Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Whimsy and Unexpected Color

Michelle Rothmeier

Article Posted By: Michelle Rothmeier

of Ten June

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Whimsy and Unexpected Color by Michelle Rothmeier of Ten June

There are a few fairly standard color palettes for Christmas– red and green, blue and white, perhaps, along with silver or gold. But there’s no reason to fear such non-traditional Christmas colors as purple or lime green, as Michelle Rothmeier will show us.

Michelle is the creative mind behind the DIY and design blog Ten June. We’re thrilled she agreed to take us up on our Holiday Style Challenge. We sent Michelle and several other top bloggers each a mystery box of Christmas decorations, and told them to amaze us with their Christmas decorating ideas. 

Michelle focused on the Christmas tree for her Style Challenge. She came up with a delightfully whimsical Christmas display with fun shapes and textures guaranteed to catch the eye of a certain little guy in her family. She also expertly mixed some non-traditional colors in with the reds and greens. Add some DIY mantel decorations, and her living room is ready for the holidays. Read on for Michelle’s Christmas tree decorating ideas.

This year, my family and I opted for colorful, whimsical Christmas decorations. Typically, we decorate with more classic themes, like traditional red, green and silver. For my son’s second Christmas (and likely the first he’ll actually enjoy at sixteen months!), we were inspired to decorate for this holiday season with bright colors, sparkling elements and fun shapes. I think it’s the perfect holiday décor for a toddler with developing senses.

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Tree with Non-Traditional Christmas Colors

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Tree with Non-Traditional Christmas Colors

In addition to traditional Christmas colors like red and green, I added a bright, jewel-toned palette with colors like turquoise and purple, along with a splash of lime green. My little guy will love the sparkle and pizazz of the bright colors. There is also a lot glitter involved in this décor… it is Christmas, after all!

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Tree with Non-Traditional Christmas Colors

Even though bright colors are pretty, creating whimsical, fun Christmas décor calls for more than just pops of color. In addition, I also added to the display ingredients such as fun shapes and textured elements. I had sort of a “Dr. Seuss” type theme going on in the back of my head and I knew that texture and shapes would be key to adding to that theme.

To start, I love these Martha Stewart sparkling branches that I simply stuck into the tree.

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas by Michelle Rothmeier of Ten June

Hidden between the standard ball-shaped ornaments (which, by the way, are all thankfully shatter-proof… my little guy tested them out!), I added more shapes with special bird ornaments, hanging icicle shapes, star ornaments and polka-dotted ribbon.

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Whimsical Shapes and Textures

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Whimsical Shapes and Textures

Not only are we decorating differently this year, but it is also a new year for us in terms of the location of our tree, since we just moved into this home about a month ago. It took us awhile to decide where to place the Christmas tree in our new home, but we eventually settled on a cozy corner of our new living room.

The tree sits next to our fireplace, which makes coordinating the holiday decorations on the fireplace mantel and the tree really fun. More whimsy and colorful fun for the mantel, too.

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Tree, Wreath and Holiday Message

I originally planned to place my DIY sunburst bamboo stick mirror above the fireplace mantel when we first moved in, but when I spotted the beautiful Alexa Mirror online at Home Decorators Collection, I knew it’d be perfect for the space. The mirror is actually even more beautiful during the holidays due to the fact that the mirror facets on the side of the piece reflect not only the light from the room, but also the Christmas tree and the colorful Martha Stewart Living wreath that I hung on the front of the mirror, as you can see. It’s beautiful.

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Ornament Wreath

I DIYed the “Joy to the World” sign that leans against the mantel by simply gluing pre-cut letters to the front of a world map. I also used the Rust-Oleum glitter spray to cover the Joy to the World map to make it a tad more Christmas-y. :)

I’m a big fan of making your own personal wall art (like my DIY rustic wooden pallet quote sign and my DIY scrapbook paper nursery art) and art for the holiday season is no exception. Making your own art, especially during the holidays, brings a personalized touch to your decorated space.

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Ornament Wreath with Multifaceted Mirror

Isn’t the tree so pretty all lit up and ready for some night-time, fireside caroling?

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Tree with Mantel Decorated for the Holidays

We can’t wait to share this holiday season with our little man! He’s already giddy over the colorful decorations. And I hope you are, too. Thank you so much for letting me share them with you. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you!

Michelle Rothmeier is a self-proclaimed painter, builder, contractor, crafter, plumber, gardener, decorator and do-it-yourselfer in the Atlanta area. Read her DIY ideas and tips on her blog Ten June.

To decorate her Christmas tree and mantel, Michelle used these items from The Home Depot:

Take a look at all the great Christmas decorations we have at The Home Depot, and get more Christmas decorating ideas on our Holiday Crafts, Ideas, and Inspiration board on Pinterest.

Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using Home Depot products as a starting point. Michelle received a selection of Christmas decorations from The Home Depot and a gift card to support her project, but The Home Depot provided no cash compensation. The opinions and ideas Michelle expressed are her own.