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6 Types of Ornaments to Make Your Home Merry This Christmas

There’s never a shortage of holiday ornaments and decorations to dress your Christmas tree. Creating a cohesive look and theme for your home begins with having ornaments that complement each other. The design team here at west elm has searched far and wide to provide you with six different types of Christmas ornaments that you can use to create any ambience within your home this holiday season. Pick your favorite or let them inspire you to create your own, and have a very Merry Christmas.


Relive childhood memories of Christmas by assembling an ornament collection that tells the story for you. For many, Christmas is a time when jolly Saint Nicholas, better known as Santa, travels the globe to reward all the good girls and boys with piles of presents that are awaiting on Christmas morning. Every sentimental Christmas ornament collection would likely include nostalgic ornaments of this merry fella in his bright red white suit. Adding in Santa’s mini helpers, the elves and frolicking reindeer embodies images of Christmas everyone will enjoy. Topping off the sentimental theme with bright bauble ornaments in traditional red, green and silver metallic finishes creates a dance of glistening lights from the top of your Christmas tree to the very last row of branches.


Hearing the tales of Christmas sparks joy and delight in people both young and old. Adding artisanal vintage ornaments to your Christmas tree brings about a vintage Victorian charm that shimmers and shines throughout the holiday season. Add metallic reindeer prancing around the branches, jewel-encrusted snowflakes and heart-shaped ornaments mixed with gold mercury ornaments finished in pearlized white, silver and other regal colors to match. Accent the look with mercury garland and a star tree topper.


Dressing your tree in coastal ornaments will not only warm the toes, but the holiday spirit as well. Nautical-themed ornaments such as lifesavers and jewel-designed anchors offer a sophistication to a Christmas coastal theme. Glass aquatic creatures capture the brilliance of the Christmas tree lighting. Bauble ornaments and strands of garland replicate the realistic nature of an underwater experience that breathes light into your coast themed Christmas display. Placing a starfish tree topper high above your aquatic creation accentuates this fun and magical design.


If you enjoy the seasonal aspects that nature adds during the holiday season, a woodland wonderland Christmas theme may be just what you need to complete your festive design. Woodland chic ornaments offer an elegance that cannot be ignored. Dressing your tree’s branches with beaded owls and scenic water globe glass ornaments will not disappoint. Having fun with your winter wonderland theme is possible when selecting whimsical animals crafted with felt and finely detailed realistic features.


Hobby and travel ornaments offer the experience of telling the story of a year gone by. Those moments enjoyed outdoors while camping or jetting around the globe are depicted with passports and camper ornaments that speak for themselves. Purchasing a new ornament representing a favorite sport or hobby is a fun tradition to start and creates a keepsake collection for generations to come.


Dreaming of a Christmas theme that matches throughout the home can be a reality with the use of garland, banners and picks. Not often thought of when considering Christmas ornaments, these accent pieces can be placed throughout your tree, holiday wreaths, floral arrangements or centerpieces of your home to ensure that every corner is decorated for the holidays. With so many different designs and color schemes out there you can mix and match decorations into any theme you desire for a Christmas look and feel touching even Scrooge’s heart.

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