Christmas tree decorating ideas: 12 ways to make your tree the most fabulous one yet

Get inspired by these Christmas tree decorating ideas – from Scandi to kitsch there's something to suit all styles...

Christmas tree decorating ideas
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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

Christmas tree decorating ideas: John Lewis christmas tree

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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

Christmas tree decorating ideas: Homesense Christmas 2018

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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

Christmas tree decorating ideas: John Lewis & Partners Belgravia Pre-lit Christmas Tree

(Image credit: John Lewis & Partners)

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.

John Lewis have again have nailed it this year with both their ABC theme and their Party theme – who wouldn't want a glittering balloon dog hanging from their tree?

4. Go all out on colour with rainbow decorations

Christmas tree decorating ideas: John Lewis, Rainbow Bauble Wreath £25, Matt and Shiny Coloured Baubles from £2, Wrap, Tags and Ribbon from £2

Rainbow Bauble Wreath £25; matt and shiny coloured baubles from £2; wrap, tags and ribbon from £2; all John Lewis

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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

Christmas tree decorating ideas: 6 Foot Evergreen Tree £15 Wooden Dinner Candle Holder £7.50 Slim Light Up Ceramic House £15 Light Up Ceramic House £15 Woodland Bunny Objet £7.50 Woodland Fox Objet £7.50 4 Pack Woodland Animal Decorations £15 LED Wooden House £4 6 Pack Copper Swirl Glass Baubles £10 20 Pack Gold Decorative Glass Baubles £19.50 36 Pack Gold Mini Shatterproof Baubles £3 Bronze Bell Star £5 Light Up Star Tree Topper £12 Light Up Woden Star £15 Small Light Up Wooden Star £8, all Marks & Spencer

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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.

This tree has been livened up with lights and light-up stars from Marks & Spencer. But you could surround the bottom of your tree with giant paper baubles too.

6. Go for a minimalist Scandi look 

Christmas tree decorating ideas: Garden trading Christmas dining room

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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

Christmas tree decorating ideas: Three Felt Ladder Mice from Cox & Cox


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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.

Looking for more Christmas ideas for children? Don't miss our gift guides for boys and for girls.

8. Create a dreamy (new) Nordic decorating scheme

Christmas tree decorating ideas: Annie Sloan Christmas

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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 

 Christmas tree decorating ideas: Lights4fun Christmas tree with star lights

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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

Christmas tree decorating ideas: Dobbies Highland Tales Christmas 2018

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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 

Christmas tree decorating ideas: red and blue Christmas tree decorating scheme by Maisons du Monde

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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 

Christmas tree decorating ideas: John Lewis Christmas tree

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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.  

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