The Christmas tree is the focal point of your holiday home décor. Deciding how to decorate it can be challenging, but ultimately rewarding. To help you out, we compiled decorating themes by our friends. Then, we categorized them into three design options. Get inspired by these Christmas tree decorations and style your unique centerpiece.

(From left) Photo credits: Michael Wurm, Reichel Broussard, and Matt Crump

1. Traditional Christmas Tree Decorations

When it comes to Christmas tree decorations, traditional red-and-green never goes out of style. Popular ornaments include glass balls in solid colors or holiday symbols. Also, opt for a lush green Christmas tree with a full silhouette. Choose from pre-lit options to spare yourself the trouble of having to string your own lights.


Decorating a traditional green tree doesn’t limit your options. Michael of Inspired by Charm used an “Into the Woods” motif to decorate a Treetopia Balsam Spruce Christmas tree. He used forest-themed ornaments with a red and white palette for a timeless appeal.

For sparkle, add silver and gold accents like shiny figurines or silver sleigh bells. Vintage or heirloom ornaments look fantastic on a traditional green tree. So, start rummaging in your storage bins for treasured pieces, or start your own collection.

Jennifer Perkins’ love for all things vintage inspired the decorations on the Oh Christmas Tree. She used vintage Fisher-Price toys as ornaments and crafted a custom felt tree skirt.

One foolproof option is to use ornaments shaped like classic Christmas symbols like Santa, candy canes, and snowflakes. Another is to add trim like sprigs of winterberries, clip-on poinsettias, and red-and-gold ribbons. These add texture and enhance the classic look of your tree.

2. Modern Christmas Tree Decorations

Thinking of a sleek and stylish decorating theme for the holidays? Stick to a palette of one to three colors for your Christmas tree decorations. Also, choose simple yet stunning ornaments and don’t use too many of them. Finally, go with a black or white Christmas tree for a clean and contemporary vibe.

White Christmas Tree Decorating Tips

Decorate a white Christmas tree using a contemporary color palette and ornaments. Much like a blank canvas, a tree in this hue serves as the perfect playground for your colorful expression.

Winter White Artificial Christmas Tree, part of Treetopia's Black Friday deals
Winter White Christmas Tree
Treetopia Skim Milk Pencil Christmas Tree
Skim Milk White Pencil Tree
Whisper White Cashmere Tree

Metallic décor looks incredible against a white Christmas tree. Beth Conolly’s Christmas tree decorations are a mix of shining gold and silver. They give her centerpiece a luxe and updated vibe.

This minimalist tree by Reichel of Copy Cat Chic is stunning in its simplicity. It’s obvious how much effort and thought she put in curating her tree ornaments. Each one is unique. Don’t you love the gorgeous star topper? A monochromatic theme lets you indulge in your favorite color. This is a stellar example of less is more.

Black Christmas Tree Decorating Tips

A black Christmas tree is also an ideal choice for modern Christmas decorations. It adds edge and drama to your holiday decorating theme.

full black Christmas tree
Tuxedo Black™ Christmas Tree
Pre-lit Stiletto Black Artificial Christmas Tree on sale at Treetopia's Black Friday event
Stiletto Black Pencil Tree
unlit black Christmas tree
Pitch Black Pine Tree

It doesn’t mean you’re limited to plain or angular ornaments. “Modern,” as a Christmas decorating theme, goes beyond that.

Take a page from Jessa of Sparkle Living’s Christmas decorations. White poinsettias and black ball ornaments provide contrast. On the other hand, silver ornaments in various shades add depth and shine. It’s a romantic take on a contemporary motif.

Mia of Modern Day Moguls dressed up her home office with a black Christmas tree. She used a mix of white, pastel green, and pink ornaments. Beaded wooden garlands and feathers added texture. Polished yet warm, this contemporary decorating theme is distinctly feminine.

3. Thematic Christmas Tree Decorations

A personalized decorating theme allows you to be as playful as you want to be. Choose from Treetopia’s selection of colorful Christmas trees to suit your motif. Here are a few examples:

Pretty in Pink artificial Christmas tree
Pretty in Pink Christmas Tree
prelit orange Christmas tree
Treetopia Basics – Orange Tree
All That Glitters gold pencil Christmas tree by Treetopia
All That Glitters Pencil Tree

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

If you’re a foodie, incorporate your favorite Christmas eats into your decorating theme. Use ornaments shaped like candy canes or your favorite sweet.

Dawn of Cutefetti did a sweet job decorating the Some Like It Hot Pink Tree with sugary treats. She went with peppermint twist, ice cream, and donut ornaments. Little and big girls would love these Christmas tree decorations.    

Whimsy Wonderland

Experiment with other hues besides the traditional Christmas colors of red, green, and gold. This is one way of pushing your creative boundaries. Dream up something out of the imaginary.

For instance, base your theme on mythological creatures like Matt Crump. He decorated the Treetopia Basics – True Blue Tree using unicorns as inspiration. Besides ball ornaments featuring one-horned cuties, he used multicolored decorations with playful designs.

Pop Culture

Use your favorite books, movies, video games, or even TV shows as inspiration for your Christmas tree decorations. Get crafty and make DIY ornaments based on the characters for starters.

Jenn of PB&J shows her love for all things Disney with her adorable decorating theme. She hung character plushies on her white tree along with peppermint-striped ball ornaments. Check out the big Mickey and Minnie figures at the foot of her centerpiece!


From traditional to modern to thematic, choose the Christmas tree decorations that suit your personality. There’s no limit to what you can create using any of these themes as a guide.

Like what you saw in this post? If you did, share it with friends and family to give them a huge dose of holiday creativity. Happy decorating!

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