love to place table top decorations that match the trees' theme right onto the tree branches. A glitter deer tabletop decoration is a great example of a way to incorporate this technique. Just make sure that any decorations you add are properly secured. Let your imagination run free!

  1. Step 1: Set Up Your Tree

    Select the desired location for your Christmas tree and place it in the stand. Many artificial trees come with a tree stand included. However, if yours doesn't come with one, there are other options available. We carry a selection of tree stands for both artificial and live trees. Our live tree stands come with an easy watering feature, saving you time and hassle.

  2. Step 2: Christmas Lights

    If you don't have a pre-lit Christmas tree, you'll want to test your Christmas lights first. Join the strings together and plug them in. Replace any dead bulbs and make sure the cords aren't damaged. Please see our Safety Guide for more tips on lighting.

    How many lights should I use?

    Don't skimp out on your lights! You should use a 100-light set per Christmas tree foot. So if you have a 7-foot Christmas tree, you will want to buy seven (7) '100-light sets'. The biggest thing to remember when putting lights on a Christmas tree is how bright you want it to look. If you are using LED lights on a Christmas tree, you will want to use fewer lights as LED lights provide a brighter glow.

    Don't be afraid to mix and match lights. There is no rule that says you only have to use one kind of light, so get creative! If you are using any themed lights or novelty lights, be sure to put them on after your basic lights. We recommend evenly spacing them apart for the best result.

    Where do I put my Christmas lights on the tree?

    After you've made sure that all of your lights are working, string them on your tree starting from the top down. Weave your lights along the branches 'inside,' then move to the outer edges of the branches. If you have a lit tree topper, make sure that you leave the socket end of the lights at the top of the tree to plug it in.

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  3. Step 3: The Tree Toppers

    What tree topper should I use?

    The tree topper symbolizes the spirit of Christmas and is one of the most important pieces on your tree. Tree toppers come in a wide variety of styles, shapes, and colors. Much like other lights, our pre-lit tree toppers come in incandescent and LED options, and come in sizes ranging from less than 5 inches to well over a foot tall.

    How do I place my tree topper?

    If your tree topper is electric, make sure to plug it into the socket end of the lights that you left open at the top of your tree. Keep in mind your tree topper does not have to go right at the top of the tree. If you have a 7.5 foot ceiling and a 7.5 foot Christmas tree, you can always put it off to the side a bit. You can also consider folding down the top branch of the tree to gain a few more inches.

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  4. Step 4: The Garland

    How much garland should I use?

    A rule of thumb is at least nine (9) feet of garland per foot of a tree, so a 7-foot Christmas tree will need sixty-three (63) feet of garland. We recommend buying more garland to be on the safe side. If you are left with any extra, you can always use it on the mantle or wreaths.

    How do I place my garland?

    With garland, it's best to start at the top and work your way down in a spiral pattern going around the tree until you get to the bottom. Gently-swagged garland looks more graceful than straight or diagonal lines across the tree. Deeply swagged garland is beautiful, but can only be used on large trees with open space between branches. You can also place your garland vertically. Just attach it to the top of your tree (behind the tree topper) then loop it down vertically. Be sure to add some twists and turns, wiring to branches if necessary, in order to add interest and graceful curves. This technique is especially suited to ribbon.

    You can cut beaded garland into different lengths and use it as tinsel to drape over branches. Be sure that the garland is knotted to keep the beads from falling off of the string. Strings knotted between each bead or styles where beads are glued in place will work for this technique.

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  5. Step 5: The Ornaments

    How many ornaments should I use?

    You've set up the basics, now comes the fun part: the ornaments! There's no exact amount of ornaments for a Christmas tree. The amount to use can vary depending on the size of the ornaments, the height and width of your tree, and the ornament density that you desire. In the end, it all comes down to your style and preference.

    While we can't tell you exactly how many ornaments to hang on your tree, we can provide you with a guideline to help you estimate how many ornaments you should use. For trees under 9 feet, we would recommend using 10-15 standard size ornaments per foot. If your tree is 9 feet or taller, we recommend 12-20 ornaments per foot.

    We also recommended that you vary the size of your ornaments, and to spread them out throughout the tree. For example, here is a list of ornaments that were used by professional decorators for a 12' tree:

    • 3' round: 48
    • 4' round: 48
    • 4.75' round: 48
    • 6' round: 36
    • 4-7' finial: 18
    • 5-8' finial: 18
    How should I hang my ornaments?

