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There are so many types of artificial trees on the market these days. Choosing the right one for your home can be overwhelming. I’m here to take the stress out of the decision-making process by comparing the different styles I’ve had over the years – from a sparse Christmas tree to a traditional full look and everything in between.
Artificial vs. Real Christmas trees
Add this to the long list of age-old battles. Similar to the over or under toilet paper controversy, most of us have strong feelings on this topic one way or the other. Some look forward to the yearly trip to the Christmas tree farm to hunt for the perfect tree. Then there are the rest of us.
I get it…real trees smell amazing! But I prefer the low maintenance of an artificial Christmas tree. I want to enjoy the busy holiday season – not spend it vacuuming up needles.
Artificial trees can be used year after year, easy to set up, take down, and store. If you want tips on how to store your Christmas decorations, check out my list of essentials!
The sparse Christmas tree
My favorite characteristic of a sparse Christmas tree is its vintage style. Top designers have a knack for mixing decor styles, and vintage pieces are always in the mix.
One of the main benefits of a sparse tree is that it has fewer branches. We are all busy this time of year, right? So, the less time you spend setting up and fluffing your tree, the more time you’ll have to do other things, like decorate your mantel with garland.
Add a few ornaments or go crazy and it will still have a light and airy feel. This minimalist tree looks stunning with any style home. Perfect for smaller rooms where you want a stunning tree, but don’t want it to take up too much space.
I’d probably stay away from a tree so sparse it resembles the famous Charlie Brown tree. But there is a wide range of sparse Christmas trees to choose from so you’ll have no trouble finding the right one!
The traditional full Christmas tree
Now let’s go in the opposite direction to a traditional full tree. These trees are dense with branches and when properly fluffed, don’t let any light through. With this type of tree, a visible tree trunk is considered a sin and requires you to do some extra work.
For small or darker spaces, I recommend going with a slimmer version if you want a full tree but don’t have the room. Scale is an important factor when choosing a Christmas tree. I have used flocked slim trees in my kids’ rooms and they were the perfect fit.
Make sure you have plenty of ornaments for his type of artificial tree because it looks best when fully decorated. Unlike a sparse Christmas tree, a full tree doesn’t look as nice without accessories.
Some brands include a pair of gloves that you can wear while you set up your tree. Trust me, they save your hands from the rough edges of the needles – especially when you have so many branches to work with.
The in-between trees
For those of you a little hesitant to jump right to a sparse Christmas tree, there are some beautiful options that fall in between. The tree in my basement has more branches than my sparse tree, but not as many as my full tree.
The trunk has artificial bark making it look real. Last year, I added a few vintage-looking toile and velvet ornaments. This year, I set it up in the arched niche and decided it was perfect just as it was. It didn’t need any decorations and all I did was add a couple smaller versions on either side.
Where to get the best sparse Christmas trees
More retailers are catching on to the trend of sparse trees. They certainly aren’t new, but now you can find them in so many sizes and shapes.
My sparse tree is from King of Christmas and it was exactly what I was looking for – just the right amount of branches and scale for my home. Here are a couple of trees I was considering when hunting for the perfect sparse tree: