The Christmas tree is the centerpiece of your holiday home, but deciding how to decorate it can be a challenge. Be inspired by these design ideas and give your Christmas tree the stylish and festive look you’ve always wanted.

1. Traditional

Traditional red and green Christmas tree theme
Photo Courtesy of Michael Wurm

When it comes to Christmas tree decorating, a classic red-and-green motif never goes out of style. Glass ball ornaments in solid colors, iconic holiday décor staples like Santa, candy canes, snowflakes, and stockings are popular decorating choices. Sprigs of winterberries, clip-on poinsettias, and red-and-gold ribbons add texture to your tree, making it look warmer and more inviting.

Non-traditional décor in classic Christmas red and white colors
Photo Courtesy of Michael Wurm

Going for a traditional theme doesn’t mean your options are limited. Michael Wurm’s Treetopia “Into the Woods” themed Balsam Spruce Christmas tree is a testament to this. The multi-skilled owner of Inspired by Charm used non-traditional, woodsy ornaments with a predominantly red and white palette for a stylish tree with timeless appeal. Like Michael, go for a lush green Christmas tree with a full silhouette, and take advantage of the available pre-lit option to spare yourself the trouble of having to install your own lights.

Silver and gold trims add sparkle to traditional red and green ornaments
Treetopia’s Old World Splendor Ornament Set

For a bit of sparkle, add silver and gold accents in the form of shiny figurines, trinkets, or nostalgic silver sleigh bells. Antique or heirloom ornaments look fantastic on a traditional tree, so start rummaging through your attic or storage closet for treasured pieces.

2. Modern

Metallic ornaments are ideal for decorating white Christmas trees
Photo Courtesy of Beth Conolly of Chinoiserie Chic

Decorating options are almost limitless if you want a holiday centerpiece with a fresh, modern look. From an eclectic array of decorations to a wide-range of color combinations, nothing gives you more room for creativity than a pure white Christmas tree. Metallic décor looks incredible against a white tree as it lends a sleek, stylish look to your contemporary home. Beth Conolly’s white Treetopia Christmas tree combines a variety of shining gold and silver ornaments to create a grand vision of luxury.

 A minimalist, monochromatic white Christmas tree
Photo Courtesy of Reichel Broussard of Copy Cat Chic

This minimalist, monochromatic tree from Copy Cat Chic is stunning in its simplicity. A monochromatic Christmas tree lets you indulge your passion for your favorite color.  Taking your cue from the predominant color of your home décor will give your space a seamless, harmonious look. Whether you love purple, pink, or green, simply focus on your chosen color and select ornaments in varying tones, textures, and sizes.

Vivid colors standout against white foliage
Photo: Treetopia’s Winter White Christmas Tree

For a subtle yet equally glamorous metallic scheme, keep your design simple and select ornaments of complementary colors in shiny or lustrous finishes, such as these turquoise and bronze accents.

3. Thematic

Thematic decorating showcases your interests and decorating prowess
Photo by Jennifer Perkins

A personalized decorating theme allows you to be as playful as you want to be. Traditional themes include a white winter wonderland, pretty angels, and shimmering stars. Simply take your favorite interest, hobby, sport, movie, or toy, and run with it. Jennifer Perkins’ love for vintage toys inspired the theme for her Oh Christmas Tree filling it with vintage Fisher-Price toys and a custom felt tree skirt.

Decorate your tree with items from your favorite hobbies
Treetopia’s Peppermint Twist Candy Cane Ornament Set

Foodies may enjoy decorating with candy canes, popcorn garlands, baskets of chocolates, or perhaps, vintage silverware. Other unique themes make use of stuffed animals, fruits, science fiction, or even your favorite TV shows.

From traditional, modern, or thematic, choose the decorating option that best suits your personality, and you’ll see how much more fun and enjoyable decorating your Christmas tree can be.

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