Best of Tree Classics 2018: 30 Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

2018 Best Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

Before we embrace the new beginnings of 2019, we look back at the gifts of 2018. Here are our favorite looks from talented design experts we worked with last year. We hope these Christmas tree decorating ideas inspire you to create your most memorable holiday display yet.

Green Christmas Trees

Full-shaped Christmas tree with red, gold, and silver ornaments

Red, Green, and Gold

You can't go wrong with traditional colors. Lori from My Lovely Texan Home dressed up a grand Christmas tree with colorful balls, poinsettias, and plaid ribbons.

Get the Look: Alberta Spruce, Silver & Gold Ornaments, Red Berry Picks, Red Poinsettia Picks

Full-shaped Christmas tree with red, gold, and silver ornaments
Full-shaped Christmas tree with rustic ornaments

Rustic Charm

Take a cue from your home design when choosing your theme. Inspired by her new cabin-style house, Haley of At Home with Haley decorated her tree with buffalo check plaid, deer antlers, and berry sprays.

Get the Look: Alberta Spruce

 

Full-shaped Christmas tree with rustic ornaments
Rustic Christmas tree in farmhouse-style kitchen

Rustic and Ribbon

You don't need a big budget to decorate a beautiful Christmas tree. Baker Nest's Katie used pinecones and pine tree fans from her yard and pheasant feathers from her fall decorations.

Get the Look: Kennedy Fir Snap Tree

Rustic Christmas tree in farmhouse-style kitchen
Christmas tree and garland in library

Cozy Farmhouse

Double the greenery for double the warmth. Mary of Selah Pines Farmhouse paired her tree with a garland draped over her faux mantel, creating an inviting area for guests to read a while.

Get the Look: Deluxe Noble Fir, Classic Fraser Fir Festive Garland

Christmas tree and garland in library
Full-shaped Christmas tree with monochromatic ornaments

Lovely Neutrals

When decorating with neutrals, combine different finishes to create depth. Lauren Gardner dressed her 8-foot tree with metallic and matte balls, and added texture with billowing ribbons and twigs.

Get the Look: Alberta Spruce

Full-shaped Christmas tree with monochromatic ornaments
Tall Christmas tree with gold and silver decorations

Gilded French Country

Bring Parisian glamour to your display with glass ornaments, oversized picks, and shimmering ribbon. Let Lidy show you how she channeled her European roots into her décor at French Garden House.

Get the Look: Evergreen Supreme Snap Tree, Silver & Gold Ornaments

Tall Christmas tree with gold and silver decorations
Artificial Christmas tree with silver and gold balls

Classic Gold

Easily create a timeless look with minimal ornaments. Silver and gold glass balls were all Kaitlyn of Fresh and Vintage Living needed to dress up her pre-lit Christmas tree.

Get the Look: Majestic Blue Spruce, Silver & Gold Ornaments

Artificial Christmas tree with silver and gold balls
9-foot Christmas tree with golden balls and red berries

Berries and Gold

Tree picks add a twist to your tree decorations. Here, Jessica of I Dream of Homemaking combined gold Christmas balls with berry sprays that cascade down the branches.

Get the Look: Classic Fraser Fir, Silver & Gold Ornaments, Burgundy & Gold Ornaments, Rustic Plaid Faux Fur Tree Skirt

9-foot Christmas tree with golden balls and red berries
Pre-lit Christmas tree with green and gold ribbon

Dark Velvet Glam

Don't be afraid to experiment with darker tones and contrasts. Jen Lutz shows us how combining deep green velvet ribbon with gold and silver ornaments can create a striking Christmas tree. 

Get the Look: Majestic Blue Spruce, Silver & Gold Ornaments, Woodlands Noble Fir Wreath & Garland

Pre-lit Christmas tree with green and gold ribbon
Tall Christmas tree with blue, brown, and gold ornaments

Blue, Brown, and Gold

For a beautiful gradient effect, weave different-colored ribbons on your tree. Jennifer of The Heart Comes Home used blue, brown, and gold ribbons in coordination with Christmas balls, finials, and flowers.

