Tree is crowning glory

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 December, 2011, 12:00am


If your Christmas tree is nothing more than a few twigs with a stray ornament hanging off it, follow these tips to get the one you've always wanted, so that it will look like it's had a designer's touch.

First decide on the overall colour scheme, this should complement the format of the room.

Traditional combinations include red, green and gold or red and silver. Other more contemporary colour themes are pink and white or bronze and aqua.

Following a plan also helps to pull the whole look together. This could be something with a Christmas message such as angels, nutcrackers or snowflakes, or even a simple decorative element such as bows or baubles.

The first step in decorating a Christmas tree should be to hang the lights. Don't skimp on these - for every foot of tree you should have about 100 lights. White coloured lights look more 'designer' than do multicoloured strands. Tree lights typically come on green or white wires, but choose the strand that matches your tree so that the wire will be hidden. Start at the base of the trunk and work your way up, wrapping lights around every major branch and moving from the trunk to the tip and back.

The next step should be to drape the garlands. These are generally made out of things such as ribbon, foil or paper. Try adding them so that they run from top to bottom, tucking the garland into the tree about every two feet. Another option is to wind them around the outside of the tree. Thinner or beaded garlands can be hung from branch to branch.

The final step is to hang the ornaments, feathers, silk flowers, ribbons, beads, or any other items that are in your colour scheme. To get the designer look, include items that are larger than standard.

Multipack ornaments work well because they are usually less expensive, but purchase various styles so they don't all look exactly alike. A simple coloured ornament will look dressed up with a pretty bow in satin, velvet or grosgrain.

Consider also using natural elements such as pine cones or twigs. About 10 large ornaments per foot height of tree works well. Don't forget to hang some closer to the trunk to create depth and interest.

Finish by adding speciality items such as clip-on ornaments, icicles or candy canes. Make sure to attach them evenly over the tree.

Occasionally take a step back to check your progress.

For extra designer flair, colour co-ordinate your Christmas gift-wrap with your tree's colour scheme.