Like most, at Neptune, we tend to be guided by a colour scheme for our decorations. This year, we’ve opted for warm metallic tones to sit against the dark greens of our Albert Christmas fir tree, and particularly, our Isla Fawn velvet ribbon – in a rich bronze shade – which we've draped in cascades over the branches, so they hang like icicles, and bring out the subtleties of our mottled Laurel baubles.
And while it goes without saying that each of us will have our own way of going about trimming the tree, there are a few simple steps we like to follow each year to ensure the process is as smooth as can be (untangling strings of lights notwithstanding).
So, once your tree is secured in its base and skirt (you might like our Somerton tree skirt in woven rattan), always start by winding your lights through the branches – beginning at the bottom means you can plug in and switch on the lights to guide the weaving and winding. And look for strings with warm white LED bulbs, like our Savoy lights, as they’ll give a delightful soft glow to the tree.
Then hang your larger or heavier baubles first, keeping them roughly to the bottom third, and decreasing in size and weight as you work up the tree. Make sure to position some particularly sparkly baubles on the inner branches where they’ll catch the light and give a magical depth to the final look. Dot a few showstoppers at irregular intervals to relax the systematic approach, and finally, go forth in merry abandon with your scissors and ribbon, draping or tying lengths to the very ends of the branches.