15 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

During the holiday season, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of your home. Trim your tree with these inspirational decorating ideas.

  • Shiny Baubles

    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. Design by Rate My Spacer tammywall.

  • DIY Ornaments

    Handcraft your own ornaments. RMSer greeneyedmom makes pretty, yet simple, ornaments from old paperback books and sheet music. Hand-dyed ribbon and vintage ornaments tie in to the rustic quality of her handmade decorations. Design by RMSer greeneyedmom.

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    Blooming Design

    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. Design by RMSer Leanne Michael Interiors.

  • Perfectly Natural

    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. Design by RMSer Manzardo.

  • Sounds of the Season

    Dress the tree with jingle bells. Mix in silver ornaments and winterberries for a classic Christmas tree theme. Design by RMSer BrittSpano.

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    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. Design by RMSer Leanne Michael Interiors.

  • Creature Comfort

    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. Design by RMSer Barbara Ann.

  • Truly Patriotic

    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.

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    Match Your Decor

    Whether your home is traditional, contemporary or shabby chic, find a tree and ornaments that fit into your design. RMSer rosevinecottage dresses a white Christmas tree with handmade and vintage ornaments to complement her shabby chic living room.

  • Make an Individual Statement

    Put your passion on display. Love gardening? Gather mini water cans, birds and flowers to decorate your tree, and then top with a straw gardening hat. Design by RMSer My passion.

  • Go Hollywood

    Love movie star glamour? Hollywood's favorite golden man, Oscar, fits right into RMSer jaginator's traditional red and gold color scheme.

  • Classic Scheme

    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. Design by RMSer cakeladygr.

  • Remember When. . .

    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. Design by RMSer Design Dazzle.

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    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. Design by RMSer Leanne Michael Interiors.

  • Celestial Inspiration

    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. Design by RMSer hampersnow.

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