How To Decorate a Neutral Christmas Tree That Still Looks Glam
The best tips and tricks for decorating a neutral Christmas tree with a hint of glam and rich color
Now that it is officially November I can put up my Christmas tree free of judgment!
Although honestly if you want to put it up sooner whose gonna stop you 😉
Curating a Christmas tree color scheme can feel a bit overwhelming and also expensive…
So to save money I always start with a neutral base then sprinkle in color and texture to fit my theme for the year.
Christmas tree color schemes and decorating can feel a bit overwhelming so I thought I would share a few tips and tricks to make it easy!
First, be sure to check out How To Create A Magazine Worthy Christmas Tree here.
Decorating a Christmas Tree on a Budget Tips
The holidays can be so expensive, buying all new decor every year is super impractical for us.
Remember that even if you are changing your Christmas tree color scheme, that doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy all new ornaments, ribbon, garland etc.
Buy quality neutral colored ornaments that can be used every year as the filler pieces.
You can also spray paint ornaments to match your new theme for just a couple of bucks!
A few years ago I DIY-ed these really pretty sheet music ornaments I got from the Dollar Store and I still use them every year.
Here are some of the supplies I used, some things I have had for a couple of years and some pieces are new this year.
- Neutral Velvet Ornaments
- White/Black/Bronze Eclectic Ornaments
- Round Ornaments
- Vintage Bells
- Satin Ribbon
- Sparkling C9 Lights
- Flameless Candles
- String Lights
- Homemade Ornaments
Start With The Lights
Last year our toddler was very into putting everything into his mouth and also in the air vents…
So we went with a lights only Christmas tree that I actually really loved.
We invested in multiple kinds of Christmas tree lights because we knew they would last us for years.
I always recommend adding at least two types of lights (but the more the better).
Start with your regular string lights, then add larger sparkling string lights for a really magical affect.
Add In Garland
Next up is the garland!
There are lots of different types of garland that can add dimension and texture to the tree.
For a neutral look wood beaded garland is a great choice and it can come (or be DIY-ed) in multiple colors and wood tones.
Tinsel is another great option that is also budget friendly.
Base Colored Ornaments
After the garland I like to add my base colored ornaments.
These are the neutral colored ornaments that will keep a consistent balanced color scheme for the tree.
Cream or white ornaments are great options that can be reused yearly.
This year I also added these copper, black, and champagne colored ornaments to fit my neutral glam color scheme.
Layer Unique Ornaments
Once the base ornaments are in place it’s time to add in your “character pieces.”
These are ornaments that have a unique shape or decorative finish.
Here are the ones I bought this year from Target, I fell in love with their fun shape and vintage vibe!
I also like to sprinkle in sentimental or handmade ornaments like the clay ones we made this year.
This is my favorite part because it’s what makes your tree unique and charming.
To add a little extra dimension I also placed these antique looking mini bells on the tree.
Tie It All Together With Ribbon
Ribbon is a really inexpensive way to finish tying the color scheme of the tree together.
You can keep it neutral or use a color similar to the accent pieces to make them pop.
I used burgundy ribbon tied in loose knots and bows around the tree for a natural look.
Top It Off
I will never forget the plastic angel my nana put on her tree every year, it had a painted face and had honestly seen better days, but still I loved it.
Still though a tree topper for me is optional, sometimes I finish the tree with a topper and some years I leave it untouched.
A star is always classic and can really go with any color palette or theme.
The year I went super traditional and classic with my Christmas tree I used a Santa hat as the topper.
Christmas Tree Skirts and Collars
This is another item that can be bought once and used for many years no matter the color palette.
Or you don’t have to buy one at all and instead use a plush throw blanket instead!
Woven basket collars are another great option for a neutral tree collar.
(see how I made a faux galvanized tree collar for free here)
Decorating a Neutral Christmas Tree
There is nothing cozier than the glow of a beautiful Christmas tree.
I can’t wait to put up the rest of the Christmas decor and start wrapping gifts to place underneath it.
Seeing it up gets me really excited for all the holiday traditions and festivities to come.
I know sometimes decorating and hosting for the holidays can get really overwhelming (for me at least) but be sure to soak in the sweet moments.
Let me know what you think of our neutral glam Christmas tree and what some of your most cherished holiday decorations are.
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