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How To Decorate A Christmas Tree Like A Professional

We all want to decorate the perfect Christmas tree with baubles, ornaments and lights perfectly coordinated in a festive and stylish scheme. In reality, however, it's easier said than done. Decorating a Christmas tree is no mean feat, especially for the perfectionists among us, but if your home is your pride and joy and the tree is the centrepiece of your home come the festive season, we've got you covered.

We've spoken to a range of style and decorating experts, including the team at Balsam Hill – whose artificial Christmas trees have graced the TV sets of The X Factor, Good Morning Britain and This Morningabout how to decorate your Christmas tree to make it look like you hired a professional, plus how to choose the right Christmas tree decorations to suit your theme.

But before we begin, like any task, you need to have the right tools to ensure the safe and proper set up of your Christmas tree. This includes cotton gloves for shaping branches (it's quite the task!), scissors with safety handles for materials, packaging or equipment, and a sturdy ladder or step stool for installing toppers and arranging décor on taller trees.

So now you're all set up, fancy getting that Insta-worthy look with very little effort? Read on for tips from the pros...

1. Invest in a high-quality artificial tree

Christmas trees crafted from premium materials provide sturdy and reliable support for decorations. You'll find that high-quality trees are generally more durable and can stand up to repeated use year after year, all whilst maintaining its beautiful look.

Opt for a traditional tree rather than a trend-led one so that it doesn't go 'out of date' after a few years, plus a traditional design gives you the perfect base to layer and decorate as you wish.

Pre-lit Christmas trees are a firm household favourite because it saves time in untangling all those lights, however, a benefit of buying an unlit tree is that you can choose whatever style of lights you want. When it comes to size, 7ft Christmas trees are now extremely popular but you should always choose a tree that fits in your space and doesn't leave it feeling too cramped. If you're tight on space, there are some great slim Christmas trees on the market, including narrow pencil designs, which may be a better fit. And remember, to prevent wear and tear on your Christmas tree, consider models with advanced features that offer easy set up and storage.

Tip: When buying your tree, ensure you have the right Christmas tree storage, such as storage bags and boxes, as well as storage for wreaths, garlands and lights, so that you're fully equipped when you take your Christmas tree down and pack everything away.

Alternatively, if you want a real Christmas tree, there's a great selection available to buy at tree farms, markets or home & DIY stores. See all the tree varieties available, including Nordmann Fir and Norway Spruce, in our real Christmas trees guide.

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2. Fluff and shape branches

Fluffing the branches helps to make your Christmas tree look fuller and more natural. This can be a very time-consuming task, but trust us, the end result is more than worth it. Separate each branch so they fan out to cover as much area as possible and don't hesitate to bend individual branches to fill in gaps. A properly shaped tree is an appealing sight, however minimal or lavish your embellishments may be. Once again, remember to wear gloves and long sleeves if possible to avoid any scrapes on your hands and arms.

Balsam Hill

3. Design around a theme

A professional-looking Christmas tree has a central look that ties the decorations together. Deciding on a theme before choosing your decorations sets the tone and gives you a clear idea on how to decorate your tree. Need some inspiration? Why not take a look at John Lewis' Christmas themes this year – from Winter Fayre to Santa's Rainbow Workshop, there are six key looks to help you decorate this festive season. And Homebase has shared four festive themes, from Party Nights to Refined Nature, to help create a look that's traditionally Christmas.

4. Choose the right colours (and materials)

Once you've decided on your theme, curate a colour palette to bring it to life. For example, for a traditional yet opulent look stick to a red and gold colour combination, for a Scandi vibe layer shades of white and soft neutrals, or choose blue and silver for an icy cool look. Stick to two (definitely no more than three) colours to keep the look contained rather than cluttered. Also think about materials and texture: plush velvet baubles lends itself well to a luxe tree, whilst paper and wooden decorations are ideal for any Nordic-inspired or minimalist trees.

