Before you choose a tree, have a clear picture of where you want to put it. That way, you can measure the space in advance (height and width) to make sure it’ll look right, and won’t be too bulky in the room. Ideally, the top of your tree should be at least six inches below the ceiling.
To give you more of an idea about sizes, British ceilings tend to be between six and eight feet high, which can make all the difference to which tree you go for. Our Albert tree comes in 4ft, 6ft and 8ft heights, so it’ll fit in everywhere from a country cottage to a double-height hallway.
If you’re having the tree as a main feature in a room, or if you’ve got really high ceilings, you might want to go for the biggest tree you can, so people’s gaze goes straight towards it.
But bigger isn’t always better – in a small or narrow room, a huge tree can look out of proportion, even if the ceiling’s high. So if your room’s compact, think about a shorter tree, or maybe a group of smaller ones (more of that below). In the country cottage pictured here, the tree stands only just above the mantelpiece, but that feels right for the cosy fireside setting.
Think also about the tree’s diameter at its widest point, around the bottom, so you can make sure it doesn’t take up too much space in the room. This is especially important if you’re placing the tree centrally, rather than in a more conventional corner, as you’ll need to be able to get around it easily.
Lastly, don’t forget things like tree toppers and decorations – the bigger they are, the more space you’ll need around the tree for it to ‘breathe’.