It’s that time of year again, we’re dusting off the Christmas decorations and transforming our homes into winter wonderlands. Our interior designer, Angelica, has shared her advice on styling your Christmas tree.
Light the way
Lights are what give your Christmas tree that warm and magical feeling, and it’s important to make sure you have the right amount of lights. A pre-lit tree is a great way to save time and fuss, but if you are adding your own lights you should aim for around 100 lights for every foot of tree. Also consider whether you want to opt for a warm and cosy feel with some warm white lights, or a more vibrant effect with cool white or blue lighting.
Set the tone
When it comes to adding the decorations, start with the baubles you have most of. These are your core baubles and will usually be quite simple, maybe a block colour or similar colours, and will set the tone for the rest of your tree. Place these evenly all over the tree to create a base for the rest of your decorations.
Add some interest
Now you’ve established a base, build in some accent decorations and colours. Place these in the gaps between your main baubles and you’ll start to see your tree is taking shape. Stand back and spot any areas where there is a cluster of the same colour, and swap around the baubles until you’re happy with the overall look.
Add a personal touch
It’s time to start adding those special decorations that add personality and make the tree your own. These might be sentimental decorations from your past or places you’ve been, or ones that you’ve spent a little more money on over the years that take pride of place on the tree. Depending how many you have, try to zig zag these personal decorations and cover the spaces that are left between the main and accent baubles without placing too many close together.
There are finishing touches that can really make your tree stand out. Birds are really on trend this year and an interesting flourish to your tree. If you want to add even more light, an LED star can create a bright focal point.
If you’re organised enough to have all your presents bought and wrapped already, place them around the bottom of the tree to fill this space. Alternatively, why not wrap different sized empty boxes that you can place under the tree year after year?
And to top it all off, no tree would be complete without the star to top it off. Choose a star or other tree topping decoration that fits in with your base colour scheme to tie the whole style together.