Clever tips for decorating
Other than placing more delicate decorations at the top of your tree, it is also a good idea to place them on shorter branches as these branches are less likely to droop over time and send decorations to the floor! The safest spot in the tree is where the angel should sit right at the top (unless you own a very agile cat, in which case nothing is safe!).
How to store your baubles safely
If you are planning to keep your decorations year on year – as most people do - it is important to pack them safely and store them in a dry place to reduce the risk of damage. Most will come in their own packaging when you first buy them, so it is a good idea to keep hold of the original packaging. If this is not possible, a cardboard box or shoe box makes for a good-sized container. Make sure you line your box of choice with something soft such as kitchen towels, bubble wrap or scrunched up newspaper. It is best if this soft lining is in between the balls too, if they are touching there is a chance that they could get scratched or broken – especially if they are of the glass variety.
It is a good idea to check your baubles in advance to see if any have broken so that you have the chance to replace them before decorating your home. You can find Christmas balls and other home décor on the Lesara Christmas shop.
Which styles are on trend for 2017
What kind of style do you go for when decorating your tree? Perhaps you prefer classic colours such as red, green & gold, all matching and perfectly distanced apart. Or maybe they are all different sizes, colours & shapes, thrown haphazardly from top to bottom. If you are a household with small children, you probably have a few DIY baubles which are painted with traditional xmas symbols and dipped in glitter. Whatever your style, Christmas baubles are a big part of the decorating process, and in each home they are arranged differently. We have been tracking which styles are emerging as the big trends for decorating in 2017, here are the top 3:
- Trend 1: LEDs
LEDs are the next big thing for any decorating enthusiasts! These kinds of lights come in classic colours such as warm white, red, green & gold and often have “flicker” settings to create a warm and inviting ambience. Alternatively, opt for LED baubles which are multicoloured and have a “flashing” setting which add a lively and fun addition to your home. LED lights are also a great energy-saving option and can be used year on year. If you really love LED home decor, explore the whole range available on Lesara, which has everything from LED wall pictures to fairy lights, and signs to lanterns.
- Trend 2: Individual baubles
Another big trend are unique baubles or ones which tell a story. These kinds will give your festive decorating a homely and individual feel. A new trend is photo baubles which can be ordered online and delivered directly to you. These also make great presents for grandparents or other family members.
A good idea is to encourage kids to make their own DIY tree decorations. This can be done very simply by buying plain baubles and some simply DIY products such as glitter, glue, paints, sequins etc. It would be a good idea to go for the plastic variety, as it is less likely that these will become damaged during the DIY process! For an advanced DIY-er, why not try making a snow globe bauble? A snow globe should be made of a material which is transparent, and when it is shaken white material floats around the inside, giving the illusion that it is snowing inside the ball.
Christmas markets are also a great place to purchase unique baubles from. If it is possible, you can also look for décor when on holiday or in a different city so that your tree decorations can always remind you of happy holiday times!
- Trend 3: Blue tones
Cooler colour schemes are very in this year. Choose blue tones to add a frosty touch to your grotto. You can also invest in blue tinsel and fairy lights to add to your Frozen-inspired theme. Another good idea is to pair blue tones with neutral tones such as warm white or silver so that your ambience doesn’t fall below freezing.
What your festive colour scheme says about you
What do your Christmas balls say about you? Here’s your answer:
- Red: symbolises love & warmth - you are a romantic!
- Gold: symbolises timeless elegance - you are a royal!
- Silver: symbolises coldness - you are super cool!
- White: symbolises minimalist chic - you are a hipster!
- Blue: symbolises modern style - you are on-trend, and you know it!
Want more inspiration?
Head down to your local xmas market or fair where you will find stalls from all around the world selling traditional and hand crafted décor. Check your local tourist information board to see which fairs are nearby.
Why do we decorate trees at Christmas?
It wasn’t until around the 1500s that decorating trees began to be associated with Christmas. It is thought that the tradition began when trees started to be decorated as props and backgrounds for nativity plays. This tradition grew and grew until there was a decorated tree inside almost every home at this time of year! This seemed to spur on competition to which household had the biggest, best & brightest tree decoration.