Retro Christmas Decorating Ideas

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Retro Christmas Decorating Ideas
Choose a retro look for your Christmas decorations. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Choose retro Christmas decorations when you want to get back to your roots or give your home an old-fashioned feel. There are lots of ways you can decorate your home in retro style, simply by using retro colours or certain types of decor. Retro Christmas decorations can give your home more of a fun feel than typical modern decor.

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Silver Tree

Silver tinsel trees were all the rage in the 1960s, once artificial trees had become popular. Choose a silver tree and pair it with modern lights and ornaments for a cool juxtaposition of retro and modern decor. Alternatively, choose a silver tree and decorate it with antique ornaments, large, colourful lights and other vintage Christmas decorations.

Blue Decor

After Elvis sang about dreaming of a blue Christmas, that style of decor became popular. So skip the traditional red, green, silver or gold decorations this Christmas and decorate your home with blue Christmas items. Choose a real green tree and string blue lights on it. Wrap a blue ribbon around the tree and cover it with blue and silver Christmas balls. You can even wrap your gifts in different shades of blue wrapping paper.

Coloured Lights

Most people in modern times opt for white lights to decorate their Christmas tree and the outside of their home. But in decades past, coloured lights were all the rage. So choose lights with different colours, such as red, green, blue, yellow and purple. For an even more retro look on your Christmas tree, go with strands of lights with large bulbs, just like people used in the past. Rather than using old Christmas lights from that era, however, purchase new ones made in that style. Old electrical items such as Christmas lights can be dangerous.


Metallics are another retro Christmas idea. Decorate your door with a green wreath adorned with a metallic red or green bow. Cover your tree with metallic ornaments as well. Find glass balls painted with colourful metallic paint in silver, gold, red, green, blue and other colours. Many retro ornaments were painted with metallic paint. Check out local antiques stores or thrift stores for old ornaments such as Santa Claus, snowmen, candy canes and other items with a metallic sheen.

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