BRANCH OUT THIS CHRISTMAS GET FESTIVE WITH ALTERNATIVE TREES
NOT everyone fragrant scent Christmas tree.
People without much space and renters cannot afford the luxury of a 2m high fresh tree. Then there are those who hate the hassle.
Interior stylist Melissa Milligan from Treekandi says that while artificial Christmas trees have been around for some time, new options have emerged to accommodate modern tastes.
“The trend is moving away from plastic to more eco-friendly alternatives,’’ Milligan says.
“Designers are creating fun and different ways of celebrating the tradition of decorating with a Christmas tree. I don’t think the real tree will ever die off but there are now more opportunities to update an old tradition.”
Wallpaper and decal enjoys of a the real Christmas tree are a popular trend, Milligan says. And it isn’t just traditional wallpaper.
“Photographic removable wallpapers are extremely popular,” Milligan says.
“You can layer sticker decorations on to the decals.”
Last year Treekandi launched a range of pop-up, pop-out wallpaper Christmas trees and this year has updated its range.
“It’s a 2D removable wallpaper Christmas tree that turns 3D once decorated. All you need is a blank wall,” Milligan says.
Organic and handmade trees are also popular, Milligan says, and natural and wooden looks are great.
For example, recycled products such as cardboard and paper are being turned into quirky Christmas trees.
“And if you don’t want a tree, get in the spirit of recycling by bringing some branches from the gardens and spraying them in festive colours ... arrange in a large vase with fairy lights at the bottom instead of water,” Milligan says.
“I love tradition and don’t want to change that but the downside of a real Christmas tree is the consumption of millions of trees for at most a month’s enjoyment.
“Seeing dead trees all along the sidewalk … is so depressing …”
Quirky Christmas ... Treekandi is a quick-and-easy wallpaper Christmas tree that can be decorated with real lights (inset). Left: A handcrafted driftwood Christmas tree, ecochic.com.au.