It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! In our opinion it is never too early to get ahead of the crowd. If you are thinking of updating your collection of Christmas tree decorations this year the sooner you start the better, we have learned the hard way that the most beautiful and sought after decorations fly out the doors well in advance of December 8th when most people put their trees in place.
The first thing you should consider when planning your Christmas Tree is weather you would like a Real or Artificial tree? It’s a personal preference. Some believe their home is not complete at Christmas time until the smell of a freshly cut Fir fills the air. For others perhaps a lack of space may mean an artificial tree is their only option. Gone are the days of sad looking artificial trees, now you could not be blamed for being fooled into thinking an artificial tree may be real. At Meadows and Byrne we have a selection of top quality artificial trees that are sure to suit your needs…
If you choose a real Christmas tree we have some tips on how to pick the perfect tree and ways to look after it to ensure it looks delightful all through the festive season.
- A tree should be fresh when purchased. Brush it gently with your fingers or tap it lightly on the ground. If it sheds lots of needles it may be an old tree.
- Avoid those with brittle branches and dull needles.
- Cut off about half an inch from its base in order to open up its pores, put it in a bucket of water and keep it outside in a shady, sheltered spot until it is required indoors.
- Once inside, stand your tree in a container that you can top up with water. This will help make the tree last longer. Also, avoid positioning your tree next to a radiator.
Once you have a tree picked it’s time to choose your theme. The colours should be relevant to the room, a red and gold tree isn’t going to work in a grey and taupe interior. For a cohesive effect, select decorations that are similar in colour to those already existing in the room. That said, what does it matter if you break a few rules? One of the nicest things about your Christmas tree are the decorations that come out every year especially the ones that date back to your childhood so start by adding these to your tree first. Work from there to create a design that harmonises with the palette and proportion of the room.
Tip: For every 1 foot of tree height you need 100 lights, 9 feet of garland and 20 ornaments.
When decorating your tree keep in mind the size of the tree. If it is a large tree, it’s important to up the scale of the decorations. Hang some large baubles, over sized ornaments or big bows that sit on the branches to make it more distinctive. On large trees stockings can also work as decorations. We have a selection of tree decorations online and in-store at Meadows and Byrne…
Tip: Why not place your Christmas tree in your front window, this will offer some Christmas cheer to the exterior of your home too!
We hope you are now equipped with enough knowledge in tree decorating to create a masterpiece this Christmas!
We will be adding some more festive themed posts to our blog over the coming weeks so stay tuned…
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