How to Pick the Perfect Christmas Theme Idea This Year

It’s almost the holiday season, and that means it’s time to choose from the best Christmas decoration theme ideas! Find the new perfect Christmas decor theme for your house this year with these helpful tips.

One of the best parts of the holiday season is choosing a theme for all your decorations. Although it’s perfectly fine to repeat the same decor year after year, I love coming up with a unique Christmas tree theme each year! 

The thrill of selecting the perfect decorations and coordinating color scheme adds another layer of festive cheer! However, the holiday season takes on extra importance now that blogging has become part of my life.

I know this is not for everybody. There were many years when I used the same decorations repeatedly, and nothing is wrong with that. But, in case you are looking for new Christmas tree inspiration, I have gathered some fantastic trees from a wide range of themes to inspire you!

In this post, I want to help you find the perfect theme for your tree with these festive Christmas tree themes! I promise you’ll leave with a little extra holiday cheer and some great new ideas… 

The fireplace is decorated for Christmas with bells hanging from the mantel.A Christmas sign hangs above with lots of red and white.

How to Choose the Perfect Christmas Decoration Theme

Before you begin, it’s important to take inventory of what decorations you have and can reuse with your tree decorating this year. This will help narrow down what you may need to purchase to accomplish the look you are after. 

Consider your current supplies

While I adore the authenticity of real Christmas trees, we opt for artificial ones because they fit snugly into my DIY Christmas tree stands without any concerns about water retention. In addition, I can leave the trees up for an extended amount of time. 

Identify the spaces to decorate

Think about the areas you’d like to decorate. Are you leaning towards a minimalist approach, concentrating on the living room and family room? Or do you aim to infuse the entire house with a full dose of Christmas spirit?

Here are some spaces to consider:

  • Front door
  • Fireplace mantel
  • Front porch
  • Kitchen
  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
  • Staircase

 Choose a color scheme

Take a look at some of the color schemes I’ve provided, and then assess the decorating supplies you already have that can be reused. Afterward, it’s time to either go shopping for new decorations or start crafting!  You know me, I am all about crafting and creating my own decorations. You can frequently repurpose or paint your existing ball ornaments or create fresh ones from scratch to add a unique, personal touch. 

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Traditional Christmas Color Palette
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6 Colorful Christmas Decoration Theme Ideas for Your Tree

There are so many possible color schemes and theme ideas that are bright and cheery. Some are traditional and classic, while others pop with vibrant jewel tones. Browse through these choices to assist you in discovering the ideal design for this festive Christmas season.

I’m delighted to share with you the most beautiful holiday trees created by myself and my talented blogger friends! From glitzy glam to traditional elegance, these unique and festive trees will spark your seasonal imagination. Get ready for a little inspiration – Click on each blog name at the end of this post for a complete look at all their fabulous work!

In the meantime, don’t forget to pin it!

I didn’t want to overwhelm you with too many dreamy Christmas trees, but trust me—it’s worth it! 

Bright and Cheery Trees

If you love bright and Cheery, you need to meet my friend Jen @tatertotsandjello. She has such a unique style and has decorated some of the most beautiful trees I have seen. Turquoise and red, Disco Balls and Falalalalla trees to make you smile. 

These colorful themes are a fun twist on classic Christmas decor, and you can easily take them to the next level! I’d love to see a gingerbread house Christmas tree with pale pastel candies. The young children would be absolutely thrilled by this!

This theme is perfect for those who have a fondness for all things vintage. Revive the classic ornaments and vibrant, retro-colored trees. Choose a white or pink tree and adorn it with candy-hued decorations and ornaments. Embrace the whimsical charm, and don’t concern yourself with realism – that’s precisely the intention. It’s a joyful, vibrant color palette that adds a playful touch!

White Winter Wonderland Christmas Trees

The white winter wonderland theme is a classic! There are so many ways to decorate for this theme, and since they all match, you really can’t go wrong! 

With wintery whites and festive florals, Michele @vintagehomedesigns has creatively captured the magical essence of the season with her all-white tree. Meanwhile, Jenn and Josh @downshiloaroad created a genuinely awe-inspiring holiday display with pinecones galore! It’s no surprise that these trees resemble a magazine cover.

