Decorating Christmas trees to match home décor has been a growing trend for the past few years. Of course, there are still plenty of people who are driven by tradition and decorate their tree with nostalgia in mind more than a specific theme or color scheme. They bring out the same box of ornaments that they’ve had for years, add a few new items, and make their tree conserve a consistent look each holiday season.
After my first few attempts at creating a traditional Christmas tree, which always ended up looking pretty bad, I became driven by the desire to create a beautiful, fun tree that suited the room it was set in. I wanted it to reflect the overall mood of that year and the age and interests of my son each Christmas. I found out that the best way to create a tree I was going to be proud of was to first decide on a color theme.
I have had all white trees, all gold trees, silver trees etc. You know the expression, "Looking like a Christmas tree." It probably refers to the overload of colors and clashing details that I have tried to avoid, with varying degrees of success over the years. Here are a couple of one-color trees:
To have more than two dominant colors on a tree is not an automatic recipe for overload. Simplifying your tree is just a matter of limiting the different kinds of ornaments you use. I think you can go with as many colors as you want, if for instance, you use light colors exclusively, like on this tree:
Having a theme other than color is also a way to go. Here is a rustic example:
A minimalist tree:
A recycled metal tree:
My Chili Pepper tree (my son was a big fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers that year):
A floral example:
An organic example:
Or even a cool treeless theme:
There are so many fun ways to decorate a tree. I just love this time of the year, when creativity and tradition merge.