An expert whose job is to transform high-end luxury homes into festive winter wonderlands has revealed the most common mistakes to avoid when decorating Christmas trees.
Professional decorator Amanda Weir shared her experience on how to avoid common mistakes when decorating Christmas trees. With six years of experience running ShopHelloHolidays in Bentonville, Arkansas, she posted her top tips on TikTok, the Mirror writes.
Her first piece of advice is to never wrap tape horizontally around your tree.
She says, “It doesn’t look very good. Take some tape and (stick to) vertical (lines), horizontal (lines), make a loop – just don’t wrap it horizontally around the tree.”
The expert advised using as many colors as possible to make the tree bright, modern and magical: “Don’t use just one pattern and never use just one color scheme. I would always mix them up.”
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Another valuable tip is to buy ornaments in unpaired sets and arrange them on the tree in the form of triangles or diamonds. Placing sets of three or five in a triangle (one at the front and two at the bottom corners) or forming a diamond with four balls can create an attractive tree look.
“Most people place their favorite balloons and ornaments at random, but if you’re adding balloons, I recommend buying them in packs of three or five. Then place them on the tree in triangles: one in front, one on the bottom right, and one on the bottom left. Or you can create a diamond shape using four,” adds Weir.
The decorator also suggests giving preference to a good quality artificial tree rather than a real one. She finds an artificial tree easier to put together, although she acknowledges the charm of living trees.
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“I would never buy a live tree, those days are gone. It’s cheaper, it sounds easier. It’s hard to make it look cohesive. But it’s possible, I do it every year. Yes, you New Yorkers. I do it for all of you,” the specialist shares.
One of the common mistakes she sees is people forgetting to loosen the tree. This can be done by adding artificial tree branches or real branches. Then the tree itself will have a more complete and lush appearance.
As a professional, Amanda is against sticking to the same themes every year, preferring to mix old and new for a fresh look. Her unconventional approach extends to her online store, where she sells quirky trinkets including Botox syringes, Harry Styles wigs and fast food packaging decorations, catering to a variety of tastes.
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Explaining her prices, Amanda notes that the cost of decorating a tree ranges from $300 to $1,500 depending on the size and decorator.
A mother-of-two who quit her job as a teacher to become a professional Christmas tree decorator is now charging more than $1,000 (£800) per tree.
“The magic really starts when people put up their Christmas decorations. I’m in the business of making people happy,” she adds.
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