Just between you and tree
If you thought dressing the Christmas tree was just a run-of-the-mill seasonal ritual, think again – there's a host of decor styles to choose from.
Naturally, you can simply untangle the tinsel and randomly pop on an uncoordinated collection of cherished decorations gathered over the years – but you'd be missing the opportunity to make the tree the star of the seasonal show.
"People are putting more time and thought into creating a 'look' for their tree which will often echo the style of their home," says Jane Bailess, assistant buyer for decorative accessories at John Lewis.
"For instance, classic red decorations can be interpreted traditionally on a green tree or you could add white baubles for a more Skandi style.
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"Gold and silver always evoke a feeling of restrained luxury, and evoke a shimmering glittering effect."
We're so fond of trees as a focal point for the celebrations that many homes now even boast two trees, says Bailess.
"Our simple, contemporary style paper trees are hugely popular," she says.
John Lewis's paper tree selection starts from £45 for a 4ft Prelit Glitter Paper Tree. It's new Snowy Paper trees are suitable for outdoor use, from £50 for a 4ft one.
So there's no need to get your tinsel in a tangle, or despair of your decorations this season.
Simply choose a look to suit your style then sit back and wait for the seasonal compliments.
Indulge in the most romantic style for a tree with a sprinkling of winter white, either a snow-dusted tree or a display of pure white and silver baubles.
"This evokes the winter wonderland scene which we all dream of waking up to on Christmas Day," says Bailess.
"It keys in to the popular Skandi style which has a simple, cosy feel and is also subtle and elegant."
TIP: If you're using an artificial tree, spread the branches out when you unpack it and ensure the core of the tree is seen as little as possible.
TREE SMART: White baubles contrast well on a green tree and Tesco's Western Pine tree, £39.94, is a beauty. Alternatively, choose a 6ft Luxury Woodland tree with artificial snow, £125, Marks & Spencer.
BAUBLE-LICIOUS: Paperchase's bauble selection includes a Ho Ho Ho glass bauble filled with fake snow, £2.50; a White Feather Peacock, £10, available in selected Paperchase stores.
John Lewis's collection of white and silver features a white and silver matte snowflake bauble, £3, and snow-capped shiny silver bauble, £3.
Metallics are already adding glamour to interiors this year and a gold gilded tree and decorations will make a glittering statement.
"This is a richly opulent look for a tree and the sheen and lustre of gold adds warmth and richness to a setting," says Bailess. "It shouldn't look sparse so use more decorations in gold and bronze rather than less and a generous amount of lights."
TIP: Start from the bottom of the tree when arranging lights and slowly work up to the top, taking them in a spiral effect.
TREE SMART: House of Fraser's Pied A Terre 6ft gold glitter tipped tree, £150. For drama, contrast gold decorations with a John Lewis Black Flocked tree, £50 for a 4ft one and £140 for an 8ft tree.
BAUBLE-LICIOUS: Decadence fabric covered ornate gold bauble, £7.50, and gold decadence encrusted rose clip, £6.50 for two, both from the Linea range, House of Fraser.
Theatre jewel bauble, £2.50, and Gold Criss Cross bauble, £4, John Lewis.
If you adore all things festive, a green tree with bright splashes of traditional seasonal colour red is irresistible.
"You can opt for jolly festive symbols such as Santas and snowmen for a nostalgic look," says Bailess.
"Or, if you want to give a crisper more modern, Skandi feel, intersperse with white baubles and wooden decorations. Red, green and white is one of the most versatile colour combinations."
TIP: Arrange one matching set of baubles at a time so you end up with a well-spaced out display.
TREE SMART: Tesco Finest 6ft Windsor Fir Tree, available online, £25.
BAUBLE-LICIOUS: Set of two Robin and Fir Tree Baubles, in white or red, a pair £8.75, Berry Red. A Jolly Santa head glass bauble, £4.50, John Lewis. A set of 12 Mini Red & White Jingle Bells, £5.99, The Contemporary Home.