It's that time of year again where you take out your faux tree (or pick out your real tree) and all your Christmas tree decorations you've collected over the years. Every year, it's likely the same decorations and you decorate the exact same way. There's nothing wrong with tradition, if you're ready to change things up this holiday season, we're here to guide you on how to choose a new theme, pick out a color palette you love, or simply pick a new layout for all your decorations.
Below, we share our favorite Christmas tree decorating ideas to help inspire you and get you and your family into the Christmas spirit this holiday season.
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Put on the Pink
When choosing a theme for your tree, you don't have to stick to the usual Christmas tree themes. (Think red and green or blue and silver.) Dessert and candy-themed ornaments are the perfect addition to this bubblegum pink tree that's an unconventional way to celebrate the holiday. Plus, it's a fun to get the kids involved in decorating.Continue to 2 of 60 below.
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Add a Faux Greenery Garland
If you have an older artificial tree that's missing a few branches, an easy way to make the tree look more full and festive is to replace traditional garland with faux greenery. It acts as both a garland and gives the tree a more lush look. Adding shiny baubles will give the tree a Christmas glow.Continue to 3 of 60 below.
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Make It an Inspiration Piece
Look around your home for inspiration when decorating your tree. This framed artwork was the inspiration piece for this tree that's decorated in coordinating colorful baubles.Continue to 4 of 60 below.
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Put Down a Picnic Basket Base
Christmas tree collars can be pricey and the right one is hard to find. Instead, look around your home for items that would work. Here, picnic baskets surround the base of the tree to conceal the tree stand and create a faux base. Gingerbread men ornaments on the tree add to the food theme.Continue to 5 of 60 below.
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Style It Tropically
Inspired by a trip to the Dominican Republic, this tree is decorated in tropical elements from the island, from botanicals to dried fruit. Large ribbon garland and ornaments tie in some Christmas spirit.Continue to 6 of 60 below.
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Make It a Focal Point
This Christmas tree is filled with ornaments and lights that bring a cheerful look. A fresh greenery garland perfectly frames the tree to help make it the focal point of the room.Continue to 7 of 60 below.
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A white Christmas tree can really make ornaments and other decorations stand out. The traditional red and green tree decorations add a bold look to this bright living area.Continue to 8 of 60 below.
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Add a Kitchen Tree
The kitchen is the heart of the home; it's where you make memories with family baking Christmas cookies and gather around the table for Christmas dinner. What this kitchen needed was a tree to create a backdrop for Christmas activites. This tree brings warmth from the glow of the lights and helps create a cozy ambiance.Continue to 9 of 60 below.
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Hang Only Baubles
Nothing says Christmas like a traditional tree that's covered in metallic and glittery baubles. The traditional ornaments on the tree bring a cozy Christmas feel to this home.Continue to 10 of 60 below.
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Arrange a Trio of Trees
What's better than one tree? Three! These live fir trees are the perfect trio that bring Christmas cheer without blocking the view and all the natural light coming in from the vast windows.Continue to 11 of 60 below.
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Wrap a Gold Leaf Garland
If you love traditional Christmas design, but need a little touch of glam, a gold leaf garland is just what your tree needs. When paired with red faux berries, traditional baubles and a few playful additions, it combines the best of Christmas into one area.Continue to 12 of 60 below.
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Style a Cottage Christmas Tree
For a minimalistic space or cottage style home, a minimalistic tree is a must. This tree features only a few star ornaments and string lights. The look brings a peaceful feel to the space, which is exactly what's needed for this busy season.Continue to 13 of 60 below.
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Rely on Neutrals
The beauty of this tree is in its simplicity. Black ornaments bring a chic, classy look to the classic gold and white ornaments. A miniature bottlebrush tree forest on the nearby floating shelf carries the color scheme throughout the rest of the space.Continue to 14 of 60 below.