Less is always more but it is Christmas after all, so above everything else, decorate your tree in whatever way makes you happy! The decorating rulebook is certainly relaxed at Christmastime, so have fun with it.

5. Start with the lights first

While pre-lit Christmas trees are popular and will save you time (and money), you'll need Christmas tree lights if you have a plain tree (real or artificial). As a general rule of thumb, the lighting experts at Lights4fun advise 100 bulbs or 5 metres of lights per 2ft of Christmas tree. So for a 6ft tree, you'd need 300 bulbs or 15 metres of lights.

The first, most important thing you need to do when decorating your Christmas tree, is to always add the lights first – it's more difficult to do this after you've added decorations like baubles and garlands.

Balsam Hill advise that you use the plug as the starting point, wrapping the lights around your Christmas tree's trunk, working your way up from the centre of the base of your tree. Continue wrapping the lights evenly around the branches nearest to the trunk, and then weave it upwards from the middle of the crown.

'When you reach the crown, weave your way back down, arranging the lights further out on the branches,' Balsam Hill advise. 'Keep weaving the lights until you reach the tips of the branches.'

And remember, when weaving, the bulb should be positioned under a branch and the next bulb over a branch, and so forth.

6. Balance the décor

Given the many Christmas tree decorations you're likely to have, you have to ensure that everything is well-balanced and spread out to your liking. Arrange embellishments from the top of the tree and then work towards the bottom. This way, you can easily check your design as you dress up your tree.

7. Cluster your baubles

Balsam Hill's design consultant, Brad Schmidt, recommends clustering three baubles of different sizes to add flair and visual appeal. You can either put the same pieces together or choose contrasting ones.

The White Company echo this suggestion – to create a balanced, visually pleasing tree, buy baubles in threes, sixes, or twelves, and add these on first in a 'Z' shape. You should hang larger baubles closer to the centre of the tree to give it more depth, and use small ones towards the end of the branches.

Dangle delicate glass baubles at the top of the tree to prevent any breakages, and add special ones last to ensure they are in the perfect position.

And how much baubles will you need? The White Company recommends 80 baubles for a 7.5ft tree.

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8. Layer and style ribbons

Another expert tip is to layer your Christmas tree with decorative ribbons, which will elevate your tree's aesthetic. You may use one type of ribbon or pair ribbons of contrasting textures and different widths to create more impact.

Brad recommends using ribbons with wired edges, as these are easier to sculpt into loops, rolls or bows, and they hold shape better than non-wired ribbons. Follow these simple techniques for arranging ribbons on your tree.

9. Use tree picks

Tree picks and floral sprays come in many forms, such as decorated branches, twigs, berries, or even pine cones – use them as subtle accents to complement the entire look of your tree. Grouping picks together using floral wire is a creative way to elevate the visual appeal of your tree without overpowering other decorations.

They are great for adding lively splashes of colour, not only to Christmas trees, but to wreaths and garlands, too. Make sure to choose picks with bendable stems to make shaping easier.

10. Add scented ornaments

Now you can get your artificial Christmas tree to smell like a real one thanks to scented ornaments – it'll fill your whole room with the magic of Christmas. Buy a bottle of the Scentsicles scented paper tube sticks (with hooks included) and nestle them amongst the decorations in your tree for that freshly cut scent. You'll have a fresh fragrance in an instant with scents including cinnamon, berry or winter fir. You can also buy scented decorations from The White Company to match with your tree theme.

Add-ons for a festive scent...

11. Choose the right tree topper

A statement tree topper is a beautiful way to complete the designer look of your tree. Make sure to choose one that best fits your theme and the proportion of your tree, and take into consideration the height of your ceiling too. Star tree toppers or angels are traditionally the most popular, but there are lots of alternative designs to choose from, including personalised designs, or you could make your own topper.

