Have you ever had a white Christmas tree? It can seem risky to switch to white after being so used to green Christmas trees year after year but sometimes you just have to take a chance.
White is one of the colors that actually suit Christmas trees because it’s the color of the snow and it basically goes with everything.
Is white pine a Christmas tree?
If you’re made up your mind that you want a white Christmas tree this year you should do your research before going out shopping for one. There’s all sorts of different types of Christmas trees to choose from and going just by name can sometimes be tricky.
The white pine
Even though it has “white” in the name, the branches of this pine species are not actually white in color. They’re bluish-green to silver-green and their needles are long and soft. The tree has a conical shape with branches reaching all the way down.
The blue spruce
If you’re a fan of Christmas trees that don’t have your typical green color, check out the blue spruce. It has a beautiful powdery blue color which makes it a wonderful ornamental tree for backyards and gardens. It’s also the official White House Christmas tree. Its needles are sharp and lack fragrance.
The white fir
You can recognize it by its beautiful blue-green color. Its needles are soft to the touch and they don’t fall off as easily as those of other common Christmas trees. Also, the needles have a beautiful citrus scent which makes the white fir really special.
The Douglas fir
It’s a shorter and more compact tree compared to others such as the white pine and that makes it great for small rooms. Its needles can either have a light green or bluish-green color to them and they’re soft to the touch with a sweet scent.
The Balsam fir
This is the classic Christmas tree, the type that we most often see in homes. It has a strong Christmassy scent which many appreciate and it keeps its needles for a long time. The overall shape of the tree is pyramid-like and the branches are quite flexible which means they can’t hold heavy ornaments.
White Christmas Tree Decoration Ideas
Put the tree in a prominent location
A lot of times what really helps to make a décor detail stand out is its placement. Based on that, if you want your Christmas tree to be the centerpiece of the room give a prominent location. Perhaps it can centered in front of a wall or a large window so it can also be visible from outside. As you can see, even a white tree stands out even if the décor around it also based on light colors. Check out @willowbloomhome for more inspiration.
Add matching mini Christmas trees around the house
A Christmas tree doesn’t have to be very big in order to stand out. It’s all about how you display it and how it interacts with the space around it. This one is medium-sized and has lovely branches that look like they’re covered in snow. It’s decorated with pastel and metallic-colored ornaments and has a really cool base. Follow @sweetsunshineshoppe for more interesting ideas.
Pick a contrasting accent color for the decorations
Another cute idea is to use a completely white Christmas tree like the one featured here by @blessed_in_this_nest and to decorate it with colored ornaments. It can be nice to pick a singular accent color and to use it for all the decorations. The red looks quite nice here.
Bring a snowy white Christmas tree into the bedroom
A white Christmas tree or a snowy one could look really nice in the bedroom. You don’t really want lots of color in here and a white tree can help maintain a neutral and relaxing décor in this space. This one is so beautiful even though it’s also quite simple. This is a décor shared by @lifewithlizzie.
Decorate it with rose gold ornaments
Here’s another really cool example of how a small Christmas tree can become a marvelous focal point and centerpiece for a room. This one is short but has a very full and structured look. It’s decorated with big gold and rose gold ornaments and fluffy white garlands that fill in all the gaps. It also makes it seem like the whole tree is white and snowy. This beautiful Christmas tree was shared by @betweenhalloweenandchristmas.
Use blue accents to complement the white branches
This tree is small and slender which makes it perfect for this corner of the room. It fits nicely between the cabinet and the window and it’s been decorated with lots of blue ornaments which contrast with its white base color. There’s a bunch of wrapped presents around it in a soft pastel blue color, a nice way to distinguish them from everything else while keeping the same theme. Check out @glambytes for more details and ideas.
Fill the tree with big floral ornaments and baubles
Decorating the Christmas tree with lots of big faux flowers is quite trendy right now and for good reason because that looks magnificent. Check out this gorgeous tree shared by @best_uk_christmas_trees. It has a color palette very similar to that of the living room which helps to fit organically into the décor and it’s stylish in every way.
Stick with light colors and neutrals
The big dilemma when getting a white Christmas tree is whether you should decorate it with colorful ornaments that stand out and contrast with the tree itself or whether you should go with light and subdued colors. Here’s how the second option looks like on this beautiful tree shared by @hertimelesshome. It’s a great look if you want something elegant and modern.
Add fluffy white garlands that look like snow
Add some snow to your Christmas tree, even if it’s fake and in the form of fluffy white garlands. The lights can be wrapped around the tree but hidden beneath the branches and the decorations so they glow softly and add just a bit of magic to the tree. This is a beautiful representation of these ideas shared by @betweenhalloweenandchristmas.
Place the tree against a white wall
Embrace the neutral tones of your interior deign and add a Christmas tree that suits the theme. A white one would be a nice base to start with. From there you can customize it with various accent colors, give it an interesting base, a chic topper and various other details that can help it stand out without clashing with the surroundings. Check out this living room shared by @theverestplace as a source of inspiration.
Don’t forget the string lights
Check out how beautiful this flocked tree is with all the ornaments in place. It has warm lights just peeking through the branches and a bunch of different ornaments of different shapes and sizes. The oversized fluffy ones are really nice and help to give the tree a full and glamorous look. You can even see some flowers here and there for added texture and an overall delicate appearance. Follow @lisaherland for more inspiring ideas.
Mix in a bit of dark green and copper
A little bit of green can look quite nice and a flocked Christmas tree can give you that. This one fits perfectly into this bedroom which uses dark green as an accent color throughout. The white and green combo mixed with the copper-colored base is heavily influenced by the room itself. For more details check out @theverestplace.
