Do you dream of having your own Christmas tree that will shine in the interior and turn the place into a holiday heaven where the family members will gather at the holy night? Today, we have outline some essential steps in preparing the tree for Christmas.
Choose a tree
One of the most important thing is to choose the right tree. All the ornaments that you are going to put afterwards are just a small step towards the gorgeous look. Think of it as a woman without make up and the same woman when with make up. The size really doesn’t matter, so its you choice whether you will pick a giant Christmas tree or a small one.
Be very careful when picking the shape. If you are going to buy a real tree make sure that you see it out of the netting. Symmetrical forms are preferred for home decors, so you will need such kind of tree. In case you want to have an artificial greenery, make sure that you choose one with enough space between the branches.
Having a deep water vessel stand when you have a real tree is a must. Another way to make the decoration properly is placing a tree skirt around the floor. This will keep it free of fallen needles.
Lights are another way to decorate your tree. Almost every artificial Christmas item have built-in lighting system but for the real ones, you can place it between the branches. Some people don’t love doing this part of the holiday preparation. This is because configuring the lights correctly sometimes takes very long time.
Pick a color scheme
Having only one main colorful palette will definitely make an elegant and impressive home holiday decoration. It can add the desired coherence and sophistication to the house or apartment. Now, lets have a look at some good examples of picking colors.
The classic combination between red and green has always been inspiring Christmas decors. It is obvious that the green is represented by the natural element while red should be used for the decorative items like garlands and ribbons. A small and elegant touch of silver is something that can break the traditional look and add an interesting touch.
Another way to show a taste for colors is using the blue, purple and silver theme. The winter nuance of blue, for example, is a great way to recreate a snowy atmosphere. Of course, having blue as a main color in the composition, you should avoid opposite hues like reds and goldens. White and silver combination is preferred by those, who live in minimalist apartments and houses.
Silver, bronze and gold can be defined as a metallic theme. They can be easily be arranged in the décor because of their neutral character. Clear lights are a great way to highlight the metallic elements.
Add some warmth into your home with red, gold or orange decorative items. Their vibrant influence will cheer the room up and they will surely be a matter of conversation during the night.
Pick a theme (optional)
A lot of people nowadays want their Christmas trees with a lot of stars, angels, snowflakes and other ornaments. We advice you to choose one main theme for your decorations and follow it everywhere. In your tree, mantle, table, front door, etc. Thus, you will have a logic consequence when a guest passes through all the living spaces.
Of course, this is only an option. Christmas is enough a theme by itself, so don’t worry you are not that kind of professional.
Purchase ornamental bulbs (optional)
This gorgeous Christmas bulbs are not obligatory, but is a great fun to have such. In case you find some old ones in your basement or attic, you can still use them. As far it is not a must-to-have item and you don’t find any left from previous years but you still want to have such kind of ornaments, you can always get a new set. It will be extremely helpful if you find one of those packs that the stores usually offer around the holidays. One of the advantages of big packs is that you will be able to add more interesting and expensive elements in the decoration.
Choose carefully one of the two types – either matter or shiny. Do not mix them, unless you are a well known professional! Sticking to one of those types is a guarantee for a stylish interior that you will love spending your time in.
And when it comes to sizes and you want to play it safe, keep the elements in a similar size. A little experiment in the interior wont hurt anybody, so if you prefer taking a risk, do your best and mix different sizes – we believe that the result will be astonishing!
Hang the lights first
As we have already mentioned, putting the lighting may take a long time of settlement. On the other hand, a well made tree decoration is worth the time. You will love the magical holy spirit that a Christmas tree creates in the interior.
A clever step towards the right decoration is to string the lights from the very top to the very bottom of the tree. Make sure that you hide well all the cables between the branches.
You need to space the lights evenly. You can have a great overview of your Christmas tree if you step away from it and observe.
Put up garlands or ribbons
Light the tree up and get ready to wrap every other kind of ornaments for a great holiday! The choice is all yours but the following advices will guide you what is good and what is better to be avoided.
Fluffy tinsel is something that is better to be avoided. They are not as trendy as they used to be in the mid-century. A great substitute is wire-based garlands that can usually be found into shapes like stars or trees.
In case you want to have plastic icicles you should know that there are really difficult to be properly set. They are another outdated Christmas ornament that can be seldom seen in today’s decorations.
For a great popcorn garlands effect, make sure you place white ones. This is the end of pre-buttered popcorn ornaments. The best results can be achieved if you pop the corn by yourself so that a perfect white can substitute yellow-tinged popcorn garlands.
Metallic and plastic garlands are easy to set up. The only thing needed is to choose the proper color that will match the theme of your interior and the garlands will be ready to finish the composition. A proper placement are the outer branches of the tree, in a way similar to the lights placement.
Wired or mesh ribbon is another great way to create a holiday spirit. The right ribbon garland for you will be one that stays in its original shape rather than flopping over. A medium width is enough so that the ribbon could easily be spotted from afar but not becoming the main accent of the decoration. To finish the gorgeous look, add some small bowls.
Add a topper
There are several very popular toppers nowadays, such as stars, snowflakes, angels, bows, berries, crosses. We think that the topper choice should be all according to your taste. Just have in mind the colorful theme of the rest of the decorations and the entire interior.
Add ornaments last
You need to place them last, because they are movable and can easily be removed. A proper settlement is to start from the top and move to the bottom. A great idea is to place some ornaments a few inches into the tree, thus creating a sense of depth of the tree. Bulb ornaments are the base. Place them before any other types like specialty ornaments.
In case you have small children and/or pets, you should think of the bottom of the tree. Small ornaments as well as precious details should better be removed from there. Lights or garlands are the perfect substitute, so that the bottom part wont look unfinished.
If you have children, place some candies and sweets. Your children will love them! Pines and fruit are also very fresh idea for decorating the tree.