Glitter-embellished large tree topper, Selfridges / Capiz Star Tree Topper, Dunelm / Starburst Tree Topper, John Lewis

12. Finish off with a tree skirt

Often overlooked, a Christmas tree skirt is the finishing touch to your decorations and serves to balance the overall design of your Christmas tree. Tree skirts have many benefits too, from covering the unsightly 'legs', trunk or stand of a tree, to protecting your floors and carpets from any fallen pine needles (if you have a real tree).

It naturally draws attention to the tree's lower portion and helps to produce a complete, harmonious look. Plus, it's the perfect backdrop for beautifully wrapped Christmas presents. Alternatively, if you have a potted Christmas tree or one that comes in a basket, opt for a tree rug instead.

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When it comes to choosing and decorating your Christmas tree, the options are endless!

If you’re close to my age, you might remember the Christmas decorations from the 80s and 90s.

Think foil flowers, bushy metallic garlands in red, gold and silver (they looked like giant sparkly caterpillars), tinsel overload😱, popcorn garlands and multicolored lights.

While those things were all AWESOME (ok, that might be nostalgia speaking), we’ve come a long way with Christmas tree decorations since then!

Nowadays we have an infinite amount of Christmas tree decorations available to us, enabling us to create a tree of any color or style that we could possibly desire!

So let’s get right into it and take a look at how to decorate your Christmas tree!

Later in the post, I also talk about what different types of Christmas trees you can get.

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How to decorate your Christmas tree in 7 steps

Once you’ve picked your tree (more on that below), how do you trim it?

Well, this is where it gets fun!

If you don’t own any Christmas tree decorations and this is your first year decorating your tree, you will probably have to buy a few things.

The great thing about Christmas decorations is that they can be saved and reused year after year.

The more ornaments you collect over time, the more possibilities you will have to mix and match and create new looks.

STEP 1 | Choose your tree (faux or real)

You could say that your tree is your canvas, so try to pick a beautiful tree as your base.

All your pretty ornaments will have a hard time shining if you have a scraggly tree (unless that’s the look you are going for).

For faux tree users, make sure you spend a LOT of time fluffing up the branches.

Separate all the needles as best you can to get a nice, full look.

When you think you’re done fluffing, fluff a little bit more!

The more sparse your base tree is, the more garlands and ornaments you will need to pile on to get a professional and full look.

Once you’ve chosen your tree, pick a location for it in your home. Real trees should be kept as cool as possible so that they don’t dry out (so away from radiators and fireplaces). More on that below.

A plug should be handy for your lights.

→ TIP: If you don’t want a large tree or don’t have enough space for it, you can always get a smaller one and put it on a table to give it some height in your room. This is what designers Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar opted to do in the photo below. I think it looks more than great!
Eddie Ross

STEP 2 | Pick a color scheme

If you have a color scheme in mind, it will make things easier.

Staying within a chosen palette of just a handful of colors will not only make it easier to choose ornaments and decorations, but it will lend itself to a more professional finish.

Check out these 76 Beautiful Ways to Decorate Your Christmas Tree over at Country Living for some inspiration. You can also check Pinterest for lots of Christmas tree decoration ideas.

Some lovely Christmas tree color schemes to consider are:

  • silver and gold
  • bronze, gold and turquoise
  • red, white and peppermint (beautiful on a white flocked tree!)
  • white and silver
  • black and white

STEP 3 | Choose your Christmas lights

A lot of faux Christmas trees have lights already attached to the tree when you buy them. You could add even more if you want, or just leave the ones that come with the tree.

Lights are really what create that magical Christmas feeling, so I would advise to always add more than you think you’ll need!

In fact, the general consensus with lights is the more you have on the tree, the better.

One guideline that you could follow is to use at least one 100-light strand per vertical foot of tree.

