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4 Christmas tree decoration ideas to match your wall color

WordsFrankie Marqueé


Whether you put your tree up early this year or are holding fire until this weekend or next, there’s always room to add a few decorations more to the mix. To cater to trend-led trees across the nation, we asked stylist Sarita Sharma (“one of the best interior stylists to follow” according to the Sunday Times – and team Lick, of course) to come up with her Christmas tree decoration ideas to perfectly pair with the paint color on your walls.

Spoiler alert: it’s all about bright, warming neutrals or pure and simple minimalism on 2020’s trend front, says Sharma. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up going above and beyond with your Christmas tree decorating this year by repainting your room to nail one of Sarita’s four festive looks – we’re certainly tempted…

Christmas tree idea #1: Maximalism  

This first look is one for all the color-lovers out there who like the idea of their decor being bold and bright. This year, we’ve had no real opportunity to get dressed up so that means channeling all of that energy into your tree’s festive attire. Be playful, have some fun (we’ve all certainly earned it), and go maximalist with your tree. Anything goes this year so we might as well be a little flamboyant – it’ll certainly make a statement in your space and add much-needed festive sparkle.

Sarita suggests: bright and gleaming baubles that really pop against a dark backdrop.

Sarita’s perfect paint backdrop: Blue 06 – dark, handsome, and a pared-back foil that’ll light dazzling decorations really pop.

Christmas tree idea #2: Japandi 

Here’s a two-in-one trend that blends Scandi simplicity with the uncomplicated lines of Japanese design – hence ‘Japandi’. In fact, the trend for Nordic interiors stems from Japanese interiors so the two really do go hand in hand. This Christmas idea focuses on all things pared back with plenty of geometric shapes and stripes. In terms of palette, your tree decor should be kept quite monochrome and looks at its best in a green environment with plenty of natural wood accents.

Sarita suggests: black and white Christmas tree decorations like contemporary black baubles and white stars whether they’re felted or ceramic – or both.

Sarita’s perfect paint backdrop: Green 02 – a soft, warming sage green paint that feels understatedly festive and stops the monochromatic decorations from casting a chill.

Christmas tree idea #3: Traditional

Who doesn’t think of a Christmas tree in red and gold as the ultimate festive symbol? If the room where your tree is located is a deep, burnished red or even a burnt copper orange (like Orange 02), give your tree the traditional treatment with raw wood decorations alongside other natural elements like twig garlands to bring the outside in.

Or, if you’re looking at this from the other way around and know that you want a traditionally decorated tree and are wondering what sort of color scheme would suit it, go for these earthy, spice hues that are a modern take on classic pillar box red. Your scheme will feel extra homely and super welcoming.

Need further convincing? Read our color trend report for AW20 with earthy reds in at the top spot, as well as what’s look to lead the way for 2021. Hint: warming neutrals and spiced hues are the name of the game.

“Spicy hues will feel extra homely and super welcoming.”

Sarita suggests: combine heritage Christmas decorations like cheery red baubles – both the matte and the glossy sort – with wooden decorations on and around the tree to draw out a woodland, alpine lodge character that a red color scheme suits to a tee. 

Sarita’s perfect paint backdrop: Red 01 – a deeply warming umber red that’s surprisingly soft so your space will feel undeniably festive and made for hibernating in.