‘Tis the season to be jolly and fill your home with all things festive. Garlands and snowflakes and cute little Santa cookie jars are all being purchased, crafted, or dragged out of storage where they’ve slept peacefully all year. Sometimes we feel sentimental, and we reuse the same decorations Christmas after Christmas. And then there are the years where we just want to try something fresh and new.
When it comes time to deck the halls, it can be fun to take a look at what new (and classic!) ideas are out there to help get your creative juices flowing. And as you plan holiday decor for the season, what better place to start than the star of the show? We want to help, so today we’ve rounded up some of the best ideas out there to help you find your perfect Christmas tree style for 2019.
Bring some nostalgia into your home with a vintage-styled tree
When you think of vintage holiday decor, maybe the 1940’s comes to mind. It conjures up sweet images of little families gathered around their shining Christmas tree. And you can almost hear Glenn Miller playing on the radio. Vintage can be a very broad category, but you know it when you see it.
For the purpose of this article, we’ll stick with that classic American Hallmark style. If this is the look you are going for this year, getting a balsam fir would be a great choice. They tend to have that woodsy, homegrown look, and they smell incredible.
Deciding to go with a vintage style for your tree still gives you quite a bit of room to personalize it. If you want your tree to look like it’s straight out of a Coca Cola ad from 1945, then you might want to go with some old fashioned tinsel and vintage glass ornaments.
If you want to go with something less authentic, but still give a vintage vibe, you could always hit up your local antique store for materials to make your own ornaments from. Or you could even DIY your own Old World Santa ornaments.
Stick with a traditional style for timeless elegance
If you love that traditional Christmas tree look, take a note from Biltmore’s playbook and go with a Fraser fir. The Fraser fir is a sturdy tree, making it great for heavy decorating. Red, gold and silver ornaments would give your tree a timeless feel, and keep it elevated and classic.
Try adding ribbon cascades if you’re feeling extra fancy, or even loop the ribbon in the branches. This gives the tree a bit of a high-end designer feel that will make friends and family take a second look.
Keep it calm with a light coastal style
This is certainly a less traditional look, and yet it has so much appeal. Elegant and calming, it’s great if you live anywhere near the ocean. Using a flocked tree is definitely your best bet for accomplishing this vibe, since the white airiness plays a big part in the look. You could flock your own tree if you’re in the mood. You can also buy a pre-flocked faux tree, which might be nice if you’re planning on going with the same look next year.
For this style, try using a seagrass basket around the base of the tree. Light-colored ornaments, such as white and gold, will help contribute to that consistent, bright coastal look. And of course, be sure to add natural, ocean-themed ornaments like starfish and sand dollars.
Throw back to the good ol’ days with a retro tree
Who doesn’t love a funky, colorful retro tree? Okay, so this style might not be for everyone, but it sure is fun! Starting with a white or bright pink faux tree will lay a solid foundation for this look. You can also start with a natural tree and use brightly colored ornaments for a more subtle take on the retro Christmas tree.
For this look, remember to keep it bright and happy. Go for lots of hot pink and lime green and other colors. They are crucial to getting the vibe you want.
Give a nod to Chip and Joanna with a farmhouse style
The farmhouse style would work well with almost any kind of tree. We particularly like the ones that look a bit more homegrow. Like maybe you went out in your back field and chopped it down yourself. In that case, a Fraser or balsam would work well.
There are so many different ways you could accomplish this style, so we’ll just throw out a few ideas. Look for things that seem like they came straight off the farm and have a well-worn, put-to-work kind of feel to them. A galvanized pot around the base of the tree would give instant farmhouse vibes. Plaid or burlap ribbon (or both!), with snowy pinecone ornaments and some paper snowflakes, could all come together to make a great farmhouse Christmas tree. Maybe even throw in a popcorn or cranberry garland for that extra farmhouse kitchen touch.
Make a statement with a minimalist Christmas tree
And last but certainly not least, is the tree for the ultimate minimalist. While some of us are throwing as many glass balls and blinking lights as we can at our tree, some people have realized that the tree itself deserves to be admired on its own.
There is still so much variety among these trees. A minimalist tree can be completely bare, with only a basket or box or something else for the base. It can be flocked, or it can just be strung with lights to make it glow. It can have nothing but some felt woodland animals in its branches, or a star on top. Really, for a tree like this, the options seem endless. Just keep it super simple, one or two things at the most, and you’ll have your minimalist tree.
Bring on the holidays
And now that your tree is up, your holiday season can officially begin! Your tree may be the centerpiece in your holiday home. But with all the hosting you’ll probably be doing, you’ll want the rest of your house looking equally festive. To jumpstart the process, take a look at our helpful ideas for decorating small spaces for the holidays.