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72 Christmas Tree Ideas That Will Make Your Home Merry and Bright in 2021

Whether you fit into a rustic aesthetic, a modern aesthetic, or somewhere in the middle, we've got the perfect Christmas tree decoration idea for you.    

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It’s time to deck the halls and rock around the Christmas tree! But wait: We’re not talking about any old Christmas tree. This year, it’s time to step up your game on the tree decorating front—after all, that’s what Christmas is all about. The best thing about Christmas tree decorating is that it can easily become one of your family’s newest Christmas traditions, along with creating DIY Christmas ornaments, DIY Christmas decorations, and Christmas crafts for kids. We’ve got dozens of Christmas tree ideas on this list, so you’re sure to find one (or more!) that’s perfect for your home.

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Going Green Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree idea puts the “green” in evergreen, even if your tree is artificial. Add some white ornaments to emphasize the green even more.

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Putting on the Glitz Christmas Tree

In addition to classic gold ball ornaments, some more creative shapes such as stars and snowflakes bring visual interest to this Christmas tree decorating idea. A Leo would totally dig this glam theme. Find out how you should decorate for the holidays, according to your zodiac sign.

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Red-Themed Christmas Tree

You’ll be seeing red (in the best way possible) with this Christmas tree design that makes the most of one of the big Christmas colors. Enhance your red ornaments with red holly berries for a rustic effect.

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Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree

Get inspired by the outdoors with this white colorway featuring a silver tree, white ornaments, and tinsel. It might even inspire you to take on some of these outdoor Christmas decoration ideas.

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Vintage Christmas Tree

Have yourself a very vintage Christmas this year with this fun Christmas tree design.

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Mini Christmas Tree

Sometimes the best presents really do come in the smallest of packages. Place a mini Christmas tree as a centerpiece to spruce up your Christmas tablescape. Don’t forget the Christmas tree topper!

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Ice Delight Christmas Tree

Use a white Christmas tree and deep blue, gray, and white ornaments to recreate this glacial effect.

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Whimsical Christmas Tree

Take a walk on the wild side with this Christmas tree design. The trick is for no two ornaments to be exactly the same shape.

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Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Pay homage to Charlie Brown’s adorable Christmas tree with this decoration idea, arguably from one of the best Christmas movies of all time.

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Christmas Bow Tree

Use Christmas bows in addition to ornaments for holiday decorating this year. While some people decorate well in advance of the big day, others might turn tree-trimming into a Christmas Eve tradition the whole family will love.

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Holly Berry Christmas Tree

Rather than a traditional Christmas tree topper, use sprigs of holly berries to set your tree apart from the rest.

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Snowy Christmas Tree

Let it snow! Bring the magic of a winter wonderland into your living room by spraying fake snow onto the branches of your tree.

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Flower Power Christmas Tree

Intersperse some faux roses, leaves, and other flowers to bring in some springtime.

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Under the Sea Christmas Tree

Take your Christmas tree below deck this year by adding blue ornaments, fish ornaments, and starfish for the ultimate tropical take.

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Blue Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree idea puts the “blue” in blue spruce. Intersperse with gray ornaments so the blue can really pop. “Blue Christmas” is also one of the best Christmas songs that you should add to your playlist.

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Party Christmas Tree

Throw some party streamers onto your tree for an instantly festive mood.

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Rainbow Christmas Tree

Simple shapes and ornaments in a rainbow of colors. Need we say more?

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Color-Coordinated Christmas Tree

Committing to a color palette is a shortcut to making your tree look pulled together Pick two main colors and one accent for all your Christmas decoration ideas.

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Butterfly Christmas Tree

Create a secret Christmas garden by including ornaments and decorations in the shapes of flowers, butterflies, and even colored pine cones.

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Purple-Themed Christmas Tree

Purple everything is the way to achieve this Christmas tree idea.

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Sophisticated Christmas Tree

A few black ornaments mixed in with red, gold, and silver, along with some holly berries tucked in, make for a tree that’s classic and refined.

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Rose-Gold Christmas Tree

Rose-gold ornaments get a cheery lift when mixed with peacock-blue ones, as seen in this Christmas tree look.

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Patriotic Christmas Tree

Show off your patriotic side with these red, white, and blue ornaments.

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Sugar Sweet Christmas Tree

Roses are pink, violets are blue…and adding some pink roses and bows to your tree design is sure to be sweet!

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Bubblegum Pink Christmas Tree

Create a showstopping centerpiece with a bubblegum-pink tree this year. Ever wondered how Christmas is celebrated around the world? It’s time to find out.

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Minimalist Christmas Tree

Take a simple yet sophisticated route this holiday season by recreating these geometric origami ornaments and using a milk crate as a potter.

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Book Lover Christmas Tree

This is for all of you book lovers out there! Stack books and top with a paper star for a truly literary celebration.

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Touch of Frost Christmas Tree

Take some pine cones from your backyard and artfully stick them into your Christmas tree among silver frosted ornaments.

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Perfect Present Christmas Tree

Sometimes, it’s best to go with what you know. Nothing says Christmas morning like red and gold ornaments, bows, and accents.

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Lantern Light Christmas Tree

This simple Christmas tree uses white paper lanterns in place of ornaments for a playful look.

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Feather Flocked Christmas Tree

For this monochromatic tree, glittery silver feathers and leaves represent the peak of wintry sophistication and whimsy.

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Peaceful Snow Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree idea brings a touch of calmness to an otherwise hectic season. White dove ornaments are offset by large gold and rose-gold balls.

