Five finishing touches for a perfectly decorated tree

Jennifer Morgan,
Interiors Editor

From lights to decorations, tree skirts to the all-important topper… we share the formula for the best-dressed tree

Living room decorated for Christmas

Spend time choosing a tree

Whether you go for an artificial or real tree, it’s worth paying a bit extra to get the size, shape and look you want – it’ll be the hero of your home for at least a month, after all.

Take measurements before you shop, taking into account the height of your ceiling and how much space you have for the diameter of the tree at its base. You can always trim the lower branches off a real tree and use them to dress your mantelpiece. 

Consider the lighting

Pre-lit trees take the hassle out of untangling endless lengths of fairy lights. ‘A pre-lit tree is great for providing background light,’ says Dan Cooper, Partner & Christmas Buyer. ‘But I’d always add extra ones, too – perhaps a statement set like our vine ones.’

Cover all bases

Tree skirts are a quick, easy way to hide metal stands and add some final polish. ‘A wicker tree skirt will never go out of fashion,’ says Dan. In the mood for something a bit more adventurous? Try a faux-fur or sparkling sequin one. 

Place your tree skirt over the stand before you begin to assemble or secure your tree – much easier than leaving it to the end. All you need to finish it off are a few beautifully wrapped gifts scattered around the base.

Fill your tree

‘We have boxes of plain glass baubles in varying tones of the same colour,’ says Dan. ‘They make it a really easy job, as they give you a foundation. You can then add your more special decorations on the outer edges.’

Some trees – like the more twiggy designs – will need decorations hung throughout, not just on the ends of branches. Others have pine cones and decorations already attached, creating a base to work with. ‘Cluster a few baubles together with ribbon and hang where you’ve got a gap,’ suggests Dan. ‘I like my trees to look really full.’

Top it all off

Whether you go for a traditional angel or shimmering star, topping your tree is the big hero moment… so dim the house lights, pop on the tree’s ones, turn up the Christmas music and get ready for the grand finale!