Stunning Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

Updated on February 8, 2018

For many people, decorating the Christmas tree is a favorite part of the holiday season that they look forward to every year. There is no “right” and “wrong” way of decorating when it comes to Christmas trees, because everybody has their own style, preferences and tastes. However, if you are looking for inspiration on how to deck the centerpiece of the festive celebrations, here are some fabulous ideas that will help create a spectacular Christmas tree.

Floral Christmas Tree Theme

Christmas tree decorated with white faux flowers.
Christmas tree decorated with white faux flowers. | Source

Faux flowers are lovely way to create a soft, yet dramatic, effect on your Christmas tree without spending a fortune. Silk flowers in soft pastel and cream shades, like magnolias, orchids and roses will look great on a tree with a snowy color scheme. To attach faux flowers to the Christmas tree, just wrap their floral wire around the branches or use floral string lights.

Purple Christmas Tree Theme

Purple Christmas Tree Theme
Purple Christmas Tree Theme

Purple has always been known as the color of royalty, so bring a royal touch to your Christmas tree by decorating it in rich purple and violet shades. Purple is a bold color that pairs well with other Christmas colors such as gold and sparkling silver.

White Christmas tree decorated in purple
White Christmas tree decorated in purple | Source

Purple gives you plenty of variety when it comes to decorating for Christmas. You can add it to almost any tree - traditional, white and even to a black tree. Black trees look very sleek and dramatic with deep purple baubles and contemporary ornaments.

Black Christmas tree decorated with rich purple ornaments
Black Christmas tree decorated with rich purple ornaments | Source

Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree Theme

While you can't always have snow on Christmas, you can create a winter wonderland indoors. Outfit a standard Christmas tree with a thick snow blanket to remind you of the winters of your childhood or the winter trips to the mountains. To create a convincing effect, lay lengths of rolled cotton along the branches of your tree and then sprinkle crystal snow over the cotton.

Christmas tree covered with faux snow
Christmas tree covered with faux snow | Source

Another way to bring the winter wonderland indoors and make a flocked Christmas tree special is to add charming snowy owl ornaments to the tree’s branches.

Flocked Christmas tree decorated with snowy owls.
Flocked Christmas tree decorated with snowy owls. | Source

Eccentric Christmas Trees

Eccentric Christmas tree in red and white.
Eccentric Christmas tree in red and white.

Although red, blue or orange Christmas trees are practically unheard of, they can be a stunning addition to your Christmas décor. Give a colored tree an interesting, designer look, with simple, white or clear ornaments like snowflakes, stars and baubles.

Glam Christmas Trees

Glam Christmas tree in white.
Glam Christmas tree in white. | Source

A white faux tree is the perfect canvas for a glam holiday centerpiece. Keep it simple with just a string of sparkling lights or go overboard with shiny baubles and trinkets that truly show your style.

Glam Christmas tree decorated in glittery, rose gold colors.
Glam Christmas tree decorated in glittery, rose gold colors. | Source
Modern Christmas tree
Modern Christmas tree | Source

Country Style Christmas Trees with Rustic Vibe

This is a very homey, warm and cozy theme that makes you think of log cabins, wood fires and snow. To achieve the rustic, country look, get inspired by the outdoors and consider decorating with pine cones, branches, straw, raffia and burlap. You can also use handmade Christmas decorations, vintage ornaments and antique toys.

Eco-friendly Christmas decorating in country style
Eco-friendly Christmas decorating in country style | Source
Rustic Christmas tree with pine cone garlands and red cardinal birds.
Rustic Christmas tree with pine cone garlands and red cardinal birds. | Source

For a tree that's both rustic and festive, liven it up with garlands made entirely of pine cones. For a more natural look, leave the pine cones unadorned and combine them with red cardinal birds or winter berries. The best thing is that the natural, country-home-style decorations are easy and cheap to make.

Snowflakes Christmas Tree Theme

Snowflake decorated Christmas Tree
Snowflake decorated Christmas Tree | Source

Christmas and snowflakes go hand in hand and decorating your tree with delicate paper or crochet snowflakes will create a magical snowfall effect. These beautiful handmade ornaments will pop against the dark green branches of the Christmas tree and make it look unique. Complete the snowy effect by adding other simple ornaments, such as bells and small glittery balls.

Orange Christmas Tree Theme

Orange Christmas Tree Theme
Orange Christmas Tree Theme | Source

Combinations of contrasting colors such as orange and green will make your Christmas tree stand out. Keep the ornaments and garlands in the same color tone and texture to create a tailored look. And if you want to be a little non-traditional, consider combining the orange-colored ornaments with dried orange or lemon slices. Nothing smells better than fresh oranges mixed with evergreens around Christmas.

White with Pop of Color

White Christmas trees have become quite popular in recent years. They bring a dreamy, white, winter feel to the home and are perfect for displaying special ornaments or just enhancing a favorite color. Besides being beautiful, they are also very easy to decorate. These trees go well with almost any color.

White Christmas tree with a pop of turquoise.
White Christmas tree with a pop of turquoise. | Source

A simple white Christmas tree adorned with bright blue ornaments makes a big statement. Blue is a natural winter color complement for white, but you can also pick the color you love the most, or that best suits your current décor.

White Christmas tree with a pop of green.
White Christmas tree with a pop of green.
Stylish Christmas tree in black and white.
Stylish Christmas tree in black and white. | Source

White Christmas trees, decked in black and white or monochromatic color schemes deviate a bit from tradition, but give a home a fancier look that can't be achieved with a traditional green tree. They complement very well lofts and bright, modern spaces.

