How to Decorate a Minimalist Christmas Tree
November 20, 2020
To achieve a minimalist Christmas tree look, less is more! Thankfully, this makes decorating for Christmas a lot easier and faster. The decor that you choose to bring into your home should make a big impact, while feeling effortless, simple, and beautiful. Today I’m sharing my best tips when it comes to decorating a minimalist style Christmas tree:
- Picking the Right Christmas Tree
- Tips for Setting up the Christmas Tree
- Simple Ways to Decorate a Modern Minimal Christmas Tree
Picking the Right Christmas Tree:
The type of Christmas tree itself is really important because it (obviously) sets the foundation for the whole look and style. We absolutely love our 7 foot balsam fir flocked Christmas tree for its subtle blue-green color, which gives it more of a neutral base compared to other regular green trees. One of my FAVORITE things about this faux Christmas tree is that the balsam fir branches add so much dimension and already have a lot of visual interest to it. This makes it super simple to decorate because you don’t need to add much more to it – it’s already beautiful on its own!
For reference, our Christmas tree is 7 feet tall and we have 9 foot ceilings in our home.
A side note about flocked trees…
Yes, it will make a mess when you set it up and the white stuff will be all over the floor, but that’s to be expected and you can easily just vacuum it up. After setting up the tree, we don’t have problems with the flock getting everywhere because we don’t touch the tree much after. Target also has the un-flocked balsam fir Christmas tree version if that’s what you prefer!
Tips for Setting up the Christmas Tree:
- Starting from the base, fluff as you go. This will help you easily reach the deeper parts towards the middle of the tree, making the fluffing process go quickly and efficiently, compared to fluffing everything after you assemble the whole tree.
- To make the tree look as full as it can be, look for spots that look a little bare and bend a branch toward that area to fill it.
- Optional: add some twinkle lights or fairy lights placed toward the center of the tree for some extra magic!
Simple Ways to Decorate a Modern Minimal Christmas Tree:
1) MINIMALIST TREE TOPPER
Our favorite tree topper is this moravian star Christmas tree topper from Amazon that lights up, giving a beautiful glow at the top. It comes with green zip ties to secure the tree topper to the Christmas tree. When it’s not lit, the tree topper is just a simple white star, adding to the whole modern minimalist look.
2) RED BERRY PICKS
Adding red berry picks throughout the Christmas tree gives a nice pop of color against the flocked blue-green tree foundation. We used a total of 8 berry picks throughout, but you can use however many or little you’d like! We got ours from Target last year and can’t seem to find the exact ones again, but I linked a few similar options below.
3) A SIMPLE, NEUTRAL ORNAMENT COLOR SCHEME
After adding the berry picks, we then put up ornaments filling in the rest of the space. The number of ornaments we put up are definitely very minimal, focusing first on our white ornaments and then filling in the rest with gold/copper/green ornaments.
Lastly, we finish off the tree with personal mementos and had started this tradition of putting up a photo in these yearly dated Pottery Barn ornaments to commemorate our favorite highlight of that year to remember.