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4 minimalist Christmas tree decorating ideas


When it comes to the festive season are you sick of the sight of an overstuffed, over-adorned home full of kitsch and outdated clutter? You’re not alone.

More and more people are seeking out minimalist versions of the traditional Christmas tree, and you might be surprised to learn it’s one of the top five searches on Google when it comes to home Christmas styling.

And it’s not just those with limited space that are looking for more streamlined versions of the traditional tree.

Consumers are putting their money where their mouth is and embracing a minimalist trend this Christmas. Picture: Freedom

With an increased emphasis on ethical consumption, limiting waste, and a trend towards making fewer mindless purchases and supporting more hand-made and local businesses, it’s no wonder that Christmas tree trends are changing.

By sticking to a simple tree with a limited colour palette it’s not only a stylish choice, but it also increases opportunities to re-use decorations throughout the year, not just during the festive season.

So if you’re wanting to create a Christmas scene that feels more rich and less kitsch, embracing a minimalist Christmas tree is the way to go. Here are some fab ideas that ditch tradition.

1. The snow-tipped tree

Let the snow do the talking and concentrate on quality over quantity when it comes to your tree decorations. Picture: Temple and Webster

Getting a Christmas tree with snow-sprayed tips is the key to keeping the festive wow-factor without over-stuffing your tree with tinsel.

Tinsel is out. I mean it. No tinsel in 2019, people.

The tree does all the work in this minimal look, so you only have to select no more than three decoration types to adorn sparingly.

This snowy-tipped Christmas tree look can go overboard quite quickly, so unlike me eating Christmas lunch, make sure you execute some serious restraint.

2. The straight-from-nature look

When it comes to trees, mother nature really does know best. Picture: Freedom

We love to bring the outdoors in, so rocking a tree you got straight from the ground outside is literally the way to do it.

The key here is to throw all the traditional Christmas decorations out the window.

Pick a few key accessories made from paper and hang them willy-nilly.

This pared-back Christmas tree look gives the scene up top an organic feel, and you can then concentrate on styling around the pot with more obvious Chrissy moments.

Read more: 5 last-minute Christmas decorations that won’t cost you a fortune

3. Let the lights do the work

Be a bright spark this Christmas and ditch the unnecessary decorations. Picture: Balsam Hill

It doesn’t get more minimal than abandoning decorations altogether.

With a decoration-free Christmas tree, the lights do all the work. No baubles, no tinsel, no bells and whistles. It’s the Victoria Beckham of trees; chic, frail and unwilling to sing no matter how much money it’s offered.

The key to ensuring this look doesn’t feel unfinished is to focus on the presents underneath.

Keep the wrapping paper colour-palette fairly neutral and then add interest and detail through the patterned ribbon. Undeniably charming.

Read more: DIY: How to make your own felt Christmas stocking

4. The wooden but wonderful tree

Scandi-lovers will enjoy this timber take on the traditional tree. Picture: One Two Tree

If you’re a bit of a Scandi-saurus this minimal wooden Christmas tree is ideal.

It’s very Nordic-inspired in look and feel, and the decorations are kept wooden yet colourful.

Embrace pastel tones against this natural backdrop and you’ll be onto a winner.

Avoid bold colours, avoid over-decorating. A few carefully-placed baubles on the end of the branches and a pop of light somewhere is all this look needs.

And the best part: it won’t smell, even weeks after Christmas!

5. The coastal wall-hung look

A wall-hung tree will take up a fraction of the room a traditional tree – and look stylish year-after-year. Picture: Adairs

Living by the beach? Nothing will interrupt that soothing vibe quite like a loud Christmas tree.

Ditch the very notion of a tree on the floor and embrace this alternative idea; a wonderfully coastal and yet completely minimal wall-hung timber tree.

Adorn this beauty with decorations inspired by the beach; both in colour palette and materials.

This is a gorgeous idea that DIY-ers might even want to make. But if you can’t be bothered (I hear ya!), Adairs sells them for under $80.

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