30 Decorative Christmas Tree Ideas For Every Style

Red Silver Green Holiday Palette
PHOTO: EMILY J FOLLOWILL

When it comes to getting your home ready for the holidays, there is no aspect more important than the Christmas tree. From ribbon-adorned to retro ornaments, the options are endless when it comes to personalizing your Christmas tree. Match your décor or match your mood. Whether you’re a true traditionalist or ready to shake things up, we’ve got ideas—from the topper and ornaments to gift wrap and homemade garland—for creating your best tree ever.

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The Midas Touch

Gold Christmas Decorations
HELEN NORMAN

Add a heavy dose of gold for a fresh update on the classic red-and-green holiday palette. These gleaming accents—in the form of ornaments, gift wrap, and a do-it-yourself garland—help make everything old seem new again this season.

To make a magnolia garland:

  1. Using a limb trimmer, carefully cut several branches of magnolia that have 10-12 leaves per branch. Aim for about 20 small branches to begin.
  2. Separate half the magnolia branches and paint them with two coats of metallic gold spray paint. Let dry.
  3. Attach the magnolia bundles together by the stems with green fabric-covered floral wire to create a lengthy garland.

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Gold Trimmings

Gold Trimmings on Tree
HELEN NORMAN

Red and gold ornaments in several shapes and sizes trim the tree, while tufts of neutral-colored feathers add dimension. Red tartan ribbon adds a festive finishing touch.

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Vintage Christmas

Vintage Christmas Topper
JESSICA ASHLEY

Feeling nostalgic this season? Give your tree a retro feel with trimmings—including ornaments, ribbon, garland, décor, and more. Inspired by an antique architectural finial, this tree’s silver topper is a nod to the Southern cottages and historic homes that dot our rural landscape.

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Bring Back Retro Ornaments

Snowman Ornament
JESSICA ASHLEY

Add a few of these cheery snowman ornaments, based on a vintage design, to give the entire tree an old-school tone. Coordinate the colors with classic ornaments for a unified look.

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Classic Ornaments

Red SIlver and Blue Christmas
JESSICA ASHLEY

Glass balls, in delicate shades of silver, cranberry, and blue, add color and sparkle to the tree.

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A Bright Idea

Red Silver Green Holiday Palette
EMILY J FOLLOWILL

If you love the glitz and glamour of the holidays, this look is for you. Including all shades from chartreuse to moss, this look shimmers its way into the season with a beautiful palette of silver and green. You can’t help but admire the well-placed pops of red, which add energy to this punchy, can’t-miss-it-scheme.

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A Fiery Surprise

Red Holly Berries Tree Topper
EMILY J FOLLOWILL

Branches of red holly berries (either real or faux) make a grand statement when bundled at the top of the tree. The bright shade of red adds a modern pop.

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A Ribbon-Wrapped Tree

A Ribbon Wrapped Tree
EMILY J. FOLLOWILL

More is more in this case! Use not one, but three different ribbons (wide, wire-edged ribbon works best) to snake down the tree for ultimate effect. Weave the strands through one another to create a layered look rather than placing them in rows.

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Garden Fresh

Norway Spruce
LAUREY W. GLENN

A live Christmas tree brings joy to your home or porch now and to your garden later. Branch out by decorating an unexpected option. This “Hillside Upright” Norway spruce—with lights, pinecones, burlap, and feathers—grows up to 20 feet tall and is suited to the Upper and Middle South.

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Fraser Fir Fragrance

Red and Gold Spiked Tree
HECTOR M SANCHEZ

You can’t beat the look and smell of a real Fraser fir, which is native to the South. It boasts the ideal shape, is quite fragrant, and has soft needles. This look takes inspiration from its surrounding area to infuse local flavor. The setting is South Carolina, and that shows proudly with a profusion of palm fronds, oyster shell accents, and a palette of gold, orange, and green.

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Mix up the Lighting

Mixed Lighting on Tree
HECTOR M SANCHEZ

Choose lights in assorted shapes and sizes. This tree has a combo of classic white twinkle lights and larger round cafe lights to add extra brightness.

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From Palm Tree to Christmas Tree

Palm Fronds Tree Topper
HECTOR M SANCHEZ

Palm fronds—found in the yard and spray-painted gold—are wired to the tree and anchored by two oversize bows with two different ribbons. Tuck additional fronds into the branches for a dramatic effect.

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Elements & Ornaments

Star Ornament and Gold Berry Branch
HECTOR M SANCHEZ

Create a mix of tree trimmings by hanging traditional ornaments alongside elements that add extra dimension, like gilded faux berry branches.

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Neutral Territory

Silver White and Gold Tree
JEAN ALLSOPP

If a red-and-green palette isn’t your style, we’ve got an alternative for you. Our holiday collection at Dillard’s (available at dillards.com) is full of subtle shades of silver, white, and gold that lend a sophisticated look to any holiday home’s interior.

