September 25, 2012

If you’re looking for a cool alternative to the traditional green tree, a pink Christmas tree is the way to go. It helps heighten the fun and usher in the innocent spirit of Christmas. Start the holiday celebrations early by putting up a pink tree and decorating it with these ideas:

Monochromatic

Pink trees are vibrant as they are and for some, adding more color can be overwhelming. Make it simple by using a monochromatic theme, like a variety of ornaments and garlands in varying shades of pink. The key is to add texture to the design by using ornaments of different shapes, sizes, and materials.

Whimsical

Create a whimsical look by using silver and clear ornaments. Combine large clear balls with smaller lilac ones. You can stick to Christmas balls only, but use as many as possible so the tree doesn’t look patchy and bare in some places. Decorate with crystal drops and garlands, then string clear lights to create more drama.

Victorian

If you want to retain the traditional look, go for a Victorian theme. To achieve this, choose artificial Christmas trees in a soft shades of pink. Hang ornaments in hues of burgundy, old rose, cream, and gold. For an authentic Victorian feel, create your own garlands using cream-colored paper chains or popcorn and cranberry garlands.

Bring out old Christmas cards, border with lace, and hang as onrnaments. Hunt for vintage-style toys like metal trucks and mini-dolls. Make burgundy mini-cornucopias and place some candy. Light up this pretty tree with battery-operated tea lights, clear mini-Christmas lights, or LED candle lights.

Flower Garden

Another way to create a contemporary look is by decorating your tree with clusters of flowers in purple, deep pink, and red hues. Choose different kinds of flowers from small flowers in clusters to big, single flowers. Complete the garden feel with light green leaves.

Pink Wonderland

A pink tree is a beautiful backdrop for a winter wonderland design. To achieve this, use white and silver ornaments and garlands. Snowflake ornaments and silver tinsel garlands are perfect for this theme. Intersperse cotton on the branches to look like faux snow.

Sweet and Funky

Give kids a Christmas tree to remember with a candy theme. Pink trees often evoke thoughts of cotton candy and sweet treats anyway! Do your kids a favor by decorating the tree with ornaments in candy colors or pastel colors that remind you of cupcakes or ice cream. Hanging a few real candies won’t hurt, either!

As with any Christmas tree, decorating a pink tree is more fun when spent with loved ones. Ask family members for ideas and try to incoporate a little bit of everyone’s suggestions. This way, you’ll have a stylish tree that represents all your individual personalities.

September 18, 2012

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.

September 11, 2012

While fall isn’t as popular as spring when it comes to decorating, the beautiful colors that come with the season inspires many people to spruce up their homes. In fact, there are a host of ideas to bring in the spirit of autumn. Here are some to get you started.

 

Go Orange

Whether in stripes or solid hues, add a punch of orange to furniture and accessories.  If you’re planning a change in furniture, go for an orange dining set for a chic look. Remember to choose different shades and make sure the brightness suits your taste and overall design. To balance off the orange, mix in rusty reds, yellows, and browns. Turquiose and pink are also great colors to add. Red and orange stripes, for example, create a retro feel when mixed with hints of turquoise. Consider these colors for your wallpaper or accessories.

Color-Coordinated Furniture

Use your furniture as the base color for bright accessories. If you already have a vibrant sofa, use simple throw pillows with fall-inspired prints. Brown or beige furniture works well with orange and yellow accents.

Neutral tones that can be maximized in fall are those made of natural fiber, like a rattan chest that doubles as a living room table or a brown burlap armchair.

Nature-Inspired Prints

From flowers and leaves  to birds and butterflies, nature-inspired prints are perfect for autumn. Curtains or wallpaper with orange and pink flowers or leaf prints work well in bedrooms and living rooms. Add simple white cushion covers or bed covers with bird or leaf prints. Another great way to brighten the living room is by placing a plush rug with nature prints or an orange-based design.

Decorate with Flowers and Fruits

Fresh flowers in tall orange vases do wonders in sprucing up a bare cabinet or side table. A basket of oranges and lemons or a layer of pumpkins serve as beautiful table centerpieces. A strawflower wreath on the door is a welcoming sight for guests.

Put Up an Orange Tree

Orange Christmas trees reflect the beautiful color of trees during autumn. Simply put a traditional size or a mini tree in the living room or entryway to usher in the vibrancy of the outdoors. For small spaces, opt for slim trees like Treetopia’s Bunny Delight Pencil Tree which is tall, slender, and comes with clear lights. What’s great about these trees is that you can leave them up until Christmas and redecorate for a fuss-free holiday decorating.