    To make a statement with your Christmas tree, start with your precious ornaments. Next, hang the larger ones, spacing them evenly apart. Then, fill in the spaces with any medium and small sizes to balance the overall look of the tree. You can place ornaments and other decorations ’inside’ your tree as well as on the tips of branches to add depth and interest.

    If you have pets or small children, try placing shatterproof ornaments near the bottom or in high-traffic areas.

    There are a couple of things to note. Make sure to purchase your ornaments based on your tree size. Larger ornaments may take up too much space on smaller trees, while smaller ornaments may not even be visible on larger trees. Additionally, we also recommend that you have extra ornaments on hand in case any of your ornaments are lost or broken.

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  6. Step 6: The Tree Skirt

    Tree skirts are not included with most trees but are a popular accessory. Not only do they hide the base of the tree, but they add some character to your setting. Much like stockings and ornaments, tree skirts come in a wide array of styles, from solid, colored velvet, and much more. Make sure your skirt is wide enough to cover the tree stand but does not extend past the bottom branches of the tree. Consider the size requirements, color scheme, and theme your tree may have.

    Once your tree is completely decorated, go ahead and add some presents under your tree. If you haven't started shopping yet, that's okay! Place a few wrapped empty boxes or other large scale decorations such as lanterns, Santa Claus figures, or nutcrackers for a decorative touch.

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Commercial Christmas Tree Decorating Tips

For decorating commercial Christmas trees, you can follow the same formats. However, if all that tree space feels overwhelming, here are a few extra tips to guide you through the decorating process.


First, mentally divide your tree into four sections, picturing your tree as if it were a giant box with four sides. Next, divide your collection of ornaments into 4 even groups. Apply ornaments to each tree section starting from the small ornaments and moving up to the largest size.

A 12' Christmas tree can be heavily decorated with ornaments. A good suggestion is forty (40) ornaments per foot or a total of four-hundred-and-eighty (480) ornaments. For a more uniform look, evenly space your ornaments based on their characteristics: color, shape, style, etc.

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As trees get taller, they also get wider and have more space to fill. With larger Christmas trees, you should generally have nine (9) feet of garland per foot in tree height. It’s a good idea to have extra garland to fill up space if needed.

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Ribbons are a good way to fill up empty space on a tree. These are often utilized in sprays and other arrangements; there’s no limit to what can be done!

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The above tips are simply suggestions to help get you started on a classically-decorated Christmas tree. If you are feeling extra creative, feel free to play around with different techniques and styles to see what looks right to you!

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How To Professionally Decorate a Christmas Tree - Designer's Step-By-Step Directions - Worthing Court

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My friends, this is one blog post that you’re going to want to pin to your Christmas Decorating Boards so that you can refer to it year after year.    This is THAT GOOD and there’s a great pinnable image below!

I’ve had the privilege to get special access to several local home decor stores over the last few years, while their stores were closed and their designers reset the entire place for Christmas.  It was a truly magical experience for me and boy did I ever learn a lot!

All of the store designers are amazingly talented and were kind enough to share all of their step-by-step Christmas tree decoration ideas.  I was also told some designer Christmas tree decorating secrets so of course I’m going to share them with you!

You’ll see images from several different Christmas trees, as there were multiple Christmas trees being decorated at the same time.  The important thing to remember is that these steps can be followed no matter what style or color of Christmas decor you want to use on your tree!


  • Maybe this goes without saying, but fluff all of the branches on the tree and make sure that the tree is standing straight from top to bottom.  I’ve completely decorated a tree more than once, only to realize that the top half of the tree is leaning.
  • Make sure that all of the lights are working.  It’s much easier to fix any problems before the decorations are on the tree.
  • The designers recommend that you have the tree lights on while decorating.
  • Supplies that you’ll likely use while decorating your tree are: ornament hooks, floral wire, pipe cleaners, zip ties (for heavy or bulky items), wire snips and scissors

  • The Christmas tree topper is considered the crowning glory, is usually a bit elaborate and helps to set the look for the entire tree.
  • If you will be adding a star, angel, etc. to your tree, it’s best not to place it right on the tip-top of the tree.  Depending upon what you’re using, it can be very appealing to place it about a hand’s width down from the tip-top.  It can be attached with floral wire or zip ties.  If you attach it slightly down from the top, it should be buried into the branches a little instead of looking like it’s floating on the ends of the branches.

