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Want a designer look for your holiday tree? Browse our best tips for better Christmas tree decor that you can easily do yourself!
Small, festive flourishes throughout the house can create an undercurrent of holiday that will add cheer to your everyday. Place a sapling (or a branch trimmed from the base of your tree) in a vintage urn and water as needed for simple Christmas elegance.
Try this technique that most home decorators miss: Use overscale ornaments. The large silver balls and stars have a huge impact, and you won't need as many (about a dozen for an average-size tree) as you would with regular-size ones. Bonus: The overall effect is stunning.
Crystals add sparkle and shine to any tree. Because they are clear and will catch the light, place them near string lights and mix them in with more colorful items for the best overall effect.
Repeat one type of ornament so it creates a color, shape, or theme through a tree. These red decorations help unite the other one-of-a-kind ornaments. We recommend buying two to four dozen of a main theme element (like these red balls). Various sizes, shapes, or finishes of such an element will add even more flair.
Fill gaps between branches with floral fillers such as silk flower sprays, leaf bunches, or a DIY nosegay as shown here. We used a base of artificial leaves, silver berries, and green ornaments, then wired and tied it with sheer ribbon. Plan to make at least 24 of these decorations for an 8-foot tree.
Ornaments in one color and style get a designer look by varying the sizes (small, medium, and large) and by choosing a unique matte-luster finish rather than a standard shiny gloss. Slim ribbon garlands criss-cross horizontally across the tree while dozens of glass icicles add a vertical element.
Do you love one color? Go for it with a monochromatic tree. One-color trees work their magic with shape and texture. Just be sure to vary the size of the decorations as well as mix up shiny and matte finishes for maximum impact.
Silk flowers are a lovely way to add a softer texture to a tree. Choose large blooms or add sprays of smaller blooms nestled into branches. Or wire a silk flower to a handful of artificial leaves or wheat for a surprising decoration that's a pure designer touch.