I’m an interior designer and one Christmas tree is no longer enough
Christmas isn’t Christmas anymore. With each passing festive season, we see more and more people going all out in decorating their homes.
I swear that every year, the neighbors across the road add a giant new inflatable thing to their front lawn and everyone on the street feels the need to “keep up” with their efforts.
Sorry to say it, but OTT Christmas decorating is here to stay for another year.
Although the current cost of living tells us otherwise, we need to add… more.
Having one Christmas tree is no longer enough
According to Balsam Hill interior designer and head of merchandising, Jane Deary, gone are the days of having a boring old Christmas tree in the living room decorated with multicolored lights from Kmart, and a gold star or angel on top.
“We’re seeing a number of people placing several trees in different rooms around their house to feel the Christmas spirit throughout the entire house,” Jane tells Kidpsot.
“We’re also seeing themed trees, with carefully coordinated ornaments that serve as a focal point for other decorations.”
Don’t be surprised if the kids want to add a little something to their bedrooms, too.
“You can also get kids involved by having a smaller Christmas tree in their own personal designs in their bedroom. Whether it’s themed around their favorite reindeer, a Christmas movie, or even their favorite superhero, you can really make their Christmas decorations Unique and personal.”
Of course, no one should feel the need to follow trends, and if you’re not ready for multiple trees in your home this Christmas, there are ways you can make your home look like it’s Christmas-worthy.
How do you design your home this Christmas?
According to Jane, no matter how you choose to decorate this year, there are a few key themes people are following. They will take your tree from standard to bougie instantly.
“This year, gold color palettes are at the top of the Christmas decor trends. “The opulence of gold combines beautifully with ivory elements and clear glass, resulting in a visual spectacle that exudes sophistication,” says Jin.
“To adopt a contemporary approach, incorporating earthy colors and textures, to give an heir of warmth, authenticity and comfort to the home. You can also add an ethereal touch by incorporating crystal drops and garlands, to add sparkle to your holiday decorations.”
The key to making your Christmas tree always starts with the type of tree itself, says Jin.
“I always start by choosing the perfect tree and foliage for the space. Then choose a theme that ties everything together, whether it’s based on a color palette, combination of ornaments, or personal interest.
“Start with classic ornaments in timeless colors like silver, gold, white, red and green. Fluff and shape your tree with precision for a lush, vibrant look.
The biggest mistake we make when it comes to Christmas tree lights
Getting started with decorating the tree always starts with fun.
Everyone’s in the Christmas spirit… until the string lights go out and you remember randomly throwing them in the storage box last year.
But according to Jen, there’s a way to make arranging the lights on your tree a little easier — and as it turns out, we’re doing it wrong.
“When it comes to lighting (if your tree isn’t pre-lit), check the lights before hanging them on the tree. To decorate like a pro, display your tree in sections and style each section from top to bottom, ensuring a balanced, layered look.
Yes, we definitely don’t.
Once you have the lights up, it’s time to decorate the rest.
“Hang ornaments strategically, starting with larger ornaments positioned deeper within the foliage for depth. Smaller ornaments can be placed on the ends of branches to create a draping effect. “Consider grouping ornaments in the same style or mixing different designs to create a draping effect,” Jane adds. Fun contrast.”
“Add texture and fill sparse areas with Christmas tree ribbons, layering different patterns and widths for a textured look. Christmas tree picks and sprays add variety and texture to your tree. Heirloom ornaments and intricate accents elevate the overall look.”
“Complete your tree with a custom topper or custom design that adds personality. Finally, choose a Christmas tree skirt or decorated tree collar that matches your theme, creating the perfect backdrop for your holiday gifts.”
And of course, while trying to make the house look beautiful and festive, always ask yourself: “Is it safe?”
“When decorating, keep practicality and safety in mind. Don’t overload electrical sockets or power panels with lights and various plug-ins. Any extension cords should be safely hidden so the space remains livable. You want to be able to live comfortably in your space So you can enjoy the magic you have created.It should remain a home, not a showroom.
Come on December 1st (or maybe before…!)