Nothing makes it feel more like the holidays than putting up the Christmas tree. That verdant spire, soaring to the ceiling and filling a room with its magic and majesty.
This year, make your tree even more spectacular. Simply follow these five steps for a dazzling designer tree.
Step 1: Flaunt Your Style
One of the most exciting parts of decorating the tree is deciding on a theme. Let it reflect your personal style. Are you traditional or whimsical, a modernist or a lover of all things vintage? Once you decide, you can carry this through decorating your mantel and entry. Or try a little variety, such as a modern tree for the kitchen and a vintage tree for the living room.
Step 2: Shape & Fluff
Take time to fluff and shape each and every branch and tip. Designers know that this is the most important step in setting up a tree, though many people overlook it. Fluffing creates fullness and opens up pockets to hang all your favorite ornaments.
Step 3: Get Wrapped Up in Ribbons
Shimmering or flocked, plaid or polka dot, ribbon takes a tree from delightful to dazzling. Gently cascading or tied into bows, it adds dimension and a striking pop of color.
Loosely weave ribbon across branches, shaping the wire so ribbon appears to ripple. Then intersperse focal points, such as tree bouquets to help keep the eye moving.
Step 4. Crown Your Tree
The best time to top your tree is just before putting on the ornaments. To make a stunning statement, create a custom topper by tying ribbon into a large bow, layering it with a tree bouquet and tree picks, and attaching it to the top of the tree with floral wire.
Step 5. Layer with Ornaments
Just as jewelry punctuates an outfit, ornaments bestow that special shine. Hang the ornaments evenly around the tree, displaying your favorites on the uppermost and outermost branches. Layer from top to bottom, working from the inside out, and build dimension by placing smaller and filler ornaments on inner branches.
Now, turn on the lights, arrange the tree skirt beneath and stack all those beautifully wrapped gifts atop it. Step back and admire your dazzling designer tree.