As the cool air starts to trickle in, millions patiently (and impatiently) wait in expectation of the winter holidays. Who doesn’t enjoy a time of holiday lights and decorations, seasonal activities and the spirit of giving? Now that Thanksgiving is over, many have already begun to search for the best Christmas tree for their home. Stay ahead of the decorating curve by styling your tree early. To help, here are a few decorating tips that will make your holiday tree memorable.
The Christmas Tree
Before you begin decorating, it is important to select a good tree. When buying a fresh tree, opt for local trees or trees from a tree farm as they tend to be healthier. Make sure your tree fits properly in your space (measuring the ceiling and width of your room is essential). NOTE: A healthy tree should be green so watch out for ones with too many brown needles. Need more help with finding a tree? Click Here to view 10 “Quick” Tips on Selecting a Tree at a Retail Lot
If using an artificial tree, carefully remove it from the box and install according to instructions. Make sure each branch has been properly fluffed to prevent any “bald” spots.
Once you have the tree positioned to your liking, it is time to string the lights. Start at the skirt (or base) of the tree and move up with your lights. Try and keep a balanced proportion of lights to each row of branches. As Christmas lights vary in shape and size, choose strands that best compliment your tree. For example, if you have a small tree (four feet and under), too thick of lights will make your tree appear bulky. NOTE: Replace old lights with eco-friendly bulbs. LED bulbs that are Energy Star compliant will use 90% less energy.
Need help selecting a color scheme for your Christmas lights? Here are some pointers:
- Simple White – sophisticate & elegant
- Red, Green and White – classic & everlasting
- Multi-Color – festive & jovial
Garlands are optional accessories that come in an assortment of colors and materials. We most enjoy ribbon and paper garlands as they provide texture to a Christmas tree. Unlike holiday lights, begin to add your garlands at the top of the tree letting them cascade down to the bottom. NOTE: The thicker the garland (e.g. ribbon or foil), the looser it should drape from the tree. The thinner the garland (e.g. beads), the more frequent it should appear.
Ornaments add a personal touch to your Christmas tree helping to showcase theme and personality. While there are no rules on the placement of ornaments, here are some suggestions:
- Plain bulbs (any solid color): equally space them around the tree
- Decorative bulbs (e.g. mini frames): place at eye level around the tree for easy viewing
- Specialty ornaments (e.g. novelty items): place in between the plain bulbs around the tree
Want More Design? Stay up to date on all things design by following our National Interior Design Examiner page. We are also the Manhattan Interior Design Examiner ;) You can also follow us Twitter, Facebook, and our Blog of course. Click the “Subscribe” button to receive our interior design articles via email. We are also on Facebook! Please “like” our Fanpage for interior design advice, articles and more.