Whether it’s the 279-foot floating Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro, the decadent tree at 30 Rockefeller Plaza cast with 45,000 individual lights, or the tree you and your family placed in your living room this year, there’s something so magical and nostalgic about putting up and lighting the tree for the holidays.
While you can’t buy a Christmas tree from Kathy Kuo Home (we prefer real to artificial anyway), we can help you incorporate your tree into the holiday style you wish to create in your home. Every year there are so many stunning holiday palettes and looks to choose from that we thought it’d be useful to narrow them down into five stylish looks we believe in. Today we’re sharing our five favorite Christmas tree decoration ideas along with a few holiday tips on how to get the look. Enjoy!
#1 – Red & White Traditional Tree
Embrace tradition and choose a merry, red and white palette fresh with classic Americana holiday spirit. This gorgeous tree above was installed by interior designer and architect couple, respectively Kim and Cliff Deetjen. The tree of choice is a Scotch pine (a great choice for families with pets or small children due to its great needle retention) adorned with handpicked branches and wild berries from the roadsides of snowy Vermont. The Deetjen’s chose to decorate formally with glass balls and keepsakes, and the tree stands triumphantly in this 1940s stone cottage with pine board walls, built-in shelves, and a lofted farmhouse ceiling with eyebrow-arch bay windows. We’re feeling jolly over every part of this look. The photography was done by John Bessler with styling and produciton by Karin Lidbeck-Brent. Shop the look below!
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#2 – Gold & Glam Regency Tree
Fill your home with dreamy holiday neutrals—that was the design direction that resulted in this elegant Michigan living room designed by Jones-Keena & Co. and decked out in a creamy palette of taupe, ivory, and warm browns. This inviting space offers the festive glimmer of our Hollywood regency collection while delivering a chic and subtle backdrop perfect for hosting holiday parties through the new year. The sophisticated dressings easily embrace the greenery and gold sparkle of the Christmas decor. Luminous velvet and silk fabrics along with the oversized bulb ornaments on the tree exude glamour. Shop this magical holiday look below!
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#3 – Blue & Grey Modern Tree
Not all holiday looks have to be bold and bright. Instead of relying on color, take a leaf from this ultra-sophisticated and subdued living room above and use rich textures like silk velvet and brocade to create a cool and collected wintertime feel. Notice how the modern blue and grey palette is ever-so-subtly livened with lavender and eggplant-hued accents, and a silver sparkle is integrated into the tree decor for that glint of seasonal jubilee. Of course, the grandeur of this room is heightened (quite literally) by the 26-foot vaulted ceiling composed of dramatic white-oak timbered arches. Three sets of eight-foot-tall French doors open the living room to a back porch with views of the Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains beyond! Due to the room’s cavernous nature, most of the furniture designer Amy Morris selected had to be custom-made to fit the space, but you can shop a similar variety below!
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#4 – Black & White Scandinavian Tree
The holiday season is full of trends, but one trendy look that we consistently see return each year is the Scandinavian Christmas tree. This is a trend we can get behind! Like we said in our 5 Secrets to Scandinavian Christmas Decor, a Scandinavian look should feel like a breath of fresh mountain air, like your tree has been plucked straight from the forest and plopped in the living room with no frills. This means a real tree (or if you’re allergic, get a tree that’s as realistic as you can find with “built in imperfections”). Choose monochromatic decor and ornaments for this look, and be sure to decorate sparingly and mindfully. Traditional Scandinavian ornaments are all handmade, but if you’re not the DIY type, just make sure to keep the shapes and silhouettes of your ornaments simple and classic. Hearts, stars, and angels are among the most popular motifs. And instead of a traditional skirt, try a white and cozy sheepskin rug or a rustic hide for around the base of the tree. Shop the look below or explore our Scandinavian Winter lookbook.
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#5 – Bright & Sweet Pink Tree
Last (but certainly not least) is the sweet and sugared Christmas look. Decorated with pink and metallic ornaments and flocked to boot, this is another recent tree trend that’s simply too cute to not love! Ceres of The Pink Dream is always a KKH favorite for this particular candied style. In a living room filled with all-white furniture, a gold coffee table, and acrylic chairs and accents, the bright pink will really pop and add a playful element to your space. Become the ultimate Mrs. Claus, and get this whimsical and spirited look below!
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