Get the Look: Kennedy Fir

Tall Christmas tree with blue, brown, and gold ornaments
Narrow Christmas tree with assorted white and gold décor

Warm White and Gold

Decorate your space-saving tree for a grand impact. With white and gold ornaments as her base, Sharon of Sweet Honey Cottage used ribbons, rolled book pages, and mini birch logs to create a stunning welcome.

Get the Look: Kennedy Fir Narrow

 

Narrow Christmas tree with assorted white and gold décor
Artificial Christmas tree with assorted florals and vintage ornaments

Bohemian-Inspired Christmas Tree

Mix and match your own ornaments with store-bought sets—or even some flowers. Jess of Domicile 37 combined our collections with her vintage ornaments, tassels, and autumn florals.

Get the Look: Cashmere Christmas Tree, Merry & Bright Ornaments, Silver & Gold Ornaments, Buttoned Up Quilted Tree Skirt

Artificial Christmas tree with assorted florals and vintage ornaments
Artificial Christmas tree with floral stems and pearl garlands

Florals and Pearls

Jennifer of Simply Ciani hung white floral stems in a spiral pattern, and added pearl button garlands for sparkle. To secure fragile ornaments on branches, she used handy floral wire.

Get the Look: Majestic Blue Spruce

Artificial Christmas tree with floral stems and pearl garlands
Artificial Christmas tree with pink, copper, and white decorations

Elegant Blush and Metallics

Silk flowers also work well in filling the spaces of your tree. Over at Our Crafty Mom, Michelle created a charming Christmas display with blush ribbon, pink ornaments, and white floral picks.

Get the Look: Classic Fraser Fir

Artificial Christmas tree with pink, copper, and white decorations
Ways to decorate a Christmas tree with faux greenery and florals

Eucalyptus Charm

Like florals, faux greenery can change the look of your tree. Zoe with Love made her display shine with silver dollar eucalyptus, faux anemones flowers, and acorn ornaments.

Get the Look: Majestic Blue Spruce, Silver & Gold Ornaments

Ways to decorate a Christmas tree with faux greenery and florals
Pre-lit Christmas tree with assorted ornaments

Eclectic and Elegant

Combine unusual ornaments you've collected with traditional pieces to create a story-filled centerpiece. Over at Up to Date Interiors, Kathy hung fur ornaments from Japan alongside DIY mini plants, Christmas balls, and colorful tassels.

Get the Look: Majestic Blue Spruce, Burgundy & Gold Velvet Tree Skirt

Pre-lit Christmas tree with assorted ornaments
Pre-lit Christmas tree with blue, white, and pink decorations

Blue, White, and Pink

Here's another unique take on Christmas tree accents. Linda of The Home I Create used hot glue, can tabs, and ornament hooks to repurpose a child's play tea set as ornaments, along with sunburst mirrors and glass balls.

Get the Look: Classic Fraser Fir, Silver & Gold Ornaments, Gold Satin & Sequin Tree Skirt

Pre-lit Christmas tree with blue, white, and pink decorations
Artificial Christmas Tree with rustic-themed decorations

Rustic Red and Green

For a picture-perfect display, coordinate gift wrap and ribbon to your décor. Jen Lutz' presents echo the nature-inspired ornaments and red accents of her Christmas tree.

Get the Look: Deluxe Noble Fir, Woodland Ornaments, Red Berry Picks, Rustic Plaid Faux Fur Tree Skirt

Artificial Christmas Tree with rustic-themed decorations
Lighted Christmas tree with silver and gold decorations
Farmhouse Chic

As an alternative to a tree collar, choose a tree skirt that suits your theme. Jessica Stoppard and her daughter dressed their tree with glass ornaments, gold berries, and block letters, and used a lovely knit throw as a makeshift tree skirt.

Get the Look: Deluxe Noble Fir

Lighted Christmas tree with silver and gold decorations
2 slim Christmas trees with color-changing LED lights

Double the Cheer

When displaying multiple trees, different heights create a more relaxed effect. Shirley of Housepitality Designs decorated two color-changing trees with cascading ribbons, metallic ornaments, and a shimmering tree skirt.

