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5 Elegant Christmas Tree Decorating Themes to Inspire You

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro at holiday decorating, it’s easier to create a stunning Christmas tree by following a theme. A complete theme covers everything from tree toppers to ornaments and skirts. But with the countless options out there, choosing a theme can be tricky.

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In these videos, designer Brad Schmidt presents five themes to inspire your tree decorating.

Silver & Gold Christmas Tree

Silver and Gold

Decorate your Christmas tree with a classic look by combining metallics and shimmering accents. This theme brings timeless elegance to your holiday home. Get the look here.

Video transcript

Brad Schmidt: Hi, I’m Brad Schmidt with Balsam Hill and I want to talk about the Vermont White Spruce tree. It’s this beautiful 9-foot tree, but what’s really special about it is the silver and gold collection, and the techniques and things I did to make it pretty.

The one main feature that I love, of course, is the beautiful ribbon, that is this gorgeous champagne silver lamé with edged with diamantes. I double layered it for an extra bling, so it really gives that really rich feeling. Then I did a fishtail cut here and I did double fishtail cuts, so you’re getting double layer. I’m taking the same ribbon and double layering it, which makes it really special.

In addition, we’re doing a special roll, which is the croissant roll, which looks really fabulous, almost like an ornament, so beautiful with all the enhancements of the ornaments. One of the real special things is here, is this gorgeous new magnolia, with a gilded finish, with silver and gold and champagne finish. It’s beautiful, we have a wonderful pick that goes with it, with the magnolia leaves with another finish on top of it. All these beautiful berries, ornaments, and these beautiful angels to give the complete, beautiful look.

Farmhouse-Inspired Christmas Tree

Farmhouse Christmas Ornaments

For a charming rustic look, choose natural elements and plaid patterns to your Christmas tree. Create a warm and inviting display using these decorations.

Video transcript

Brad Schmidt: We have the beautiful farmhouse collection from Balsam Hill, which really is a nice color palette on this beautiful natural pine. What it is is it’s got the slate blue, we’ve got the beautiful olive greens and the beautiful burgundies, the great red burgundy poinsettia which is so pretty. Then you get a nice mixture of components, like these great little three bells here which are really great and special, kind of give that effect from the farmhouse, and the different textures of the heavy glass on the ornaments and the finial tops. What’s really nice are these skis, which are really special. We call them tree smackers. They finish off the tree, they give it that personality, which is perfect for this year for Balsam Hill 2018

Midnight Frost Christmas Tree

Midnight Frost Ornaments

Capture the serene beauty of a winter landscape with icy shades of white, blue, and silver. For some elegant contrast, add pops of dark navy ornaments throughout the tree. Find winter-themed decorations here.

Brilliant Bordeaux Christmas Tree

Brilliant Bordeaux Ornaments

Give this traditional red and gold Christmas tree a luxurious feel with ornaments in rich colors. To add interest, combine decorations with intricate details. Recreate this look with decorations like these.

Video transcript

Brad Shmidt: For the Brilliant Bordeaux, more of a medium to heavy look, you definitely want to add more clusters of jewels, more finials, and the whole trick about the whole thing is that you need to put your ornaments inside the tree. As you can see here, I have this one red ornament, very special, and we call these an onion shape. That’s tucked way back so as your eye goes through the tree, you see all of the different ornaments, not just on the surface but you’re getting depth. In addition, I’ve added more of these fantastic crystals, which we love. They have these beautiful, acrylic crystals with these gorgeous pearls. And again, naturally draping them, where you have an empty branch and if you feel like you want to just bend that branch up a little bit, you can.

What we’ve done is we’ve added five sets of the finials, two full sets of the ornaments, and about, I would say, four to five sets of each size of the glass drops. In addition, I clustered the glass drops, the little ones, and also what’s really nice is I added, since it’s an all-around tree, I’ve got ornaments inside, in the back, and it reflects mirrors if you have a mirror behind your tree. The large ones can be at the top and I also have that wonderful star in which I embellished with a beautiful crystal jewel, just for fun.

Monochromatic Christmas Tree

French Country Cottage Ornaments

Go for a clean and sophisticated style with these white and silver Christmas decorations. To achieve this modern look, combine glossy and matte pieces in varying shapes and textures like these.

Video transcript

Brad Schmidt: I have a monochromatic look here using the essentials from Balsam Hill, which we brought in a little bit of the French country, but it just all ties in really well and gives it that clean, crisp look. I clustered some ornaments together, but especially at the top where it makes it really unique and clean and modern, where it fits any home especially the young, modern home. It’s a great look, clean and crisp all the way around.

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  1. Kanika Sharma Reply

    Nobody is really sure when Fir trees were first used as Christmas trees. It probably began about 1000 years ago in Northern Europe. Many early Christmas Trees seem to have been hung upside down from the ceiling using chains (hung from chandeliers/lighting hooks).

    Other early Christmas Trees , across many parts of northern Europe, were cherry or hawthorn plants (or a branch of the plant) that were put into pots and brought inside so they would hopefully flower at Christmas time. If you couldn’t afford a real plant, people made pyramids of woods and they were decorated to look like a tree with paper, apples and candles. Sometimes they were carried around from house to house, rather than being displayed in a home.

  2. Dalton Ivers Reply

    I love it when people get together and share thoughts. Great blog, continue the good work!|

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