If you want to try a cozy white color scheme this year, consider pairing it with metallics or a bold color. I love the mix of white decorations, like flocked garlands and white wooden trinkets. Pair lots of white ornaments with silver ornaments or gold baubles. I love the idea of adding green ornaments for a little pop of color. Just add in some rich textures to complete the look!

Give basic white baubles a touch of glam by adding gold leaf! 

Bright and Blue Christmas Trees

You all know how much I love blue. And this delightful tree from Lynn @livinglargeinasmallhouse is no exception! Coco’s soft sweet treat tree brings a gentle pastel theme to any space. I’m smitten with its simple beauty. The glow of Kylie’s tree is so pretty with the tradition of tinsel and its bright-colored ornaments.

Last year, I had a nine-foot King Douglas fir slim tree in my dining room. I took my collection of blue flow china and hung it on the tree. It’s such a nice way to add a blue accent color without making the space feel too cold. You can read about how I decorated my blue and white Christmas tree here. In addition I had a blue and white Noble fir tree with mini blue and white lamp shades on my candles.

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Dining Room Tree 2022
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Living Room Tree 2022

Rustic Christmas Trees

Nature’s brilliance never disappoints! I have a deep affection for trees adorned with the wonders of the outdoors—branches, twigs, pine cones, red berries, and dried fruit. Rachel’s commitment to eco-friendly tree decorations, featuring dried oranges (learn how to dry them here), and the natural flair brought by my talented friends Robyn, Jennifer, Stacy, and Kim, make them the true gifts of this holiday season.

Robyn’s artistic touch stands out with a delightful array of green wrapping paper on the presents, seamlessly tying the entire theme together!

The possibilities within this theme are endless. My family room tree takes on a garden-inspired charm, nestled in a wheelbarrow and adorned with all things related to gardening. Starting with an 8′ flocked tree from King of Christmas, we’ve hung large watering cans, birdhouses, garden tools, mushroom ornaments, and more. The details are too numerous to capture in photos; you’ll have to click the link to get the full scoop—it’s even more enchanting in person!

Garden themed tree in an unusual artifical christmas tree stand
Gardening Theme

This year, I’m crafting a few rustic trees, embracing natural materials, woodland creature ornaments, dried oranges, and lots of charming details.

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Touches of Time by Design

Farmhouse Christmas Trees

Jessica from Itty Bitty Farmhouse and Rachel from The Ponds Farm House are two inspiring bloggers who have transformed their farmhouses into wonderlands this festive season. Jessica has brought the charm of a ski lodge to her guest bedroom through a lovely tree! Meanwhile, Rachel’s bold choice of decorating with turquoise & dried hydrangeas is sure to make you swoon.

Traditional Christmas Trees

There’s something to be said for a traditional Christmas tree. I love a classic red and green color scheme, especially with pops of white or even gold ornaments. Pull out all the traditional Christmas decorations like candy canes, jingle bells, evergreen wreaths, and more. 

For a traditional style, choose rich colors like burgundy and forest green. Doesn’t that sound beautiful?  With a bit of luxurious velvet ribbon and glimmering metallic ornaments? This simple design is timeless and will always be on trend!

I hope you enjoyed the collection of 33 unique and beautiful Christmas trees to help you create your own themed Christmas tree this year! There are no rules for decorating a Christmas tree, so have fun with it! Get inspired by these Christmas decor ideas and find a new way to repurpose your old decor into a completely different design. You’ll have lots of fun, I promise!

Christmas tree in sled in a living room

Get a head start and pin this post for next year – that way, when it’s time to trim the tree once again, all your favorite styles will still be right where you left them. 

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Don’t forget to stop by and see these other eight amazingly talented bloggers and their gorgeous trees.

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  1. Love your trees! Do you have a tutorial for making the mini blue and white lamp shades on your candles? If so could you share? Thanks.

  2. What a lot of tips and ideas! We tend to just bung up the same decorations every year but it is nice to think of new ideas and themes to maybe mix things up a bit. Thanks for sharing with us at Handmade Monday 🙂

    1. Thank you, Julie! before my blogging days, I tended to do the same thing every year. I have enjoyed stretching myself to create new ideas. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving.

  3. Rachel Harper says:

    So much great information! I plan to share tomorrow on DRA. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  4. I love using a theme to decorate my trees! You are so creative and have so many lovely ideas and beautiful, unique trees! I’ll be sharing this post in my weekly newsletter on Saturday! Have a great day!

