Each year the festive war rages on, should you have a real Christmas tree or an artificial one in the home? The arguments are strong on each side, with defenders for either choice fighting passionately during heated festive debates to get their points across. Whilst for many the smell of a freshly felled pine or spruce is what the Holiday season is all about, there are legions of artificial tree fans that covet the perfectionism a faux version allows. Here The LuxPad discusses the benefits of artificial Christmas trees for achieving a perfectly styled festive look in the home this year…
1. Perfect Positioning
Many of us are perfectionists about our Holiday decorations in the home. Everything has to be optimally arranged and spaced to achieve the seasonal look we are striving for. Many real Christmas trees can appear top heavy with sparse tops and full bottoms or with gaps throughout, leading to a lopsided look. No matter how good your decorating skills, if the foundation isn’t quite right, it could throw off the whole design. Perfectly full real trees can of course be found but it can entail trolling through many vendors before you find the one. For those of us that look for perfection in their Christmas trees, artificial versions are the only option, as each branch can be masterfully positioned to achieve the full and luscious look required.
2. Incredibly Realistic Finishes
With the popularity of artificial Christmas trees only growing, the techniques used to create them have come on leaps and bounds leaving behind incredibly realistic trees you would be hard pushed to know were fake. A by Amara’s artificial Christmas trees have been made using Real Needle Mix technology which mimics the look, feel and structure of real needles, just with none of the fuss. Many brands use similar technologies and whilst this level of detail can come with a higher price-tag than many high street versions, the realistic quality and longevity of design are an investment which will be cherished for years to come.
3. Extremely Low Maintenance
One aspect of having real Christmas trees in the home that even the most die-hard fans have to admit can be tiresome is the dreaded needle drop. Many trees are now grown to be none-drop, however the chances are you will still be vacuuming frequently throughout the festive season as the tree succumbs to central heating. Real trees will also need to stand in water throughout the duration of the season to ensure they doesn’t wilt or go brown prematurely, this can be a disaster for those with pets or small children who could knock the pot if they get too close. Artificial trees, are wonderfully easy to store and set up, normally arriving in two or three parts with easily numbered or color coded branches to attach, making both the set up and removal of your festive decorations as simple as possible.
4. Endless Sizes, Shapes and Finishes Available
Real Christmas trees of varying heights can be found relatively easily, however one of the key benefit of artificial trees is they allow you to be more creative with your space. For windowsills or tabletops in smaller rooms, perfectly formed small versions can be found, along with slimline full-height versions for rooms without much floor space. The beauty of artificial trees is you can also add as many branches as required to make the tree fit the space. For corners, branches can be added to just one side to create a full look that takes up far less space and half-versions are also available if you want a tall tree which doesn’t extend too far into the room. The simple green pine and spruce versions have also had a makeover in recent years with, frosted, snow covered and boldly colored versions now available. Artificial trees can also be found pre-lit or even pre-decorated for a truly stress-free set-up.
5. Don’t forget the ‘Christmas tree smell’ can be easily recreated…
The classic fresh Christmas tree smell is one of the joys of the Holiday period and therefore can be a sad aspect of the season to part with if you are looking to buy an artificial tree for the first time. However, you don’t have to leave this scent behind if you go for an artificial tree this year as many home fragrance brands have now bottled the ultimate festive scent. From candles and diffusers, to room sprays and even hanging decorations, these accessories will ensure your home is still filled with the inviting aroma even if it isn’t technically coming from the tree itself.
If you still aren’t convinced on the benefits of artificial Christmas trees and a real version is the only way to go, take a look at our infographic on how to choose the perfect Christmas tree before you buy yours this year. For more inspiration on decorating your home for the festive period visit Amara’s Christmas Shop.