→ TIP: Test all your lights before hanging them! It will save you the frustration of having to remove them all if they don’t work.
  • The lights are always the first thing I hang. I feel like it’s the easiest way to position the lights the way you like them, without the risk of disturbing or breaking other ornaments.
  • When you connect multiple strands of lights, you will want to hide the plug-in connectors. You can do this on a faux tree by pushing the connector deeper into the tree and twisting a branch around it. If you have a real tree, you could tie a ribbon around it or hang an ornament in front to hide it.
  • Try to spread and arrange them evenly along the branches. I like to arrange them with the lights turned on, so I can see what I’m doing.
  • Make sure the lights are both on the ends of the branches but also deeper within the tree.

Remember to look at the warning labels on the box when you are purchasing your lights! Some strands of 100 bulb Christmas lights can only have up to 4 strands connected together. If you need more than the allowed number indicated on the box, you might need to use an extension cord to attach further strings of lights.

Lastly, remember to turn your Christmas lights off at night before bed. 😊

Some favorite Christmas tree lights:

1 → Glass bubble lights from Anthropologie

2 → Multicolored flame tip light string from Wayfair
3 → Pearl fairy light garland from Wayfair
4 → Striped metal bead lights from Wayfair

STEP 4 | Pick a Christmas tree skirt

If you are working with a color scheme, you might want to try and get a tree skirt that coordinates in some way.

Don’t want to buy a tree skirt? No sweat. You can use a ton of other things that you might already have around the house instead!

Instead of tree skirts, you can use:

  • chunky knit blankets
  • sheepskin rugs
  • a basket
  • a Christmas tree collar (I did a whole post on those!)

Anything you like that covers the base will do. Even throw pillows!

My dog likes to pee on my tree skirts 🙈 so I might go with the basket option this year! 🤣

Here are some beautiful neutral Christmas tree skirts – these would look especially gorgeous with a gold and silver tree:

1 → Faux Fur tree skirt from Amazon

2 → Ivory tassels tree skirt from Anthropologie
3 →Shimmer Burlap tree skirt with Ruffles from Amazon
4 → Sequins and Faux fur trim tree skirt from Walmart
5 → Moroccan Wedding blanket tree skirt from World Market
6 → Quilted white velvet tree skirt from Cb2



STEP 5 | Add the Christmas tree garlands

It’s a good idea to put your garlands on the tree before placing ornaments.

Garlands are great for filling up space on the tree quickly. Once the garlands are placed, it will be much easier to see where you need to fill in the gaps on your tree with ornaments.

There are so many things you can use as garlands! Ribbons, pom poms, beaded strands, flowers, stars, berries, faux foliage … the sky is the limit.

Ribbon can be draped vertically down the tree, or tied into bows.

If you can find a garland that is made of artificial foliage, that will add beautiful fullness and variety to your tree. Try draping it diagonally around your tree for a dynamic effect!

I love all the suggestions from House Beautiful – go check this gallery out if you are in need of some Christmas garland ideas and inspiration!

You can also easily DIY your own garlands.

→ TIP: Fancy garlands can get pricey! If you are decorating your Christmas tree on a budget, and your tree is in a corner, you can save money by using garlands only on the visible sides of your tree.

Current favorite tree garlands:

1 → Mini kantha stocking garland from Wayfair

2 → Felt ball pom poms from Amazon
3 → Blue cream mini berry garland from Wayfair
4 → Gold berries and leaves garland from Michaels
5 → Pearl garland from Wayfair
6 → Candy Cane fuzzy pom pom garland from Anthropologie


STEP 6 | Personalize with ornaments

Ornaments are really how you are going to make your tree shine.

Here are some tips to keep in mind about Christmas ornaments:

  • Stay within your color scheme.
  • Pick an assortment of large, medium and small ornaments. Buy a pack or two of cheap solid colored baubles and use those as a base. Then you can get a few really nice big ones that will feature.
  • Hang larger ornaments deeper inside the tree, and the smaller ones closer to the tips of the branches. This will create a nice balance. Remember to always decorate deep inside your tree – don’t reserve ornaments just for the tips of the branches. This will give your tree dimension and interest!
  • Start by hanging large ornaments first, so that you quickly fill in more gaps. Then hang your mediums sized ornaments, then your small ones, filling in all the gaps as you go.
  • If you are concerned about breakage, stay away from glass ornaments and look for shatterproof ornaments instead.
  • Make sure your ornaments are always hanging vertically, and not crooked or askew against the branches. If they don’t fit, just push them in between the branches until they hang properly.

