How to decorate your Christmas tree like a professional

We all want the same thing  –  a stylish looking tree, decorated with coordinated baubles and beautiful ornaments. Instead, despite our best efforts we somehow end up with an eye-sore of a tree, with mismatched ornaments, Christmas lights that are temperamental to say the least and why are there always gaps in the tree despite our efforts to balance the ornaments? Does that sound familiar? 

Decorating a Christmas tree should be fun but for too many is a bit of a headache. So to help you create the best looking centrepiece of your home for the festive season, here are some tried and tested tips to help you decorate your Christmas tree like a professional:

  • Invest in a high quality artificial Christmas tree – A good Christmas tree will last you for decades so it’s worth splurging for one that has good shape and sturdy support at the bottom. 
  • Fluff up the branches – Don’t rush through putting the tree up in the excitement of starting the decorations. Spend some time separating 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. This may take a while, but trust me, the end result is more than worth it.
  • Pick a theme and colour scheme – Over the years we all collect ornaments from friends and family, Christmas markets and maybe places we visit. Those are precious and bring back memories but an eclectic style isn’t for everyone. Instead pick a theme and colour scheme and try to stick to that. You can go for a classic red and gold, or silver and blue. Whatever colours best suit your home and mood, pick a theme and stick to it. 
  • Start with the lights – I think we all know this by now, but always start with the lights
  • Layer baubles – Pick a few different sizes and finishes (gloss, matt, glitter) to add texture and dimension. Add big baubles deep into the tree and smaller ones towards the outer side. 
  • Finish up with a tree skirt – Often overlooked, a Christmas tree skirt is the finishing touch to your decorations and serves to balance the overall design of your Christmas tree. Tree skirts have many benefits too, from covering the unsightly ‘legs’, trunk or stand of a tree, to protecting your floors and carpets from any fallen pine needles (if you have a real tree).