  • Most items, such as a star or angel, look the best (and draw more attention) when they are combined with something else, such as picks and/or ribbon.  And good grief – these days picks are available in all varieties and colors!
  • If you’re using a star, angel, etc. for the top of your tree, start the first layer of topper picks a little below it by adding 3 long spikey picks.
  • If you aren’t using anything else on top of your tree, start the first layer of topper picks slightly down from the top.
  • For the second layer of topper picks, choose 3 – 4 slightly shorter and more full picks.  Place these a few inches closer to the top than the original 3 spikey picks.
  • Add a third layer of picks using shorter and more full picks.
  • Don’t think you have to point them going straight up.  Picks pointing straight up (or at a slight angle) combined with picks pointing downward add a lot of interest.  Depending upon what type of pick you’re using, you may actually want to turn the pick upside down, so that the top of the pick is facing whomever is looking up at the tree topper, especially if your tree is taller than normal head height.




A lush, full garland can make a huge impact on a tree!  These tips are referring to the type of garland that you might also use on a mantel, not the lightweight kind that drapes along the edges of the branches.

  • Start about 1/5th of the way down from the top of the tree.
  • Use floral wire to attach the garland or twist the branches together, if the tree is artificial.
  • Run the garland at around the tree at an angle: 2 – 3 times around a 6′ tree and 3 – 4 times around a 9′ tree.


  • To make a real statement and really give your tree a designer look add oversized exaggerated decorations to the tree!  What you add is only limited by your imagination!
  • Add 2 – 3 oversized items to a 6′ tree and 3 – 4 items to a 9′ tree.
  • Be sure to stagger them around the tree and not placed directly above or directly beside one another.
  • Place the largest Christmas decorations toward the bottom of the tree.
  • Mix them up – all of the items don’t need to match.
  • A tip from the professional tree designers is to drill a hole into whatever you’re hanging if you need a spot to run a hanger through.
  • Use cable ties, floral wire or pipe cleaners to attach large items to the tree.  The boot, on the tree, below was purchased at a thrift store with the express purpose of using it on the tree, so it was fine to drill a hole into the backside.  Think outside of the box!

  • Add less expensive Christmas ornaments, such as plain round ones, deep inside of the tree.  You’ll only get a glimpse of them, but it they will help to reflect the lights and will make the tree look more full and will fill up any empty spots inside the tree.
  • It’s easier to hang these filler ornaments now as opposed to when the “outside” of the tree is filled with other, larger ornaments.


  • Give your Christmas tree more dimension, fill in holes and make the tree appear larger by adding picks throughout the body of it.  The picks should extend beyond the ends of the branches and should be angled in various directions – some downward, some upward and some sideways, if appropriate for the pick.
  • The picks closest to the top of the tree may need to be turned upside down so that you aren’t looking at the underside of it.

  • Stagger various types of picks all over the tree.  Don’t put the same type of picks too close to one another.

  • Multiple picks combined together in a cluster typically look better than just one lonely pick.  Try combining three different types of picks together.  For example – combine something with greenery with something long and stick looking (with or without leaves) and with something full (like a flower).
  • Lay the longest pick on the bottom, the second shortest one on top of that and the shortest pick on top of those two.  Then spend a minute fluffing all of the parts of the picks, twisting and mixing the parts of each pick together.  You’ll get a much more natural and professional look that way.  No flat picks allowed!

  • Poke the pick into the tree and attach it to the branch with a cable tie or with floral wire, if necessary. Fluff the tree branches into and around the pick to help it look like it’s a part of the tree.
  • A long pick makes a great place to hang a special Christmas ornament too.

  • Add decor embellishments such as ribbon, lightweight garland and glitter tape once all of the picks, ornaments and oversized pieces have been added to the tree
  • To add glitter tape, start attaching it near the top, but below the topper.  Wind it around the tree similar to how you applied the garland in Step 3.
  • Glitter tape has a mind of its own, so allow it to twist and turn as you go.  That’s what makes it look so great!

