Evergreen Tips—Giving your tree a fresh look
By Susan Gimbel
“How can I give my tree a fresh look without starting from scratch?” This is a question I hear numerous times as Christmas approaches.
First, let’s not overlook the obvious. Do you always set your tree in the same spot every year? The fact that you change its location is going to change how you perceive the tree. Also, if you have an artificial tree, do you straighten the branches and refluff your tree each season? It’s amazing how much fresher a tree looks when properly fluffed. This may be a bit time consuming but it is definitely worth it! Storing a tree from season to season always results in smashed branches. Smashed branches make a tree look worn and weary. Smashed branches do not allow the ornaments to hang properly or the lights to be viewed clearly. Remember to allow a fresh or cut tree time enough for the branches to relax and fall into their natural position. Lights and ornaments will look better if you do.
Typically women enjoy the clear lights more than men do. Men usually like the multicolored strands. To compromise and make a change at the same time, consider all gold lights, or all red. This one variation will have a definite effect on the look of your tree.
A few additions or replacements might be all that is needed to perk up your tree. Maybe this is the year to replace the angel tree topper that has the broken wing. Sometimes tree toppers can be problematic. The biggest issue people have is the topper won’t sit properly. This may be because the topper is too large or heavy, or the tree just doesn’t have enough strong branches to support the topper. If you push more branches into the holder of the topper, sometimes that will do the trick. If not, try lowering the topper slightly and nestle it into the tree. If all fails, you can always wire it discreetly for support.
I think it is pleasing to the eye to incorporate a few dozen bulbs of the same color on the tree. When every single ornament is different from all the rest, a visual break can be created by the bulbs. These bulbs give your eye a “resting place” as you look from ornament to ornament.
The tree pictured here is an example. See how the red bulbs unify the tree and compliment the other individual ornaments? If bulbs do not appeal to you, the same thing can be achieved with the use of a few dozen identical sprays or pics.
Adding or changing the color of a ribbon garland may set off your tree. Running the ribbon garland vertically instead of in a horizontal pattern may give new visual interest.
Changing the tree skirt is yet another way to create a different look. There are beautiful tree skirts available but quilts, tablecloths, and lace curtains will work under the tree. You can even use a combination of these and get a layered look if you find this pleasing.
Susan Gimbel is owner of The Evergreen Company in Uptowne Galion. For more information about the store, check the website www.myevergreencompany.com