How to decorate a Christmas tree

It’s not properly Christmas until the tree is fully decorated, so getting the baubles and lights ready is always one of the most exciting times of the year. With the whole family joining in, it’s the perfect way to set the scene for the magic ahead. Want to make sure your tree is the star of the show? We’ve enlisted interior design expert Julia Kendell to share some of her favourite ideas for dazzling Christmas tree decor.

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Here’s how Julia Kendell decorates her tree

 

How to decorate a Christmas tree

  1. Add plenty of Christmas lights
  2. Mix up the decoration colours
  3. Decide how many decorations you need
  4. Put your decorations on the tree

Materials: Artificial Christmas tree, fairy lights, red baubles, white ornaments, natural timber ornaments.

1. Add plenty of Christmas lights

There’s no better way to bring your Christmas tree to life than with the festive shimmer of twinkling lights. The general rule of thumb is 100 lights per foot of tree vertically, but if you’re going full showstopper – up to 200 lights is fine.

Start from the base, weaving the lights in and out to make sure it’s illuminated all the way from the bottom to the top. And remember, if your tree’s going in a corner, there’s no need to wrap the lights all the way round – it’s a waste!

2. Mix up the decoration colours

We’d all love to replace our Christmas tree ornaments every year, but with a few simple tweaks, there’s no need! It’s possible to achieve a whole new look for your tree just by mixing up the colours. Have you got traditional red, gold and green decorations? Create a brand-new Scandinavian style by swapping out the gold and green for white tone and natural tone ornaments.

3. Decide how many decorations you need

For the best effect, you’re looking at around 100 decorations for a four-foot tree and 150 decorations for a six-foot tree, with a little wiggle room depending on decoration size and how full you want your tree to look.

4. Put your decorations on the tree

Ready to start? Space your decorations out evenly, with smaller ones towards the top. If you’ve got any less special or “filler” ornaments, try putting them deeper in to add depth, with the nicest decorations at the front. Any a little fragile? It might be worth wiring them to the tree, especially if there are pets or little ones about.

 

Now that you’re an expert in tree decoration, why not discover even more festive inspiration in our Christmas hub? It’s got everything you need to add a touch of seasonal sparkle throughout your home.


How many lights do I need for my christmas tree?

Deciding how many lights your Christmas tree needs can be extremely difficult. Too little and it looks sad and sparse. Too many, and it looks over-busy.

Thankfully, we’ve done the hard work for you. Just follow our simple guide to get just the right amount of lights, every time.

 

Recommended lights by tree height matrix

 

Worked out how many lights you need? Now you just need to pick the right quantity and colour to get started.

Number of lights

100 300 500 800 1000 2000 3000
Bright White
Warm White
Multicoloured X X
Pastel X X X X X X
Pink X X X X X X
Blue X X X X X X

 

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