The Weather Inside’s Delightful
Stately and simple or dressed in holiday finery, a tree is an enduring symbol of Christmas. Steal ideas from some of our faves!
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.
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.
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.
Shimmering silver and white ornaments create a simple, festive palette.
Ho, Ho, Home
Cheerful red pops against the fresh, green tree. The multitude of Santa ornaments pays tribute to the big man himself.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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Glittering silver orbs shine among the blue-bathed branches; silver ribbon winds through the tree.
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.
Delicate glass droplets mimic icicles on a frosted tree.
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.
Weaving feathers into your tree adds an unexpected element. Colorful peacock feathers lend exotic charm when placed subtly among this tree’s branches. White lights allow the glittering ornaments to shine, and the feathers’ blue eyes make the crimson and gold pop.
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.
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Festive Family Tree
Candy canes hung in tin cones give a nostalgic touch.
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.
Sing a Song of Christmas
“The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect.”
Notice how placing the tree by the piano adds instant warmth to the room.
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.
In the Kitchen
“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.
Keeping it Simple
By the fire’s glow, a traditionally trimmed tree brings life to a relaxed family room.
Christmas is For Children
“Johnny wants a pair of skates, Suzy wants a sled.” Pay tribute to your children’s interests by adding ornaments that represent their pastimes to your tree.
Golden Days of Yore
This towering tree dressed in shimmering gold finery brings back memories of other trees, other Christmases.
Having a blue Christmas is a good thing when the palette is as pretty as this room’s. (Notice how the white and gold ornaments add holiday warmth.)
Do Not Open ‘Til December 25
We like the way a gift placed on a chair beside the tree heightens the sense of Yuletide anticipation.
Once Again As In Olden Days
The traditional tree in this parlor, along with greens and red balls on the mantel, make it an inviting place to gather family and friends.
“The stockings were hung from the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.”
In this lovely dining room, the richly patterned walls and gold-trimmed tree create an ideal setting for a holiday meal.
“At Christmas, all roads lead home.” —Marjorie Holmes
The Polar Express
A children’s train set winds its way around the tree, contributing a touch of nostalgia.
Note the handmade ornament on the tree that the train encircles; children’s decorations make a traditional tree all the more endearing.
Red, Green and Gold
This full and festive tree looks just right decorated in traditional Christmas colors.
Adorn your tree in colors that enhance your space’s palette.
Let it Snow!
“The best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature.”
It Won’t Be Long Now
This Labradoodle is waiting so patiently for Santa he’s sure to get a special treat. The jewel tones of the decorations—jade and purple—bring out the green of the tasseled velvet sofa.
A mini forest of silvery trees along with bells and greens adds luminosity to the holiday, further enhanced by the mirror.
When you position a tree by windows, it can be enjoyed from both the inside and out.
Sparkle to Share
“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it ‘white.’ ”
— Bing Crosby
White lights on the trees flanking the entrance to this Spanish Mission style home are elegantly simple; the glimpse of the tree inside promises more to come.
Festive and Folky
A traditionally trimmed tree works well in this relaxed family room.
Placed in front of a mirror against gorgeous wallpaper, a small tree provides a classic holiday touch.
Everything is Illuminated
Position lights behind clear ornaments for extra twinkle.
"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other."
Don't Forget Fido!
Dog + tree = comfort and joy
Pencil trees flank French doors, punctuated by a wreath in the center.
Home, Sweet Decorated Home
"All roads lead home at Christmas."
A forest of paper and feather trees tops a tabletop.
The fruit decorations look fresh and pretty in this dining area.
Funky and Fun
This antique tree sets off a collection of Santas.
In the Library
Decorated in gold and red, the tree is the centerpiece of a slightly Bohemian library.
Mantel of White
The décor of the crisp white mantel and tree are made for each other.
Multicolored balls enhance the warmth of the room's rugs and wooden floors.
"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall."
White and Gold Formality
Multi-paned windows are storybook perfect with this lovely tree.
Visions of Sugarplums
Isn't this fun for a bedroom? Dr. Seuss would approve!
For a sleek, sophisticated look, spray branches white or silver and decorate with miniature balls.
Gold decorations on small trees echo the softness of a serene ivory bedroom.
Staging the Tree
A fanlight window and gorgeous rug beautifully set off this glorious tree.
Package wrappings and ornaments work together to establish a coordinated but not too matchy-matchy color scheme.
Pretty in Pink
The pink decorations on the tree enhance the room's romantic palette.
A Charlie Brown Tree, All Grown Up
A nicely shaped but less full tree gives a room an airy look especially when placed in front of a generous window.
Study in Turquoise
The intense turquoise of the tree décor works well with the cheery yellow furniture.
Up Close and Whimsical
The V-Dub bus adds a fun touch to the tree.
Get Out the Glue Gun!
An alphabet block tree, an ideal DIY project for a child's room.
Mementos from trips make your tree a form of travelogue.