Oh, Christmas tree!

Hendrick's stag head decoration, 6, available from Paperchase.
Hendrick's stag head decoration, 6, available from Paperchase.

Never mind decking the halls — it’s all about the Christmas tree, isn’t it?

Whether you favour a ‘can-you-believe-it’s-not-real?’ artificial one or always opt for the genuine article, whose fragrant scent (and needles) will fill the house, it’s the decorations that say most about your taste and family history — from hand-me-down baubles to childhood creations.

John Lewis Wooden Houses Advent Calendar, 40, available from John Lewis.

John Lewis Wooden Houses Advent Calendar, 40, available from John Lewis.

“This year, people seem determined to want their tree to be the biggest they can fit in and afford, and they also have a very good idea of what colour or style theme they want to follow,” says Craig Roman, home and garden styling expert at Dobbies Garden Centres.

“They’re very specific about the look they want to achieve, and we have three key looks this year — full-on traditional, with lots of red and gold; a countryside feel, featuring creatures great and small; or the dazzling snowy white tree, embellished with silver or gold touches.”

Whichever look you choose, make it tree-mendous...

TRULY TRADITIONAL

Red and green is the ultimate festive look, and has a timeless appeal which can be interpreted in a retro way, or given a dash of kitsch.

“This an absolute classic look with red particularly strong this year and not only in decorations - there are also red berry lights,” says Roman. “There’s a lovely nostalgic feel to this style of decoration, which is seen in red candy cane and Santa stocking decorations.

“This season, we’re seeing much more emphasis on the texture and finishes of baubles — incorporating matt with shiny; shiny with glitter; or those which are ribbed. Many have an ‘added extra’, such as a tiny charm attached to the top, or a ribbon with beading.

“People could embellish their own baubles, by simply sourcing charms, stickers or diamante glitter from craft stores, or use a glitter pen to personalise them with names or messages. Add to the red effect by pegging cards to red ribbon, which can be hung from banisters, curtain or picture rails and adding red bows to a wreath.”