Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 21st 2014 Contents ORNAMENTS. Ornaments go on last.
Glass balls are most popular, but there
are limitless types of ornaments. Also,
distribute them toward the inside and on
the tips of the tree. They will reflect light
and give the decorated tree more depth.
Start with the most common ornament
and scatter them evenly around the tree.
You will need about two dozen for every
two feet of tree. Then follow with the
next highest proportion, and so on. Inter-
mix special pieces. Try for eight to ten or
so for every foot of tree. Create clusters
for added interest and dimension. For
larger pieces, begin at the top and place
strategically in a zig-zag down the tree
for each side that is exposed.
VARIETY. Two ladies were shopping for
tree decorations recently. I overheard
their deliberations. One lady planned to
use the traditional red and gold. The other
was explaining that she was confused by
all the options and was only going to use
one colour. She had her cart filled with
scores of copper balls -- the exact balls.
All the same size, texture and colour. I
just had to get involved. I recommended
some variety. She looked at me as if I was
crazy. I asked her to trust me. We stuck
to her main colour but we got some balls
of varying sizes. Some of the balls had
gold designs on them and we got varying
shades of bronze. We also included long
spirals, butterflies, twigs, flowers, boxes,
bells and ribbon. When we were through
we had a healthy variety of textures,
shapes and shades of bronzes. Her cart
looked a lot more interesting. Hope she
loves her tree when she finally gets
around to decorating it.
HEADERS AND FOOTERS. Your tree
will look incomplete without a tree topper
and bottom. Very often we pay attention
to the body and forget the rest. Your tree
should be grounded. Tree skirts can do
that. Layer on some wrapped gift boxes
in different sizes. Coordinate the wrap-
ping paper with the colour scheme. Tree
skirts should be at least the circumfer-
ence of the lower branches of the tree.
For the very top of the tree, you may
have a topper that you use yearly. Stars
and angels are popular. But just about
anything from a bow, plumes of feathers
or spikes, etc., with the correct colour
story and scale, can be used.
I love to use folds and bunches of or-
ganza back lit with LED lights for the tree
By Ann Moore-Spencer
THE CHRISTMAS TREE is often the centre-
piece of your holiday décor. Today we will
look at a few tips for a successful tree.
COLOUR SCHEME. Yes, colour scheme.
Please have one. Refrain from using any and
every ornament that you like without regard
to whether the colours combine well. Your
colours should look good together and with
each other. You can opt for tried and true
colour schemes such as red, green and gold,
green and gold, purple and silver, blue and
silver, white and gold and or silver, fuchsia,
gold and blue, etc. Or you may explore
something new or trendy such as copper
tones mixed with blues, purples and teals, or
with natural tones, cobalt blues, jewel tones,
peacock-inspired colour combinations with
gold, yellow-green, blues and purples.
If you use one colour feel free to use differ-
ent shades, tints, tones and textures of the
same colour. For two colours use them in a
60:40 or a 70:30 ratio. Alternately, use three
colours in a 60:30:10 proportion and
40:30:20:10 for a four-colour combination.
For greater visual interest, combine
warm and cool colours.
INSPIRATION. Many like themed trees.
Don't go overboard. Your tree can look
contrived, carnival-ish or overdone. For
instance, if you are using the peacock as
an inspiration, no need to have scores of
literal peacocks. No need to drape a large
peacock from the top of the tree either.
Using peacock colours and a few feathers
will be enough to get the idea across
tastefully. But you can get colour inspira-
tion from many sources: an ornament, gift
wrap, fabric, nature, etc. Be inspired by your
heritage. Heirloom decorations have deep
sentimental value that transcends any
well-coordinated and colourful tree. You can
also be guided by your existing décor. Select
decorations that complement or coordinate
with your year-round décor.
LIGHTS. What is a Christmas tree without
lights? Actually, the lights are the first thing
you should add to the tree. Many different
types of lights exist. In the past, multi-
coloured light strings of incandescent lights
were popular. I treat them like ornaments,
because today all-white lights are in more
general use. You can also get strings of one-
colour bulbs. LED lights are the newer ver-
sion and are a bit more expensive. But they
are brighter and less likely to break. Get
green cords for green trees and white for
white trees. Most people string the light
around and around beginning at the top or
bottom. I prefer to string the lights up and
down. Whichever you do, place the lights to-
ward the inside of the tree as well as on the
surface. Sometime I actually wrap the
branches from the trunk to the tip. That
gives the depth to the illumination. Cater for
at least 100 lights for every foot of tree. I
love a well-lit tree, so I use more. Get the
flashing option of you like it.
ANN MOORE-SPENCER is the Managing
and Creative Director of Beyond Drapery
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Tip: I sometimes
add garlands to
the tree. This fills
out empty spots
at the centre and
the surface for
makes the tree
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