There are so many different Christmas decorations available now, from cute, retro funky baubles to minimalistic metallic ones. With the array that is on sale its easy to get overwhelmed so I’m here today to give you some ideas with your Christmas decorations!
I think the easiest thing to do when deciding which decorations to choose is to first come up with a theme and colour palette before actually purchasing any decorations. Here are a few that I really love….
Traditional – Green, red, gold.
Minimalistic – Metallic silver and one colour.
Bright – Pink, blue, yellow, orange, lime green.
Pastel – Baby pink, baby blue, lemon and soft green.
Jewel – Red, gold, green, blue, purple.
Galaxy – Metallic blue, green, purple and pink.
Retro – Bronze, gold and metallic brown.
Elegant – Black, white and silver.
Once you have chosen your theme and colour palette you can then choose the colour of your tree, and with so many different colours and styles to choose from sometimes it can be hard to know which colour to go for. Here are some ideas for you…
Traditional – a green tree like this one from B&Q
Minimalistic – a black tree like this one from Argos
Bright – a white tree like this one from B&M
Pastel – a flocked tree like this one from The Range
Jewel – a green tree like this one from Studio
Galaxy – a black tree like this one from Christmas Tree World
Retro – a green tree like this one from Homebase
Elegant – a white tree like this one from B&Q
Once you have decided on the best tree for your theme the next thing to decide upon is the lights for your tree. There are 4 main ones to choose from – coloured, cool white, warm white and bright white. Coloured are the more traditional sort of fairy lights with bulb colours of red, green, blue and yellow, cool white give off a blue tinged light, warm white lights are yellow toned and bright white lights give off a brilliant white light.
I would choose Coloured lights (like these) for the Bright and Retro Theme
Cool White lights (like theses) work well with the Pastel and Galaxy Theme
Warm White lights (like these) work well with the Traditional Theme
Bright White lights (like these) work well with the Minimalistic, Jewel and Elegant Themes.
Now that you have chosen your theme, tree and lights we can now look at the fun stuff – all the shiny baubles and other decorations to hang on the tree!!!! First though, you should decide whether you want tinsel on the tree or not? I personally dislike tinsel, having Aspergers means I can be hyper-sensitive to certain smells and tinsel is one of those things that I don’t do well with smell wise so I choose not to use it at all. However, there are alternatives to tinsel including beaded ropes (like these) which come in many different colours, marabou feather trim, ribbons and other haberdashery trims works well too and you can buy that in many fabric or craft shops. Whatever you decide on pick out one colour from your colour palette so as not to overwhelm the other decorations.
Choose big baubles in one colour from your palette and add smaller ones in either the same colour or another from your colour scheme, mix up finishes to add interest (choose shiny ones, matte ones, glitter finish, dimpled etc) and if you want, mix up the shapes of the baubles – tear drop ones work really well for the bottom of the tree where as I find round ones work well for the middle.
Select smaller baubles in differing colours (that match the colour palette of your chosen theme), again you can choose different finishes and textures. Smaller baubles work well for the middle of the tree and top. Most of the large and small baubles can be bought in multi packs and are fairly cheap to buy so you can add as many or as few as you wish to your tree!
Now for the extra fun bit, choosing the eye-catching elements! These elements are things like bows, shaped baubles, clear baubles, and baubles with special finishes (like these iridescent ones) Most of this type of decoration are the ones that are sold as single decorations (and are a bit more expensive than the regular baubles) and are designed so that you only add one or 2 of the same one to the tree, this means that the eye will be drawn to them, add a fun element and are a way to really personalise your theme. Most places that sell trees will sell this type of decoration, I have found Asda and B&Q to be good places to have a look as they carry a good range! Whatever you choose, have fun with these decorations and add as many or as few as you wish!
What sort of theme are you choosing for your decorations?