Go with light pastels and a winter wonderland theme
You can decorate a white Christmas tree in any number of ways. A cute idea, one which we found on settingforfour, could be to adopt a winter woodland theme. You could hang a bunch of light blue ornaments and a series of themed ones as well. For example, you could have birds hanging on the branches, reindeer, cute bunnies, etc.
Embrace bold and vibrant colors
Since the Christmas tree is all white, you can fill it with ornaments in pretty much any color. They’ll stand out and the contrast would be interesting so consider using the same accent colors as in the room’s interior design. Look for inspiration in the existing decor.
Use metallic ornaments to give the tree a chic look
If you’re not a big fan of all-white Christmas trees but you like the snowy appearance, the alternative could be a snowy green tree like the one featured on apumpkinandaprincess. To emphasize the effect you can decorate it with gold and silver ornaments and other neutral or metallic-colored items.
Try a white on white approach
A particularly chic idea and one of out favorites is to decorate a white Christmas tree with light and pastel-colored ornaments. Rose gold, silver and ivory decorations can all look lovely. Even though the contrast is not very strong, the effect is powerful nevertheless. Check out frenchcountrycottage for inspiration.
Combine soft colors and metallic finishes
Another awesome idea is to make it look as if your Christmas tree is covered in snow. You can do that by getting a snowy tree in the first place and decorating with faux snow or white fluffy garlands and ornaments in soft, metallic colors highlighted by fairy lights. You can find a lot of great examples on pinterest.
Try a very textured Christmas tree design
You can barely see the Christmas tree under all these ornaments but that’s actually not a bad look. All the silver and gold details go really well with the white tree branches and the composition as a whole seems to complement the room just right. Perhaps this Christmas tree featured on randigarrettdesign can inspire you to decorate your own home in a similar way for the holidays.
Don’t forget the string lights
The white and rose gold accents on this charming Christmas tree reflect the very essence of the simple and classy living room decor featured on pofikhomes. We particularly love the way in which the snowy white garlands are glowing courtesy of the golden fairy lights cleverly hidden between the branches.
Mix in a bit of dark green and copper
You can turn a regular green Christmas tree into a snowy one in no time if you just use ornaments in light and pastel nuances. You could use silver, gold, rose gold and pure white details to create a glamorous Christmas tree just like the one from chandeliersandchampagne.
Make it shine in the dark
String lights can transform a Christmas tree in ways nothing else can. The effect is particularly striking in the case of white Christmas trees. We like the glowing look of white fairy lights. They give the tree a magical appearance which in this particular case is emphasized by the use of white and silver-colored ornaments. Instead of looking bland and boring, this tree from foxhollowcottage is actually eye-catching in a very glamorous way.
Use soft pastels and neutrals for a glamorous and cozy look
Trying a soft pastel color palette instead of the usual red and green combo or multicolored Christmas tree can be very refreshing. Try gold and silver ornaments combined with yellow fairy lights. You can even decorate the tree branches themselves by spraying them with faux snow. Check out aburstofbeautiful for more inspiring tips and ideas.
Mix and match different shades of the same accent color
Decorating a white Christmas tree with pastel-colored or even matching white ornaments can seem a bit monotonous to some so perhaps you’re the type of person who prefers a stronger contrast. How about a white tree decorated with black and blue ornaments and with a red skirt? That could definitely be interesting. You can check out tarynwhiteaker to see how it looks like in more detail.
Decorate the tree with natural ornaments
We mentioned before that woodland-themed Christmas trees look beautiful and charming so here’s another inspiring example which we found on worldmarket. It’s decorated with snowy pinecones, snowflakes and cute little ornaments shaped like houses, birds and forest animals.
How about a small and cute-looking white Christmas tree?
Check out these adorable, fluffy owls. They make this little white Christmas tree look absolutely charming. It’s such a simple and effective way of making a mini Christmas tree stand out. We also like the wood box tree stand and those twigs at the top which emphasize and woodland theme. Find more lovely ideas like this one on hometoriesatoz.
A white tree with bits of red and green
If you don’t want to stray too far from the traditional red and green Christmas palette but still give your tree an edgy look, you could try a snowy woodland theme where the white fluffy garlands are the key. Red can remain the main accent color and you can use on pretty much everything. You can let this awesome tree-featured craftberrybush inspire you.
Go with a monochrome theme
Another very cool idea is to decorate a white Christmas tree with white and gray ornaments and to make it look like you applied a black and white filter over it. That’s actually an idea that has a lot of potential for becoming fun and original.
Match the tree to the rest of your home’s décor
Here’s another variation of a white Christmas tree decorated with metallic-colored ornaments. You only need a few decorations, especially if you have a mini Christmas tree. A matching tree skirt should complete the look.
Use ornaments that stand out
When the lights are on, this whole Christmas tree glows and the darker-colored ornaments stand out by contrasting with the white branches. It’s a pretty cool and interesting look for a Christmas tree, one that suits minimalist modern homes.
Try some blush pink accents mixed with gold
If you like the glamorous look that metallic ornaments give to your Christmas tree, you can use those to put an emphasize on the delicate and serene nature of the tree. Add a little bit of blush pink for an even more chic appearance.
Let the tree itself shine
When you think about, the whole point of having a Christmas tree is so that we bring a little bit of the outdoors inside our homes so it makes sense to try to emphasize the natural beauty of the tree instead of covering it up with ornaments.