Verge caught up with Sam Lyle – founder of Pines and Needles and celebrity tree guru, who gave us his tips for the perfect Christmas tree this year.
- It may sound obvious, but two people are better than one if that’s possible – even if it’s just for the lights.
- Lights go on first and it’s great if one person can feed them to the other as they wind it round and round, starting at the bottom. Embed the lights in the lush greenery and then move out as you go up, ensuring an even spread.
- When decorating your tree, it is all about textures and layering no matter which theme you choose.
- Decide on which of your decorations you would like to be featured most prominently and place those first (those tend to be the largest or most detailed) and then use those as a basis to dress your tree around using your most small simple decks as ‘fillers’.
- Tinsel has been dying out for a while but ribbon is en vogue, but go horizontally rather than at an angle – it’s a much cleaner look.
- Last but not least is the tree topper – whether that’s a beautifully ornate star or a cherished angel made by a child, ceremonially placing it atop the tree is one of the most satisfying ways to signal the official start of the festive period.
He also gave his top themes for 2019;
Royal Family decorations
Introduced by Prince Albert in Queen Victoria’s era, the Christmas tree has become quite a tradition in the royal households, and no doubt this year, they will be sticking to their traditional regal look. Rich in style and texture but remaining effortlessly stylish at the same time.
Think deep red velvets, gold glass and silk ribbons hanging delicately. Detailed ornaments like small gold cherubs or some hanging crystal cut teardrops at the edges of the Sumptuous branches. These will complement the larger glass red and gold baubles complete with many, many warm white lights.
Inspired by rich reds and golds, the classic British festive look is bound to bring cultural heritage into your home.
Pick classic red and gold baubles, traditional Victorian inspired decorations and crown-shaped decorations to achieve the ultimate Royal look.
This year, Nordic is a big trend. The Scandinavians are kings of Christmas style with effortless elegance at the heart of decorating.
The Scandi look brings simplistic woodland with copper tones and geometric shapes. Embrace wooden decorations, snowflakes and delicately cut masterpieces.
Always opt for plain white fairy lights for the ultimate frosty, Nordic look.
Keeping your decorations white, cool and sophisticated is going to be a big trend this year. An elegant way to add festive cheer into your home without dreaming of a white Christmas.
Decorations should be kept white with an injection of silver so add sophistication.
Dress the tree up with glass decorations which are always a welcomed addition to the crisp look.
Whimsical and kitsch is ‘in’ this year so be prepared to see festive alpacas, llamas and unicorns incorporated into flamboyant Christmas displays.
The more classic fairies and nutcracker story decorations will also be a more traditional take on this look.
Metallic decorations are a great way of combining tradition with glamour, so go for the chrome or copper if you’re feeling particularly luxe.
Pines and Needles famously sold Prince Harry and Meghan Markle their Christmas tree from the company’s store in Battersea Park in 2016 on one of their first public outings as a couple. Check out their trees here.