Christmas is a special time of year, when families come together to make memories, follow traditions, and establish new ones. For many it's kicked off with the decorating of the Christmas tree. Everything about your tree, from the ornaments to the topper, speaks volumes about your family's personality and traditions, but a tree doesn't have to be traditional. In fact, my six fail proof tips for your best Christmas tree ever are sure to help you ring in the New Year with awe inspiring designer decorations without the designer price.
The More,The Better!
It's hard to imagine that this tip, beyond all others, will take your tree from blah to ah! But it simply is the number one secret to creating a designer tree. Repeating like ornaments has a huge impact on the beauty of a tree. It gives a tree color, shape, and interest, but keep in mind that ornaments in sizes ranging from small to large are most appealing to the eye, while a myriad of luster and sheens keep the tree interesting and different even when the same colors are used. Even though you'll find that oversized ornaments may cost a bit more, you won't need many and the pairing is nothing short of stunning.
Themes, Colors, and Rooms
Designer trees are most often planned, and specific to one room or one area of a home. Colors from that room are picked up in ribbons, ornaments and sprays and even the wrapping paper helps to make the tree complement the room it's in. It's always a good idea to gain inspiration for your tree from the room you intend to place it. Color stories are the collection of ornament colors on a tree. Well-designed trees most often use a sophisticated or monochromatic color story. For instance, if you love blue don't hesitate using it! Load your tree with blue ribbon, ornaments, and even a blue bird or two to help secure a monochromatic look, or pair blue with silver and white for a more sophisticated look. Themes are also a great way to get a designer look. The peacock tree in our foyer, for example, is a themed tree, however, keeping a theme chic and sophisticated depends highly on your attention to the color story. For the peacock tree, I opted for green, blue, purple, and gold. Pick and stick to your color story and a designer look is guaranteed.
Designer trees almost always include lighting. Whether clear, multi-colored, or color specific, lights should follow your color story, and the bulb should never be larger than your smallest ornament. Pre-lit artificial trees are becoming increasingly more affordable and realistic looking. They eliminate the need to string lights, and collapse quickly when January arrives. But if you are buying a real tree, or have an artificial tree that isn’t pre-lit, there are a few tips to getting that pre-lit look. Start from the top of your tree and work your way downward, weaving the lights in and out of the branches from base to tip. While it takes more time than other methods, it will keep you from having dark spots in your tree and allow your ornaments to shine.
So we already know that a designer tree is accomplished by picking a sophisticated, sometimes monochromatic color story, and using oversized ornaments with different luster and
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But the crowing touch is a magical and often extravagant tree topper. Yes, that means you can officially put your angels and tinsel stars back in the box, and pull out those ribbons, picks, feathers and even twigs! Toppers, at least the good ones, look more complicated to make than they actually are. Simply start with the topper first, wire heavy picks and twigs to the center branch, and fan outward and down. You’ll find that many of your picks don't appear to need wiring, but securing them is always your best bet. There are no rules that apply to designer toppers, simply keep wiring until you have the look your after.
5. Venture beyond the box
Shiny gold balls and red bows are great, but not the ticket if you're looking to create wow worthy tree decor this year. Think beyond those boxed ornaments and take a good look around the house. Dried and silk floral look fabulous as part of a tree topper, or tucked in the tree along with your ornaments for a more feminine look. In our living room, for example, ice coated branches, pine cones, feathers, grapevine garland, and glittered leaf sprays look fantastic as a topper. Remember to keep with your color story and never forget: The more, the better!
6. Remember to zigzag
Once you've thought out your color story, gathered your ornaments and unusual objects, you're ready to adorn your tree. Remember to zigzag your way from the top of the tree downward, making sure to spread your ornaments evenly throughout. Moving in a zigzag helps you garner both vertical and horizontal appeal. Fill your empty spaces with floral or feather sprays, and wired ribbon cut into 10" strips so they're easier to tuck into the tree. This trick of the trade will afford you and yours a visual masterpiece, and perhaps a few extra presents from a design savvy Santa.
Artie Vanderpool is a resident of Niagara Falls, design blogger; Lifestyles editor for ChicGalleria.com, novice gardener, and interior decorator. For more inspiration, check out his blog at: niagaranovice.blogspot.com
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