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Decorating: Christmas Trees

From the Editors of Traditional Home
  • Eric Roth

    Dynamic Decorations

    Stately and simple or dressed in holiday finery, a tree is an enduring symbol of Christmas. Steal ideas from some of our faves!

    The homeowner’s favorite lavender and green color palette adorns the living room and its tree. The happy hue lends itself perfectly to the baubles and ornaments of the holidays. A detail of the tree is on the following slide.

    Design: Gerald Pomeroy

  • Eric Roth

    Dynamic Decorations Detail

    The jewel-tone ornaments of the tree draw from the existing color scheme. Gifts wrappings coordinate with the fun ornaments.

    Design: Gerald Pomeroy

  • John Bessler

    Big and Bright

    A big, full Christmas tree matches this living room’s grand proportions. Strung with yards and yards of lights, it is a joyful—and spectacular—holiday focal point.

    Design: Lisa Hilderbrand

  • Michael Garland

    Nature Themed Tree

    A large Christmas tree is visible the minute you walk in this home. Feathers, owls, and a burlap skirt create a woody nature theme.

    Design: Emily Sullivan

  • David Tsay

    Golden & Glam Tree

    This tree glitters in gold, which is a natural extension of the room’s warm palette. With trimmings piled on, including a fun paper chain and faux snow, and topped with a gold star that’s a twist on the traditional, this tree sparkles with delight.

  • Peter Krumhardt

    Trimmed in Tradition

    This traditional tree shimmers and shines with its ribbon and ornaments in classic colorings. A hearty, festive bow tops it all off.

  • Werner Straube

    Great Big Tree

    Inspired by the home’s equestrian history, horse figures and plaids prevail in this house’s design. The great room’s towering tree dazzles with hundreds of red, gold, and plaid ornaments.

    Design: Alison Sherman

  • Werner Straube

    Pink Statement

    Because the homeowner decided she wanted to use pink to make a statement on her tree, she topped it with a giant, playful pink bow. An array of ornaments—many pink—in different sizes mix with white doves to create visual interest.

    Design: Emily Janson

  • Rob Brinson

    Tropical Touch

    The sea-inspired palette of turquoise and lime in this Savannah home carry over to the holiday decorations. The glass balls on the tree and the colorful wrapping of the gifts underneath reflect the seaside tones. A palm frond tree topper is the perfect final touch.

  • Dana Gallagher

    Simply Festive

    Pinecones, berries, and candy canes adorn this tree as well as botanic postcards. Ribbons threaded through punched holes turn the cards into ornaments.

    Design: Lauren Muse

  • The Weather Inside’s Delightful

    With “snow-brushed” branches, assorted pinecones, and cranberry bunches, the natural theme of this tall tree brings the beauty of winter inside without the cold.

  • Shining Starburst

    The large, glittery starburst atop the tree is enhanced by thick curly ribbons in red and gold. Decorative ribbon can be a fun element to add the usual ornament-and-light mix.

  • Winter WIndow

    Basking in natural light by day and glowing in the dark by night, we love the way a full, decorated tree looks in a window bump out.

  • Ho, Ho, Home

    Cheerful red pops against the fresh, green tree. The multitude of Santa ornaments pays tribute to the big man himself.

  • Classically Cool

    Silver and blue—a classic holiday color combination—adorns this little tree without overwhelming it. Any ordinary houseplant can become a merry decoration when struck with a little holiday spirit.

  • Horse Holiday

    A small tree on a desk, nightstand, or dresser is a great way to bring holiday cheer to a child’s room. For a fun, personal touch, use a theme to trim the tree, like your child’s favorite hobby.

  • Oversized Abundance

    Oversized glass balls in solid colors look at home on a full tree. Beneath the tree, gifts wrapped in various solid colors are subtle but enticing. 

    Details on the following slide.

  • Colorful Details

    A mixture of ornaments in varying colors, shapes and textures dangle on the branches of the tree.

  • Here, a large white fir tree decorated simply in blue and silver ornamental balls with ribbon streaming from the top creates a classic Christmas atmosphere. Gifts crowd around the base of the tree, sparking the children’s excitement. Symmetry is perfected with twin wreaths hanging outside the windows, while the home’s bright interior invites the snowy landscape inside.

    See details on the following slide.

  • Bedroom Bounty

    A tree in the bedroom is a fun way to spread the holiday spirit throughout the home, as well as a chance to experiment with holiday themes. This bedroom’s woodsy palette is taken to the next level with a tree decorated with small birds, gold icicles, and other natural elements.

  • Mini and Merry

    Tiny trees throughout the home are a charming way to spread cheer. In this entry hall, gold rings and pinecones provide the pretty.

  • The More the Merrier

    A host of holiday decorations keeps this large tree from darkening the sunny living room. Santas, reindeer, snowflakes, icicles, and colored balls gleam from the tree’s ample branches.

  • Festive Family Tree

    Sparkling red, green, and blue balls bring an exceptionally festive feel to this living room. A cornucopia of ornaments tells the family’s history. Gifts wrapped in complementary colors ground the vibrant tree.

    Details on the following slide.

  • A Modern Touch

    Cherry red and snow white add holiday spirit to a green color scheme. This cozy nook is turned into a festive space with the addition of a red-and-white pillow and throw. A frosty mini-tree is adorned with graphic crimson birds.

  • Classic and Cozy

    Nothing says Christmas like a tree and roaring fire. Simple white lights on the tree illuminate its folksy ornaments without competing with the room’s color palette. Fresh boughs over the mantel add another layer of charm.

  • A Tree with Imposing Height

    Verticality counts in this vaulted living room. Reflecting the stately mantel and high ceilings, this tree stands tall while minimizing its impact on the floor space. Thick ribbons wind through its branches; shimmering ornaments are right at home in the room’s warm color scheme.

  • “The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect.”
    —Charles Barnard

  • Radiant streams of light come from this showstopping Christmas tree, beautifully framed with the entryway connecting the dining room to the living room, accented by classical statuary.

  • Surprise guests and spread Christmas cheer by scattering small trees throughout your home. Try decorating them in unexpected palettes like this one of turquoise, green and gold.

  • “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” —Peg Bracken

  • Here we come a’caroling! A cluster of carolers atop a dear old piano adds a little more magic to this Christmas tree setting.

  • This towering tree dressed in shimmering gold finery brings back memories of other trees, other Christmases.