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Christmas Trees Deserve to be Decked Out

 

You can deck the halls and your Christmas in style

Christmas trees are those tricky things that go up over Thanksgiving and are in full view for a month or so, often through the New Year. Then, there's all the trouble of taking them down. Whether you choose a fresh one each year or pull out an old favorite fake, there are plenty of fresh ideas for decorating it in style.

There are three keys to beautiful tree decorating: uniformity, texture, and layering. Building your decorations from the inside out will add depth with absolutely beautiful results. The mish-mash of family collections are still popular, but many tree-lovers are updating to new looks that included themes or monochromatics. In fact, for a truly pulled-together tree, one shade is terrific and, certainly, no more than two.

The basics first: larger ornaments go on the lower half of the tree and smaller ones toward the top. Start with lights, then the ornaments, then the bows and ribbons. If the tree is live, water it.

When you're ready to actually light up the tree, forget the old spiraling, circular rotation. Go up and down instead. Next, be sure to tuck those lights inward and closer to the trunk. This gives an incredible depth to Christmas trees. You can use a mix of sparklies and twinklers in varying sizes, but keep the color scheme simple and focused. Save the multi-colored strings for another year - and perhaps a wildly festive tree.

You can always have a range of ornament styles as long as they all similar in color or at the very least complement each other. Burgundy and silver or gold always work well together, as does blue and silver. Purple and gold may end up looking more like a high school football team, but purple and shiny bright green can be dazzling.

Just as in decorating a room and choosing fabrics, texture is all-important. Wire ribbons add a wonderful gauzy effect that blends well with shiny objects. Choose a blend of solid velvety bows mixed with tartan styling. Duller fabrics and ornaments also can be paired with shinies of any sort. Again, same colors are magnificent and two-shade trees are a magical wonder.

Don't forget the tree skirt. It should also complement. In fact, that's a great project to keep in mind for cold, winter months. You and the kids can create a masterpiece with glue and fabrics that will add just the right personal touch to a family tree.

If you're not quite prepared to overhaul your Christmas tree this year, be sure to check the post-holiday sales for deeply discounted decorating merchandise. Plan now for next year, and you'll have a guaranteed stunning display.

 

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