You don’t have to overhaul your entire home to reflect the beauty of fall. Adding small pieces of decor is enough to exude a touch of autumn bliss in any home design.

 

September 4, 2012

When it’s time to redecorate your space, don’t undertake the project alone. Ask for help from your family and together, you can transform your house to a place worth coming home to. Here are a few ideas to get your started:

Brainstorm

Create a design plan with your family and figure out the priorities of each member. Knowing what your family wants to incorporate into the design not only helps designate the tasks better, but you’ll be assured of help since everyone will be looking forward to watching their design ideas come to life.

Division of Labor

Don’t try to control every design aspect in your home. Divide the labor accordingly. If your little girl wants to have a play area, assign the decorating ideas to her. Let her be creative and design the area as she pleases. Giving each member of your family a place in the house that they can call their own helps them warm up to the idea of decorating together.

Shopping

Grab a huge shopping cart and go shopping together. By doing so, your family gets a better sense on the wide variety of home décor products out in the market. This helps everyone come up with great and unique ideas for their own rooms. Let them pick out a few pieces that showcase their personality and place these pieces around the house. This way, everyone is represented in the décor of the home.

Treats

In the midst of decorating, prepare fun treats for everyone. Cookies, mini-cakes, and tiny rolls of pigs in a blanket are great snacks to keep everyone’s energy up. If you see your children getting restless, refocus their energy by creating fun games out of their design tasks, like seeing which of you can stick the most glow-in-the-dark stars on your child’s ceiling and walls.

Nothing makes a home feel warmer other than the fun family memories created within it. Decorating your home as a family leaves you and your loved ones with memories to last a lifetime.

August 28, 2012

Themed home designs are great for honing-in on design aspirations. Having a theme makes it easier to choose pieces and colors since you already have a goal in mind. If you’ve decided on a Winter Wonderland theme, for instance, you can simply head to the store and pick out snow-covered wreaths, off-white pillows, and a glittery Christmas tree. The theme guides your décor ideas and purchases, making it easier for you to pick out the necessary items to bring the whole idea to life.

Before you decide on a theme, consider the following factors.

Appropriateness

Many entertain guests in their homes, throwing frequent birthday and dinner parties. If your family is the type who loves having guests over, make sure you pick a theme that is appropriate for guests of all ages. You wouldn’t want your guests feeling out of place and uncomfortable in your home.

Longevity and Flexibility

Think about how long the themed designs can last before it gets tiresome. Changing your décor every few months can be tedious and not to mention, costly. Pick a theme that lasts throughout the changing of seasons and can easily be updated with a few accents here and there. For example, an autumn themed décor can transition over to winter with just a few changes in the furnishings and decorations.

While some themes are fun, especially those rooted in the holidays (like Halloween and Christmas), overusing them can be pretty jarring for your guests. Some may find it amusing, others may feel disconcerted. If you want your house to radiate warmth and comfort, limit your themed decors to pertinent seasons and holidays of the year.

A themed home décor creates the mood for the holidays and provides a change of scenery from the usual style seen in most homes. Just make sure to draw the line when it comes to choosing your theme.

August 21, 2012

The choices you make in decorating your home reflect a lot on your personality and your lifestyle. Adding personal style to home design adds a sense of warmth to any living space.

Following trends can be refreshing, but it may distract you from getting in touch with your personal style. Here are a few tips to follow to prevent blindly buying into trends,

Likes and Dislikes

Determine these two things by browsing home décor magazines or walking through showrooms. Do you prefer big, comfortable couches over smaller sofa sets? Which texture of carpets and rugs appeals to you? Do you find glass-topped tables difficult or wonderful?

By looking through the array of choices available and figuring out what appeals to you, you can narrow down your likes and dislikes. You can use this as a guide later on, when forming the base of your design aesthetics.

Color Palette

Color plays a huge factor in any design. Take the time to figure out how different colors make your feel and create a color palette around that. Surrounding yourself with colors that are specifically suited to your temperament is a great way to hone-in on your style.

For example, if the color purple brightens up your day, opt for a purple Christmas tree for the coming holidays. It’s unique and adds an instant pop of color into any room.

