There’s something about a green Christmas tree that gets people in the mood for the holidays. We think it’s a combination of nostalgia and tradition. Are you thinking of going for a classic red and green theme this year? Or do you want to try something new? Read on for expert tips and green Christmas tree décor ideas to inspire you.

green Christmas tree decorating ideas

Celebrate the Holidays with a Green Christmas Tree

If you don’t have one yet or you’re upgrading to a new one, check out our wide selection of green Christmas trees. We have full, slim, and pencil shapes to suit your available space. There’s even an upside-down tree that will keep heads turning. Find a holiday centerpiece that you and your family will love for years to come.

Pick Your Favorite Light Type

Treetopia trees come with professionally hand-strung lights that use LED technology. Choose from Clear, Color-Changing, or Color Blast. If you prefer to string your own lights, go for an unlit Christmas tree.

Make Set-up a Breeze

For an easy assembly, try our Quick Set trees. These feature lights that automatically connect as you stack the three sections together. A single plug is all you need to make your holiday centerpiece glow. Our pre-lit trees also come with a socket at the top section, so you can easily set up a lighted tree topper.

Meanwhile, Grow & Stow technology lets you to “grow” and “shrink” your Christmas tree. After assembling the sections, use the remote or the foot pedal to bring the tree to its full height. Grow & Stow trees also come with pre-shaped branches, so fluffing is quick. Clean-up is also a breeze when it’s time to take down your tree. Just use the remote or foot pedal again to return your tree to its compressed size. Doesn’t it sound fun?

Where did Christmas trees originate?

Tree branch

Since ancient times, evergreens have been used for celebrations like the winter solstice. This happens on December 21 or 22. History details that in Egypt, people would put up green palm fronds to signal the recovery of sun god, Ra.

Meanwhile, Romans observed solstice by decorating their homes and temples with fresh boughs. Something similar was done by Northern Europe’s druids (religious leaders), believing boughs signify eternal life.

Eventually, those symbols from pagan traditions lost popularity and real Christmas trees became favored decorations. National Geographic cites the origin in Alsace, a German territory at the time. A tree was grown in the Strasbourg Cathedral in 1539 and became popular in the region. Soon, the rest of the world followed with a little push from Queen Victoria.

Portrait of Queen Victoria

If not for her, the Christmas tree tradition might not have taken off on a large scale. In the 19th Century, Americans thought the tree was odd. Their opinions only changed when Queen Victoria was seen with one.

There was a sketch of her and the royal family in the Illustrated London News. They were standing around a Christmas tree decorated with a variety of ornaments and lighted candles. When the British and American societies saw it, they put up their own. The rest is, well, history.

What year did artificial Christmas trees come out?

Artificial Christmas trees also began in Germany and reached the US in 1900. According to Bruce Forbes, author of Christmas: A Candid History, the classic holiday centerpiece was first developed using goose feathers that were dyed green. Customers liked the “one-time expense” advantage. It’s also less of a fire hazard than real trees, especially now with the use of flame-retardant material. By 1991, artificial trees became so popular that it outsold live ones.

These days, that fame hasn’t dwindled a bit. We recently surveyed over 3,500 Americans across 47 states and 76% of them use artificial Christmas trees. It’s understandable, considering the many advantages they offer. Not to mention, the modern look and cool technology that they are made with now.

What is the true meaning of green?

Building with green exterior

Colors have different meanings. When it comes to emotions, green is calming and motivating, according to Verywell Mind. Landscape artists and interior designers often use the hue in public places for that reason. Many hotels, restaurants, and retailers also integrate this color in their branding.

A major reason for green’s calming effect is its association with nature. Researchers believe that our positive reaction to it is a result of evolution. Early humans knew that green in nature means survival─a source of food, water, and shelter.

Of course, we can’t forget how green also implies jealousy. You’ve most likely heard of the phrase, “green with envy.” The Idioms defines the phrase as “extremely jealous of another person.” If you’re wondering why green is used in this context, it’s got to do with the Greeks. They associate the green complexion with illness and fear. This is because when a person is sick, he or she may throw up bile in a greenish-yellow color. So when they say you’re green with envy, you’re so jealous that it makes you look bad or sick.

