Are you a traditional or a non-traditional Christmas person? Perhaps you are a little bit of both. Trying to make a life choice on whether to go for a green or colored Christmas tree can be stressful business.

Your family’s holiday happiness rests heavy on your shoulders as you try to choose between a pink, gold, or a green Christmas tree. Okay, hopefully their happiness is not dependent on tree color, but it’s still a tricky decision. With a rainbow of options, going green can be hard. And, vice-versa. Here are a few pointers to help you decide which tree color is best for you.

1. Consider your audience

This is like considering your audience. If your main holiday event involves having a lot of guests, you might want to think about what they would appreciate more. For instance, you might need to go the traditional green tree route if your grandmother is coming over for Christmas dinner. A purple tree might be a bit of a shock for her. But, on that note, if your grandmother was recently featured on the Advanced Style blog, you might want to ask her what colored Christmas tree to choose.

green Christmas tree with beaded ornaments
Image and décor by Jennifer Perkins

Remember that you won’t be the only one basking in the glory of your new tree. So, choose something your guests and family will appreciate. But, also remember that in the end, you’re the one who is going to live with your choice year after year.

Treetopia Tip: If you’ve only ever celebrated Christmas with a green tree, it might be a time for a change. Pick one in your favorite shade, for starters, and use it to decorate for other occasions throughout the year. For example, you can use a pink tree to decorate for your unique Christmas. And, also Valentine’s Day or Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s all up to you! 

2. Select a tree color to go with your decorating theme.

green Christmas tree with fisher price toy decorations
Image and décor by Jennifer Perkins

If you have a huge collection of vintage red, green, and white ornaments, a traditional green tree might be the best bet. My collection of kitschy 50’s ornaments and vintage Fisher-Price toys worked perfectly on the Oh Christmas Tree from Treetopia.

On the other hand, my white and gold angel collection looked amazing on the Toasted Champagne Gold Tinsel tree. Let your theme be your guide.

Gold Tinsel Tree Decorated with Vintage Angels
Image and décor by Jennifer Perkins

Treetopia Tip: If you’re going for versatility, green is a good choice. Want a safe but colorful option? Then, go for a black or white Christmas tree. These are neutral shades and can be paired with almost any color. Whether you’re aiming for a monochromatic look or a color mix.  

3. Consider the color palette of the room.

a pink colored Christmas tree with furniture to match
Image and décor by Jennifer Perkins

It’s important to consider location when choosing the shape and height of your tree. The same goes for color. You might buy a colorful tree with the intention of matching it to a room in your house.

Just as you would buy color-coordinated throw pillows, art, or coffee table knick-knacks, selecting a Christmas tree shouldn’t be any different. Also, if you aren’t ready to take the color plunge, a classic green Christmas tree is a sure bet for almost any room.

Treetopia tip: Check out our white, black, pink, and silver colored Christmas tree decorating guides for tips and inspiration. We also have one dedicated to classic green centerpieces.

4. The more trees, the merrier.

I put up almost 100 Christmas trees every year. Sure, only a handful are over 7 feet and most are under 7 inches. But, these still give me lots of decorating options. 

holiday home tour gold and red trees
Image and décor by Jennifer Perkins

Treetopia tip: Read Jen’s post on where and how she stores over 100 Christmas trees each year.

If I want to go traditional green in one room, I can. If I want a neon tree in another, that’s okay, too. Hot pink Christmas tree and jewel tones, why not? Maybe treat yourself to a new color to decorate one of your rooms every year. More than one tree a room? Sure!

5.) Test the waters with a small colored Christmas tree.

An orange colored Christmas tree height of 4 feet
Image and décor by Jennifer Perkins

If you’re not fully ready to commit to a colored tree, take baby steps with a 4 foot tree or one that’s 5 to 5.5 feet tall. No one said you had to dive right in with a full-sized rainbow one. Small trees are the gateway to colorful larger ones. So, grab yourself that full green tree to use as your main centerpiece. But, also nab a smaller colorful number. Have the best of both worlds!

Treetopia tip: In case you need help with picking out a tree height best suited to your space, read our post. Or, check out our comprehensive Christmas tree buying guide.

So, are you a green or colored Christmas tree kind of guy or gal? Hopefully, this cleared up a few things for you and your tree choice is clear as crystal!

By Jennifer Perkins