Want a gorgeous Christmas tree that's a bit different? This year's Christmas tree decorating ideas, from Scandi understatement to bolder new Nordic 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 favourites.
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.
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 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.
George Home have nailed it this year with their Santa's Vacation collection. which is guaranteed to bring smiles to everyone's faces.
We have lots more kitsch Christmas decorations for you to browse
4. Go all out on colour with rainbow decorations
So while we might encourage you to pick a co-ordinated colour scheme for an elegant tree, there are no actual rules that dictate that 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 – 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 with candle lights
Prefer a Scandi decorating scheme? Do it a bit differently this time, with festive candle-shaped lights rather than baubles.
The LED Connectable Christmas Tree Candle Lights are available from Lights4fun.
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 mixture of white, silver, and blue/green and you're there.
This Scandi tree decorating scheme uses Nordic Lights baubles by Dunelm.
Can't get enough of Scandi? We have more Scandi Christmas decorating ideas.
9. Inky shades are sooo Christmas 2018
We're blaming all those lovely Instagram ladies and their gorgeous dark room schemes... If you want to keep it cool (see what we did there?) with a tree decorating scheme in shades of dark blue, look for baubles in a variety of shapes for added interest. We love the Aurora Collection from Wyevale Garden Centres.
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.
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12. Go for two slim trees instead of one large tree
A different way of adding interest to your Christmas decorating scheme is by having two trees instead of one; go for two slim trees and decorate them slightly differently, though keeping the colour scheme similar.
This almost (but not quite) symmetrical Christmas decorating scheme has been created using decorations from Melody Maison.