The Meaningful History Behind the Upside Down Christmas Tree Trend
A traditional evergreen Christmas tree never goes out of style, but this topsy-turvy trend has us rethinking our holiday decorations.
These gorgeous chandelier-like Christmas trees have been known to grace ritzy hotel lobbies and restaurants, but the style is easily adaptable for residential decorating, too. 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 this year. Whether you decide to invert and hang your own Christmas tree or invest in a buyable upside-down tree, we'll give you an overview of upside-down trees, plus inspiration 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 triangular 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 the 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 artificial 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 designated support point.
The safest and easiest 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 like white, silver, evergreen, lime, and champagne.
How Do I Decorate an Upside-Down Christmas Tree?
Just like a regular tree, an inverted Christmas tree can be decorated to suit any style that reflects your holiday spirit. Wrap your tree with 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 Christmas presents to be nestled under the tree, on top of a Christmas tree skirt. The same setup applies for inverted trees, though their tapered design allows for more present space (a helpful feature for larger families). Arrange them in stacks or loosely scattered at the base of the tree.
Upside-Down Christmas Tree Decorating Inspiration
These photos of upside-down Christmas trees give decorating ideas for a range of settings and tastes.
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 underneath!
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 holiday home style for every price range.
This 5-and-a-half-foot Christmas tree is a shorter option for fans of silver bells and metallic trees. The tree comes with an option of warm Christmas tree lights, clear Christmas tree lights, or unlit styles. Prefer a white Christmas tree to silver? Nab the all-white version instead.