  • You’ll use less ribbon if you cut short pieces and stuff the ends of them into the tree as opposed to using one long continuous piece of ribbon.  Using this method also makes the ribbon look more natural.
  • Twist a tree branch around the ribbon if it won’t stay in place.
  • When adding ribbon to the tree, start at eye level and work up and out from there.  I can’t tell you why this works better, but it does!
  • Place the ribbon going in different directions so that it doesn’t appear as if it’s just wrapped around the tree.

You’re finished!  Now get ready to enjoy the oohs and aahs of your family and friends and answer all those questions about who you hired to decorate your tree!

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October 30, 2020

If this year, instead of Courchevel, the New Year's extravaganza is destined to take place at your home, then we know how to help you!

We do not promise a secret flight to the Alps ;)

Instead, we'll show you how to get into the holiday spirit with a Christmas tree, a calculator, and an online store.

In this article you will learn:

  • How to choose artificial spruce
  • How to calculate the garland and how best to hang it
  • How many toys do you need for the effect of "WOW!"
  • How to choose toys
  • How to hide the base

Current? Then let's go!

Which tree to choose

Do you want a live spruce? Choose not sawn, but in a pot. Then you can give it to a nursery or plant it in the country, and they almost do not crumble. You can buy, for example, in OBI.

If minimalism (you can't hang a lot on a live spruce), Scandinavian style and retro romance are not for you, then an artificial Christmas tree will do better.


  • For a city apartment, a Christmas tree 180-200 cm high is enough - so that the head of the family can reach out and install a star on top.
  • For a cottage, if the ceiling allows, you can take it higher (the main thing is that at least a meter remains to the ceiling, otherwise the tree will look bulky).
  • If there is a task to save space, then look for a Christmas tree that is narrow at the bottom, similar in shape to a cypress.

Type of needles (usually indicated in the product description):

  • PVC fabric - when the needles look like a multilayer fringe. Usually such “needles” are soft and fluffy, but they can wrinkle during storage, and the Christmas tree needs to stand for a day before decorating to straighten it out. Often such Christmas trees are sold "snowy" - covered with white flock flakes.
  • Line. This, of course, is a matter of taste, but such needles look like a plumbing brush. But voluminous and inexpensive :)
  • Cast needles - when each branch is molded from plastic and strung on a wire base. A little harsh, but it looks as realistic as possible. Such Christmas trees are usually the most expensive.

Christmas tree color

Soft Christmas trees (which are like fringe/tinsel) come in different colors: white, red, silver, gold, and even pink and blue. Room for experiments!

How to calculate the length of a light garland

Christmas tree bought, next question - lights.

By the way, there are Christmas trees with built-in lighting - it's convenient (fewer wires and no need to worry about the calculation of the garland).

  • Need a wow effect? Then we take 100 light bulbs (LEDs) for every 30 cm of the height of the Christmas tree. That is, for a Christmas tree 180 cm high, you need a total of 180/30 * 100 = 600 light bulbs. In order not to wrap wires up to the very needles, we are looking for a garland with frequently planted diodes (every 3-5 cm).
  • If you don’t need an angelic glow, but just don’t want to miscalculate with the length of the wire, then we consider this: multiply the height of the tree in cm by Pi and 2. Then for a 1.8 m high tree, you need about 12 meters of garland. IMPORTANT! Here we consider the height not from the floor, but from the lower tier of branches to the crown.

How do we hang?

Life hack: in a vertical zigzag, not in a spiral - it's easier to hang and take off. First, distribute the garland over the visible part of the Christmas tree (it is not necessary to decorate the side facing the wall;)) And then slightly deepen it to cover the wire with branches. Don't overdo it with depth! It is not worth highlighting the trunk or the central rod, which is often a bit bald.

How to hang a LED garland on a Christmas tree

How to calculate the number of toys

British scientists (who else, if not them) came up with a formula for the ideal number of balls on a Christmas tree. And it's not a joke! Based on the laws of proportion, they got a factor of 0.21. That is, a harmonious number of balls is obtained, equal to the height of the Christmas tree in cm, multiplied by 0.21. For a Christmas tree 180 cm high, we get 31 balls. Such a Christmas tree will look like this. Pretty, but somehow not fabulous :) There is a suspicion that this formula was developed exclusively for living specimens, since they rarely withstand rich theatrical decor.

