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Christmas Tree Trends

Christmas 2012 saw the emergence of bold new trends in decorating the classic Christmas tree. Playful colors blended well with the most extraordinary of ornaments: starfishes, feathers, and family photos. These five creative Christmas tree trends shaped the past season and are bound to inspire you yet again.

Inspiration #1: The Rainbow

Highlight your white Christmas tree with loud colors. Break the rules by selecting not only two complementing hues for your overall look but an entire rainbow of it. Layer your ornaments by putting Christmas balls of the same color together to reflect a spectrum of hues. This creates a cascading of colors that is harmonious and not heavy on the eyes.


Eclectic Family Room design by Chicago Martha Layton Smith

Inspiration #2: Citrus Fruits

Oranges and lemons are a great alternative to traditional Christmas balls. But these natural ornaments are not only refreshing to look at because of their bright colors – they also fill the air with an invigorating citrus scent. Artificial trees suit this trend perfectly: their branches are specially developed to support the weight even of fruit ornaments.


Traditional Living Room design by Little Rock Interior Designer Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Inspiration #3: Family Photos

Long used as Christmas tree decorations, family photos can be arranged into a mosaic of memories. Instead of exhibiting pictures with various colors, this example shows a subdued palette by using only black and white photos. Stunning but with sentimental value, this tree captures your heart with every snapshot of your life story.


Contemporary Living Room design

Inspiration #4: The Beach

Surprise everyone by adorning your white Christmas tree with pieces inspired by the sea. The starfish ornaments in this example bring that seaside charm into your home even in the middle of winter. The turquoise ribbon laced around the Christmas tree is reminiscent of the waves.


Entry design by Other Metro Home Staging Suzanne Pignato

Inspiration #5: Feathers

Heighten the drama of your Christmas tree with feathered ornaments. This trend makes use of bird figurines roosting in between the branches. Their lavish plumes of turquoise and black provide a bold contrast to the white bristles.


Contemporary Living Room design by Dc Metro Interior Designer Kelly Porter

Eclectic and extraordinary, these Christmas tree trends help create a distinct look for your holiday masterpiece.

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.

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