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This mostly-white guest bedroom looks refreshing and welcoming, so it only makes sense that the tree matches. A small flocked tree next to the bed, along with a hanging wreath, helps make guests during the Christmas season feel welcome.Continue to 15 of 60 below.
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Choose Bright, Cheery Decor
A white tree creates a great backdrop for you to use your creativity when it comes to decorating. This tree features bright pops of lime green, pink, orange and peach for a playful look. The rattan star tree topper and DIY tree collar allow the tree itself to shine.Continue to 16 of 60 below.
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Play With Size and Texture
This Scandinavian-style living room gets a sparkling look during Christmas with shiny large ornaments in silver, white and gold. The combination of frosted glass ornaments with the sequins gold ones brings texture to the tree.Continue to 17 of 60 below.
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Try a Nature Theme
This nature-inspired tree, from the antler tree topper to the tree-shaped ornaments, brings a farmhouse look to this home. The metal hammered tree collar brings some shine, as well as the the warm glow of the string lights.Continue to 18 of 60 below.
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All Jewel Tones
The jewel-toned ornaments add a playful yet stunning look to this tree. Stockings in matching colors pull the whole Christmas look together.Continue to 19 of 60 below.
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Match the Room's Decor
Even the smallest of corners can include Christmas cheer. A small pencil Christmas tree fits perfectly in this fireplace nook. The same color scheme and textures on the tree are carried through to the fireplace mantel decor.Continue to 20 of 60 below.
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Typically, Scandanavian Christmas trees are decorated in red and white ornaments and decor. This tree is adorned in red and white ornaments, and surrounded by other Nordic decor like throw pillows you can keep out all season long.Continue to 21 of 60 below.
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Show Off Your Collectibles
This tree looks simple but it displays something meaningful through collectible ornaments that each have a special meaning to the family. Having a tree with collected ornaments will make decorating for the season fun for the whole family.Continue to 22 of 60 below.
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Include a Various Textures
The different shapes of the ornaments, from round to star-shaped, adds texture and interest to the neutral-toned tree. A chunky wood garland balances out the glowing string lights.Continue to 23 of 60 below.
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Hang All Your Favorite Things
The Christmas tree can be a fun way to display some of your favorite items, not just ornaments. You don't need any rules when it comes to decorating — your tree should be something that brings joy and festivity during the holiday season.Continue to 24 of 60 below.
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Add Asymmetrical Beauty
This traditional tree is decorated with collected ornaments and traditional string lights. To add an unexpected, stylish look, fresh greenery garland hangs from the adjacent mantel in an asymmetrical pattern.Continue to 25 of 60 below.
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Go For a Global-Inspired Tree
Your Christmas tree decorations are a chance to display your favorite things, including souvenirs from past travels. This global-inspired tree features ornaments and memorabilia from trips that will have you going down memory lane with family during the holiday season.Continue to 26 of 60 below.
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Use Party Decorations
Remember all that party decor you've been keeping in storage? A Christmas tree is a great way to give that decor new life. This flocked tree is adorned in paper lanterns and flowers from celebrations from earlier in the year, and a matching garland adds extra color and cheer.Continue to 27 of 60 below.
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Put Up Personal Trees
Christmas trees aren't just for common areas. If you cant get enough of Christmas cheer, add a tree to every room. This tree may be small in size, but brings a great amount of joy to overnight guests.Continue to 28 of 60 below.
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Feature Wood Elements
When you think of Christmas tree decorations, you may picture sparkling ornaments and decor, but for a more subtle look that still wows, decorate with natural wood elements paired with a few ornaments in the same color family.Continue to 29 of 60 below.
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Upgrade Potted Plants
Christmas is an opportunity to turn everyday decor and houseplants into Christmas decor. This potted evergreen gets a festive upgrade with bulb lighting and a red planter.Continue to 30 of 60 below.
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Embrace a Muted Color Palette
The Christmas decorations in this living area frame the stone fireplace, making it the focal point of the room. This tree is subtle in design with ornaments in a muted color palette. The asymmetrical fresh greenery garland on the mantel draws the eye to the fireplace.Continue to 31 of 60 below.
