Nothing is more attractive during the holidays than a perfect Christmas tree decorated with baubles, ornaments and lights in a festive and stylish theme. The reality is this is easier said than done. Decorating a Xmas tree can be arduous, especially for the perfectionists among us. However, if your Christmas tree is the centrepiece of your living room during the Christmas season, we’ve got you covered with today’s article.
Before you begin, like any task, you must have the proper tools to ensure your Christmas tree is safe and correctly set up. I recommend items and tools such as cotton gloves for shaping branches, scissors for cutting materials, packaging or equipment, and a solid ladder for fitting toppers and arranging décor on taller trees.
So now that you are all prepared read on and let the fun begin!
Invest in a High-Quality Artificial Tree
Christmas trees constructed from quality materials provide sturdy and dependable support for decorations. In addition, you will find that high-quality Xmas trees are commonly more durable and can stand up to repeated setup and tear-down year after year, all while maintaining their attractive appearance.
When choosing an artificial tree, select a traditional tree design rather than a trend-setting one. By doing so, you can ensure that your Christmas tree doesn’t become out of style after a few years. In addition, a conventional design gives you the perfect base to layer and decorate as you wish. I have found that making a side-by-side comparison of artificial trees online is very helpful in choosing one with the right features.
Pre-lit Christmas trees are a favourite because it saves time to untangle all those lights. On the other hand, an advantage of buying an unlit Xmas tree is choosing whatever light style you want. Regarding size, 7ft Christmas trees are now prevalent, but you should always choose a tree that fits in your space. If you are tight on area, some tremendous slim Christmas trees are on the market. They include narrow pencil designs, which could be a better fit. And remember, consider models with advanced features that offer easy setup and storage to prevent wear and tear on your Christmas tree.
Space and Shape Branches
Spacing the branches helps to make your Christmas tree look complete and natural. Depending on the size of your tree, this will be a very time-consuming task. Rest assured, the result is more than worth the effort. Separate each branch, so they cover as much space as possible. Don’t hesitate to bend the individual branches to fill in the gaps. An adequately shaped tree is an appealing sight, however slight or extravagant your adjustments may be.
Select a Theme for your Design
A professional-looking Christmas tree has a dominant appearance that ties all decorations together. Deciding on a scheme before selecting your decorations sets the tone and provides a clear idea of how to trim your tree.
Start with Installing the Christmas Lights
While pre-lit artificial Christmas trees are popular and will save you time and effort, you’ll need Christmas tree lights if you have a bare tree. As a general rule of thumb, research has shown that 100 bulbs or 5 metres of lights for every 2ft of Xmas tree is ideal. So for a 6ft tree, you should consider 300 bulbs or 15 metres of lights.
Your top priority when decorating your Christmas tree is to add the lights first. It is much more challenging to do this after adding decorations like garlands and baubles.
Select the Best Decorations
Picking accents that fit your theme will help you realize a consistent design. Whether it’s hanging tree decorations, garlands, or ribbons, select Christmas tree decorations that complement the general appearance of your tree. Many decoration sets include different shapes, sizes, finishes and designs. Combining these with traditional decorations will give you more freedom to play up your theme.
Balancing your Décor
Assuming the many Christmas tree decorations you already have from over the years, you must confirm that everything fits your theme and is evenly spread out to your liking. Arrange decorations from the top of the tree down. This way, you can quickly check your design as you dress up your tree.
Layering and Styling Ribbon
Another professional tip often overlooked by home decorators is to layer your Christmas tree with decorative ribbons. This is guaranteed to uplift your tree’s overall look. You may use one type of ribbon or pair ribbons of contrasting textures and different widths to create more impact. A great tip is to use a wired ribbon, as it will easily hold the shape when winding it around the tree.
Choose the Right Christmas Tree Topper
An attention-grabbing Christmas tree topper is a stunning way to complete the professional look of your Xmas tree. Select one that best fits your theme and the proportion of your tree. Don’t forget to consider the height of your ceiling too. You can also choose an alternate design, like a big bow rather than a star.
Complete The Look with a Tree Skirt
A Christmas tree skirt is the finishing touch to the decorations on your tree. It balances the overall design and looks of your Christmas tree. Tree skirts also have many benefits. They cover a tree’s unappealing stand and protect your floor from falling pine needles if you choose a real tree.
It naturally draws attention to the tree’s lower portion and helps to produce a complete, overall look. It’s the perfect setting for beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts.
Did I miss anything?
Now I’d like to hear from you! Do you know a professional way to decorate a Christmas tree I didn’t cover here? Do you have any Xmas lessons learned you would like to share? Be sure to provide us with your comments below right now!