If you want to do something closer towards contemporary without it being too pared-down, using a crisper colour palette is always going to be your friend here. But before you even get to lights and baubles, think about making the most of your tree’s greenery. The trouble with less traditional Christmas decorating is that it can sometimes feel too cold and too sparse. One of the best ways to counteract that is to emphasise the fullness of any greenery. Choose a larger tree if you have the room, but at the very least, try to go for one that’s more dense, like Albert. Then add in extra sprigs of greenery to build it out and to introduce contrasting textures. You could poke in more pine like our life-like Giant Pine Spray or Pinecone Twig, or even Eucalyptus, Holly or Mistletoe stems.
Now that your tree is full of warming greenery, it’s tempting to think that you need twinkly cool white bulbs to make your tree feel contemporary. We’d always suggest keeping to warm white though or it adds a harshness to your tree, which is the exact opposite of their intention. Just use a bit less light instead. You could always use a few battery-powered lights instead so you have fewer bulbs, and mix the style of light like Goring’s little ball-shaped bulbs and Hazlitt’s delicate stars.
And when it comes to decorations, choose a mix of soft colours (like snowy white and pale grey) but change up the textures you’re using – that’s what will stop it from feeling cold. Our Jasmine ceramic decorations in matte white hanging next to the glazed white Bronwyn stars and felted Aran stars in grey are a case in point. Glass decorations are perfect in both of our tree schemes, but you can use them more broadly here. Have a look at the etched Xanthe baubles along with our hanging tea light holders, which bring both crispiness and flickering candlelight to your branches.