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Deck the halls like an expert! Interior designer reveals her top tips for how to decorate the perfect Christmas tree – revealing why you should AVOID pre-lit options and embrace fake snow

  • Katalin Callahan from Baltimore, Maryland, is the founder and CEO of dbkdecor
  • She uses her Instagram profile to boast her interior decorating tips
  • In an interview, Callahan revealed her top Christmas tree decorating tips
  • These tips include buying a flocked tree, which looks like it was dusted with snow, and avoiding trees that come pre-lit
  • ‘Every year they bring more beautiful Christmas light and bulb choices to the market so I like having the ability to choose my own style,’ she said

An interior designer has shared her best pro tips to decorating one’s Christmas tree ahead of the holiday season. 

Katalin Callahan from Baltimore, Maryland, is the founder and CEO of dbkdecor and uses her Instagram profile, which boasts more than 55,000 followers, to share interior design tips for followers. 

When speaking to the Mirror, Callahan revealed her Christmas decorating tips for the tree, saying the task is one of her favorites to do before the holiday. 

Get the look: Interior designer Katalin Callahan offered up her top Christmas tree decorating tips ahead of the holiday season

Her go-to style: These tips include buying a flocked tree, which looks like it was dusted with snow, and avoiding trees that come pre-lit

Her go-to style: These tips include buying a flocked tree, which looks like it was dusted with snow, and avoiding trees that come pre-lit

Tradition: 'Every year they bring more beautiful Christmas light and bulb choices to the market so I like having the ability to choose my own style,' she said

Tradition: ‘Every year they bring more beautiful Christmas light and bulb choices to the market so I like having the ability to choose my own style,’ she said

‘Creating a beautiful tree is my favorite process of the holiday season,’ she told the publication. 

Interior designer Katalin Callahan’s top tree decorating tips

1. Select a flocked tree to go on display

2. Avoid artificial trees with lighting already attached 

3. Add a pop of color in the decorations for the tree 

4. Alter between big and small items when decorating  

The first step for Callahan when decorating a tree is selecting the ‘perfect’ one to go on display in the home.  

‘I love flocked trees,’ she said. ‘They give such a wonderful feeling.’ 

Flocking a Christmas tree refers to the synthetic dust or powder people can brush on the branches to give the tree the effect as if it had just come inside after a light snow. 

People can splurge on a Christmas tree already flocked or do it themselves, which can be achieved using a misting gun, spray, or self-adhesive powders. 

Callahan explained flocking will help when adding the other decorations to the tree because any color will ‘pop’ against the dusted branches.  

‘No matter what decorations you choose they will give a lovely pop of color against a flocked tree,’ she said.  

Important: She said the most important things when it comes to decorating for Christmas is selecting the 'perfect' tree

Important: She said the most important things when it comes to decorating for Christmas is selecting the ‘perfect’ tree

Beautiful: Callahan said people could achieve trees that look like they come straight out of a magazine by following her helpful tips

Beautiful: Callahan said people could achieve trees that look like they come straight out of a magazine by following her helpful tips 

Helping out: The interior designer will use her Instagram profile, which boasts more than 55,000 followers, to inspire people on how to decorate their own homes

Helping out: The interior designer will use her Instagram profile, which boasts more than 55,000 followers, to inspire people on how to decorate their own homes 

Artificial trees with their own lighting have become popular in recent years because they cut the decorating time down. But Callahan actually advised against purchasing those trees for one’s home. 

Businesswoman: Callahan is from Baltimore, Maryland, and is the founder and CEO of dbkdecor

Businesswoman: Callahan is from Baltimore, Maryland, and is the founder and CEO of dbkdecor

‘There is nothing worse than unpacking your pre-lit tree and discovering the lights don’t work,’ she said. 

Opting out of the pre-lit trees allows Callahan to use her own lights to really express her ‘style and color’ for the trees that year. 

‘Every year they bring more beautiful Christmas light and bulb choices to the market so I like having the ability to choose my own style,’ she said. 

Callahan uses her Instagram profile to share interior design pictures, including ones showing off different Christmas trees to inspire followers on how they can also decorate for the holidays.   

With each of her trees, Callahan chooses a color theme that will then ‘pop’ due to the tree looking like it was dusted with snow. 

She then also often alters between bigger and smaller items, such as using larger bows and smaller ornaments, to make for a more visually-appealing tree. 

Using Callahan’s tree tips, she says, will help anyone achieve decor that looks like it’s ‘straight out of a magazine’.



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