Red, White & Gold Christmas Tree

See how I created our red, white & gold Christmas tree. I’m breaking down the process and sharing helpful tips to get you started. 

I always look forward to decorating our Christmas tree. There’s something so magical about bringing out ornaments from years past and treasuring those memories all over again. The twinkle of the lights are always a welcome addition to our home and I’ll forever love the warm glow the tree adds. 

This year, I went with a red, white and gold decorating theme, and I have to say, I’m absolutely loving it. After not using red in my Christmas decorating for several years now, the vibrancy has been a welcomed change, creating an exciting, festive atmosphere around the house.

Red, White & Gold Christmas Tree

Every year, the first place I start my Christmas decorating, is the Christmas tree… and I’m so happy to share our red, white and gold Christmas tree with you this year!

A picture showing our red, white & gold Christmas tree.


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I have to say, this tree is one of my very favorites. It’s different than anything I’ve done before, and I love the clusters of ornaments throughout the tree…

A picture showing our Christmas tree and the clusters of Christmas ornaments.

In years past, I’ve always spread out my ornaments, but this year I decided to cluster the different colored ornaments together in sections. This created such a beautiful look! 

A picture of our red, white and gold Christmas tree.

I love the classic red and white combination, but the addition of the gold really makes it look elegant and set apart, adding a warmth to the tree…

A picture showing the red, white and gold Christmas ornaments.

Add Multiple Layers of Lighting

The warm glow is also possible thanks to the three different types of lighting I have on the tree. Our tree comes pre-lit, but then I added a strand of twinkle lights. They’re really neat, allowing us to choose the flicker speed and lighting pattern. Then, I added in the candle lights. They clip on the branches and I love the extra touch they add…

A picture of the Christmas tree showing the candle lights.

Add Different Ornament Sizes

One of the other key elements to creating a visually interesting tree, especially when choosing a specific color palette, is to add different ornament sizes. Believe it or not, I didn’t have very many white ornaments in my collection, so I purchased a variety of sizes. I also did that with both the red and gold ornaments. 

I also tried to mix different textures of the bulbs, which really creates a beautiful overall look. 

A picture showing the different ornament sizes and textures.

And of course, I added in our cherished family ornaments and a new baby’s first Christmas for our sweet Ania…

A picture showing Ania's baby first Christmas ornament.

Those are the special ornaments we pull out each and every year, bringing back a flood of memories… and I love watching our collection grow every year.

A picture of the Christmas tree and bookcases.
A picture of our Red, White & Gold Christmas Tree

Another way I love to coordinate things together, is to find matching wrapping paper. When I’ve decided on the Christmas tree color palette, I look for paper that matches, bringing everything full circle…

A picture of the Christmas tree with white Christmas presents below the tree.

Now that the tree is decorated, I’ve started working on the rest of the house. Splashes of red are popping up, and it’s fun to see the house come alive for the season. 

A picture of the living room shelves.

If you’re struggling with your tree, or haven’t started decorating yet, below I’ve listed some of my Christmas tree decorating tips. I hope they help!

Christmas Tree Decorating Tips:

  1. Create a decorating theme to get started
  2. Use coordinating colors
  3. Use multiple layers of lighting
  4. Use a variety of ornament sizes
  5. Use a variety of ornament textures
  6. Match your wrapping paper with the tree theme


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I’ll be sharing more Christmas decorating ideas over the next several weeks, and then our full home tour! In the mean time, we’re wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Psst… Looking for unique Christmas gift ideas? I shared several ideas here. 


    1. Thank you so much! Our stockings are from Crate and Barrel. That exact knitting pattern is no longer available, but Ania’s stocking is! These stockings are a little expensive, but I don’t plan on changing them out like I have in the past, and they are huge! Like, almost 3′ long! The quality is also exceptional.

    1. Thank you so much! The candle lights are beautiful, aren’t they? They add such a great element to the tree! I only used one strand and wove it around, clipping the lights to branches on the front and sides. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I’ve had the large gold ornaments for many, many years. I think some of them originally came from Gordmans and they’re no longer in business. I’m sorry that’s not more helpful!

  1. Absolutely love your tree, it is stunning! Wondering where you got those translucent bulbs with the white stripe and the gold/champagne ornaments!!!

    1. Thank you so much! I made the clear bulbs with the white stripe! They were so easy! I just bought the glass bulbs, then painted on a white stripe and added glitter while the paint was dry! These bulbs are similar to what I used:
      The other bulbs are from a few different places I’ve collected over the years. I’ve had them many, many years. I’m sorry that’s not more helpful!

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