Thoughts of the holiday season often include images of a winter wonderland. Many people anticipate Christmas not only for the festivities and gifts, but for the magical landscape that comes with the season.

Setting up a white Christmas tree is perhaps the best way to exude the whimsical flair of winter in your home. Here are some tips on how to decorate a white tree:

Decide on a Theme

The most important aspect of creating a stylish white tree is the theme. Colors vividly stand out on a white background and a few hues results in a captivating tree. A favorite design is the red-and-white theme. Hang red ornaments and garlands to create a fun look brings out the child in anyone. Santa ornaments also fit well in this color theme. Add some real peppermints for the kids, too!

Another delightful theme is the winter wonderland look with snowflake and crystalline drop ornaments as main decorations. You can achieve this by adding cotton flocking to the tree and placing reindeer or ornaments depicting winter festivities. For a more sophisticated look, go for a gold-and-silver theme with tinsel and glittery or metal ornaments. Those with a bold streak can completely go out-of-the-box and use vibrant hues like purples and pinks.

Choose Lights Wisely

Although white Christmas trees look brilliant enough even without lights, you can heighten the charm of these trees with clear or multi-colored lights. Make sure to choose lights with white or clear strands so they don’t stand out. For a well-lit tree, prepare at least 100 lights per foot height of the tree. Try out options like LED lights to save energy and globe lights for a more radiant look. As with other trees, string the lights before adding any ornaments.

Don’t Go Overboard with Ornaments

Depending on the size, decorate the tree with just enough garlands and ornaments so it doesn’t look weighed down. A well-decorated tree doesn’t necessarily have a lot of ornaments. As long as you choose lovely ornaments, garlands, and family favorites, your tree will be a hit.

Create a Balanced Look

Balance starts with blending small and large ornaments. This helps create a natural symmetry that isn’t too organized. Decorate from top to bottom, placing large ornaments first in a diagonal and evenly spaced manner. Counter these with smaller ornaments. A helpful tip is to place ornaments at varying depths, some near the trunk and some on the tips of branches so your tree looks fabulous at all angles.

White Christmas trees are elegant and serve as the perfect backdrop for any kind of ornaments. Think of it as a blank canvas and let your creativity flow to achieve the perfect White Christmas.

Many people hope to establish a home design that needs minimal redecorating throughout the year. Decorating the space according to season and holiday is fun, but homeowners with limited time aim for a versatile design that can be updated with simple additions.

A great way to have an effortlessly beautiful home design all year is to choose colorful yet elegant accents. Tabletop trees are ideal accessories, especially colorful artificial ones. These trees fit well in any room, even in offices and lobbies. In addition, tabletop trees are splendid embellishments in small homes and apartments, saving space without diminishing the festive mood of special occasions or holidays.

Treetopia’s I’m Just a Rainbow Tabletop Christmas Tree is a lovely addition to any home design that kids and adults alike can appreciate. The vibrant rainbow colors make it  a captivating accessory in living room side tables or accent tables against dining room walls. It blends easily within any color scheme, theme, or season.

For different festivities, this tree enlivens the home whether you hang ornaments and lights or leave it unadorned. Place some tiny bird or butterfly ornaments to welcome spring or string a few clear lights on the tree in time for Halloween.

Intersperse cottony balls on the branches for winter and hang tiny candy canes or Santa ornaments when winter and the holiday season rolls in. Think up a theme each year and decorate to your heart’s content with less ornaments and in less time because of its convenient size.

Spread cheer throughout the year with attractive and stylish tabletop trees. With the Rainbow Tabletop Tree, your home becomes more chic and vibrant.

 

A black Christmas tree is a great choice if you’re looking for a holiday design with unique charm and personality. Viewed as a modern and stylish alternative, black Christmas trees are becoming quite popular as a holiday centerpiece as the dark hue makes a perfect backdrop for shimmering ornaments. Its versatility is an even more enticing option—it never goes out of style and can be easily redecorated as a year-round, interesting home décor. Here are some decorating ideas you can try:

Tuxedo Drama

Establish a minimalist yet classy look by adding clear lights and white ornaments. Twine silky ribbons as garlands and hang white Christmas balls of varying sizes for an elegant black-and-white look. If you want more style, look for white Christmas ornaments with simple black detail.

Starry Night

Recreate the beauty of a dark, starry sky on your tree for a dramatic look perfect for cozy holiday get-togethers. String clear lights on the tree and hang dark blue and silver Christmas balls and tinsel garlands. Complete the look with different star and moon-shaped ornaments as well as those with glitters or sequins.

Crystal Luxury

Black represents lavish style and a top choice for fine dining events and grand night balls. Exude rich taste in your holiday design by decorating your black tree with crystal or glass ornaments. If you have the budget, hang Swarovski crystals or glass ornaments. You can also make your own, like angels, stars, and snowflakes. If you want to add more fun, go for reindeer, snowman, and stocking designs. Add shimmer with clear lights and pearl or crystal bead garlands.

Royal Purple

Make Victorian style your inspiration and evoke a royal atmosphere with a purple theme. Hang white or glass Christmas balls trimmed with purple lace or satin and dot the tree with some purple flowers. Twine purple garlands and silver bead garlands around the tree. Silky or velvety purple tassels give a rich look. For a more Victorian feel, make purple and silver cornucopias with silky ribbons and fill with nuts or treats.

Halloween Christmas

Stringing orange lights around a black tree gives a captivating appeal that is perfect for Halloween lovers. Blend Halloween festivity with Christmas by adding pumpkin or bat ornaments together with orange Christmas balls and tinsel garlands.