  5. When it comes to Christmas, I can never pick one style over another when I am looking at other’s decor. Here… we have a tree that matched our living room colors, something my mother did when we were growing up. It was the grown up tree that she decorated, and then we had a family tree we kids decorated. We may not have any children here, minus the four-legged variety, but we still decorate a family tree with all of the ornaments we had growing up. We enjoy getting those ornaments out every year, and chatting up Christmas past with each other. We have smaller trees in other rooms, and it just depends how we decorate them on how we are feeling. I have to say, I do love a silver tree, I am still on the hunt for one from the 60’s. You have so many wonderful options here Wendy, and I love your blue and white trees!

    1. Thank you sweet Cara. And my apologies for such a late reply. I had a houseful of guests over Thanksgiving that just left and now I am sick. ugh. never fails. I can just imagine what fun you have looking over the ornaments from the years. Each one is special in their own way. I cant wait to see what you do this year.

  6. Leslie Watkins says:

    Putting the tree up this week will be the first time before Thanksgiving…thanks for your help in narrowing down a theme!

    1. I can’t wait to see what you do this year! I went the total opposite for a change.

  7. What a gorgeous collection of trees Wendy! I love the idea of a themed tree!

  8. Wendy, love your blog! Your Christmas tree is gorgeous!! I love blue and white and always wanted to incorporate that palate on my Christmas tree. You have given me the inspiration I needed.
    I also loved your Roman shades. Did you have them made or create them yourself? I am toying with the idea of using blue and white toile for my Roman shades. I would love to see additional pictures of yours.
    Thank you so much, Elaine

    1. Hi Elaine,

      Thank you so much, Elaine. I am happy to send you some close-up images of the Roman shades if that would be helpful.
      I have your e-mail at [email protected].

    2. By the way, I had them made by a local sewing room.

  9. Wow! My brain is firing on all cylinders!!! These trees are so wonderful — every one of them. But all so different! Do I really have to choose just one???? I surrender, it’s just not possible,

    Oodles of thanks for including me in the tree blog hop. As always, it’s such fun working with you and all these ladies.

    1. LOL, I agree. Very hard to choose. However, you had me with the nutcrackers this year. I am sorry I did not buy them when I saw them.

  10. Each one is prettier than the next. I love those little shades Wendy! They add the perfect finishing touch to your tree. Thank you for inviting me to join you on this fun hop.

    1. Thank you so much, Susan. These shades were so fun to create.

  11. Oh my goodness, Wendy, all of your Christmas trees are fabulous! I can see why it’s difficult to choose a favorite, as I love them all too! Those little shades are adorable and just might have to try this next year! Thanks so much for gathering all of us together for such a beautiful and inspiring blog hop!

  12. Wendy,
    Your trees are gorgeous. I love every detail. Thanks for sharing my trees.

    1. You are so welcome Rachel. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. I have enjoyed hopping with you this year.

  13. Wendy, you have some gorgeous trees! I used to always have a themed tree. Such fun planning. The shades you made are lovely, too! Thanks for gathering us together! A very Merry Christmas to you!!

    1. Thank you Kim. I think Christmas tree decorating is one of my all-time favorite things to do. Thanks for hopping along with us today.

  14. So much inspiration in one place! Thanks for arranging this blog hop Wendy!

  15. Clever girl! I adore the paper shades on the Christmas tree! The pattern, the color…in love with it all! Thank you so much for getting us all together for the fun blog hop! Merry Christmas, my friend!

    1. Thank you Missy! It was a bit of a last-minute throw-together hop, but we did it!!! now we can relax a little bit.

  16. Wendy, your trees are absolutely fabulous!! I love how you’ve created each tree to reflect something or someone that you love!! You are amazingly talented, my friend!! Thank so much for organizing our tour of trees, and a very Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!!

    1. Thank you so much, Kim. I do love dreaming up these tree themes. However, I may go for sweet and simple next year. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  17. Wendy, you have such the touch for design. I love every one of your Christmas Trees. It’s so much fun to come up with unique designs on trees. Love how you provide so much inspiration. The sled with the tree and the wheelbarrow to hold the tree are wonderful ways to display a Christmas tree. You are so talented, my dear friend. Thank you for including me on this hop. I enjoyed it.

    1. You are so kind Tammy. Thank you for all of your thoughtful and kind words. It was a fun year for tree decorating. However, I may simplify life a bit next year. haha

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