Category Archives: Christmas Home Decor

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A Guide to Christmas Tree Ornaments

Now that you’ve decided on what artificial Christmas tree to buy, you may find yourself asking, “How many ornaments do I need to hang on my tree?” Considering how you plan to decorate your tree is key to creating a centerpiece that you’ll be proud to display in your holiday home.

The number of Christmas ornaments you will need depends on the height and width of your tree, the size of your ornaments, how much of the tree you want to cover, and your personal taste or theme. We’ve created this guide to help you determine the ornaments most suitable for your Christmas tree.

Suggested Number and Size of Ornaments

There is no exact calculation on how many ornaments you choose to hang on your Christmas tree – this is ultimately determined by your own inclination. However, you can refer to our handy chart below as a starting point to help you make sure that you’ll have even coverage based on your tree’s height.

Height Light Coverage Heavy Coverage Ornament Size
4.5′-6.5′ 35 pieces 70 pieces 4” to 8.75”
7.5’ 70 pieces 105 pieces 4” to 8.75”
9’-10’ 105 pieces 140 pieces 4” to 8.75”

Combining Different Ornament Sizes

Decorating with different sizes of ornaments is a fantastic way to increase depth and add variety to your design. When decorating, place larger ornaments near the tree’s interior, while making sure the branches are strong enough to support their weight. Small ornaments are ideal near the tips of the branches. Use varying sizes to fill gaps in the tree, but make sure to keep things even. Step back once in a while to check your work and make sure there are no remaining gaps.

With so many options, it’s essential to consider your tree’s profile and branch construction when choosing ornaments. Keep in mind that your tree’s size and structure will generally determine the size of your ornaments and how many you will need. If you’re going for heavier ornaments, you’ll want to make sure your tree has sturdy branches.

Types of Materials

It’s also important to know the types of materials your Christmas ornaments are made from and which ones suit your household. Glass ornaments exude beauty and grace, but delicate ones can be easily broken – especially if you have small children or pets in your home. In this case, consider using other options, like thicker glass ornaments, shatter-resistant ornaments, or ornaments made from other materials such as metal, ceramic, wood, or natural fibers.

Know Your Color Scheme

Having a color scheme that complements your tree’s foliage is key to creating the mood and style you want to achieve. The shade of your foliage helps you determine what to look for when choosing ornaments for your tree and create the mood you want to achieve. Some foliage hues are best suited with certain colors: trees with warm yellow-green foliage tend to look best with warmer-colored ornaments, while trees with cool blue-green shades look stunning with cooler-colored trimmings.

Consider Different Themes

If you have more than one artificial Christmas tree, consider decorating with multiple different themes. Check out some of our suggested themes:

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and hope that you have a delightful experience shopping for your Christmas ornaments. If we can be of further assistance in choosing your perfect Christmas tree and ornaments, please contact Customer Service.

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Elegant Entryways: Christmas Door Decorating Ideas

The most breathtaking holiday homes radiate the beauty of Christmas from every angle. While a Christmas tree fills your interiors with the spirit of the season, a beautifully decorated entryway conveys a festive atmosphere that extends beyond the four corners of your home. Here are a few Christmas door decorating ideas to inspire your entryway décor this season.

A Frosty French Door Ensemble

Merry and Bright Doorway Decorations. Photo courtesy of French Country Cottage

Brimming with snowy splendor, frosted accents bring the beauty of winter into your home. For her Merry & Bright Christmas, Courtney of French Country Cottage opted for flocked evergreens and bright lights to adorn her white French doors. Read This Entry

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5 Beautiful Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

Decorating your porch or backyard with outdoor Christmas decorations is a wonderful way to welcome guests and share the Christmas spirit. With a wide range of outdoor ornaments to choose from, the only limit is your imagination.

A merry and bright outdoor Christmas display

Photo by Courtney of French Country Cottage

Some factors to consider when planning for your home’s exterior décor are what themes you have in mind and what items you’ll need. The scale of your outdoor Christmas decorations and where you’ll place them is important too. In today’s post, we’re sharing five beautiful decorating ideas to ensure that your outdoors is the perfect picture of festive cheer. Read This Entry

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Mantel Makeover: From Halloween, to Harvest, to the Holidays

  • Halloween Mantel by Delilah
    From Tricks to Tinsel: Delilah displays four unique themes for each season

The fireplace mantel is one of the best places in your home to highlight holiday décor. As the room’s focal point, the space can easily be decorated according to the season by simply changing the accessories displayed on top.

Find inspiration for transitioning your mantel from Halloween to the new year with radio personality and author, Delilah. Read on to discover how she created four unique looks for each occasion with Balsam Hill holiday decorations.

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10 Stunning Christmas Decorating Themes to Recreate This Season

Decorating ideas for turning your Christmas tree into the showpiece your home deserves.

Christmas Tree with Jewel-toned Ornaments

Shimmering jewel-toned ornaments exude distinct elegance and grace.

The Christmas tree is often considered the heart of holiday decorating. Drawing inspiration from the experiences of the best home décor and lifestyle bloggers out there, we’ve curated some Christmas tree decorating ideas you’ll surely love. We have a number of ideas that will inspire you to design a spectacular centerpiece with an eye-catching display.
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7 Simple Steps to Prepare Your Home for Christmas

Celebrating the biggest day of the year becomes more manageable with some early planning. Today, Balsam Hill shares useful ideas on how to get your home ready for the holidays. From tidying up rooms to bringing out your decorations, these simple Christmas preparation tips will help you set a beautiful scene for the season’s festivities.

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Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Countdown to Christmas: Christmas Gifts by Courtney


When I was growing up, sitting on the floor by the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree was one of my favorite things to do. There was just something about the room all aglow with those lights that was magical.

Christmas time definitely does feel like a magical time with those lights, merry music playing in the background and friends and family gathering to spend time together. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

How to Choose the Perfect Wreath

Balsam Hill’s California Baby Redwood™ wreath hangs over a mantel

The right holiday wreath can complete your overall décor theme.

With the holidays fast approaching, you might feel that time is against you when it comes to decorating. There are factors to consider in home decorating—the Christmas tree, the mantel, the tabletops—but in this post, we will show you how to choose the right wreath for your holiday home by going back to the basics.

Check the Size

Balsam Hill’s Jefferson Double-door Wreath

The size of the wreath will depend on the kind of look you want. Large wreaths exude a bolder and more festive atmosphere, while smaller ones project a more reserved minimalist appeal. All this is dependent, however, on where you plan to display your wreath. Read This Entry

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

How to Decorate Your Home with a White Christmas Theme

Christmas brings to mind a scene of fresh snow on the ground, nippy holiday air, and a cup of hot chocolate as the family sits by the tree. Decorating with a White Christmas theme is the perfect way to bring the beauty of the snowy outdoors into any home. Here are a few ideas you can try:

Balsam Hill's Frosted Fraser Fir, as decorated by Courtney of French Country Cottage

Balsam Hill’s Frosted Fraser Fir, as decorated by Courtney of French Country Cottage

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