A Rainbow of Colorful Christmas Trees So Much Better Than the Real Thing

Bored with the traditional green Christmas tree? Embrace the rainbow with these colorful artificial alternatives.

My HGTV colleagues have elegant, classy tastes when it comes to Christmas decor. I, on the other hand, like the tackiest, most colorful displays possible to match my unrestrained love for the holiday. That includes Christmas trees: we display a real tree each year trimmed with colored lights and mismatched ornaments as well as a fake tree that's bright, bubble gum pink.

Ready to unleash the rainbow on your own Christmas decor? Here are some tips on how to incorporate colorful Christmas trees into your own home.

Shades of the Season

Celebrate Christmas in Shades of Pink

Celebrate Christmas in Shades of Pink

Cheryl Burke, dance coach extraordinaire on Dancing With the Stars, takes her sense of glamor to new heights with a collection of pink Christmas trees that adorned her home over the holidays. The look is a little bit retro, a little bit sweet, and so very Cheryl.

To introduce color without overwhelming, pick a palette of three colors to use in all your decor and stick with it. Designer Emily Henderson selected pink, white and red when decking out dancer Cheryl Burke's home. The white tree and bulbs soften the boldness of the pink while the red ties offers the palette a hit of tradition. 

Silver and Gold

Photo by: Tree Design: Jen Perkins, left; Jamie Herzlinger, right

Tree Design: Jen Perkins, left; Jamie Herzlinger, right

Burl Ives sings of seeing silver and gold on every Christmas tree, but why not make your actual Christmas tree either silver or gold? Metallics are a perfect vehicle for whatever your taste in trimmings is. You can stick to elegant, traditional ornaments for a timeless look or go full-on retro, taking the style back to its original midcentury days of popularity.


Tiki Barber's Festive Red Christmas Trees and Fireplace Mantel

Tiki Barber's Festive Red Christmas Trees and Fireplace Mantel

HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes designer Robin Baron transforms the home of ex-NFL star and CBS sports radio host Tiki Barber into a holiday wonderland, featuring two red Christmas trees flanking the fireplace with a boxwood panel over the TV with wreath of red glitter roses.

Photo by: Anders Krusberg; 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Anders Krusberg; 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Sometimes it only takes using traditional colors in unexpected ways to create a bold effect in design. Designer Robin Baron flipped a green-and-red palette on its head when she brought in a pair of red trees to former NFL star Tiki Barber's home, trimmed them with red ornaments and topped them with big red feathers.

O Trendy Tree

Photo by: Tree Design: Tobi Fairley, left; Ghislaine Vinas Interiors, right

Tree Design: Tobi Fairley, left; Ghislaine Vinas Interiors, right

Were you a fan of Pantone's 2016 color(s) of the year selections, Rose Quartz and Serenity? Forget all Christmas color convention and embrace what's current instead. Look to the runway, magazines, the silver screen and color forecasting reports for fresh inspiration on how to create the tree that none of your friends or neighbors can top.

Embrace the Rainbow

Photo by: BlairBunting/Getty Images

BlairBunting/Getty Images

When you opt for a brightly colored tree, sometimes it's best to adorn it with simple white lights as designer Jamie Herzlinger did for this colorful tree display in former NFL star Kurt Warner's home. Ornaments and trimmings can introduce enough extra details to make the look feel like overkill, and a boldly colored tree can easily stand on its own without feeling bare.

Winter White

Photo by: Tree Design: Brian Patrick Flynn, left; Hannah Flora Villio, center; Laurie March, right

Tree Design: Brian Patrick Flynn, left; Hannah Flora Villio, center; Laurie March, right

Just as it is for everyday design, white is one of the most versatle color choices you can make for Christmas decor. A white tree is somewhat unexpected by virtue of not being green, and a white tree creates a clean backdrop for any kind or color of decor you want. You can keep the tree feeling somewhat traditional with red and green trimmings or you can follow the leads of Brian Patrick Flynn, Hannah Flora Villio and Laurie March and choose colors like purple, pink, blue and neon green for something completely different.

