1. Create A Vintage Look With Velvet Ribbons
For an elegant vintage look try velvet ribbons in rich, dusky colors, such as these from Rowen & Wren – keep the ribbons long for a relaxed, bohemian look.
2. Use A Ribbon As A Tree Topper
A wide, colorful ribbon can make a simple and elegant alternative to traditional tree topper ideas. Stars and angels can often have a tendency to fall off, but ribbons will stay safely in place – great if there are children or animals running around. For best results try a wide, wired ribbon that will keep its shape.
3. Go For Traditional White And Gold
For a classic and elegant look you can't go wrong with a palette of white and gold. Here bows made from organza ribbon make a fitting choice of tree decoration for this traditional living room.
4. Get Creative
If you like to get stuck into a spot of mindful Christmas crafting why not get creative with some handmade ribbon decorations? Annabel Lewis, founder of the British ribbon store VV Rouleaux has given her tree a touch of glamor with handmade bow decorations made from wide organza ribbon and diamanté buckles.
5. Create A Relaxed Look With Linen
To decorate their showroom tree the team at deVOL chose dusky pink linen ribbons to create a rustic, vintage look. If you're after an earthy, natural color scheme as well as ribbons that are sustainable then consider 'raw-edged Habotai silk, dyed with natural plant material,' suggests Thomas Broom-Hughes, Director of Horticulture at Petersham Nurseries.
6. Go For Candy-Stripe Bows
Candy stripes are a great way to channel a vintage look but would equally work with a Scandinavian decor theme. These pretty bow decorations from Tori Murphy are perfect for channeling the look.
7. Opt For Simple Ribbons In A Busy Room
In living rooms with bold wallpaper ideas, it can be tricky to know how to decorate a Christmas tree – too many decorations and the whole space may become too busy. In her stunning living room, Hannah de Gournay, founder of hand-painted wallpaper brand de Gournay, chose simple pastel ribbons for her tree so as not to detract from the stunning wall murals.
8. Go Pretty And Pared-Back
Made from gold organza ribbon, these elegant bows from Cox & Cox are a lovely way to bring a subtle shimmer to a Christmas tree. You could also use them as wreath ribbon ideas.
9. Go For Subtle Slender Ribbons
Velvet ribbons in ochre and forest green from Neptune bring subtle color and texture to this sophisticated look. 'Because of the pile the fabric velvet never registers as one flat color, instead, it allows shadow and light to play across the textural surface,' says Simon Temprell, interior design manager at Neptune.