If you have a lot of different ornaments that you’ve collected over time, you can still use them all and achieve a uniform look! The trick is to purchase packs of inexpensive baubles that are all the same color. This will balance out all the different styles and colors of your pre-existing ornaments and tie everything together. A cheap and easy fix!

Some of my favorite ornaments:

1 → Nautical ball ornaments from Wayfair

2 → Glass icicles from Amazon
3 → Mini shiny pink pearl balls from Amazon
4 → White porcelain geometric ornaments from World Market
5 → Mercury glass honeycomb ball from Walmart
6 → Geometric teardrop ornaments from World Market

STEP 7 | Top it off!

By far the most popular tree toppers are stars and angels. But you can also get other things like the adorable tasseled ferris wheel topper featured below (#3), mercury glass spires. reindeer / stag themed toppers (#1 and #6), and snowmen.

There are toppers that can light up, natural rattan toppers like the star featured below (#5), glittery toppers, metal, paper, glass … you get the idea!

Try to pick one that matches the rest of your color scheme, and whatever you choose will look great! Wayfair has a ton of tree toppers, but of course Amazon never disappoints either.

Kurt Adler also makes a ton of wonderful tree toppers, you can check out the ones available on Amazon here or on the official website here!

Here are some of my current favorite tree toppers!

1 → Stag with antique finish from Anthropologie

2 → Glitter star from Wayfair
3 → Tasseled ferris wheel from Anthropologie
4 → Moravian star from Amazon
5 → Rattan star from Birch Lane
6 → Gold glittered stag from World Market

Depending on how crazy far you want to go with decorating your Christmas tree, you could even plan to coordinate your wrapping paper with your tree decor. The end result will be stunning!

Don’t forget to continuously step back and look at the tree as a whole. It’s ok to keep tweaking things until you think they’re perfect! It takes time to trim a beautiful tree, but that’s part of the fun 🙂

If you want to see how a true decorating master puts it all together, go check out Randi Garrett’s post on Christmas tree trimming – her Christmas trees and home decorations are out of this world!

I love her tip about adding tree picks to her tree. They really help to add variation to the greenery, and they make everything look even more full and lush! Definitely check out her Christmas posts for some elegant Christmas tree decorating ideas.

Pick the tree that’s best for you

I never really realized it, but there are a ton of different options for Christmas trees!

Whether you are a fan of the wonderful smell of fresh pine, or want a tree that sheds as few pine needles as possible, there are choices!

As a shopper, I like choices 😬.  But it can become a bit confusing too!

Here is a list that breaks down all the main characteristics of each type of the most popular Christmas trees.


▲ Good needle retention ▲ Very little fragrance ▲ Soft and glossy foliage aka CHILD-friendly!


▲ Great fragrance ▲ Very poor needle retention ▲ Spiky needles


▲ Prickly needles ▲ Good needle retention ▲ Classic shape ▲ Strong branches

FRASER FIR (aka Frasier)

▲ Strong branches▲ Good for small spaces ▲ Good needle retention ▲ Great fragrance


▲ Soft foliage ▲ Good for small spaces ▲ Good needle retention ▲ Great fragrance


▲ Good needle retention ▲ Great fragrance


▲ Excellent needle retention ▲ Strong branches


▲ Infinite needle retention! Needles do not fall out even when dry ▲ Great fragrance ▲ Sharp needles

How to make your real Christmas tree last as long as possible

If you are using a real tree, here are some tips to keep it fresh and wonderful for the whole season.  

  1. If you’re not bringing your Christmas tree inside straight away, leave it outside or in a cool place until you are ready to decorate it.
  2. When you’re ready to decorate your tree, cut 2 or 3 centimeters off the stump. 
  3. Put it in water before you place it in the tree stand.
  4. Position your tree away from radiators and open fires.
  5. Water your tree every day.

