Collect ornaments on vacations, during major life events and when you or your children participate in hobbies and sports. Each Christmas you'll be reminded of your family's adventures and favorite memories.
Bring Out the Color
Even if you don't embrace color in your everyday decorating, Christmas is the one time a year you can go overboard with color. Look for ornaments in bold blues, greens and reds and pair them with metallics, like silver and gold.
Choose a favorite animal as your Christmas tree theme. For this tree design, snowy owls are hidden among the flocked branches. Metallic green flowers, winter berries and a mixture of clear, green and red ornaments fill out the rest of the tree.
Visit your local craft store for an array of silk flowers, like garden roses, hydrangeas and magnolias. Scatter the flowers throughout the branches and then top the tree with richly textured ribbon and a few well-placed ornaments for a high-end designer look.
Deck out your tree in America's hues: red, white and blue. In 2008, the White House's East Room featured this beautiful evergreen full of glass ornaments in the nation's favorite colors.
Handcraft your own ornaments. This tree features pretty, yet simple, ornaments from old paperback books and sheet music. Hand-dyed ribbon and vintage ornaments tie in to the rustic quality of the handmade decorations.
Celebrate the winter season with a nature-inspired Christmas tree. Mix in a variety of pinecones, leaves and birds throughout the branches, as well as a few metallic elements to add interest and sparkle.
Classic Meets Mod
Mix trendy with the traditional. Classic red and gold ribbons and elegant flowers contrast well with feathers and contemporary large Christmas lights.
Take a cue from the sky and dress your tree with elements like the sun, moon and stars in shades of gold. Bring in bold pops of color, like purple and green, to add interest.
Match Your Decor
Whether your home is traditional, contemporary or shabby chic, find a tree and ornaments that fit into your design. This white Christmas tree was dressed with handmade and vintage ornaments to complement a shabby chic living room.
Glass ball ornaments add a designer touch to any tree and work whether you want a classic or contemporary tree. 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.
Love movie star glamour? Hollywood's favorite golden man, Oscar, fits right into this traditional red and gold color scheme.
Sounds of the Season
Dress the tree with jingle bells. Mix in silver ornaments and winterberries for a classic Christmas tree theme.
For a traditional Christmas theme, decorate a flocked tree with bright red ornaments. Pull an eclectic mix of ornaments together by selecting them in the same color.
Make an Individual Statement
Put your passion on display. Love gardening? Gather mini water cans, birds and flowers to decorate your tree, then top with a straw gardening hat.