For dense decorations, the formula "Height in cm x 0.7" is more suitable - that is, about 150 toys per 180 cm Christmas tree.

Well, for those who appreciate precision in everything, the most confused formula. Humanitarians scroll further ;)

Calculate the area that we want to cover with toys using the formula for the area of ​​the lateral surface of the cone. To do this, we multiply the length of the lower branches by the distance from the tips of the lower branches to the crown and by the number Pi.

If the Christmas tree stands against the wall, then you can decorate 2/3 that are visible. And if in the corner, then half is enough.

Next, decide how thick we want to decorate. The maximum effect is 70 toys per square meter. It's like this:

Then for a Christmas tree 180 cm high and, suppose, lower branches 65 cm, we get such a calculation.

Number of toys = P (3.14) * 1.65 m * 0.65 m * 70 pieces = 235 pieces for the whole Christmas tree.

And 235*2/3 = 157 toys per visible part.

What toys to choose

For a live Christmas tree, some easier :)

For an artificial one - any to your taste.

Let's just give a couple of life hacks.

  • All toys can be conditionally divided into basic and thematic. The simplest Chinese balls can be basic - we fill the “holes” between the branches with them, mask the translucent trunk, etc. Thematic (or focal) can be selected on one topic. For example, "The Nutcracker", "Ballet", "Vegetables / Fruits", "Space", "Sea", etc. Toys in these photos can be bought in the online store Your Christmas Tree .

The basic rule here is: the more diverse the toys are in shape, the more interesting the decor will be. We recommend taking the base 60% and thematic 40%.

  • If you want to decorate the Christmas tree in one color, it is better to choose toys not exactly the same shade, but with color nuances (lighter/darker, brighter/dimmer, or transition to similar colors).
  • Toys in the same scale look great together, but with different textures. For example, matte, glossy, glitter and large sequins, "candied" surface and rough material.

The space under the tree

Everyone is usually very worried about how to cover the base.

A box, a basket, a round mat, styrofoam "floes", decorative pillows, soft toys or themed figures (gnomes, bears, deer) are a great alternative to boring sham gifts.

Let's stop here. You can talk endlessly about Christmas decor, but there is a risk of becoming a bore :)

We hope this guide will help you decorate your house for the holiday like a pro.

Happy holidays and see you soon!

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  • What to consider when decorating a Christmas tree
  • Color or color scheme
  • Color combination principles
  • Selection of Christmas decorations
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A live Christmas tree is the main guest at the holiday. Not surprisingly, it should become the most important and eye-catching focal point. But how to make the Christmas tree look stylish, beautiful and pleasing to the eyes of the inhabitants, would be elegant and appropriate in your home?

It is very important that both the Christmas tree itself and decorations: garlands, pendants are combined with each other and with other elements of the house in terms of color, shape, material, texture, size, quantity.

When the New Year's decor of the entire interior is made in the same style, and the outfit of the Christmas tree is combined with this style, then this makes an integral, harmonious impression. In such a room, you can not only relax your body and soul, but also recharge yourself with a good New Year's mood for all holidays.

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What to consider when decorating a Christmas tree

Having installed the Christmas tree in a suitable place, decide where and in what environment it is located, in what interior. Decide what mood you want to set at the New Year's holiday. When choosing the color scheme for decorations, do not forget that the tree itself is bright green and will look contrasting with many colors. You should not chase a large number of colors, it is better to limit yourself to two or three, choosing one of them, less bright, as a background. We will look at how you can combine colors when decorating a Christmas tree in more detail in this article.

It is important that the type and shape of the Christmas decorations are combined with each other and with the overall interior of the room. You should not decorate the Christmas tree with all kinds of decorations - it may look too colorful and out of date. Think about whether you overdid it with the quantity. Pay attention to what material the toys are made of. Use materials that are already in the interior. To create a New Year's image at home, it is good when the details on the Christmas tree repeat the elements of the interior in shape, color or texture. And, of course, do not forget about the light - garlands, candles are always organic at the New Year's holiday. And now a little more.

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Color or color range

As a rule, toys and decorations of two or three bright colors and their shades are enough. With the right combination, they will create an image that is both memorable and at the same time discreet and stylish.