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Repeat the Room's Decor
You can still add Christmas decor without compromising on your personal design style. This tree blends seamlessly with the rest of the room's design, with the white ornaments that match the tassels on the pillow and a blanket ladder that acts as a stocking hanger.Continue to 32 of 60 below.
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Go for the Gold
If you're trying to bring a festive look to an unused corner of a room, it's a good opportunity to go big. This Christmas tree is all glam, from the gold ornaments to the glowing lights and the starburst tree topper.Continue to 33 of 60 below.
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Black and White Design
If your aesthetic is neutral colors, you can still add a cozy Christmas look to your home. This living space features black and white design, from the rug to the stockings. (Hey, green and red aren't the only Christmas color schemes out there!) The ornaments, wrapped gifts and bottle brush trees on the windowshill keep with the neutral color scheme while enhancing the coziness of the room.Continue to 34 of 60 below.
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Add It to a Vignette
A small flocked tree, with a woven basket tree collar, matches the bottle brush Christmas tree trio on this vignette. The flocked tree brings a cool, cozy look to the nook.Continue to 35 of 60 below.
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Look to Beneath the Tree
If you love the look of a bare tree, you can still jazz up the tree in other ways. This tree is spruced up with a a couple miniature disco balls and a wooden nutcracker.Continue to 36 of 60 below.
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Add an Oversized Tree Topper
This real tree features a simple garland and ornaments for a minimalistic look. The real star of the show is an oversized kraft paper tree topper in the shape of an intricate snowflake that stays true to minimalist design while adding a wow factor.Continue to 37 of 60 below.
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Stick With Elegant Decorations
If you're going for an elegant color palette for a tree, try more nontraditional colors like deep blues, bright whties and metallic gold. To keep things simple, add in a few natural wood ornaments. This look is classic yet unique and is a design style that you'll love for many Christmases to come.Continue to 38 of 60 below.
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Hang White Berries
Faux white berries stand out against this green Christmas tree. Oversized blue monogram ornaments soften the contrasting design.Continue to 39 of 60 below.
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All-white Christmas tree ornaments and decor is reminiscent of snowy winter evenings. If you live in a cold climate, decorating this way is a great way to bring the outdoors in (without the actual cold snow, of course).Continue to 40 of 60 below.
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Mix Snowflakes and Poinsettias
Oversized poinsettias and snowflakes are tucked neatly into this red-and-white decorated Christmas tree. A buffalo check blanket and ice skates add to the wintery theme.Continue to 41 of 60 below.
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Let the Scent Shine
Picture waking up every morning to the fresh scent of a real Christmas tree. This bedroom tree doesn't need all the bells and whistles to add style and a refreshing look to this relaxing bedroom. Fresh garland around a round mirror completes the look.Continue to 42 of 60 below.
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Pencil Christmas trees aren't just for small spaces — they're a great option if you don't want to block the view from your windows. Red plaid window treatments flank this tree and bring a warm, cozy feel to the room.Continue to 43 of 60 below.
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You don't typically think of decorating in pastel hues during Christmas, but it can add a sweet, peaceful look. This pastel tree is decorated with a sweets theme, from lollipop ornaments to a colorful gingerbread house ornament. The bubblegum pink ribbon garland and lavendar ornaments are a playful final touch.Continue to 44 of 60 below.
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Use Contrasting Elements
This living space features cozy patterns and textures elements, from the sweater sofa pillows to the green and blue plaid window treatments. The Christmas tree decorations incorporate the same color palette as the rest of the room but with a delicate touch, from the white florals to the satin curled ribbons.Continue to 45 of 60 below.
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Decorate Small Spaces
Don't forget to decorate your foyer to help make guests feel the Christmas cheer as soon as they walk in the door. This potted evergreen decorated with bulb lights and snowflake decor on the stair banister are festive ways to welcome guests during the holiday season.Continue to 46 of 60 below.
