Christmas tree themes: 12 on-trend decorating schemes to try in 2023

From bold rainbow brights to Scandi minimalism, we reveal the best Christmas tree themes for this year

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If you’re already thinking about your festive decor, look no further for inspiration than our curation of the must-have Christmas tree themes for 2023. 

Decorating your Christmas tree is a fun and joyful experience to get you feeling festive, and whether you choose the best real Christmas trees for your home or opt for an artificial Christmas tree in bright and bold hues, the possibilities are endless.

These suggestions bring together the latest Christmas tree colour trends along with our favourite Christmas tree decorating ideas for 2023 but remember, the most important thing is to pick a festive theme that you love and adore and will return to for years to come.

 12 Christmas tree themes to try in 2023

The biggest Christmas tree themes for this year take into consideration the latest coordinated colour schemes, stylish baubles, and luxe lighting to decorate the tree like a professional.

1. Candy cane delights

Candy cane Christmas tree theme

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Good enough to eat, quite literally in some instances, sweeten the deal this festive season with a candy cane-themed Christmas tree. 

"Christmas trees are looking fun this year with a nod to lifting our spirits," says Emma Morton-Turner, an interior stylist, writer and founder of Inside Stylists. "There are tons of brightly coloured sweetie decorations and oversized candy canes - think what a tree would look like if Willy Wonka went mad at this time of year. Oversized and over fun. I'm so here for it."

Think of a red and white colour scheme, over-the-top ornaments, and plenty of real candy canes, lollipops, and hanging sweet treats for good measure. Of course, if you're worried about little hands helping themselves to real treats you could opt for sweet-themed decorations instead of the real thing.

2. Rustic charm

Traditional living room with elegant green decor with rustic christmas tree theme and matching garland draped across the fireplace

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Modern country and rustic home decor have remained a top interior design trend in 2023, so it’s no surprise that this simple, laid-back style will lend itself to the Christmas tree themes of the 2023 festive period. 

Incorporate this trend with homespun accessories like handmade garlands, rattan Christmas tree topper ideas, and plenty of earth-toned, muted hues. Warm lights are a must for this look, to emulate the soft glow of ambient candlelight and roaring fires which are synonymous with country style. 

3. Glam gold

Gold Christmas tree theme in traditional decorated living room

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For a classic festive decorating scheme that exudes sophistication, opt for a gold Christmas tree theme. If you're wondering how to decorate a Christmas tree with this metallic scheme, consider glass ornaments, metallic ribbons, stars, and hints of sparkle.

For most, a gold look is unapologetically glam but you can also make it feel more muted if you choose matt gold finishes, rather than shiny attention-grabbing gold Christmas decorations.  

4. Scaled-back Scandi style

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When the minimalist style is too little but the other schemes feel too much there are always Scandi influences to set the scene with ease.

"The casual Icelandic retreat trend is perfect for those who favour a reduced colour palette and natural textures," says Claire Douglas, an interior stylist and regular contributor here at w&h. 

"I love linens and rustic ceramics, so this calm aesthetic really appeals to me. The trend will work well in a neutrally decorated room and is a great way to create a cosy feel despite the pared-back styling. It's subtle but stylish and is sure to be a popular one for Christmas 2023".

5. Natural wonder

Barn-style living space with exposed beams with dining table and christmas tree theme to show a natural woodland style

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Inspired by nature, this year’s emerging festive trend celebrates the natural beauty of winter woodland, keeping decoration colors neutral or derived from nature.

"This Christmas tree theme captures the essence of woodland charm, but is simplistic and accessible in nature," explains Wayfair’s Resident Style Advisor, Nadia McCowan Hill. "Introducing fresh natural foliage, and mixing earthy neutrals and touches of frosty snowy whites to create a soothing and enchanting look.

"Incorporating classic festive greenery into decorating schemes will instantly lift a room, but the complementary tones of oatmeal, verdant greens, and pale woods will elevate the look and make it feel instantly more contemporary."

6. Merry, bright and bonkers

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Some would say that Christmas is the ideal time to be bold with colour choices because it's not permanent, so for those people, there are merry and bright Christmas tree themes to embrace bold hues for the holidays. Amongst the celebration of colour are the novelty characters too.

"Novelty is still key for Christmas 2023," says Emma. "With glass decorations in the shape of everything from sushi to knitting needles and balls of wool. More things to make us smile."

Whether decorating alpine spruce or a snowy white tree, add bright and colourful ornaments and accessories to bring a playful pop of colour to your festive space. A bohemian mix of jewel-toned brights to welcome a kaleidoscope of festive colour, all of which will omit a warm glow when illuminated by the tree lights.

7. Frosted silver