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Deck the tree: Tips for a fabulous centrepiece this holiday season

Design Centre finds the perfect artificial Christmas tree and some trendy accessories

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 Just as friends cast judgment on your outdated throw pillows or wall colour, the tree will also come under scrutiny — so get it right.

Best artificial tree: Canvas Oxford Liberty Pre-Lit Pine Christmas Tree, 9 ft., $580, CanadianTire.ca

Best artificial tree: Canvas Oxford Liberty Pre-Lit Pine Christmas Tree, 9 ft., $580, CanadianTire.ca

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.

Colour trends

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.

BLUE: Layering many tones of blue ornaments will give you a visually simple but interesting scheme. Left: Canvas Arctic Teal Wide Glass Finial Ornament, $5. Right: Canvas Arctic Teal Peacock Ball Ornament, $4.50.

BLUE: Layering many tones of blue ornaments will give you a visually simple but interesting scheme. Left: Canvas Arctic Teal Wide Glass Finial Ornament, $5. Right: Canvas Arctic Teal Peacock Ball Ornament, $4.50.

GOLD: All tones of gold help to create a luxe look on the tree this year. Left: Canvas Gold Spike Ball Ornament, $5.50. Right: Canvas Gold Glass Peanut Ornament (set of 3), $4.50.

GOLD: All tones of gold help to create a luxe look on the tree this year. Left: Canvas Gold Spike Ball Ornament, $5.50. Right: Canvas Gold Glass Peanut Ornament (set of 3), $4.50.

GREY: Mix with silver and black to create a sophisticated look. Top: NOMA Distressed Glass Lighting (10-set), $17. Bottom left: Canvas Silver Flower Patterned Glass Ball Ornament, $5. Bottom right: Canvas Silver Metal Penguin Ornament, $3.

GREY: Mix with silver and black to create a sophisticated look. Top: NOMA Distressed Glass Lighting (10-set), $17. Bottom left: Canvas Silver Flower Patterned Glass Ball Ornament, $5. Bottom right: Canvas Silver Metal Penguin Ornament, $3.

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?

QUICK TIPS

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).

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