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Hang Christmas Greetings
An all-white Christmas tree can look just as elegant as a real tree. This one is adorned with faux florals, gold ornamnts and fabric pennants with gold Christmas greetings.Continue to 47 of 60 below.
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Keep It Simple
Sometimes simple is better. These Charlie Brown-inspired trees are decorated with minimal gold ornaments that can be kept up all season long.Continue to 48 of 60 below.
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Try a Travel Theme
This tree features a variety of textures, from the wood ornaments to the velvet tied ribbons. The collected ornaments are memories from places traveled. The compass illustration and wrapped gifts tie into the travel theme.Continue to 49 of 60 below.
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Create a Gingerbread House Tree
A Christmas tree is a way to display your favorite things about the season. If making gingerbread houses is one of your favorite Christmas pastimes, add the look to your tree through ornaments and color schemes. These large gingerbread house ornaments look adorable next to the Christmas village displayed fireplace mantel.Continue to 50 of 60 below.
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Mix Traditional and Modern
This modern space is given a traditional makeover for the holiday season, from the traditional tree to the dried orange garland and sweater stockings. A few playful ornaments on the tree make it enjoyable for both adults and kids.Continue to 51 of 60 below.
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Sticking to one color scheme like these glittering light blue ornaments and bead garland will help your tree sparkle in any style home. To add more interest, choose ornaments and decor within the same color family but in varying shades and textures.Continue to 52 of 60 below.
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Make It Fit Your Space
Instead of moving furniture around to make space for a Christmas tree, choose a tree that already fits your space. This small apartment kitchen nook features a pencil Christmas tree that fits perfectly by the window. Decorations are kept minimal so the space still feels like its own but with a touch of Christmas cheer.Continue to 53 of 60 below.
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Try an Unexpected Color Palette
Forgo the traditional red and green and incorporate a more wintery color palette this year. The deep greens, browns and creams throughout this space bring a subtle yet cozy feel to this guest bedroom. The tree features all the colors in the palette that look stunning against the evergreen tree branches.Continue to 54 of 60 below.
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Go for Picture-Perfection
This tree features baubles, string lights, and ribbon that create the perfect combination of Christmas joy. The wicker tree collar looks stunning when paired with the sage colored window treatments and artwork in the adjoining room, tying the two spaces together.Continue to 55 of 60 below.
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Create a Candy Cane-Inspired Tree
The red-and-white decorations on this tree are reminiscent of everyone's favorite holiday candy — the candy cane. A cute sign on the tree and large red bows on the handrail bring more Christmas joy.Continue to 56 of 60 below.
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Embrace Rustic Patterns
A simple way to add a rustic, cozy feel during Christmas is through traditional Christmas patterns and textures. The plaid sofa pillows and throw blanket paired with the bright red decorations on the tree are an on-trend way to bring a classic Christmas look to your living room.Continue to 57 of 60 below.
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This neutral living room gets a touch of color during the Christmas season with a few red ornaments that pop against the otherwise gold-decorated tree. The look is elegant and festive.Continue to 58 of 60 below.
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Add a Fireplace Tree
Placing a small flocked tree in a storage basket is an easy way to turn your everyday decor into Christmas decorations. Candles and wood accents create an inviting fireplace that will encourage you and your family to enjoy a hot cup of cocoa on chilly winter nights.Continue to 59 of 60 below.
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Choose Cotton-Candy Colors
If you want a tree that's as bold and colorful as you are, this is the tree design for you. The large glittering blue ornaments provide a beautiful contrast with the bright pink and gingham green ribbon garland. The ribbon garland adds a playful touch that will catch anyone's eye.Continue to 60 of 60 below.
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Go for Grand
You can incorporate this same ribbon design into a traditional tree, too. The rich red ribbon garland makes a grand statement in this home's foyer. The garland is seen throughout the entire home, from the stair rail to the kitchen island.