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Birds and Balls Christmas Tree

Bedeck your tree with miniature birdhouses, owl ornaments, and clusters of ball ornaments in a fresh pastel color palette.

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Triangular Christmas Tree

This is for all those modern artists out there. Because really, anything can be a Christmas tree.

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Pretty in Pink Christmas Tree

This different take on the pink color palette is whimsical and fun. Be sure to feature ornaments of all different shapes and sizes and tie it up with ribbons.

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Shabby Chic Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree idea takes advantage of cute, vintage-inspired ornaments. We spot heart pillows, knitted T-shirts, and even a birdhouse!

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Dazzling Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree decorated in pastel hues looks fit for a princess. It’s so decadent!

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Forest Finds Christmas Tree

If you look closely, you can see some feathered friends roosting in the branches of this tall tree.

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Classic Touches Christmas Tree

You can’t go wrong with tradition when it comes to holiday decorating. Golden snowflakes look lovely dotted between red and white ornaments.

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Let It Snow Christmas Tree

This tree decoration idea takes advantage of faux snow and pastel colors to brighten the room. You know what else brightens the room? These romantic Christmas movies.

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Country Christmas Tree

This scheme uses real wood to highlight the rustic accents.

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Rainbow Christmas Tree

Bring some holiday cheer to your Christmas tree this year through color—we’re talking ROYGBIV.

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Light-Up Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree will have you pulsing with excitement—and bright lights!

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Goth Christmas Tree

If Halloween and Christmas had a baby, it would be this tree.

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Golden Christmas Tree

All that glitters isn’t always gold, but this Christmas tree is.

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Red Christmas Tree

String a red tree with lights and you’ll create a dramatic look even without any ornaments.

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Holly Jolly Christmas Tree

The young and young-at-heart will adore this Christmas tree decoration idea with brightly colored ornaments that just happen to coordinate with the Grinch. Everyone will also love these kids’ Christmas movies.

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Space-Themed Christmas Tree

Climb aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise this holiday season by creating a decked-out Star Trek–inspired tree.

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Harry Potter Christmas Tree

Bring the holiday magic to literal life with this Harry Potter–inspired Christmas tree decoration idea.

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Nurse-Themed Christmas Tree

Celebrate the heroic first responders in your life by creating a nurse-themed Christmas tree.

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Beachy Christmas Tree

Are you a beach bum year-round? If so, you’ll love this beach-themed decoration idea, which will transform even the snowiest of days into a beach vacation.

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Personalized Christmas Tree

This Christmas season, it’s time to get personal. Add your family’s names to this wooden Christmas tree and display it as is, or use it as a tree topper. While you’re at it, try out some personalized Christmas stockings.

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Out-of-the-Box Christmas Tree

If you prefer more unconventional decorating methods, consider stringing lights and ornaments around a wooden ladder.

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Present Christmas Tree

With this Christmas tree decoration idea, who needs presents? Tie your Christmas tree up in a bow to celebrate its beauty.

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Nature Christmas Tree

Another alternative tree idea, but this time using sticks and twigs scavenged from your backyard.

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Neutral Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree uses a glowing garland to enhance its neutral-toned ornaments.

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Traditional Touches Christmas Tree

When it comes to decorating a tree, half of the battle is picking out the perfect tree. This year, consider a fuller, wider tree to achieve this decorating idea.

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Snow-Kissed Christmas Tree

Nothing says sophistication like a tree trimmed in white.

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Poinsettia Christmas Tree

Show off your Christmas spirit by decorating your tree with the ultimate Christmas flower this year.

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All Eyes on You Christmas Tree

We can’t confirm that Santa sees us all when we’re sleeping and knows when we’re awake…but this tree certainly does!

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Rustic Charm Christmas Tree

Keep up with a rustic aesthetic by transforming stalks of wheat into a Christmas tree.

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Modern Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree decoration idea uses shades of brown, taupe, and white to create a calming but festive look.

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Out of This World Christmas Tree

Add some intergalactic charm with iridescent moon, star, and globe ornaments.

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Bows Galore Christmas Tree

The more bows, the merrier! Stick these Christmas bows traditionally used for wrapping presents on your tree for a fun surprise.

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Up, Up, and Away Christmas Tree

All you need to create this bubbly and fun idea? Balloons and creativity!

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Botanical Christmas Tree

Bedeck your tree with real houseplants for a look that shows off your green thumb.

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Sparkly Christmas Tree

You’ll certainly be rockin’ around the Christmas tree with these fun gold disco ball ornaments and matching decorations.

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Seashell Christmas Tree

DIY a tree with your seashell collection or buy one pre-made. Either way, it’s a shore bet.

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Christmas Tree in a Bottle

There’s an important message in this Christmas tree decoration idea: It’s that no matter how big or small, your Christmas tree can do it all.

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Everything’s Coming Up Roses Christmas Tree

This rosy tree is perfect for anyone who wants to let out their inner sweetness this holiday season. It’s also adorable for a Christmas-themed baby shower.

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Homey Christmas Tree

This classic tree takes on a rustic twist with the addition of wooden ornaments.

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Gold Bow Christmas Tree

A ribbon garland is the perfect way to complete a sophisticated Christmas tree. Swirl it over lights for a magical glow. For more fun decorating ideas and a terrific Christmas outing with the family, visit one of these amazing Christmas light shows near you.

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Lucie Turkel
Lucie is a lifestyle and culture writer covering the latest in holidays, books, movies and television, and e-commerce for RD.com. She graduated with an individualized major in Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut.

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