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How to decorate a Christmas tree {black + red}

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Sounds kind of silly right, how to decorate a Christmas tree? There is no right or wrong way to decorate a tree. If you love it, then it’s perfect! Today I am sharing how we decorate our tree and how we achieve a clustered ornament look. My grandmother was quick to say she didn’t like my method but that’s ok, I do! Decorating a Christmas tree can be overwhelming so hopefully with a few quick and easy tips, you will be on your way to creating a fun joyful tree that your family will love.

How to decorate a Christmas tree - Red + black Last year our Christmas tree in our family room was a neutral elegant flocked tree decorated with gorgeous white owls and rustic grapevine garland.

Deck the Halls Christmas Home Tour 2013First, start with your tree. I moved the flocked tree from last year into our dining room and decided to go with a green tree this year. This tree is by Balsam Hill and is the Vermont White Spruce.

How to decorate a Christmas tree - Red + black

I start by adding my garland creating a looped look.  I found the wooden italian pinocchio’s at HomeGoods and immediately thought they would look fabulous on the tree.

How to decorate a Christmas tree - Red + black

I used two types of garland, a beaded red and a candy cane theme. I always stuff the largest ornaments inside the tree, many times as fillers. No matter how perfect your tree is, there will always be gaps and the best way to hide a gap is to stuff large ornaments inside. I don’t even hang them, they usually are so large, they just rest on the limbs.

How to decorate a Christmas tree - Red + black

Next, I decided to add a few cute sign sayings. I have never added signs to a tree before and I must say, I kind of like the way it looks! It’s fun and different! Don’t be afraid to try something new ;). Next I clustered various sized red ornaments together. Try to use different textured ornaments. This will create visual appeal and create an eclectic look. I love how the matte, shiny and glittered ornaments look paired together.

How to decorate a Christmas tree - Red + black I scattered glass santa clause ornaments left over from a couple years ago throughout the tree along with small black ornaments. Never in a million years would I have tried black ornaments on a tree but I saw these at HomeGoods and thought they would look great with the black, “baby it’s cold outside sign” and the black on our throw pillows.

How to decorate a Christmas tree - Red + black

red + black ornaments/ Christmas signs/wooden Pinocchio/red beaded + candy cane garland – HomeGoods

red dot Jute rug – Dash & Albert

snowflake crimson throw – PineCone Hill

Our little pup enjoys his morning naps right in front of this tree. He loves when the sun beats in threw the window and it’s warm and cozy. Like I said earlier, there are many different opinions on how to decorate a Christmas tree. There is no right or wrong way, decorate with what you love! I usually try to start with a color or theme and then go from there when scouring the house for ornaments and decor. This year, I went in the complete opposite direction creating a fun colorful nostalgic Christmas tree and while it’s a big change from last year, I think it’s quiet charming ;). I will be sharing the entire room in our upcoming Christmas home tour. UPDATE: See full home tour here.

Disclosure: I was provided with gift cards from HomeGoods.  Of course, all opinions and words are 100% my own.

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  1. Love your holiday red and black tree Jessica!! So festive! Love HomeGoods! 🙂

  2. hey Jessica- I just happened to visit your blog through Pinterest and am very impressed!!! Where did you get those beautiful curtains from? My bedroom walls are exact same color as this room of yours and I haven’t been able to choose the right curtains yet

      1. That’s awesome! Thank you so much!

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