Looking for gorgeous Christmas tree decorating ideas that will make this your best tree EVER? Well you are in the right place because this year's Christmas trends, from understated Scandi to rainbow shades and kitsch craziness, are the best we've seen in all our years of trawling the Christmas shows (yes, they're a thing, and they happen in the heat of July, by the way).
Here, we bring you just some of our very favourite ideas to inspire you to decorate your tree and (more importantly) to get you into the Christmas spirit.
1. Go for a cool-toned decs to match a frosted tree
Cool-toned Christmas tree decorating schemes are bang on trend this season and look particularly stunning with an all-over frosted artificial tree. If your living room decor is on the cool side, even better.
This festive decorating scheme has been created with the John Lewis & Partners St. Petersburg Unlit Christmas Tree and a selection of gorgeous decorations from their Snowscape Christmas trend range.
Find more fab quality, convincing artificial Christmas trees in our buyer's guide.
2. Create contrast in a dark room with gold tree decs
Love a dark, moody interior? Choosing gold baubles for your tree rather than co-ordinating dark-toned ones will make the room feel still more opulent – and, of course, they look amazing against the emerald green of a Christmas tree. Festive living room by Homesense.
Be inspired by these dark, moody decorating schemes to transform your home.
3. Have fun with kitsch Christmas decorations
Kitsch is this season's biggest alternative Christmas tree decorating trend, so why not swap traditional baubles for something a bit more colourful and light-hearted? The kids will love them, too.
4. Go all out on colour with rainbow decorations
While we may encourage you to pick a co-ordinated colour scheme for an elegant tree, there are no hard and fast rules that state you have to do what we say. In fact, you can go to town, because the rainbow look for Christmas trees is a big trend this year.
We love this rainbow decorating scheme by John Lewis & Partners – very colourful, but still smart.
5. Add interest to the bottom of the tree
Keep the bottom of your tree from looking bare (that is, before all the presents are there) by decorating it with string lights and ornaments.
6. Go for a minimalist Scandi look
Prefer a Scandi decorating scheme? The key is just to keep it simple, pick out a few decorations, stick to a colour scheme and just let the greenery be the focus.
Garden Trading have some gorgeous Scandi-approved Christmas decorations this year, so go and have a browse over there if you want to copy this look.
Find more Scandi Christmas decorating ideas in our guide.
7. Tell a story with your Christmas tree decorating
Add a cheeky, fairy-tale element to your Christmas tree decorating scheme with animal-shaped decorations. We love the very sweet Three Felt Ladder Mice from Cox & Cox.
8. Create a dreamy (new) Nordic decorating scheme
The Scandi trend for Christmas decorating is in full swing; want yours to be the very latest in Scandi style? Go new Nordic (yup, it's a new twist – still Scandi, but darker). Decorate your tree sparingly with a single colour for a really striking look.
Can't get enough of Scandi? We have more Scandi Christmas decorating ideas.
9. Let the lights do the talking
How about leaving the baubles in the loft this year and just go to town on the lights when it comes it's decorating your Christmas tree?
We love how these Lighs4fun stars look haphazardly throw over this tree. They have a really discreet battery pack that you can just tuck in among the foliage.
10. You can't go wrong with tartan tree decs
If you're after a traditional, cosy tree decorating scheme, take inspiration from the Highland Tales Christmas collection by Dobbies, complete with deer-shaped and tartan tree decs.
And if you're feeling crafty, you could even make your own – got an old checked shirt that's doing nothing? Get your needle and thread ready.
11. Mix red and blue for a contemporary twist
Want an instant update on the classic red Christmas tree decorating scheme? Mix up your traditional red baubles with cool blue-hued ones, and your tree will instantly look that little bit more exciting.
This Christmas tree has been decorated with a mixture of blue and red Christmas baubles from Maisons du Monde.
Check out more contemporary Christmas tree decorations.
12. Or just go for a classic red theme
You can't really go wrong with a classic red theme can you? It's lovely and warming and just so darn festive! John Lewis have really embraced the traditional this year with their aptly named Traditions theme, so if you love this look, go and treat yourself to a few bits from that collection.
If you are after more traditional Christmas decorating ideas, we have rounded up a load in our guide, so head over there next.