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December 15, 2009

FROM BLAH TO AHHH! Six tips to make your Christmas tree glow!



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.

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