Passions

Bring your passion into play. If you love to travel, incorporate the various knick-knacks and souvenirs you’ve collected during your trips. By doing so, you surround yourself with the things you love the most and this creates a relaxed, homey vibe in your living space.

If you’re not into collecting souvenirs, use items that remind you of the destinations you’ve been to. For instance, you can recreate that memorable beach escapade by adding palm trees to a corner of a room. Place small stones at its base and relive the fun, warmth of summer no matter the time of year.

Experiment

Nothing helps you learn more about yourself than the thrill of trying something new for the first time. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different furnishings and styles. Trying them out in your living space is the only you can really tell if something works for you; and if it doesn’t, you can replace the décor with something else.

Most importantly, have fun. By discovering your personal style, you can tackle any design projects in the future.

August 14, 2012

The colors you see every day affects your mood, with each color triggering a different emotional response. Red, for example, is known to increase energy and aggression, while yellow releases a feel-good chemical (serotonin) that instantly lifts your mood—much like how exposure to light and sunshine boosts happiness levels.

Since colors play such a vital role in setting the mood, it’s only natural to harness this into your home decorating plans. By tapping into the mood potential of colors, you can design your home to become a comfortable sanctuary attuned to your personality.

Complementary Colors

Colors complement each other, so use complementary colors when deciding on a color for a room. Too much of a single color can be overbearing to the senses. So mix and match to suit the needs of a room.

For instance, orange is a warm hue and spaces painted in a warm orange tend to look more inviting. However, too much orange, especially the kind mixed with a lot of red can be overwhelming. Tone it down with a kind of blue that complements the orange shade. Blue is a calming color and will detract any of the harshness from the orange

Personal Palette

Everyone differs on how colors affect them. Red may incite feelings of aggression in another, while another may feel a heightened sense of passion. Ensure that the colors you use are in sync with your personality by creating a personal color palette and using it in your home.

You can do this by sitting down with a bunch of color swatches and evaluating how each of the colors affects you. Keep a list of all the colors that are pleasing to you and work your color palette around that. If you live with your family, show them the colors you’ve chosen and ask them to evaluate how the colors make them feel as well. Since you’re all living together, the colors should be pleasing for everyone.

Have fun adding color to your home. You can either repaint entire walls, or just add little pops of color through furniture or wall accents. As long as the colors you choose work harmoniously with your mood, there’s no way you can go wrong with your home design.

August 7, 2012

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.

 

July 31, 2012

Christmas is always a festive time and many people look forward to getting their homes ready for the holidays. Unfortunately, the season also tends to yield a significant amount of waste because of discarded ornaments. Recycling old decor not only contributes greatly to the environment, it also allows homeowners to cut back on their expenses. Here are a few ideas you can try.

Display in glass bowls or jars

Ornaments in different colors can be used as table centerpieces or accents to shelves and window sills. Place an assortment of glass balls in clear jars and display on top of a shelf or side table. You can also place a cluster of ornaments in a layered crystal bowl as a table centerpiece.

Spruce up with glitter and ribbons

Used ornaments are usually discarded because they’ve lost their luster. Spruce them up with a fresh layer of paint or glitter glue. Sometimes, a large golden or silver bow is enough to make a statement. Old Christmas balls can be refreshed by surrounding them with a cluster of hollies.

Add new embellishments

If the paint can’t be restored, remove the remaining paint both outside and inside using bleach and a rag. Place a photo, a print-out of holiday messages like the word “peace,” potpourri, or any colorful materials inside the clear ball, put the two sides together again, then finish off with a ribbon for hanging.

You can also decorate the exterior by gluing pieces of beads and other handicraft trimmings like sequins and small bows. Another option is to transform the balls into decoupage ornaments by covering up with used gift wrappers.

Make an ornament wreath

Mix and match ornaments that have accumulated through the years and turn them into a wreath or garland. Use an old hanger or sturdy wire fashioned into a circle. Thread the wire through the wire loop of the Christmas balls until full. Secure the ends of the wire together and then decorate the wreath with ribbons, tinsel, or other trimmings. To create a wider wreath, you can purchase a styrofoam wreath as base then simply glue the ornaments together.

Re-purposing old ornaments is a great way to save on holiday decorating and help reduce your ecological footprint every Christmas. Plus, it’s a lovely opportunity to create a unique holiday design you can proudly call your own.

July 24, 2012

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.