When choosing the best Christmas Tree, there are 5 factors that are essential to consider to ensure the tree fits beautifully into your home or workspace.
1. HEIGHT OF YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
Consider the height of your ceilings. A minimum distance between the top of the tree and the ceiling height should be 15cm. The average ceiling height in Australia is 2.4m and it’s more common to see 3m ceilings in Victorian and Edwardian homes. If you’re unsure the best thing to do is measure your ceiling before you start comparing trees.
2. WIDTH OF YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
If your Christmas tree is going into a corner or against a wall you can save space by leaving out a couple of the branches o
ut of the back of the tree (this will not work if the branches are attached to the central pole of your tree.) It’s important to only remove branches from the bottom two to three rows as you need to ensure you don’t make the tree unbalanced.
If you have a very narrow space opt for a slim tree. This allows you to still maintain height, and give you lots of space to decorate, without impacting on your floor space in the room.
If children are helping you set up your Christmas tree, or you have young children at home you may prefer the softer style of needle which is easier for children to manage and are softer to the touch for those little helping hands!
4. ARE THEY REALISTIC?
This is a common consideration, particularly if you have previously had a real tree and are buying an artificial tree for the first time. Really, it all boils down to what appeals to you and what is going to work with the decorating themes you like and the style of home you have. My Christmas stock styles such as the Cambridge, Ponderosa and Appalachian which are very popular with people who like real Australian Pine Trees. Some people prefer the European styles like the Monarch or Scandia with their finer branches.
5. COLOUR & STYLE
There are so many varieties and it all depends on your personal style. These days trees can come in a wide array of shades of green as well as black, white and coloured trees!
If you come across the term “flocked”, it refers to a tree with heavy “snow” (or flocking) sitting on the branches. (Note, while this can look fabulous it is a bit messy to work with as little bits of flocking will come off during the setup process).
“Open” styles of trees allow lots of decorations towards the middle of the tree as well as the outer tips, that can be used to hang decorations.