How To Achieve The Perfect Monochromatic Christmas Tree

If your Christmas décor vibe typically looks like one of Santa's elves traveled to your home and vomited miss-mash red and green decorations with no clearcut theme, then A. we love that, and B. you may want to sit this one out. Or maybe you want to switch it up this year? If you're looking for a simple, elegant, and stylish tree this holiday season, the monochromatic Christmas tree aesthetic may be your answer.

To achieve a monochromatic tree, you want to stick to just one color or hue. That might sound boring to some, but trust us, it's not! In fact, some would argue that it's the opposite. 

According to award-winning interior designer Nicole Arnold on her website Nicole Arnold Interiors, the monochromatic aesthetic can keep you calm this holiday season by being mentally and emotionally relaxing. "Using a single color, particularly that favorite subdued color of yours, can help promote calm after a hectic day," she writes. Christmas trees on their own already provide a cozy dose of stress relief — imagine what a monochromatic Christmas tree will do! Here is exactly how you can achieve it.

Pick a color and collect ornaments that fit that color scheme

Regardless of the color you choose to be the focal point of your tree, you want to stick with that color and not veer too far off. This is called the "base color" (via The Spruce). The color you choose is totally up to you; however, you may want to select one that compliments the colors of your home and other holiday décor.

Collecting your ornaments, balls, trinkets, and lights in different hued variations of your base color is essential in following the monochromatic vibe. You may also want to add neutral-colored ornaments, like white or silver, to compliment the base color and "round out" the tree (via An Indigo Day). But again, don't step too far out of the box in a completely different color scheme.

Also, just because you are sticking with a single color doesn't mean you have to stick with a single shape! To add extra dimension and character to your tree, don't be afraid to hang different ornaments in various styles and sizes (via Martha Stewart). Go through your Christmas ornament collection and pull out any decorations that fit the color theme — regardless of shape — and use them to add texture and playfulness. A stroll through your local thrift shop may also provide fun and whimsical single ornaments of your base color.

Don't forget to decorate the space around your tree

If you're strategic in selecting your monochromatic tree's base color, you'll probably choose one that fits your space's overall theme and color, which is a surefire way of making your tree look like a pro's. However, that doesn't mean you should skip out on decorating the area around your tree. You should aim to make the entire space monochromatic. This way, your space feels put together and cohesive. Try replacing wall art near your tree with a decorated wreath or other Christmas décor that matches your base color.

If the monochromatic aesthetic is new to you, and you're terrified you won't be able to pull it off, you may want to take baby steps when decorating the area around your tree. New York-based designer Sasha Bikoff told Architectural Digest, "Incorporating too many other colors can make a small space feel busy." So don't get too carried away with the décor around your tree, and don't worry about decorating your entire living room to fit your theme. Regardless, decking the halls in a way that brings out the Christmas spirit in you is the best way to approach it.