A traditional evergreen Christmas tree never goes out of style, but this topsy-turvy trend has us rethinking our holiday decorations.
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These gorgeous chandelier-like Christmas trees have been known to grace ritzy hotel lobbies and restaurants, but the style is easily adaptable for home decorating. An inverted design naturally draws the eye up toward the large base of the tree, which affords room for an ornate, larger-than-average topper like a collection of presents or an impressive bow. Upside-down Christmas trees are easy to integrate into holiday decor, and with these tips, you'll be hanging an inverted tree in no time. Whether you decide to invert and hang your own Christmas tree, or invest in a ready one, we'll give you an overview, along with inspiration on how to decorate them with Christmas tree lights, beautiful ornament designs, and whimsical tree toppers.

Where Did Upside-Down Christmas Trees Come From?

Though interest in the upside-down Christmas tree has spiked in recent years, historians have traced the centuries-old tradition to Europe. The inverted triangle design is said to have been used to explain the Holy Trinity, and it was later adopted by working-class households as a space-saving approach to Christmas decorating. The concept continues to grow in popularity around the world as an alternative to the traditional upright tree.

How Do I Hang an Upside-Down Christmas Tree?

You can hang an upside-down Christmas tree from the ceiling, and there are a couple of ways to do it. The first option is to loop hanging wire around a secure part of an artificial tree, such as the part of the faux trunk where branches are secured in place. You can also drill a small hole through the bottom of the trunk, then loop a sturdy hanging wire through it. For a chandelier effect, you will need to hang the artificial Christmas tree from a heavy-duty hook screwed into the ceiling or a designated support point.

The safest, and easiest, second option is to bypass the do-it-yourself route and buy an upside-down tree with a sturdy metal or aluminum stand built into the design. Measure your ceiling height and the width of your Christmas tree area before committing to a large holiday tree. Most buyable inverted trees range from 5.5 feet to 7.5 feet tall, and are available in a range of colors from white, silver, evergreen, and lime, to champagne.

How Do I Decorate an Upside-Down Christmas Tree?

As with a regular tree, an inverted Christmas tree can be decorated to suit any style that reflects your holiday spirit. Wrap your tree in twinkling lights and try one of our favorite Christmas tree themes—like an ombre style or classic shades of gold and white ornaments. Upside-down tree toppers can extend far beyond the traditional Christmas angel or star. Add a larger-than-average tree topper (big bows, a faux gift display, or even a fruit basket), or accentuate the top with more lights for extra flash.

What are the benefits of a hanging tree? Ornaments are given a little more visibility because of the inverted branches. If the tree is suspended from your ceiling and not anchored on the ground (and thus more prone to movement), keep the ornaments light and shatterproof to avoid a mess. Add lights and garlands first, then highlight your favorite holiday baubles and long ornaments by displaying them on the tree's longest branches. Another bonus: Upside-down trees leave more room on the ground for presents.

Where Do I Put Gifts with an Upside-Down Christmas Tree?

Tradition calls for the presents to be nestled under the tree, atop a Christmas tree skirt. The same setup applies for inverted trees, though their tapered design allows for more space (a helpful feature for larger families). Arrange them in stacks or loosely scattered below the tree.

Upside-Down Christmas Tree Decorating Inspiration

These photos of upside-down trees provide decorating ideas for a range of settings and tastes.

Topsy-Turvy Tree

When displaying an upside-down tree, there are two options for keeping it in place: Hang the tree from the ceiling, or get an artificial tree with a stand that rests on the floor. We love the way this real tree is hung next to the fireplace. And because it doesn't touch the floor, there's extra room for presents below.

A World-Famous Inverted Tree

Claridge's Hotel in London offers an elegant upside-down Christmas tree in the center of its lobby. The 16-foot spruce tree is covered in silver lametta (tinsel) and handmade snowflakes, then topped with an ornate twist of silvered roots and a mirrored star as the topper.

Metallic Christmas Decor

If you purchase an inverted Christmas tree with a metal stand, you can assemble it quickly and enjoy it longer by avoiding the time-consuming job of hanging. We love the look of these long metallic Christmas ornaments, which dangle beautifully on this inverted tree design.

Buyable Upside-Down Christmas Trees

When buying an upside-down Christmas tree, invest in a sturdy design that your family will look forward to decorating each year. Here are a few options that can be easily customized to match your family's style and price range.

Vickerman Silver Upside Down Tree
Credit: Courtesy of Amazon

Pre-Lit Silver Tree

This 5.5-foot Christmas tree is a shorter option for fans of silver bells and metallic trees. The tree comes with an option of warm lights, clear lights, or unlit styles. Prefer a white Christmas tree to silver? Buy the all-white version instead.

Buy It: Silver Upside-Down Artificial Christmas Tree, (Amazon)

upside down christmas tree
Credit: Courtesy of Wayfair

Green Cypress Upside Down Tree

Make a grand statement with a shimmering 7-and-a-half-foot Christmas tree. This model includes a metal stand and 500 clear lights that'll bring a warm, peaceful glow to your space.

Buy It: Green Cypress Artificial Tree, (Wayfair)

Vickerman Artificial Christmas Tree 7.5' x 60" Lime Upsidedown 1293 Tips
Credit: Courtesy of Walmart

Lime Upside-Down Artificial Christmas Tree

Brighten any room with a lime-green inverted tree this holiday season. This 7-and-a-half-foot tree comes in an upbeat color that's unexpected, without feeling too out-there. We think it would be a hit with the kids.

Buy It: Vickerman Upside-Down Artificial Christmas Tree (Walmart)

green upside-down tree with clear lights
Credit: Courtesy of The Home Depot

Upside-Down Artificial Christmas Tree With Clear Lights

This statement-making Christmas tree weighs in around 53 pounds, and is sure to draw eyes at 7 and a half feet. It comes to you pre-lit so you can spend more time on decorating than on stringing up lights.

Buy It: Upside-Down Artificial Tree, (The Home Depot)

Comments (2)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
December 13, 2018
I reeeeeally hope this icky trend goes away. Terrible.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 25, 2018