This year we have a Red and White Christmas Tree in our cozy living room. I love how this color combination resembles striped candy canes and is so fresh and festive.
But, decorating with red can be tricky, so let’s look at how to style a tree with this bright holiday color.
And by the way, my friends are joining me with their gorgeous trees as well. You can find their photos at the bottom of this post.
Well, come on it and join my Christmas Tree Tour! Grab a hot cocoa and enjoy this post.
How to Style a Red and White Christmas Tree
I have to admit that I’ve shied away from decorating our tree in red. I feel to pull red off in decorating is a difficult task. I did have a brave moment a couple of years ago, and you can view that red and white holiday tour.
But, when trying to decide on my holiday decorations, I had a little conversation with myself. There is a reason that most stores and magazines showcase red in their photos. A vast majority of the population must love red. So, I semi took the plunge since I eliminated the green and chose red and white as my theme this year.
My one comfort while embarking on this new journey is how red stands out so nicely against white. I quickly realized that I love red and white candy canes, and that is my inspiration.
Ok, let’s go over all the elements I considered in styling my tree.
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I’m not too fond that my tree is a bit on the blue side, so I took off all the LED lights and replaced them with incandescent twinkle lights. Here is the link to the lights I bought. Just FYI, it takes a lot of time and lights to string a tree. 🙂
I love the all-white tree since it is the perfect background for the red and silver ornaments. I knew that a green tree would be the complementary color to red, and both colors try to dominate each other. Plus, I wanted a light and happy tree this year, and white was what I needed to pull it off.
I initially tried a few red glass ornaments, and they overpowered the tree. So, I paired down to my little vintage red balls. Then I decided to use silver and white ornaments mostly. The silver adds such a nice sparkle and still stands out on the tree. The white tree and the silver are analogous colors, but the shiny silver pops!
And don’t you love those adorable mini felt stockings? Here is the link to them.
As a side note, I love my plastic clear icicles. Here is the link to a few different types.
This all-white tree came with LED lights that cast a blue hue. So, I stripped all the lights and replaced them with incandescent warm twinkle lights. My tree is like a 7-foot tree, and I used 1200 lights. I kept having to buy more lights from Amazon. It was worth the investment of time and money to restring my tree since I love the warm glow that the lights give off. Also, since my tree has a blue-white color, I always have the lights on during the day and evening.
A little note, they do make warm LED lights, and I bought some from our local Ace Hardware, but when I got them home and plugged them in, they flickered a blue color. So, I quickly returned them. They flickered so badly that they felt seizure-inducing. So, the moral of this little note is to make sure you buy the right lights!
I always use a wide ribbon for a garland. I did have a lighter candy stripe ribbon, but the ribbon got lost when my brother photographed the tree. So, I quickly replaced the lighter ribbon with this darker tartan ribbon. I do love how it came out.
I spied this red and white wrapping paper at Michael’s and had to buy it. Unfortunately, it isn’t available online. So, I found a few alternatives for you. Here is a polka dot wrapping paper and the snowflake paper as well. I also love the red and white gingham ribbon.
Adding the coordinating wrapping paper finishes off a tree. It’s comparable to adding lipstick to your makeup!
I ended up using three types of fillers.
- Feather Boas – I LOVE using white feather boas. They add a snowy element to a white tree. I love to tuck them in nooks and crannies to hide wires and dark spots in the tree.
- Also, white felt poinsettias. I bought these last year, and I wish I bought more of them since I can’t find them online this year.
- I bought these iced red berries for more red accents. The frosted detail creates a softer red, which is perfect, in my opinion.
And to think that my red and white Christmas tree idea all started with candy canes’ inspiration.
My husband bought three packs of them for me at the store. When he went to buy them, the clerk was like, whoa, that’s a lot of candy canes! And he answered, you have no idea! You see, I have so a garage full of Christmas decorations. He is such a tolerant and supportive hubby.
Well, thanks for stopping by today. Happy Holidays to you and your family!
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