Silver and gold colors are considered traditional in the New Year's decoration of a live Christmas tree. Silver is the color of snow, ice, frost patterns. And gold is more likely associated with living fire and evokes the image of a winter evening, by candlelight, or by a warm fireplace.

Both gold and silver are great as a basis for decorating a house for the New Year. Manufacturers often prefer these colors, and these toys are fairly easy to find in stores.

Christmas tree in the interior

Color combination principles

Here are some examples of color matching based on color harmony: monochrome, related, contrasting combinations.

Monochrome color combination

All decorations are selected in one base color, with only some changes in tone. Tranquility and tranquility in the decor shown in the photo are guaranteed. Please note that the toys on the mantelpiece and the gifts lying below repeat the balls on the Christmas tree in color and material, and the star on the mantelpiece has a sister in shape - an asterisk-top. In this case, a related combination of colors creates smooth, balanced transitions from one shade to another.

It also uses a monochrome color combination, but it creates a slightly contrasting impression. Different shades of green are used in decorating the Christmas tree: against a dark green background of needles, bright green flashes are used, and light green cones are combined with light walls. A little intrigue is added to the calm and cozy atmosphere.

Related color combination

Related colors are "neighbors" on the "color wheel" or rainbow spectrum. For example: red and purple, blue and green. The combination of close-lying colors expands the monochromatic palette, giving it some depth. Pay attention to how great the toys, ribbons of gifts and decorative elements of the interior are combined in color: curtains, pillows, a glass table surface and a flower vase.

Tip: If your interior has a lot of small details, colored or dark walls, it is better to limit yourself to a monochrome or related color combination. So the tree will not be “lost” against the general background.

Monochrome and related color combination

Contrast combination

Contrasting colors always create bright and memorable compositions, they make New Year's decorations festive and elegant, and children especially like them, but the older generation may seem too familiar and a little bored. Traditional red, green, gold - this is an example of a contrasting combination of colors.

Tip: In a spacious room with light walls, you can easily use contrasting combinations, in which case the interior itself will become a good backdrop for a colorful composition. If you manage to find intersections in color, shape and texture here, then you can quite claim to call your Christmas tree a real work of New Year's art.

Contrasting color combination

Tip: In a spacious room with light walls, you can easily use contrasting combinations, in which case the interior itself will become a good backdrop for a colorful composition. If you manage to find intersections in color, shape and texture here, then you can quite claim to call your Christmas tree a real work of New Year's art.

Contrasting color combination

In this photo, a Christmas tree decorated with toys in contrasting colors successfully complements the interior of a children's room. The purple balls on the Christmas tree match the color of the walls, curtains and carpet. And the golden color of the decorations echoes the pillows and wall clocks.

Advice: In originally bright interiors, when decorating a Christmas tree, it is better not to add new colors, but to use those that already exist so that the interior does not become catchy, flashy.

Selection of Christmas decorations

The shape of the decorations is very important for creating a holistic image of the Christmas tree and the entire New Year's interior. When using toys of different shapes, it is good if they are united by a common idea. Often Christmas tree decorations are a reflection of history and a reminder of some period of our life. For example, old dolls or decorations in the form of animals, when looking at a Christmas tree, draw an image of a fairy tale, magic, childhood, and snowflakes, stars and icicles will rather remind you of the Soviet past.

Our article "Types of Christmas Decorations" details what types of toys you can buy for a Christmas tree. If you have a collection of vintage toys that are dear to you, especially if they are of similar material or bought in the same period of time, then when decorating the Christmas tree, you can focus on them and not use any other modern decorations.

Slightly faded colors, slightly tarnished gilded surfaces will give the image of the Christmas tree charm and a touch of antiquity.

Tip: Larger toys are best hung on the lower branches, and small ones are higher.

Norway spruce

How many toys do you need

A live Christmas tree does not require a lot of decorations. Moreover, if you pay attention to the numerous examples of decorated Christmas trees on the Internet, you will notice that where there are a lot of toys, ribbons, tinsel, these are most often artificial Christmas trees. Sometimes there are so many toys on them that the tree itself is not visible.

All over the world, a live Christmas tree is a symbol of luxury. Therefore, those who can afford a real live Christmas tree do not hide it behind toys. The largest surface area is occupied by beautiful fresh branches of the New Year tree itself.

