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BRIANA: Forget the whole real tree vs. fake tree debate. Let’s taste the rainbow. Do colorful Christmas trees make you say “Ho, ho, ho!” or “NO, NO, NO!”?

pink christmas tree

BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: I prefer a bold-colored tree over the usual green. It sparks more creativity for putting together an unexpected Christmas color scheme. For example: Hot pink and seafoam ornaments on a hunter green pine tree make no impact and look stupid-ish. Stick those sassy mommas on an ultra-white, turquoise or black tree and KAZAM!, graphic, technicolor world peace.

GRANT: I’m a traditionalist in most other decor areas, but goodness gracious — I am sick to death of green trees and all-white lights. For the love, why is that still popular? For that matter, why are outdoor icicle lights still happening? It. Doesn’t. Look. Like. Snow. But, I digress. Ho, ho, ho, bring on some color!

red christmas tree

KAYLA: I’m going to defend the trend with a picture of the top half of my Christmas tree. It’s icy purple (yay, Grant!) and covered in pink bow ornaments, cupcakes and silver balls. Glitter everywhere. Obviously my boyfriend is thrilled with the uber-feminine holiday decor.

kayla christmas tree

MARIANNE: Our big tree is a real one, but it’s decorated in a riot of color (big colorful lights, bubble lights, and vintage ornaments!). I do have a tiny, glittery pink tree in another room that I have a real soft spot for. I just can’t let go of my real tree.

ABBI: I am now obsessed with Grant’s red Christmas tree. That. Is. Amazing. But, I’m also drawn to a semi-new trend that Grant wrote about on the blog: black Christmas trees. I think that light and colorful ornaments would just pop out and look so cool on a dark, dark tree like this:
black christmas tree

LIZ: I was totally torn this year. I love the tradition of going to pick out a real tree and dressing it with vintage ornaments, but sparkly trees are just so fun! I’m especially loving vintage aluminum trees:

vintage christmas tree

So I have a large real tree, and a small silver tinsel tree. Who knows, I may get Grant’s red tree and have THREE next year.

FARIMA: I love that vintage tree! I don’t like the smell of a real tree in my house, so I’m all about artificial ones. The colorful ones remind me of candy and feel more festive than the traditional green.

CAMILLE: I feel the same way about the crazy colorful trees as I do about the SUVs dressed up like reindeer or grown adults wearing sweaters that light up – they’re funny, a little bit of Christmas kitsch. Would I have one in my house? No fa-la-la way.

christmas novelties

Photo, from left to right: The Daily Green, Party City

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41 Responses

  1. Lili@HGTV says:

    I'm all for everyone else having a colorful tree (except the black!) but I like having a real one for the smell alone.

  2. Elaine says:

    I love a green tree with vintage and colorful ornaments.

  3. Shaina says:

    The silver tinsel trees are so retro. And don't forget the color wheel to shine on it.

  4. Wesley says:

    I'm enjoying a white tree this year, with different colored ornaments. And different colored lights as well.

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  6. Sandra M. says:

    Real green tree, different colors for lights, different colors for ornaments, and icicles. Star on top.

  7. Sharmon N. says:

    There's something captivating about that red tree.

  8. smac says:

    The Christmas tree should suit your personality!

  9. GFgirl says:

    For me its got be a REAL green tree with blue lights(its a tradtion my moms tree growing up was decorated with blue lights and now our tree is), a hodgepode of homemade and Hallmark ordaments, and the angel my grandmother crosstiched.

  10. HGTVMallory says:

    I'm such a real tree purist (green and full of sap), but these are great examples from across the spectrum!

Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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