40 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas to Try This Season

During the holiday season, the Christmas tree is the shining centerpiece of your home. Trim your tree with these inspirational decorating ideas.

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Photo by: Photography by David A. Land; styling by Matthew Gleason

Classic Meets Mod

Mix trendy with traditional. Classic silver and gold ornaments and beaded garland complement a trendy monogram topper on this chic, simple tree. See more of this home from HGTV Magazine.
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Match Your Decor

Whether your home is traditional, contemporary or shabby chic, choose a tree color and theme that fit your design. This beautiful purple and pink flocked tree is a perfect accompaniment to the cool, purple decor in this eclectic living room.
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Simple on Top, Bold on Bottom

Let your tree skirt do all the talking. Balance a bold tree skirt, like this beautiful Nordic-inspired design, with minimal tree decor, such as white lights and simple mesh garland. No ornaments necessary. Make this Scandinavian-inspired, no-sew tree skirt.
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Photo by: Benjamin Lowy HGTV/Scripps Network

Go Glam on a Budget

Glam up your holiday decor with a flashy and fun celebrity-inspired tree. Trimmed with mini gold sunburst mirrors and pretty pops of pink and red ornaments, this bright white tree is fit for a superstar. To get this expensive look on a budget, make miniature versions of these DIY sunburst mirrors and reuse them as year-round home decor once the holidays are over.
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DIY Ornaments

Handcrafted ornaments aren’t just for kids. This tree features pretty yet simple ornaments fashioned from twigs, hot glue and white spray paint. For a polished look, pinecones and pretty metallic baubles complement and soften the rustic quality of the handmade decorations. Check out more handmade ornaments.
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Photo by: Anders Krusberg 2013 HGTV/Scripss Networks LLC

Blooming Design

Visit your local craft store for an array of similarly-hued silk flowers, like these rich red garden roses, peonies, hydrangea and gerber daisies. Mold the flowers into a lush garland, or scatter throughout the branches with an assortment of well-placed ornaments. Top the tree with a richly textured ribbon for a high-end designer look.
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Photo by: Stacey Brandford

Shiny Baubles

Glass ornaments add a designer touch to any tree whether you want a classic or contemporary look. For a traditional theme, look for solid ornaments in red, white, silver and gold. For a more modern look, choose ornaments with graphic designs in a more updated scheme, like lime green and fuchsia or violet and bronze.
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Bring Out the Color

Even if you don’t embrace color in your everyday decorating, Christmas is the one time of year you can go overboard. Look for ornaments in bold blues, bright greens, pinks and purples and pair them with metallics, like silver and gold for a festive tree that is sure to draw attention.
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Make an Individual Statement

Put your passion on display in style. Love Steampunk? Transform vintage and industrial knickknacks into cool ornaments, and finish your tree with a Victorian-style top hat. See more of this Steampunk-inspired tree.

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Photo by: Cheswick Photography

Remember When…

Transform your family’s special memories into beautiful ornaments. Snap photos on vacations, during major life events and when you or your children participate in hobbies or sports, then print the pictures in sepia or black and white for a vintage look. Place the photos in miniature gilded frames and hang from your tree. Each Christmas you’ll be reminded of your family’s adventures and favorite memories.
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Spray-Paint Your Tree

To mimic the bright blue-green hue of peacock feathers, designer Meg Caswell spray-painted the tips of this tree’s branches a rich teal hue. Add a touch of whimsy to your own tree with fun painted designs, like white branch tips, top-to-bottom color or an ombre effect. Tip: Choose a non-toxic paint and always apply in a well-ventilated area, preferably outside. Allow paint to dry thoroughly before decorating.

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