Now that you know all about the different types of REAL trees, what about faux Christmas trees?

What if you’re using an artificial Christmas tree?

These are some of the benefits to getting a faux Christmas tree:

  • Faux trees hardly shed any pine needles
  • Easy transport when you buy it, since it comes in a box – no need to tie it to the roof of your car!
  • You don’t need to water it.
  • Reusable for several years.
  • At the end of the season, you can just fold it up and stash it in a closet until Christmas rolls around again the year later. That means not having to worry about disposing of a big tree in January.
  • You also save money in the long run with a faux tree because real trees can get pricey year after year.
  • You can get flocked faux trees and they are stunning – they will literally make your room glow when the tree is all lit up. Truly a Christmas miracle! 😄

There are also some drawbacks though:

  • A faux tree’s lifespan is about 6/10 years after which time it begins to look a bit ragged and usually gets chucked (into a landfill). Faux trees are usually made out of PVC and are not bio-degradable, whereas real trees are biodegradable.
  • 85% of all artificial trees are made in China and need to travel thousands of miles to reach us and have a significant environmental footprint.
  • The lack of that beautiful fresh pine scent so typical of the Christmas season (trivial, I know! But I love that smell!).

I won’t get into the whole debate about which is better (real vs faux). I will leave that up to your own judgment!

→ TIP: If you would like an in-depth guide specifically about buying artificial trees, Hayneedle has put together a really good one.

Here are some of my favorite affordable faux Christmas trees from Amazon (under $100)!

So there you have it! How to pick your Christmas tree and decorate it in 7 easy steps 🙂

I hope this guide will help you to create a beautiful and memorable Christmas tree this year!

Please tag me on Instagram @poshpennies to show me your beautiful tree!

UP NEXT: Want to decorate with a Scandinavian Christmas theme this year? Then check out these beautiful minimalist Scandinavian Christmas DIYs that you can easily make in an afternoon!

Also: Find out how to store your Christmas decorations with some low-cost storage options!



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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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  • Lighting
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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 Christmas tree outfit 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 your batteries with a good New Year's mood for all holidays.

Elka Russian

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.

Happy holiday

Color or color scheme

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 colors of toys, ribbons of gifts and decorative elements of the interior are combined: 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.

Tip: 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.

Danish Christmas tree, Norwegian spruce, New Year figurines from fir branches

New Year is a fun holiday, a time for creative experiments, an opportunity to show imagination and try something new. We hope that our advice will be useful to you.

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New Year's pine, fir or Christmas tree?

Perhaps the most pleasant moment in anticipation of the New Year holiday is Christmas tree decoration or New Year's pine . Adults remember their happy childhood with nostalgia, children feel the breath of an approaching miracle. The smell of pine needles and tangerines is associated with the upcoming holiday, Santa Claus and gifts that appear in the morning under thorny branches.

The difficult fate of the forest beauty

The tradition of decorating Christmas trees, fir or New Year's pine arose a very long time ago. Its prototype can be considered the belief that existed among the ancient Celts - on the longest night of winter, dress up a coniferous tree in the forest to appease the spirits. In Europe, according to legend, the tradition was born thanks to Martin Luther, who was the first to decorate a Christmas tree brought home from the forest.

In Russia from New Year's base (tree, fir) came from the Germans only in the first half of the XIX century . Until that time, only during the time of Peter I, the city was decorated with coniferous branches. Initially, not everyone could afford a green beauty. It was considered a luxury , and only gradually the Christmas tree hype began to capture the cities, although it still did not exist in the villages. During the First World War, when Russia was at war with the Germans, " enemy tree "banned.

After the October Revolution, the decoration of Christmas trees was again allowed . Many people know the Christmas trees in Sokolniki, which were visited by V.I. Lenin. However, a few years after his death, this tradition became a crime, the celebration of Christmas was banned, and Christmas tree or New Year's pine was considered a priestly relic.

