Christmas Tree Decorating Trends For 2016
Spruce up your spruce and freshen up your fir this season with these inspiring holiday decorating ideas.
Great White North
Canada-themed decorations are all the rage and the perfect way to complement a locally grown tree. Motifs like plaid, buffalo check and iconic Hudson’s Bay blanket stripes lend a cosy vibe. Choose ornaments shaped like woodland creatures, made from natural materials like felt or wood, or add a touch of whimsy with an adorable Mountie ornament.
Fresh-Cut And Au Naturel
Nothing beats the nostalgic fragrance of a fresh-cut fir or spruce. (In the Lower Mainland? Find a tree-supplier) So, showcase the natural beauty of your tree with forest-inspired pine cones, acorns and rustic birchbark and burlap ornaments on twine.
Silver and gold may be a Christmas carol-celebrated holiday palette, but this year copper and rose gold are even more on trend. Save the silver for another year and add sparkle to your tree with copper stars, rose-gold balls and other ornaments in coordinating champagne, pastel pink and pale yellow gold hues.
White ornaments pop against the lush greenery of a real, locally sourced Christmas tree. Restrict your decorating palette to snowy hues only — in the form of pleated paper stars to a felt ball garland — with a touch of gold for shine, if desired.
Pay tribute to the Christmases of your youth with a fun, kitschy theme. Scour Craigslist or Etsy for old-school mercury-glass ornaments, dig up vintage family decorations and use bold hues such as red and green or teal, hot pink and chartreuse. The smell of a fresh-cut Christmas tree will bring back holiday memories, too.
A simply decorated, sculptural real tree complements a modern, streamlined interior. Consider a tight selection of ornaments in similar tones, such as shades of green, blue or plum. Choose similar shapes in varying textures to create visual interest and tiny white twinkle lights for a sophisticated glow.
Skip The Tree Skirt
Use a large wicker basket or galvanized laundry tub to disguise the tree stand. It’s a more modern take on the traditional skirt, and gives your real Christmas tree a cleaner, updated look.
Short on space? A grouping of small, fresh-cut tabletop trees in varying heights serves as an elegant replacement for a single six-footer. Smaller trees also serve as beautiful secondary decorations and a lovely way to dress up your front porch for the holiday season. Petite trees require less ornamentation, so keep them simple with twinkle lights only, simple garlands or a few ornaments in one or two colours.