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ARE YOUR CHRIST­MAS TREE DEC­O­RA­TIONS CRIM­I­NALLY OUT OF DATE? FEAR NOT, GABRIELLE FA­GAN HAS CALLED IN THE FES­TIVE STYLE PO­LICE

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THE tree is al­ways a fo­cal point for sea­sonal set­tings – and this year you might want to shake it up a bit. If ever there was a time to let your fes­tive spirit run wild (with­out breaking the bank, of course), this is surely it.

Take your pick from ‘baubi­li­cious’ neon brights, a fash­ion­able blend of blush­ing pink and gold, or a mag­i­cal deep-in-the-for­est, snow-in­spired look. We’ve rounded up three key trends, with ad­vice from the ex­perts on how to cre­ate them – so you don’t end up tan­gled in tin­sel or baf­fled by baubles.

Here’s three star Christ­mas tree themes for 2020...

WANT some­thing fun yet stylish to suit a more mod­ern scheme? Tra­di­tional Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions

Neon brights

sim­ply don’t suit sleek con­tem­po­rary set­tings. In­stead, take it tech­ni­colour and turn up the fes­tive funk.

“Our pop art theme is about ex­per­i­ment­ing with colours and be­ing as brave and bold as you dare,” en­thuses Ja­son BillingsCr­ay, Christ­mas buyer at John Lewis.

“It’s in­spired by the ex­per­i­men­tal Pop Art move­ment, which emerged in the Fifties and Six­ties. Ab­stract themes, re­flec­tive sur­faces of pol­ished stain­less steel and mir­ror-like pieces of work are key in­gre­di­ents. Our col­lec­tion plays with light and colour through glass ef­fects, foils and bead­ing.”

Top tip: Add im­pact with neon lights, metallics, se­quins and fun multicolou­red wreaths.

“OUR Snow­fall and Sparkles col­lec­tion has a cel­e­bra­tory feel, with a touch of sparkle and grown-up glam­our,” says Lynsey Ab­bott, Christ­mas buyer, Dob­bies Gar­den Cen­tres.

“Dec­o­ra­tions in­clude a mix of bright white matte and iri­des­cent glass, with feath­ers and mir­ror­ing de­tails. Cre­at­ing an ef­fer­ves­cent back­drop for cock­tails and canapes, this icy cool theme will soon have you dream­ing of a white Christ­mas.”

Al­ter­na­tively, if you want to cre­ate more a tra­di­tional for­est scene, Dob­bies has an En­chanted For­est col­lec­tion avail­able in stores, which in­cludes Bris­tle Owl Dec­o­ra­tion, £4.99; Matt Glit­ter Ribbed Green Glass Bauble, £3.99; Snowflake Glass Bauble, £3.99. Th­ese go per­fectly with a Dob­bies’ Premium Nord­mann Fir Cut Tree, £49.99 (6-7ft).

Top tip: To cre­ate a bal­anced tree that’s vis­ually pleas­ing, buy baubles in sets of three, six or 12, and add th­ese on first in a ‘Z’ shape. Hang larger baubles closer to the cen­tre of the tree to give more depth, and use small ones towards the end of the branches. Around 80 baubles is ideal for a 7.5ft tree.

Above: Ar­ti­fi­cial Ull­swa­ter christ­mas tree, from £149 (6ft) to £299 (9ft); Snow­fall & Sparkles dec­o­ra­tions avail­able in se­lected stores: In­di­vid­ual baubles from £2.99 each; Iri­des­cent Baubles pack of 100, £22.99; Ar­ti­fi­cial Pre-Lit Dec­o­ra­tive Ring Wreath With Stars,

£34.99, Dob­bies

 ??  ?? Left: Large Rain­bow Baubles & Tin­sel gar­land, £60, Rock­ett St Ge­orge
Above: Fan­ta­sia Ele­phant Christ­mas Dec­o­ra­tion, £7.50, Ella James
Be­low: Rain­bow Pre-Lit Christ­mas Tree – 7ft, £599; Pop Art Rain­bow Shat­ter­proof As­sorted Baubles, from £10 for pack of 30; Neon Christ­mas Tree Hang­ing Light Green, £25. John Llewis
Left: Large Rain­bow Baubles & Tin­sel gar­land, £60, Rock­ett St Ge­orge Above: Fan­ta­sia Ele­phant Christ­mas Dec­o­ra­tion, £7.50, Ella James Be­low: Rain­bow Pre-Lit Christ­mas Tree – 7ft, £599; Pop Art Rain­bow Shat­ter­proof As­sorted Baubles, from £10 for pack of 30; Neon Christ­mas Tree Hang­ing Light Green, £25. John Llewis
 ??  ?? Left: Set of six Leaf Tree dec­o­ra­tions, £35, Oka UK; Above: Im­pres­sion­ism 2 Owls on a Branch Tree Dec­o­ra­tion, £12, John Lewis
Left: Set of six Leaf Tree dec­o­ra­tions, £35, Oka UK; Above: Im­pres­sion­ism 2 Owls on a Branch Tree Dec­o­ra­tion, £12, John Lewis

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