Interior Designers to Christina Aguilera, Elton John & More Share This Year's Top Trends In Christmas Trees

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Clockwise from top left: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Elton John and Ozzy Osbourne

How do Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and Luke Bryan decorate for Christmas? Usually with the help of their go-to interior designers. A few of those experts share how to create a picture-perfect atmosphere by following this year’s biggest trends in trees -- and avoiding holiday clichés.

CHOOSE A THEME

Jeff Andrews, who has worked with Ryan Seacrest and the Kardashians, says locking down a motif is the first step for designing a tree. “Think of something that’s outside the box, like decorating with all-natural feathers,” says Andrews, author of the upcoming book The New Glamour: Interiors With Star Quality. “Then tie your tree in with how you wrap your presents [so there’s a] common thread through your whole holiday experience.”

HIT THE FLORIST

Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s clientele, which includes Elton John, Cher, Christina Aguilera and Ozzy Osbourne, favors adorning trees with real flowers. “You create unbelievable magic, as well as a wonderful smell, if the flowers are fragrant, like narcissus,” he says. Bullard suggests putting them in small water vials, usually offered for cheap from a florist, and simply inserting them into the tree: “It creates an impactful, high-glamour look.”

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Thom Filicia has created Christmas displays for Jennifer Lopez and Radio City Music Hall in New York. Lately he has noticed a move toward less flashy holiday décor in favor of a more homey feel. “I did one tree that was made with all Scandinavian handmade natural-wood pieces [with] beautiful red leather strings,” says Filicia. “We also used real candles clipped on to it. It was pretty because it was so simple.”

TRY A TONAL APPROACH

Nashville designer Chad James, a favorite of Luke Bryan and Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney, says that recently, “I see a lot of [people] using different shades of green together.” He advises clients to decorate with plants that don’t scream Christmas, like succulents or ferns. For those with a blue spruce tree, James suggests grassy green moss and dark green magnolia. “There’s something very beautiful about tone on tone.”

This article originally appeared in the Nov. 3 issue of Billboard.