The custom returned only at 1935 , after a note by P. Postyshev in the newspaper Pravda, where it was proposed to resume the holding of Christmas trees for the children of workers. JV Stalin agreed. The tradition acquired its modern form only in the 60s of the last century.

The decoration of the Christmas tree also changed over time. First, the green beauty was decorated with sweets, then the whole family made toys for her from improvised materials, and finally, they began to dress up with shiny glass balls, cones, icicles and other figures. Now most Christmas decorations are made of plastic.

Christmas tree garlands were also improved. So fire-dangerous candles were replaced by electric light bulbs, which changed their appearance and shape over the years. Then a control unit was added to them, allowing you to select any mode. And, finally, LED garlands began to show off on Christmas tree .

Can a Christmas tree be a pine tree

By tradition, we always call the New Year tree "Christmas tree", however, this is not entirely true. Very often, instead of spruce, her sisters are invited to play the role of a winter beauty - fir or New Year's pine. Each of the trees has its own characteristics.


Spruce is an elegant coniferous tree with a sharp top and a crown in the form of a narrow cone. This is the same traditional tree that is customary to dress up for the New Year, about which songs are sung and poems are told. However, that's not all, because the tree:

  • compact and space-saving;
  • looks spectacular, no matter what size it is;
  • has strong branches that can withstand the weight of toys.

The disadvantages include :

  • short prickly needles;
  • not very strong, soon dissipating odor;
  • relatively quickly shedding needles.


New Year's pine differs from its sister in long and thick needles, as well as a stronger, characteristic of her, pleasant aroma. Unlike trees of the same species growing in dense forests and stretching their crowns to the sun, New Year's pine, grown in a uniformly lit place, has an even, symmetrical, lush crown. The branches of its lower tier are directed upwards, which is convenient for installation in small spaces.

The disadvantages of are sometimes flexible branches that bend under heavy toys, as well as a large amount of resin.


The main disadvantage of fir is a rather high price. In addition, such a tree is more lush and voluminous, which means that a lot of free space is required for its installation. The advantages include the following features:

  • nice shape;
  • lush, neat and almost non-spiny needles;
  • has a nice strong fragrance that can last for several days.

Fir is able to stand longer than its sisters.

How to choose a Christmas tree

Christmas tree markets begin their work from the end of November, but it is better to get a New Year's guest closer to the holiday. But it’s also not worth pulling to the last, because there are enough other troubles before the New Year. It is important to store a pre-purchased tree in a cold room, for example, on a balcony.

How to choose a Christmas tree

If you decide to stay on spruce, when buying, you need to pay attention to the following:

  • the needles must be even and of the same color;
  • if the needles are rubbed between the fingers, it should smell;
  • branches must not break easily;
  • On all sides the tree should have the same density, there should not be large gaps between tiers.

How to choose pine

When choosing a New Year's pine, it is important that:

  • the cut of the tree had a uniform shade, without a bright dark stripe along the edges;
  • needles were soft and not brittle;
  • aroma was felt clearly;
  • branches did not break with a bang;
  • there was no mold or growth on the trunk;
  • New Year's pine was even, dense and had a green color.

How to choose fir

When choosing a fir, you need to focus on the following points:

  • color of needles bright green and uniform;
  • trunk covered with needles;
  • branches are elastic, easily bent, but do not break;
  • needles do not crumble;
  • resin is sticky and smells.

After you bring the Christmas tree home from the cold, let it warm up. After that, install in a special stand, pour water and let stand for a day or at least a night. Only after that dress the beauty for the holiday.

Where to buy a green beauty

It would be useful to remind you that it is forbidden to cut spruce, fir and New Year's pine on your own! If you want to decorate your house for the New Year holidays, you can place an order in our nursery at We have grown each tree with care and love - each of them has an even, lush crown and a delicious aroma of the upcoming holidays.

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