William Shakespeare only made it more popular when he included it in his play Othello, the Moor of Venice. He used the phrase “green-eyed monster” to warn a character against the dangers of extreme jealousy.

Person impersonating the Wicked Witch

Green has also been associated with other unpleasant traits. You probably know the Wicked Witch of the West with her trademark emerald skin. Or that sassy avatar named, Disgust in the 2015 Disney Pixar film Inside Out. And who doesn’t recognize the mean, green Grinch who’s become the icon of hating Christmas?

Here at Treetopia, though, we’ve always seen green as a color that’s merry and bright! And if it’s your favorite hue, read on to see what shades work best with it.

What colors look good on a green tree?

To find out what hues go well with green for your color palette, refer to the Color Wheel. It’s a chart that organizes hues according to their chromatic relationship. The shades can be monochromatic, complementary, and analogous, among other things.

Picture of a Color Wheel
  • Monochromatic – Different shades of the same hue. For example, a combination of dark and light shades of green (e.g. pine, moss, emerald, sea foam, and mint).
  • Complementary – Hues that are directly opposite each other. For example, green’s complementary color is red, which is why they’re often used together when decorating for Christmas.
  • Analogous – Shades beside each other. If you want a cool palette, pair green with shades of blue. For a warm look, accent green with yellow.

Refresh your holiday display with these color swatches:

Color Swatch for green

How to Decorate a Green Christmas Tree

There are hundreds of ways to decorate your Christmas tree. To get you started, we rounded up tips from experts and compiled ideas from our creative friends. Go ahead and pin your favorite tree designs to your Pinterest board!

Green Christmas Tree Décor Tips from the Pros

Decorating can be tricky. These expert decorators are here to help. Take note of their suggestions:

Buy what you love!

DIY Christmas decorating ideas

“Buy what you love! I find that when I buy the things I love, I can always find a way to work them into our décor. I don’t worry about if it fits a certain time period or decorating style because I love a more curated and eclectic look.”

Maggie Holmes

Try starting with ribbons.

green christmas tree decorated by Michael Wurm

Whenever I’m decorating a tree, I like to begin with a ribbon. Ribbon offers a bit of a backdrop for your decorations. It also helps to fill up the tree if you happen to be light on ornaments.

Michael Wurm

Fluff your tree pretty and fill any gaps with ornaments.

Classic green Christmas tree decorating ideas

Big bows (that were tied using colorful ribbons) is an easy, inexpensive way to not only fill your tree, but add fun new colors each year.

Cassie Freeman

Pay attention to sizes and textures.

different ornaments on a green Christmas tree

When decorating a Christmas tree, vary your ornaments in size and texture to add visual interest. Also remember to add simple glass ornaments deeper inside the tree to create depth.

Lia Griffith

Make hues pop.

metallic green Christmas tree decorating idea

I wanted to be sure the colors popped against the white of the tree, so I used bright golds and silvers. For the finishing touch, I used a natural and silver colored ribbon so the metallic hue would pop against all the pretty flocked branches.

Heidi Parson

It’s never too late to update your décor.

Vintage Christmas tree decorating ideas

To finish things off, I added a few extra ornaments and then gave myself a day or so to see if I noticed any open spots or any place that needed some extra color.

Beverly McCullough

Green Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

As we always say, a good first step in decorating is picking a theme. Once you have your concept down, choosing ornaments and other accents come naturally. Here are a few examples:

Effortless and Elegant

Green Christmas tree with Scandinavian-inspired ornaments
Scandinavian-inspired Tree by Jesse Coulter

Start simple with a minimalist theme like the Scandinavian design. The Spruce calls this style a “combination of beauty, simplicity, and functionality.” Home décor expert Jesse Coulter embraced this by using ornaments with natural textures. Examples of these are wood bead garlands, pinecones, and wooden stars. In keeping with the theme, she used light-colored boxes for her Christmas presents.