Traditional Trendy

Gold and silver are timeless holiday colors that fit very well with black trees, too. Gold and silver ornaments and garlands make the tree stand out all the more. With a black tree, you can never hang too many glittery Christmas balls! Tie large bows of gold and silver ribbons for a breathtaking design.

If you long to feature a vintage-themed tree, hang fun tin ornaments like Santa and reindeer designs. You can also create an old-fashioned look by making paper ornaments like peace cranes and garlands. You won’t go wrong with daring colors like pink or bright blue if you want to veer away from tradition.

Make a statement this holiday season with a stunning black Christmas tree to complete your holiday design.

Christmas comes only once a year and when it does, families head down to their basements or attics to lug out the Christmas trees they’ve stored for the past year. It’s a yearly tradition that some may find a chore, especially since the decorated tree will only be displayed for a month or so before it returns to its box and left to gather dust for another eleven months. The effort and investment in a good Christmas tree seem like such a waste.

Make the most out of your Christmas tree by using it as a year-round indoor decoration for your home instead. It’s as simple as just adjusting the decorations to suit various holidays. Here are a few fun suggestions you can try:

Valentine’s Day

The next great celebration after Christmas, besides the New Year, is Valentine’s Day—when people celebrate their love for each other, stringing paper hearts along corridors and doors. Replace your usual Christmas tree decorations with paper hearts; each filled a sweet message for all your family and friends. Top the tree with a cupid, instead of the usual Christmas angel and throw in a bit of pink and red tinsel around the tree. If the tree just happens to be pink, the better! The Cotton Candy Pink Christmas tree adds the right amount of Valentine’s sweetness to any room.

Fourth of July

Celebrate Independence Day by sprucing up your tree in the colors of America. Wrap red, white, and blue streamers around the tree, hang little American flags on the branches, and add the sparkle of fireworks through gold and silver tinsel. Top off your tree with an Uncle Sam top hat. You may even draw inspiration from this patriotic tree by spraying it with red, white, and blue artificial snow.

Halloween

Add something unique into your Halloween decoration by covering the tree with fake spider webs, miniature pumpkins, and witch-themed ornaments on the branches. The Colossal Candy Corn Christmas Tree is perfect for the porch as you hand out candies to children going Trick-or-Treat.

In-Between

When you’re not celebrating any special occasions, keep your tree bare and create a pseudo-outdoor area in your living space. Surround it with small potted bushes and plants and cover the base with stones. If you want, you may even sprinkle the branches with a few dried leaves to bring the feel of autumn into your home. With an addition of a few comfortable armchairs and a coffee table, you’ll have created a nice, relaxing nook where you can spend the day quietly reading.

When Christmas ends, try out the few suggestions listed above. Just remember to be creative and go all out in your decorations. This way, you’d be able to experience the joy of tree decorating all year round.

 

February 8 marks the birthday of one of history’s most inspiring authors, Jules Verne. The visionary thought well ahead of his time, writing about submarines and expeditions to the moon long before they were invented. To this day, many experts consider him to be the Father of Science Fiction.

Jules Verne’s work never ceases to stimulate the imagination, which is why in celebration of his birthday, we’re presenting decorating ideas based on two of his most popular works:

 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

This beloved classic tells the tale of Professor Pierre Annorax, a marine biologist, and his adventures aboard the mysterious Captain Nemo’s underwater vessel, the Nautilus. Submerging into the deepest areas of the open seas, Annorax, Nemo and the rest of the crew encounter fantastical creatures and discover awe-inspiring ruins – including the city of Atlantis itself!

Capture the deep-sea atmosphere by using deep blue as your main color. Our In the Navy Blue Christmas Tree makes for a perfect backdrop, but you can also use a traditional tree for this theme. Clear or yellow lights on the tree help simulate the small glowing wildlife that’s learned to adapt to the ocean’s abyss. Trim your tree with underwater-themed ornaments like coral and fish. You can also “rebuild” Atlantis and other sunken ruins by hanging lightweight aquarium ornaments like castles and shipwrecks onto your tree.

There are two key pieces to this theme: the Nautilus and the giant octopus that attacks the crew during one of the book’s most exciting parts. You can find any toy submarine (although the more steampunk the style, the better) to serve as the Nautilus, while the only requirement for the toy octopus is that it’s bigger than any other individual ornament on the tree. Either makes for a good tree topper, but I do find that the Nautilus looks best floating around the center of the tree.

Around the World in Eighty Days

Wealthy bachelor Phileas Fogg wagers that, with the creation of a new railroad system in India, it is now possible to travel around the world in just 80 days. Taking along his valet Passepartout, Phileas embarks on a grand race against time for the adventure of a lifetime.

Although Phileas and Passepartout never actually use a hot air balloon in the book, the image of their sky-bound travels has been used in so many movies and TV shows that it’s the most recognizable aspect of the story. It’d be a shame not to use the popular conception of the story for our tree, so we might as well do without literary faithfulness this time.

A light blue Christmas tree will suit this scheme best. Line the lower portion of your tree with ornaments in the shape of buildings and homes from different cultures – go for as much variety as you can! Scatter a few white ball ornaments along the upper third of your tree to serve as clouds. A pocket watch makes for a quaint-looking ornament, while at the same time serving as a reminder of Fogg’s time limit. Make sure you hang a toy hot air balloon in the most visible spot in the sky; it’s the star of the show, after all! You can either top the tree with a clock or the sun, or you can leave it bare.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg with Jules Verne! You can draw inspiration from his enormous body of work, which includes creative masterpieces like A Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, and The Mysterious Island, among many others. Have fun, and let your imagination run wild with his stories!