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5 Black Christmas Tree Ideas for a Modern Holiday Look

Black may not be the most traditional holiday color, but this season, the black Christmas tree trend is putting a chic spin on the holiday classic. It's modern yet timeless and makes a festive statement that will wow guests at every holiday gathering you host. Interior designer Sandra Funk of House of Funk compares the trend to a timeless fashion icon – the LBD – and shares ideas for decorating a black Christmas tree. "Like a little black dress, black is classic," she says. "Light it up with glitter and keep it festive."

If you want to trade the traditional red and green for dramatic glam this year, try a faux black Christmas tree. Black is a neutral color that gives wood ultimate versatility. "It's an incredible backdrop against which to set mirrors, feathers, metallics, and twinkling lights," suggests Funk. Dressed in colorful baubles and holiday string lights can be stunning for a modern, glam-style Christmas, but it creates the perfect canvas for buffalo check ribbons and neutral ornaments, giving it a cozy farmhouse Christmas look. If you're itching to put up a tree as soon as possible, an artificial black tree will give you an extra reason to do it—dress it up with Halloween-themed decorations for October, and then come Christmas in November. Whether you want to use it for your main Christmas tree or as a second tree in the family or dining room, we're sharing our favorite ways to implement this non-traditional holiday trend.

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1. Black and white

Stick with a black-and-white monochrome color palette for the ultimate sophisticated Christmas tree. When using a limited color palette to decorate your tree, it's important to mix different sizes, shapes, and textures of ornaments to create depth and visual interest. Use both glossy and matte glass ornaments, all of which will appeal to the white color against the black wood. Not only does it look incredibly neat, but it also creates the illusion of snow covering the branches. If you're planning to host a Christmas tree, you can recreate this theme with traditional greenery. Add black accessories and ribbons for a classic look. Place additional decorations like feathers or snowflakes between the glass ornaments and illuminate the tree with plenty of white lights for a classy look.

2. Farmhouse Plaid

The black Christmas tree trend works with countless decorating styles, including the ever-popular farmhouse look. Incorporate quintessential farmhouse-style accents like buffalo check ribbon, neutral-colored ornaments, pinecones, and a rustic wood tree topper inspired by the woods. Neutral tones and wood accents pop against the branches of a black Christmas tree. Continue the buffalo check theme with a black and white wooden skirt or add contrasting texture with a simple burlap skirt.

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3. Mixed Metallic Ornaments

A mix of shiny metal ornaments stands out against the dark, moody branches of this black Christmas tree. To create a classic holiday look, hang red, silver, gold, and clear glass ornaments on the tree, and for an extra layer of decorative detail, choose ones with a variety of finishes that are shiny, matte, or shiny. To elevate the look, wrap twigs in thick gold or silver ribbon and nestle glitter sprays and pick at the branches to create depth and contrast.

4. Glamorous Black Christmas Tree

Get a sparkling and glamorous look by decorating your black Christmas tree with any number of holiday accents. Cover the tree with multicolored lights, then fill it with tons of colorful ornaments. The color scheme is up to you: soft pastels and deep jewel tones pop against dark branches, while traditional colors or warm metallics create a stark contrast and add drama. Add a textural element with peacock-style feathers, velvet ribbon, or floral selections, and finish off the glamorous tree with an oversized metallic topper.

5. Christmas twinkle lights

As far as we're concerned you can never have too much of a tree. Whether it's a traditional evergreen or an artificial black Christmas tree, it's the soft glow of twinkling lights that creates a magical holiday feeling. Use white lights for a sleek, understated look, or go bright and colorful with multi-colored string lights for a retro-glam take. If your tree isn't pre-lit and you're worried about the green cables showing in traditional string lights, string lights with black cords will blend in seamlessly with your black Christmas tree.

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7 Thanksgiving Trees That Extend the Season of Festive Decorating

There is always a debate in my house about whether it is acceptable to put up the Christmas tree before Thanksgiving. I'm of the 'grow the tree as soon as a possible group, but all my family members think the tree should be full until the last Thanksgiving leftovers are consumed. But this year, I found a reason to put up a tree that makes everyone happy - thanksgiving trees.

If you've seen fall-decorated Halloween Christmas trees and Christmas trees all over Instagram lately, Thanksgiving trees are the same idea—basically, it's artificial Christmas trees decorated for the harvest season instead of decked out in red and green...

Buffalo Check

Michael Watcher created a beautiful Thanksgiving scene that would easily transition to Christmas after the big dinner. She decorated an artificial tree with neutral elements like buffalo check ribbon garland and burlap bows, so when the time came, the Thanksgiving figurines could be quickly swapped out for Christmas ornaments.

Bold fall florals 

We love the bold fall florals on this tree by Amy & Jared of The Savvy Saving Couple. To get the look, pick up your favorite faux orange and red flowers from a local craft store and use craft wire to attach them to a white or flock tree. Add some pumpkin seeds and corn stalks and you'll be ready for a great turkey dinner.

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Sunflower tree

Sunflower Christmas trees were a hot new trend last year, and this beautiful tree from Fox and Spice is still having a moment. To get the full look, check out their blog post on stocking up on fake sunflowers.

Fall Signs

This beautiful Thanksgiving display from Tailor of Life in Heritage Hill is all about neutrals. We love the natural elements paired with white and muted orange pumpkins with mini wooden signs. Don't forget to add a statement topper with cute faux farfalle!

Sweet & Simple

This sweet look gives off a beautiful minimalist look, and we're totally here for it. To get the look, accessorize your tree with white lights, orange-tied ribbon garland, and small tree ornaments. Top it off with a seasonally appropriate tree skirt (we love an oversized blanket scarf) and start dreaming up your Thanksgiving menu!

Maximalist Tree

Created by Wilmore & Co Flowers and floral designer Ana Silva, the theme of this beautiful tree is 'More is More. It features a beautiful mix of flowers, foliage, pumpkins, and a festive turkey instead of the traditional angel.

Red & Gold

This is another tree that can easily transition from fall to Thanksgiving to Christmas with a few simple changes. The entire tree is decorated with gold and red classic Christmas ornaments, then filled with seasonal elements like pumpkins and pinecones. When it's time to move on to Christmas, you can decorate most of the tree; Swap the pumpkins for reindeer and you'll be ready for Santa in no time.

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