7 Expert Tips To Choose Christmas Ornaments

Whether your Christmas decorations this year will be limited to a beautiful Christmas tree in the hallway, or will include the garden, front porch, living room and more - choosing Christmas ornaments can be either a major challenge or huge fun. Our tips below aim to remove some of the challengesm and bring back more of the fun.

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Why do I need a theme for my Christmas decorations?

Once you have decided on a theme, it creates a central look that ties all the different decorations together. Choosing a theme for your Christmas decorations will immediately give you a clearer idea on what types of Christmas ornaments you should buy, as well as the colors, textures and materials.

Plastic Snowman On Clip Hanging Figurine Ornament Set
Silver Plastic Starburst Christmas Holiday Shaped Ornament
White Red Wood Hanging Ornament
Red Wooden Skis Holiday Shaped Ornament
Snowflake Penguin Figurine Hanging Ornament
Red Candy Cane Plastic Hanging Ornament

How to define a Christmas theme with color?

Colors can play a very important role in defining your Christmas theme. If you decide to go the classic route, for example, greens, reds and golds are old stalwarts. If you want more of a modern twist, neutral or white colors  combined with white Christmas lights could be the best choice. And for an even more colorful twist, throw in some purples and blues along with a few silver and white ornaments. Mixing gold and teal accents create a similarly modern, yet stylish look.

Floral Hand Painted Ball Ornament Set
Plastic Ball Ornament With Swirl Design
Plastic Christmas Ball Ornament Set
White Plush Snow Ball Ornament
Gold Glass Christmas Finial Ornament Set
Green Plastic Christmas Craft Ribbon

How to create a traditional Christas theme with ornaments?

Nostalgia often plays a major role during the festive season, and this theme touches on both new traditions and ones from the distant past. This is probably one of the most popular themes one sees in homes throughout the country Christmas after Christmas.

Popular colors here include lush greens, ruby reds and teals layered with touches of copper and gold. To create a traditional theme, mix natural materials such as a hand-crafted wool Christmas stocking with rich velvets. Traditional ball baubles, star baubles, red and white ball ornaments, hanging figurines, plastic sleighs with trees are all evergreen options. And don't forget the Merry Christmas wood photo ornament.

Wood Hanging Figurine Ornament Set
White Wood Christmas Wood Photo Ornament
Gold Plastic Dot And Line Ball Ornament
Green Plastic Sleigh With Tipped Cones
Unique Cream Cotton Blend Stocking
Gold Metal Star Holiday Shaped Ornament

When is a snowscape theme a good idea for Christmas ornaments?

This theme is both beautiful and understated. It combines the serenity of a snowy landscape with the playfulness of your favorite childhood memories. The textures, mood and colors here reflect icicles, crunchy snow and the joys of building snowmen.

Set the scene for this theme with a mix of natural materials, glistening whites and silver, and snowy white animal baubles. LED icicle lights, a silver fairy tree topper, and a snowscape dog decoration will all fit in perfectly with this theme.

White Plastic LED Icicle Light
White Plastic Light Snowflake Ball Ornament
White Plastic Christmas Ball Ornament
Red Wood Photo Hangin Ornament
Silver Glass Holiday Tree Topper
Glass White Light Snowman Ornament

How to create a campfire theme with Christmas ornaments?

This theme tries to capture the ambiance of the activities and hobbies people enjoy throughout the year. As such it reflects your personal passions, for example bird-watching, fishing or camping.

Start by creating a cozy, warm palette with coppers, ambers and deep oranges. Combine that with those things that most remind you of the great outdoors, such as owls, acorns and woodland creatures. A touch here and there of exposed wood and leather will also fit in well. To bring together the whole 'natural' look, layer lights and garlands among standout bronze baubles.

You can even finish off the whole picture very nicely by using gift wrap featuring birds or other animals from the wild and adding one or two camping boy and camping girl metal Christmas balls.

Brown Papier Mache Ball Ornaments Set
White Solid Wood Bear Ball Ornament
Brown Wood Hanging Figurine Ornament
Burnish Orange Plastic Ball Ornament
Brown Owls Wearing Hat Ornament
Five Owl Wood Christmas Personalized Ornament

How to create a garden retreat theme with Christmas ornaments?

If you love nature and gardening, this might well be one of the best choices for your Christmas decorations theme. It brings the outdoors into your home by using natural materials and hints of greenery to create a peaceful, serene ambiance. If you've had a stressful year, this theme will surround you and your family with calm and the peace that should be a hallmark of every Christmas.

You can achieve this by adding a touch of greenery to your Christmas ornaments. Examples include wreaths layered with acorns and pine cones, as well as a couple of vegetable and fruit baubles. More options here could include pine cone ball ornaments, bird figurines, and a few glass ball ornaments depicting a beautiful farm garden or similar garden theme.

You can even extend the theme to the garden (outside) by introducing outdoor lighting to further build on the whole 'tranquil environment' idea.

White Plastic Solar String Lights
Metal Dog In Truck Hanging Figurine Ornament
Fruits Fabric Hanging Ornament Set
Moss Green Plastic Ball Ornament Set
Plastic Hanging Animal Figurine Ornament
Green PVC And Acrylic Wreath

What are some other good ideas for Christmas themes?

  • Use existing decor. Another good idea is to choose Christmas ornaments that fit in with your favorite decorating style, and then give it a specific twist to e.g. fit in with your home's existing decor. If you have a rustic wood cabin, the traditional theme can work well, but then bring in elements that will go well with a rustic cabin theme, e.g. a rustic wood ornament set, something with flannel, round pine cone ball ornaments, and frosted pine snowflake ornaments.

  • Shabby chic. This style lends itself particularly well to the Christmas ambiance - and it gives you an excuse to go shopping for some really unique Christmas ornaments. Look e.g for a farmhouse chic twig ball ornament as well as few refined chic glass tree ornaments.

  • Modern chic. If you prefer this look, with its simple yet daring color schemes and accessories with few details and clean lines, play around with neutral colors. Examples include black or white, or a combination of the two, perhaps with gold accents. A deep green or red could bring in the Christmas theme without becoming too literal.

    Be strategic with tinsel and use it sparingly, and to contrast it why not use a fluffy white fabric tree skirt? Other Christmas ornaments that fit in well with the modern chic theme are modern glass bubbles, spiral glass icicles, and marbled shatterproof Christmas balls.

White Glass Icicle Hanging Ornament
Red White Cotton Circle Tree Skirt
Glass Frosted Purple Snowflakes Ball Ornament
Black Plastic Cotton Angel Tree Topper
Wood Christmas Tree Hanging Ornament
White Wild Berry Decorative Christmas Pick

The tip of all tips

The overriding principle here is that you can play around with color, texture, material and shape to deliver precisely the look and ambiance you want to create. Just make sure you like the final product - in the end, the way you portray the Christmas spirit and good cheer should say something about your home, the people who live there, and the way they celebrate Christmas.

Jessica started out as an interior photographer, but her love of pretty settings took her to the field of interior design, where she can combine two of her greatest passions, creating and then capturing the beauty of homes.