We all want to decorate the perfect Christmas tree with baubles, ornaments and lights perfectly co-ordinated in a festive but stylish scheme. In reality, however, it’s easier said than done. Decorating a tree is no mean feat, especially for the perfectionists among us, but we’ve got some styling tips from the team at Balsam Hill – whose artificial Christmas trees have graced the TV sets of The X Factor, Sunday Brunch, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and This Morning – about how to decorate your tree to make it look like you hired a professional. So, fancy getting that effortless, Insta-worthy look with very little effort? Read on…
1. Invest in a high-quality artificial tree
Christmas trees crafted from premium materials provide sturdy and reliable support for decorations. You’ll find that high-quality trees are generally more durable and can stand up to repeated use every year, all whilst maintaining its beautiful look. To prevent wear and tear on your tree, consider models with advanced features that offer easy set up and storage. If you want a real Christmas tree, there are many different types and styles available to buy. See all the tree varieties available, including Nordmann Fir and Norway Spruce, in our real Christmas trees guide.
2. Fluff and shape branches
Fluffing the branches helps make your Christmas tree look fuller and more natural. This can be a time-consuming task, but trust us, the end result is more than worth it. Separate each branch so they fan out to cover as much area as possible. And don’t hesitate to bend individual branches to fill in gaps. Keep in mind that a properly shaped tree is an appealing sight however minimal or lavish your embellishments may be.
3. Design around a theme
A professional-looking Christmas tree has a central look that ties all its decorations together. Deciding on a theme before choosing your decorations sets the tone for your materials and gives you a clear idea on how to decorate your tree. Need some inspiration? Why not take a look at John Lewis’ Christmas themes for this year, from Garden Retreat to Snowscape, there’s a total of seven key looks to help you decorate this festive season.
4. Start with the lights first
While pre-lit Christmas trees are popular and will save you time (and money) with tree lights, if you have a plain tree, always add the light first – it’s more difficult to do this after you’ve added your decorations.
Balsam Hill advise that you start with a string of lights with the plug as the starting point, wrapping it around your Christmas tree’s trunk, working your way up from the centre of the base of your tree. Continue wrapping the lights evenly around the branches nearest to the trunk, and then weave it upwards from the middle of the crown.
‘When you reach the crown, weave your way back down, arranging the lights further out on the branches,’ say Balsam Hill. ‘Keep weaving the lights until you reach the tips of the branches.’
And remember, when weaving, the bulb should be positioned under a branch and the next light over a branch.
5. Choose the right decorations
Choosing accents that fit your theme helps you achieve a cohesive design. Whether it’s hanging decorations, ribbons, or floral picks, opt for items that complement the overall appearance of your tree. Many bauble sets include different shapes, sizes, finishes and designs. Combining these with traditional baubles will give you more freedom to play up your theme.
6. Cluster your baubles
Balsam Hill’s design consultant, Brad Schmidt, recommends clustering three baubles of different sizes to add flair and visual appeal. You can either put the same pieces together or choose contrasting ones.