Fun Pink Christmas Trees

Pink Christmas tree
Pink Christmas tree

Pink Christmas trees can also look glamorous and chic. You have to be very careful choosing the colors of the ornaments, because a very busy color palette can make the tree look kitschy. Some of the most appropriate colors for a pink tree are white, silver, gold and blue. These colors highlight its beauty and do not take the visual interest away from the tree itself. A pink Christmas tree is fun and perfect for a little girl's room.

Pink and blue Christmas tree for a little girl's room.
Pink and blue Christmas tree for a little girl's room.

Crafty Christmas Trees

Personalize your Christmas tree with homemade craft ornaments and garlands. Recycling small felt or paper pieces is a great way to save money on decorations.

The Crafty Christmas tree theme is very easy to do and is pretty inexpensive. Cut simple ornaments, such as stars, from gold, silver and red cardstock in two different sizes. Hang the ornaments on the tree with loops of red thread or ribbon, and finish off the decoration with small, traditional candles.

Christmas tree decorated with handmade stars
Christmas tree decorated with handmade stars | Source

A simple handmade garland can add an instant pop of color and rich texture to a tree. A tree adorned with nothing more than red and white garland will add the perfect homemade touch to your holiday décor. Sometimes less is more, particularly when you are working with bold colors.

Black Christmas Trees

Black and gold Christmas tree
Black and gold Christmas tree

One might think that black Christmas trees are a little too sad or depressing, but if decorated in a simple way, they can be really chic and fun. They go best with rich metallic decorations and colors such as gold, silver, white, and purple.

Black Christmas trees are certainly not for everyone but are ideal for people who want to decorate their houses uniquely for the Christmas day.

Black Christmas tree with white snowflakes and clear ornaments.
Black Christmas tree with white snowflakes and clear ornaments. | Source

Traditional with a Touch of Modern

Traditional Christmas trees always work well, no matter what style of home you have. Combine the classic Christmas colors – red, white, and green – with unusual, modern elements, such as small frames or zebra-patterned ribbons, for a beautiful and professional-looking Christmas tree.

Traditional Christmas tree with a modern touch.
Traditional Christmas tree with a modern touch. | Source

Space-Saving Christmas Trees

Christmas tree wall decals or stickers are especially great when space is limited. They can add a dash of festive fun to the holiday décor of any small apartment. Christmas tree decals take up no space and are easy to assemble. Depending on their design, they can even be decorated with pretty ornaments, hung on tiny wall hooks.

Christmas Tree Wall Decal
Christmas Tree Wall Decal

“Flat back” or “Half” trees are another elegant solution to small spaces. They look full from the front, with plenty of branches to decorate, but have a flat back that can be pushed up against the wall.

Flat back Christmas tree.
Flat back Christmas tree.

Modern Christmas Trees

"Memory" modern Christmas tree.
"Memory" modern Christmas tree. | Source

Unconventional, modern Christmas trees are more of contemporary art pieces than festive trees. They are unique, rare and perfect for city dwellers or suburbanites who favor the modern décor.

This amazing tree is made from conical arrangement of concentric hoops and features chandelier crystals, illusion film ornaments, glass bulbs, battery-powered rotating disco ball, and floor lamp which casts beautiful shadows on walls and ceilings.

"Memory" modern Christmas tree.
"Memory" modern Christmas tree. | Source
Antler Christmas Tree - Unique and Modern
Antler Christmas Tree - Unique and Modern

Oversized Ornaments Theme

Oversized Christmas ornaments are ideal for large living rooms and make huge impact. To make them work, you need a coordinated color scheme, large topper and some small ornaments. Oversized Christmas ornaments and decorations usually cost a bit more, but there are also cheaper, homemade alternatives, such as 3D paper stars, that will look equally elegant and stunning.

Christmas tree with oversized ornaments.
Christmas tree with oversized ornaments. | Source

Icicle-Decorated Christmas Trees

Icicle-Decorated Christmas Tree
Icicle-Decorated Christmas Tree

Clear glass icicle ornaments have the ability to transform an ordinary Christmas tree into a sparkling, glittering icy tree, and add a cozy, wintry element to the holiday décor. A tree, covered with sparkling icicles and monochromatic ornaments in shiny and matte finishes, will work its magic with shape and texture.

Nautical Christmas Trees

Nautical Christmas Trees
Nautical Christmas Trees | Source

Show your love for the beach and ocean with a nautical-themed Christmas tree. Ornaments that reflect the nautical theme are sea shells, dried sea stars, rope, ship wheels and anchors.

A tree adorned with nautical ornaments in navy blue, light blue and white colors will look gorgeous in a coastal home or a casual sun room.

Vintage Christmas Trees

Vintage aluminum Christmas tree.
Vintage aluminum Christmas tree. | Source

Vintage aluminum trees are a nostalgic alternative to the usual Christmas tree. They are, however, something that people either really like or hate. When decorated with taste, aluminum trees can be the very sophisticated-looking and stylish. Ornaments that create a monochromatic palette will look best on them. The nice thing about aluminum trees is that they sparkle on their own and there is no need to put lights on them.


Cookie-Decorated Christmas Trees

Decorate your Christmas tree with edible ornaments that are both delicious and inexpensive. Dough ornaments are fun to make, not to mention a great project to do with the kids. Adorn your Christmas tree with decorated cookies in the shapes of snowflakes, animals or gingerbread men. Add ribbon candy, gumdrops, and other old-fashioned candies that people can eat right off the tree. An edible tree theme is something that can become a tradition in a family.


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