Style Guide: Tree Trimming Ideas

Find loads of new ideas for decorating your tree.


Hi, I'm Jennifer Berno, Associate Decorating Editor at Southern Living Magazine. At Christmas time, in every southern home, the tree is the star of the show. No matter what your holiday look may be, we've got loads of ideas for trimming your tree. If you have a traditional style, go for a Fraser Fir tree, which is beautifully symmetrical. Bunch holly from the garden, and large gold temple bells on top of the tree for a bold use of classic materials. Experiment with different toppers by using fresh greenery and flowers. [MUSIC] These are nice alternatives to the typical star. For a more glamorous look, consider having your tree flocked at the lot. Flocked trees may be a retro thought but with the right trimmings, the look is thoroughly modern. Go for a consistent color scheme and choose ornaments that will contrast with the white branches. Try hanging a disco ball from the ceiling as a dramatic tree topper. If your style is more rustic, use burlap to unify a natural, organic look. Cut the burlap fabric into thick strips and then tie loosely into a bow on top of the tree. Hang tiny vases on the tree filled with water and simple flower beds. Or simply tuck large flower stems like hydrangeas into the branches. Skip the usual metal tree stand and instead use a natural woven basket to hold your tree. Don't be afraid to embrace a theme and run with it, whether it's delicate Japanese lanterns, whimsical butterflies, or traditional tartan plaid. Extend those patterns and colors throughout your tree decorations and even into your gift wrap. Use ribbon as the ultimate finishing touch. Decorate your tree with long, cascading tendrils of colorful ribbon, rick rack, and pom pom fringe. Attach the pieces directly to an embroidery hoop, and then simply slide it over the top of your tree. For a more traditional look, wind pieces of ribbon around the branches like a garland. Regardless of your holiday style, the best part of trimming the tree is the special time you'll spend with family. For more Holiday inspiration, pick up a copy of Southern Living and visit
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