Christmas ornaments come in all shapes and sizes – globes, finials, icicles, and more. While you can mix and match them, certain baubles complement your tree better than others. In this guide, we share the best Christmas ornaments according to different tree types.
Full Christmas Trees
These trees can support heavy ornaments and full coverage designs, so you have more options. To add depth and dimension to your display, use baubles in varying shapes and hues.
Tree décor such as balls and finials work great against dense foliage without looking too crowded. Add movement with glittered ribbons in a waterfall design, then wrap a faux fur tree skirt at the bottom to tie up the motif.
1920s-themed ornaments feature metallic colors and intricate patterns that look stunning on a full tree. Use Christmas ornaments such as crystal danglers, gold baubles, and beaded garlands for an opulent display.
Red, green, and gold ornaments on a full-shaped tree bring back nostalgic Christmas memories. The abundant foliage gives plenty of surface area to showcase heirloom trimmings. Crown it with a star topper to complete the look.
Slim Christmas Trees
Slender trees are great for highlighting ornaments in a focused way. If you’re short on space or simply prefer slim evergreens, try these Christmas tree decorating ideas:
This collection features nature-inspired materials such as wood and fabric, perfect for the rustic charm of a slender tree. Create a cozy countryside look with miniature sleds and ice skates, vintage sleigh bells, wooden villages, and fabric reindeer, then add flower picks in between branches.
Sparse Christmas Trees
Large ornaments go well on a sparse evergreen. When choosing baubles, make sure they’re big enough to create an impact but not too big to overwhelm the tree.
Woodland-themed ornaments are perfect for trees that resemble those found in dense forests. Intricate baubles like owls and mushrooms pair well with the layered branches and add a whimsical touch to the display. Use faux feathers for texture and berry picks for bright pops of color.
Tabletop Christmas Trees
Small ornaments make for eye-catching details on tabletop trees. Use different shapes to create dimension and symmetry, keeping coverage minimal to avoid crowding the tree.
Frosted Christmas Trees
Pre-Lit Christmas Trees
Accents that sparkle or shine make great ornaments for pre-lit Christmas trees. Like a prism, they reflect the glow coming from the lights, creating a delightful effect. Here are some Christmas ornament ideas to try:
Frequently Asked Questions
Below we answer some of your questions about Christmas trees and ornaments.
What Are the Types of Christmas Trees and Their Advantages?
The common types of Christmas trees are full, slim, sparse, tabletop, pre-lit, and frosted. Full trees have more dense foliage so they can support more ornaments, while slim and sparse trees call for a more minimalistic design. Tabletop trees may be the most versatile as they can look good in any space. Meanwhile, pre-lit and frosted trees make decorating easier.
How Do You Choose Ornaments for Christmas Trees?
Consider the shape and size of your tree when decorating for Christmas. Full trees can support heavy coverage, so go for more pieces. Meanwhile, slim and sparse trees are perfect backdrops for minimalistic designs and elongated ornaments. For tabletop trees, it’s best to use mini baubles to avoid overcrowding your design.
What Is the Most Popular Ornament on a Christmas Tree?
Christmas balls are the most common tree ornaments, but icicles, finials, and novelty pieces have gained popularity over the years. Decorated Christmas trees can have a combination of ornaments with various accents and textures.
We hope this guide inspired you to get creative with your Christmas tree decorations this season. Click the link below to see our full collection of ornament sets.