Deck the tree: Tips for a fabulous centrepiece this holiday season
Design Centre finds the perfect artificial Christmas tree and some trendy accessories
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The Christmas tree is the focal point of your home for the next few weeks. Just as friends cast judgment on your outdated throw pillows or wall colour, the tree will also come under scrutiny — so get it right.
Hunting for this season’s best artificial Christmas tree, I found the perfect one from Canadian Tire. Here’s a few of their best holiday tree-trimming accessories and some rules to ensure a fabulous centrepiece to your home this season.
Look for the three big trends this year: layers of blue, warm metallic colours, and grey tones. Each colour helps to create a different mood when decorating: Blues give off a retro vibe when teamed with red and white; gold and bronze give off a luxe appeal when mixed with other warm metallic tones like copper; and grey creates a sophisticated look when silver, black and berry colours are added.
Accessorize the tree with creativity
At the top of the tree, consider something fun like a black top hat and red scarf or a set of decorative resin deer antlers. Under the tree create some luxury for those gifts by laying a faux fur throw, or crumple a set of vintage velvet drapes. Who knows what you might find lying under the tree on Christmas morning?
How many ornaments should I hang on a seven-foot tree?
250 ornaments (35 ornaments per linear foot of height is a general rule).
What should I look for in an artificial tree?
Look for trees that are realistic in colour, have at least two different style of branches, are pre-lit with an adequate amount of warm-white lights, and that the trunk is covered to have a natural bark look.
How many lights should adorn a seven-foot Christmas tree?
700 lights (100 lights per linear foot of height).