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Chalkboard Tree

Kids will love seeing their handmade ornaments and decorations used at Christmas. This colorful yarn garland is fun and simple to make for kids of all ages. String it across a flat, graphic chalkboard tree for extra wow factor. Get the how-to.

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Wooden Card Display

Showcase holiday cards and wrapped presents with this easy-to-make alternative version made from plywood. Get the how-to.

Garden Tool Tree

Instead of letting your garden tools gather dust this winter, use them for decoration. Hang your garden tools in the shape of a Christmas tree and add ornaments and garlands for a festive touch.

Bookshelf Beauty

How clever is this idea? Gather bright, monochromatic glassware and position in a bookshelf to resemble the outline of a Christmas tree. Add silvery orbs and bulbs to complete the effect.

Modern and Wall-Mounted

Bring the look and feel of a Christmas tree to a small space by creating a wall-mounted version using MDF trim and fabric. Get the how-to.

Doily Christmas Trees

Create lacy winter trees with paper doilies, hot glue and a few sturdy twigs or skewers. Cut a wedge out of a round doily and bring the cut edges together to form a cone. The size of your wedge will determine how narrow the cone is. Glue the cone together and slide onto the stick. Glue into place. Add more cones in decreasing sizes to create a layered tree.

Plank You Very Much

Add some farmhouse charm to your front yard this holiday season with a rustic, wooden Christmas tree. Get the how-to.

Nailed It

These nailhead trim trees are fun in the daytime but look breathtaking when silhouetted at night. Get the how-to.

Rustic Wood

This rustic wood model is cute and quirky, like a modern Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Succulent Stunner

Who says evergreens should have all the fun? Carefully-arranged succulents look wild in the shape of a Christmas tree. And if you live in a temperate climate, this tree would be especially appropriate.

Beachy Keen

Celebrate Christmas with some coastal flair, as featured in the home of comedy queen Lisa Lampanelli. This driftwood beauty is both creative and classy.

Pallet Cleanser

Reclaimed wood from pallets makes a clean statement in this alternative tree. The punchy color and bird silhouettes make it modern. Get the how-to.

Of a Feather

This gorgeous peacock-feathered tree, as seen in rocker Dee Snyder's home, looks plush and dramatic. The jewel tones are seasonable without being obvious.

Coffee, Please

Dip coffee filters in fabric dye for a trendy ombre effect, then stack them to create a quick-and-easy tabletop Christmas tree. Get the how-to.

Put a Cork in It

Put a holiday spin on wine corks with a tabletop Christmas tree structure. Secure corks directly to floral foam cones using a hot glue gun and display all season long.

Making Music

This sheet music Christmas tree display stands out against a delicate tree branch wreath backdrop. Get the how-to.

Stunning and Statuesque

Add a touch of modernity to holiday decor with a minimalist backlit plywood Christmas tree that's perfect for indoor or outdoor use. Get the how-to.

Smartly Repurposed

An assortment of hardcover books are stacked in the shape of a miniature Christmas tree and decorated with old-fashioned string lights in Vice President Joe Biden's library during the holidays.

Photo By: Ken Cedeno ©HGTV/Scripps Networks

Twinkling Twine

This fun Christmas tree is made with nothing but garden twine and regular white glue. Cover a styrofoam cone with plastic wrap to create a mold for your tree. Dip lengths of twine into white glue and wrap them around the cone, making sure the twine overlaps to strengthen the final tree. Let the glue dry completely, and gently pull out the mold. Decorate your finished tree with bright red berries for a festive touch.

By the Sea

Try a new twist on traditional holiday topiaries by covering cone-shaped foam forms with shells in assorted colors and sizes. Attach them with hot glue, starting at the bottom and working your way up.

All Natural

Create a fun and modern Christmas tree arrangement with a few small natural objects combined with some bright colors. Glue pebbles, acorns, pinecones, twigs or other natural elements onto a styrofoam cone base. Once the cone is completely covered, use a heavy coat of acrylic paint to color your Christmas tree.

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