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Harmonious Décor

Silver Angel Statues
JEAN ALLSOPP

Create a vignette that matches your tree on other surfaces, like the top of a nearby chest. Add ribbons to extra ornaments from the tree to the display for pops of color.

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Woodsy Style

Woodsy Small Christmas Tree
PHOTO: HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; STYLING: LINDSEY ELLIS BEATTY

Bring the outdoors in with this nature-inspired tree. Pinecones, birds, feathers, and leaves adorn the branches. Classic blue ornaments add color. Spray-paint leaves and pinecones gold and let dry before hanging.

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Red-and-White Tree

Red and White Small Christmas Tree
HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; STYLING: LINDSEY ELLIS BEATTY

Emphasize the holiday buzz with a red-and-white-themed tree that’s just right for displaying Santa ornaments. Embellish a smaller tree with big red ball ornaments for color and whimsy. Hang candy canes on the branches for a sweet addition.

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Whimsical Blue Tree

Madcap Cottage Design Small Blue Christmas Tree
HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; DESIGN: JOHN LOECKE AND JASON OLIVER NIXON; STYLING: KENDRA SURFACE

There’s nothing boring about a colorful tree. Flip tradition and swap a standard green tree with a brightly colored one. Keep decorations simple. Neutral ornaments make a festive statement on a blue background. 

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Golden Christmas Tree

Gold Metallic Christmas Tree
HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ

If your style leans more formal, make a statement with an elegant tree that’s dressed to match your room. Ornaments in shades of light pink and sparkly gold hang from the branches. Wide gold ribbon tucks between branches to fill in spaces.

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White and Blue Tree

White and Blue Christmas Tree

A palette of blues on the backdrop of a flocked tree complements the room’s décor. Pretty ribbons in shades of blue cascade down from a large bow topper.

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Wrapped in Magnolia

Magnolia on the Christmas Tree
LAUREY W. GLENN

Glossy magnolia leaves add contrast to a faux or fir tree. Gather leaves and wire them together to create a garland. Gold ornaments and white bows create a classic Southern look.

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Glitzy Flocked Christmas Tree

Glitzy Flocked Christmas Tree
HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ

Maximize the glamour with a color scheme of pale pink, mauve, and metallics. Ornaments fill every flocked branch, and foam flowers tuck into the gaps in the place of traditional garland.

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Playful Flocked Christmas Tree

Madcap Cottage Design Flocked Christmas Tree
HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; DESIGN: JOHN LOECKE AND JASON OLIVER NIXON; STYLING: KENDRA SURFACE

A flocked tree provides a perfect winter setting for playful ornaments. Ornaments collected over time have special meanings, but may not complement each other. Glass balls and candle ornaments unify the look.

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Flocked Christmas Tree

Flocked Christmas Tree by Jan Showers
LAUREY W. GLENN; STYLING: JAN SHOWERS

Bring a winter wonderland right into your living room with a flocked Christmas tree. The snowy branches add an old-fashioned feel to the holidays. You can buy a pre-flocked tree or flock one yourself with spray or a flocking kit. Continue the icy theme with glass and metallic ornaments and sparkling snowflakes.

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Blue Tabletop Tree

Blue Tabletop Christmas Tree
HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; STYLING: TAYLOR COLSON HORTON

Add Christmas cheer in even the smallest of spaces. A chinoiserie cachepot holds a small tree tied with small bows. Use battery-operated lights for a simple display.

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Colorful Classic Christmas Tree

Colorful Classic Christmas Tree

Red and gold ornaments, bells, and holly create a classic Christmas look. Forgo the traditional topper and use large bells instead.

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Citrus Tree

Natasha Lawler Charlottesville House at Christmas Lemon/Citrus Christmas Tree
HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ

Oranges may be the typical citrus of the holiday season, but this lemon tree sweetens a sunny room. Bright yellow lemons, lemon slices, and ribbon add cheer, while navy and green tie in the room’s decor.

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Coastal Christmas Tree

Coastal Christmas Tree
HELEN NORMAN

Continue a beach theme all year with a tree that celebrates the season and coastal treasures. A palette of aqua, white, and turquoise keep with the room’s vibe while adding plenty of holiday spirit.

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Plaid Christmas Ribbon

Pile On The Plaid Christmas Tree
HELEN NORMAN

Plaid ribbon adds a playful touch to a tree decked out in gold baubles. The red and green plaid pairs with red ribbon to wrap the tree, keeping with the gold, red, and green color scheme.

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Family Tree

Kids decorating Christmas tree
PHOTO: HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ; STYLING: PAIGE MULLINS

Get the family in on the decor with a tree that displays their handmade creations. Add family favorites through the years that evoke memories of summer vacations and family events. Strands of simple garland finish things off.