See also "Where to buy a Christmas tree, fir or pine"

Tip: If you have a Russian Christmas tree or Russian pine, then you will need quite a lot of toys - these trees are not very lush, their branches leave a lot of free space, which is good for those who like to hang large balls and voluminous figures on the Christmas tree.

But the Norwegian tree Danish tree and Fraser fir - these trees are much denser, if desired, they can be decorated with very little decoration, and they will look great.

Canadian pine can do without decor at all - it is so fluffy that it is sometimes difficult to find a place to hang a ball or pendant. In addition, its needles themselves are shiny, beautiful - the best decoration for the holiday.

left: Fraser fir in the interior, right: Russian spruce


Christmas tree toys can be made of glass, wood, metal, plastic, papier-mâché, fabric, paper, foil and more.

If your jewelry is very different in shape, let them be made of similar or matching materials. Don't be afraid to use dry twigs, pebbles, shells, dried fruits and florets. Thanks to natural colors, they are easy to combine with each other.

In our gallery "New Year crafts. Master classes" you can get ideas on how to make decorations from spruce and fir branches.

Dried orange rings, cinnamon sticks - this is how you can decorate the Christmas tree in an original way with what everyone in the house will surely find. Please note that the gifts under the tree correspond to the general style - ribbons of the same color as the beads on the tree itself, orange rings not only hang on the tree, but are also used to decorate gifts and are simply decoratively laid out on a cover that closes the stand.

Orange jewelry


Do not forget about pendants, ribbons, beads. These elements complement the New Year's decoration, they decorate the Christmas tree at the very end, after toys and electric garlands.

Tip: Think about how you want to decorate the top - for this there are special decorations-tops: stars, icicles, snowflakes. You can leave the top empty - this always looks good on living Christmas trees with fluffy branches - for example, Canada Pine, Danish Tree, Norwegian Tree or Fraser Fir

Additional Christmas decorations


To create a New Year's image at home, it is important that the details of Christmas tree decorations repeat the elements of the interior in shape, color or texture.

New Year's interior

Such a classic interior is rarely seen in modern homes, but this principle is well shown here. The abundance of gold color on the walls and ceiling is not ignored on the tree itself, but only a few shiny toys hint at it. But the dark red shade of curtains and furniture upholstery is exactly repeated and is used as the main one on glass balls, icicles and beads. A small amount of the related purple color has been added.

In this photo, toys and beads on the Christmas tree are matched to the upholstery of furniture and gifts. In this elegant understated interior, the armchair, curtains and picture frame on the wall are done in shades of beige. Christmas tree decorations and gift wrapping are chosen in the same colors.

New Year's interior


The evening atmosphere of the holiday is created with the help of electric garlands, lamps, candlesticks. The most fabulous and romantic time is the flickering of lights between spruce paws. Someone loves multi-colored electric garlands, someone prefers light bulbs of the same color, someone prefers live fire in candlesticks or a safe artificial flame imitating it.

Tip: Electric garlands are hung on the Christmas tree in the very first place, even before the toys, but the candlesticks standing near the Christmas tree will need to be left for later - this is the final stage of decoration.

We also take into account natural lighting - warm, yellow shades will prevail in a room on the sunny side, and colder ones in rooms where there is little sunlight. This impression, if desired, can be enhanced or vice versa, muffled by choosing the appropriate colors of Christmas tree decorations in warm or cold colors.

Christmas tree in daylight


Spacious rooms with wide windows and good light allow you to use a lot of fairly large decorations - large balls, wide ribbons. In smaller rooms, consider buying smaller toys. Due to the balanced interaction of the elements in the room, the tree will look more harmonious.

Christmas trees in various sizes

Stand and accessories

When buying a Christmas tree, you should think about how and on what it will be attached. The appearance of a good quality stand will complement the image of a Christmas tree, but an ordinary cross or a bucket of water can greatly spoil it. In this case, you should think about how to close the stand. Firstly, for beauty, and secondly, to close access to it for pets, if you have them.

For this purpose, you can use artificial snow, a special mat-cover or fabric that matches the color and texture with other materials. In the same way, you can hide the wires of electric garlands. In the photo below, the stand does not stand out against the general background, as it is decorated with a special fabric or covered with artificial snow and a large number of gifts laid out under the Christmas tree.

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