During the holiday season, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of many homes. Trim your tree with these inspirational decorating ideas.
Glass ball ornaments add a designer touch to any tree and work whether you want a classic or contemporary tree.
For a traditional theme, look for solid ornaments in red, white, silver and gold. For a more modern look, choose ornaments with graphic designs in a more updated scheme, like lime green and fuchsia or violet and bronze.
Visit the craft store for an array of silk flowers, like garden roses, hydrangeas and magnolias.
Scatter the flowers throughout the branches and then top the tree with richly textured ribbon and a few well-placed ornaments for a high-end designer look.
Celebrate the winter season with a nature-inspired Christmas tree. Mix in a variety of pine cones, leaves and birds throughout the branches, as well as a few metallic elements to add interest and sparkle.
Dress the tree with jingle bells. Mix in silver ornaments and winterberries for a classic Christmas-tree theme.
Even if you don't embrace color in everyday decorating, Christmas is the one time a year you can go overboard with color. Look for ornaments in bold blues, greens and reds and pair them with metallics, like silver and gold.
Put your passion on display. Love gardening? Gather mini water cans, birds and flowers to decorate your tree, and then top with a straw gardening hat.
For a traditional Christmas theme, decorate a flocked tree with bright red ornaments. Pull an eclectic mix of ornaments together by selecting them in the same color.
Collect ornaments on vacations, during major life events and when you or your children participate in hobbies and sports. Each Christmas you'll be reminded of your family's adventures and favorite memories.
Take a cue from the sky and dress your tree with elements like the sun, moon and stars in shades of gold. Bring in bold pops of color, like purple and green, to add interest.
Scripps Howard News Service