Decorate Your Tree in Five Easy Steps
The Color Scheme
Amp up the classic Christmas palette by adding every shade of green, from chartreuse to moss, with a few well-placed punches of fiery red. Pile on the shimmer with silvery metallics for a bright sparkle and shine.
Branches of red holly berries (either real or faux) make a grand statement when bundled with florist wire and attached to the top of the tree. The bright shade of red adds a modern pop.
Combine fresh eucalyptus and other evergreen branches to make your own. Hang ornaments from the end of the banister using lengths of colorful ribbons.
Tie on seasonal accents—like silver jingle bells and greenery—with grosgrain or satin ribbon, and scatter packages along the staircase to extend the tree's festive vibe.
At Christmas, more is more! Use three different ribbons (wide, wire-edged ribbons work best) to wind down the tree alongside the ornament garland for a showstopping effect.