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Christmas Tree Light Tips
No Christmas tree is complete without at least one strand of lights. The twinkling bulbs between the branches create a festive atmosphere for the holiday season. As your tree is the centerpiece of your Christmas decor, the lighting you choose can play a big role in the overall style of your celebrations. By following these few from us at west elm, you can easily brighten up your space and get your home holiday ready.
A single strand might work for a small tree, but if you want a big, bright Christmas tree, you may need to add a few more layers. Using two or more strands of lights lets you pack more brightness into the space, creating the same kind of brilliant glow that you see in professional holiday displays. You can plug in a few strands of the same lights for a traditional look or layer different types of lights to lend your tree a contemporary edge. You can use garlands and tinsel to conceal strands.
Power Up with a Power Bar
Whether you want to plug in a single strand of lights or opt for several strands, cords can distract from the beauty of your tree. Keep cords and cables at bay by plugging them into a power bar. This handy accessory only takes up a single power outlet, and it offers you a bit more space between the outlet and the tree. You can keep it concealed under the back of your tree skirt and easily switch it on and off when you want to light up the room.
Get Creative With Candles
Once upon a time, candles were the lighting of choice for stylish Christmas decorators. Open flames are no longer ideal for obvious reasons, but you can still get that classic holiday look with flameless candles. Add some small tea light holder ornaments to your tree and finish them off with flameless tea lights to add a warm holiday glow to your tree. You can even mix and match candle decor with string lights for a blend of traditional and contemporary decor.
Bundle Up With Cable Ties
The cables that hold your strands of lights together can distract from the illusion and are also easy to hide. Cable ties keep those strings close to your tree branches, making them harder to see. They also help hold everything together, which may come in handy if you have pets or small children. You can even make use of these accessories to hold garlands and ornaments onto your tree.
Let Yourself Skip a Step
If you’re one of those people who finds weaving strands of lights through branches tedious, you can skip this step by choosing a faux tree with built-in lights. Our collections include several options that look both natural and eye-catching. Opting for a potted pine or berry bush with built-in lights can leave you with more time to set up the other stunning holiday decor. Even if you want to add your own lights to a real tree, you can still make the most of the built-in effect with a garland featuring built-in lights.
Coordination is Key
If you have an eclectic style, you can mix and match your ornaments as you please, but if you’re the type that likes things to match, you may want to plan your lighting and ornament scheme. Basic white lights can go with almost anything but you may want to coordinate other colors with your ornament scheme. If you opt for strands featuring shapes, such as stars, snowflakes or glass baubles, you should think about how these tie in with the rest of your decorations. Simple color designs featuring monochromatic palettes are the easiest to coordinate. If you want to add multiple colors, find contrasting colors with a color wheel and work from there.