Get the Look: Kennedy Fir Narrow, Silver & Gold Ornaments, Gold Satin & Sequin Tree Skirt

2 slim Christmas trees with color-changing LED lights

White Christmas Trees

Flocked artificial Christmas tree with woodland ornaments

Wintry Woodland

Ornament sets make it easy to put together a themed Christmas display. Jen Lutz paired her flocked tree with our Woodland Ornaments and added a plaid tree skirt to make the space look extra cozy.

Get the Look: Flocked Alpine Spruce, Woodland Ornaments, Red Berry Picks, Rustic Plaid Faux Fur Tree Skirt

Flocked artificial Christmas tree with woodland ornaments
Flocked artificial Christmas tree with blue and silver ornaments

Snowy Silver and Blues

For a different color combination, mix striking blues with elegant silver. Jennifer of The Heart Comes Home hung blue, silver, and white ornaments on her bedroom tree, creating an enchanting sight.

Get the Look: Clifton Pine

Flocked artificial Christmas tree with blue and silver ornaments
White Christmas tree with red ball ornaments

Candy Cane Reading Tree

How about a touch of whimsy for your tree? Jennifer of The Heart Comes Home strung around 300 red ball ornaments on pipe cleaners to create this sugary sweet look.

Get the Look: Alpine White, Merry & Bright Ornaments

White Christmas tree with red ball ornaments
White Christmas tree with DIY superhero ornaments

Superhero Christmas Tree

If you can't find the right ornaments for your tree, try making them yourself. Over at The Heart Comes Home, Jennifer and her family created superhero masks and ornaments for the tree they donated to the Kids Hope advocacy center.

Get the Look: Alpine White

White Christmas tree with DIY superhero ornaments
Monochromatic white Christmas tree with natural accents

White with Touches of Nature

Natural elements like twigs and leaves are a great way to add warmth to your tree. Jennifer of a The Ranch Uncommon complemented her vintage wooden ornaments with branches she found on a hike.

Get the Look: Flocked White Fir

Monochromatic white Christmas tree with natural accents
White Christmas tree with green, white, and silver decorations

Soft and Silvery

When deciding how many ornaments to hang on your tree, go with your instinct. Here, Heidi of Home by Heidi brought out Christmas balls of various sizes, colors, and textures, creating a white Christmas tree that's truly her own.

Get the Look: Flocked White Fir, Winter Delight Ornaments

White Christmas tree with green, white, and silver decorations
Flocked Christmas tree with monochromatic decorations
Enchanting Greetings

Spell out your holiday spirit with pretty words. Trish of Beautiful Inspire Co creatively styled a monochromatic tree with word ornaments in script. Look closer, and you'll see Christmas balls marked "Santa" and "Love."

Get the Look: Flocked Alpine Spruce, Champagne Finials, Gold Satin & Sequin Tree Skirt

Flocked Christmas tree with monochromatic decorations
Flocked Christmas tree with ski decorations

Ski Getaway

Here's an easy way to incorporate your love for winter sports into your décor. Tamela of White Blossom Home hung skis on her tree and paired them with a white tree skirt and bobsled.

Get the Look: Flocked Alpine Spruce

Flocked Christmas tree with ski decorations
White Christmas tree with red, white, and blue ornaments

Classic Red, White, and Blue

When choosing decorations for your tree, why not look beyond traditional ornaments? Last Memorial Day, Jen Lutz used party fans to show her love for flag and country.

Get the Look: Flocked White Fir

White Christmas tree with red, white, and blue ornaments
Flocked Christmas tree with blue and gold decorations

Dreamy White Christmas

A decorative stand, collar, or basket makes your tree stand out. Cindy of Edith & Evelyn Vintage decorated with Christmas balls and heirloom ornaments, then raised the entire display on a vintage urn.

Get the Look: Flocked Alpine Spruce, Silver & Gold Ornaments

Flocked Christmas tree with blue and gold decorations

Create a New Holiday Look for Your Home

It’s never too early to plan next year’s holiday display. If you’re looking for new decorations, now’s a great time to shop items on clearance. Browse our collection of artificial Christmas trees, décor, and storage bags, and enjoy big discounts while supplies last.

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Featured photo courtesy of Jessica Stoppard

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