4 ways to transform your Christmas tree
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A tree is the true star of a festive home, so be inspired by these four decor themes and ensure yours truly is a seasonal stunner this year...
1 Create a snowy scene
A frosted tree can create the look of an Alpine sanctuary, and white, silver, and clear glass decorations will add to that feeling of being a sparkling, snowy wonderland.
“We’re seeing an emergence of more elaborately designed Christmas trees, pre-dressed in seasonal sparkle and lights, which pair beautifully with an array of luxurious decorations,” says Stephen Evans, managing director at artificial Christmas tree specialists, Christmas Tree World (christmastreeworld.co.uk), whose trees start from £9.99.
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“The Scandinavian trend, with gorgeous white, grey and silver baubles, and frosted tree branches, is still hugely popular. Fully flocked white trees bring the snowy feeling of the outdoors inside.”
2 Look for Eastern inspiration
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Shake up your style and opt for an exciting, adventurous look, with an Eastern flavour and baubles that ‘walk on the wild side’.
“This exotic look is inspired by the myths and tales of India,” says Dan Cooper, John Lewis’ Mr Christmas. “It’s alive with a riot of colour, particularly turquoise, orange, fuschia pink and red.
“Many of the decorations in our ‘Tales of the Maharaja’ range are made in India, and the pear-drop shapes go into a point to echo the characteristic shape of the nation’s architecture.
“With opulent glass baubles adorned with beads and exotic paisley prints, this collection creates the ‘wow’ factor this Christmas.”
3 Pair burnished gold with brilliant blue
Sapphire blue - so fashionable in decor - and glowing gold conjures a luxurious, decadent effect.
“Move away away from tradition and create a contemporary Christmas feel this year, with glitter, intense sapphire blues and chevron patterns, to take the style from plain to interesting,” advises Louise Lee, Christmas buyer at Wyevale Garden Centres (wyevalegardencentres.co.uk).
“Creating a contemporary Christmas allows you to think outside the box in terms of decorations - choose geometric-shaped baubles over traditional spheres, or go even further with elegant butterfly clips attached to tree branches and dazzling glittered tree-toppers.
“For those who need a bit more colour, wrap and decorate your gifts with the same bright colour scheme and keep under the tree for a luxurious feel this winter.”
4 Return to tradition
For a classic Christmas, deep forest greens and rich reds are the cornerstone, enhanced by iconic baubles featuring Santas and sleighs.
“Classic red and green is enduringly popular,” says Stephen Evans, managing director at Christmas Tree World. “You can keep it simple with touches of white, or make it look more regal with hints of gold.
“This look keys into all the feel-good factors of the season - warmth, nostalgia and familiarity. Coordinate your gift wrapping so the presents under the tree complement the look, and it’ll be picture perfect in no time.”