Advice • Tips • Inspiration

It really is the most wonderful time of the year: family and friends get together to exchange gifts, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and reminisce about the year that has just passed. The star of the show, of course, is the Christmas tree. Come December 1, almost every home in Australia puts up their tree and decorates it with baubles, hanging ornaments and twinkling lights. However, this is much easier said than done. Decorating a Christmas tree takes patience, finesse and know-how. 

Our Hotondo Homes decorators can help you accessorise your tree to make it look like you hired a professional. Read on to discover how to make your Christmas tree Insta-worthy…

 Invest in a high-quality artificial tree


First and foremost, you need a good base in which to build on. You should source a Christmas tree that is made from premium materials. The branches should be plentiful and sturdy enough to hold decorations. Sometimes, it really does pay to spend a bit of money on the tree as a good one will last for many years to come. Don’t forget to measure your space so you don’t buy a tree that feels cramped. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with buying a real Christmas tree – and many local councils will be happy to take the tree off your hands once the festive season is over.

Style tip: Don’t get swayed by trends, as a traditional tree will never go out of style. 

Fluff and shape your branches


Prepare your tree for decorations by fluffing and shaping your branches. While it may seem time-consuming, the end result is worth it. Feel free to bend branches so they fill in gaps.


Design based on a colour theme


Decide on a theme before you choose your decorations. Will it be red and gold, blue and white, or pink and bronze? If you’re feeling particularly creative, you could opt for a mix of pastel hues. Remember, there is no right or wrong: just make sure it’s a cohesive colour palette.

Add the lights first


Adding the lights around your tree before you start with the baubles and garlands will be much easier than doing it the other way around. As a general rule of thumb, choose 100 lights for every 2 feet of tree. So, for a 6 foot tree, you’re looking at 300 lights. Begin wrapping from the base and work your way up to the top, and then back down again. Weave your bulbs by positioning one under a branch, and the next bulb over a branch, and so on. 

Add your decorations


Arrange your hanging tree decorations, garlands or ribbons by starting from the top of your tree and working your way to the trunk. That way, as you take steps back to look at your tree as a whole, you can check the design and rearrange where necessary.

Cluster your baubles


You may have baubles in different sizes and colours, so use these to your advantage. Cluster your baubles in different sizes together to add flair. You can choose to add the same colours together or mix it up. Place your baubles in a ‘Z’ shape, with larger baubles closer to the centre of your tree (to create more depth) and use smaller ones at the end of the branches. How many should you use? We recommend 80 for a 6 foot tree. The fuller, the better.

Choose the right tree topper


A star? An angel? A bow? Or something completely original? The tree topper is the star of the show – so to speak – so you need to choose the right one as this will finish off the entire look. Take into consideration the height of your ceiling and the overall aesthetic of your tree, as well as your decorations when choosing your tree topper, so that you can select something that complements the tree’s overall colours.

There’s a wealth of interior design tips and tricks over on our Hotondo Homes website, so head over there now to have a look and make this your best Christmas yet!


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