How to choose your Christmas tree decorations

Traditional, modern or country? Make sure your tree is the star this Christmas …

It’s never too early to start planning how you’re going to decorate your Christmas tree.

We caught up with Tyrone Joseph, seasonal buyer at Heal’s, to find out what baubles, colours and animal shapes you should be hanging this year.

Star of wonder

“Begin decorating by wrapping the tree in strings of lights, working from the bottom up to the top. Take each type of ornament and hang them around the tree in an even spread before moving to the next type of decoration, so that you don’t end up with the same design bunched in one area and bald patches elsewhere.

“For the top of the tree, I would try to choose something tasteful and in keeping with the rest of the theme, such as a wicker star, rather than a huge angel.”

Let’s go outside

“This year’s there’s a strong focus on woodland themes, with tree decoration inspired by the warmth of a modern chalet. The look works best if there is a playful element to it, with glass ornaments such as hedgehogs, foxes and owls.”

Mix it up

“When choosing your decorations, I’d suggest mixing different shapes within one colour range. Lights are all important: there are now so many different designs, from white paper string lights to red and white cherry lights. Battery-powered options are useful extras. Although the strings tend to be shorter, they don’t need to be plugged in to the mains supply, so are more versatile.”

Colour chart

“Colour schemes combine soft golds and red, while natural wood and glowing paper lights are also key. Add metallics, via some silver or gold acorns, for a touch of luxury.”

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