The Throwback Christmas Tree Trend That’s Making a Comeback


Anybody remember the disco-look tinsel trees from the 1970s or white Christmas tree craze of the ’90s? We just might be coming full circle on those trends right now, because I’ve been noticing metallic and white (and colored, too!) trees popping up in stores and in the homes of some pretty stylish people. Is it a flash in the pan or a legit trend with potential staying power that makes investing in one of these styles worth considering? Hard to say. I don’t think neon colored or shiny trees are going to ever replace a fresh Douglas Fir, but if you like doing something different, take a look at these chic colored options.

Let’s kick things off with designer Orlando Soria, who used a white tree last year to create this super warm winter wonderland, via Homepolish. I feel like if he told me he was going to use a huge white tree and decorate it with brown and cream ornaments, I’d be all, “Huh?” That sounds neither festive nor attractive. But I’m happy to report that it totally works, and I don’t think it’s just the gorgeous architecture that’s speaking to me.

While I wouldn’t think to do a white tree with woodsy or rustic accents like pinecones, neutrals really do play well with white. Here’s a similar look from blogger Monika Hibbs. The end result is somewhere in between traditional and modern, and I love it. Another win for white.

What’s so great about buying a white tree is that there are so many ways to do a “White Christmas.” So if you get tired of sticking with a tight, neutral palette like Orlando or Monika used, you can go full on technicolor as seen in this bright and merry Canadian House & Home set up.

Or you can use your white tree to go ombre, as Angie from Little Inspiration did.

Metallic trees are similar blank canvases. Might as well call Orlando Soria Father Christmas himself because he struck gold again with this silver tinsel tree he created for Crate & Barrel. He went California cool with teal and blue accents, but how good would traditional red and green look against the shiny silver or even gold?

His mentor, designer Emily Henderson, made a strong campaign for champagne in her daughter’s bedroom. This seems a little risky for a living room tree because hues like rose and champagne probably don’t quite have the versatility of silver and gold. But on a smaller scale, secondary tree (if that’s something you do), it’s totally fun.

Same is true for rose gold, I think, though there seems to be more of this hue around these days. This almost monochromatic rose tree, again from blogger Angie at Little inspiration, is definitely one way to do it on the cheap. But again, I wonder how long our collective love affair with this pinky-copper color is going to last before it seems dated.

Speaking of pink, that’s a pretty popular color for trees, too. Just check out this pepto pink guy from blogger Lindi of Love The Day. If you’re the type of person who would dye your hair cotton candy pink and you can’t get enough of super girly stuff from brands like Bando, go for it. You probably won’t get tired of it, and there are tons of fun colors for ornaments that work with a pink backdrop. The rest of us should probably hard pass.

Not all colored trees are bright either. Blues, purples and blacks are also available, and they all work well if you want to explore a celestial theme like Lindsay from Shrimp Salad Circus did a few years back. She used various shades of spray paint to create an multicolored effect. But you might get a more realistic galaxy look if you went with a navy or black tree with twinkling white lights and metallic silver or clear glass ornaments. But is a night sky colored tree something that you’ll back on in a few years and laugh at? Hard to say, unless you are a Star Wars fanatic.

So we’ve been all around the spectrum here, and I think it’s safe to say white and traditional metallic trees have a bit more longevity to offer. Maybe they never really went away. Other colors are definitely trending, too, but they’re a bit of a gamble and more likely to end up in your next garage sale, if I’m being frank.

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