In Full Bloom

Faux florals on a green Christmas tree
Colorful Floral Tree by Carrie Colbert

On the opposite end of the stick is a maximalist theme. When going for a look similar to Carrie Colbert’s tree, use bold and bright colors for full impact. She used silk flowers to achieve a rainbow Christmas tree effect. Spools of organza matched the bright faux blooms and served as her garland.

Come Out of Your Shell

Christmas tree with coastal inspired ornaments
Ocean-inspired Décor by Crafts by Courtney

Veer away from traditional green Christmas tree décor and take inspiration from the natural world. Try a coastal theme like Crafts by Courtney. Her tree is filled with starfish, seashell ornaments, and clear Christmas balls filled with sand. It’s a nod to the beaches of Florida where she used to live.

Vintage Wonderland

Colorful ornaments on a green Christmas tree
Bright and Colorful Décor by Jennifer Perkins

Give your tree a splash of color with antique-looking ornaments and other unique finds. Jennifer Perkins filled hers with bright pieces in interesting shapes like icicles and spheres. The LED lights reflect against the metallic ornaments and bring a nice shine to her green centerpiece.

Woodland with a Twist

Teal and white pair well with green. Get inspired by Sara Lemp who spiced up a woodland theme with a splash of blue. The shiny teal ornaments add a nice contrast to the white and neutral décor.

Plushie Central

Stuffed toy ornaments on a green Christmas tree
Toys Décor by Dear Lillie Studio

When all else fails, turn to your collections! Stuffed toys, for example, make cute ornaments. Some of them already come with strings, so it’s as simple as hanging them on the Christmas tree branches. Dear Lillie Studio placed small toys on this faux evergreen. Garlands and Christmas balls add a more traditional look. The best part? Kids love it!

Year-round Green Christmas Tree Décor

The holidays may be officially over by January but that doesn’t mean you have to stow away your Christmas tree. Let it stand all year long with these decorating ideas for all seasons:

Spring

Floral ornaments on a green Christmas tree
Pastel Flower Décor by Carrie Colbert

Flowers and pastel colors are key elements of spring. Why not combine the two to decorate a Christmas tree? Use faux blooms in your favorite colors as tree picks for a pleasant spring display.

Summer

Lemon tree by Eve by Designs

Keep it cool during the hottest months of the year with a tropic-infused green Christmas tree. Eve by Designs knocked it out of the park with lemons and faux magnolias as ornaments. This simple but refreshing Christmas in July centerpiece brightens up the room.

Fall

Pumpkin ornaments on a Christmas tree
Blue Pumpkin Décor by Oh Yay Studio

Celebrate the harvest season with a twist! If you’re decorating with pumpkins, go the colorful route and use it on your green Christmas tree. Emily Steffen used different shades of blue and green paint to personalize her pumpkin ornaments.

Halloween

Halloween decorations on a green Christmas tree
Fun Halloween Décor by Jen Goode

Treat Halloween as your “pre-game” to the holidays! Take out your artificial Christmas tree from storage as early as October. Or dust it off if it’s been standing all year long. Then, decorate it with creepy or glam decorations for the trick-or-treat season. Jen Goode decked her Halloween tree with eyeball ornaments, pumpkins, and skeletons.

Winter

Flocked Christmas tree with red ornaments
Red, White, and Green Tree Décor by Mom 4 Real

Try a winter wonderland theme once December comes along. A flocked Christmas tree works best for this concept. Jessica Kielman decorated hers with traditional red ornaments that popped against the powdery foliage.

Yes, a green Christmas tree is traditional but it’s also versatile and fits many decorating themes. Let it take you from one holiday to the next. Start with these Treetopia trees that are marked down for a limited time:

Did any of these green Christmas tree decorating ideas inspire you? What themes are you excited to try? Tell us in the comments. Also, share this with friends and family who needs decorating inspiration.

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