Martyn Lawrence Bullard's chrome Christmas tree signals the rise of a 'bold' holiday decorating trend according to experts

The celebrity interior designer isn't afraid to be brave

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This year, Christmas trees are getting a makeover. Over the past few years, the popularity of non-traditional trees has risen dramatically. Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the celebrity interior designer responsible for the decor in the homes of icons including Kylie Jenner, Winnie Harlow, and Cher, is ringing in the next trend in original holiday decor with his chrome tinsel Christmas tree. The silvery wonder is gorgeous, cloaked in silver and black ornaments for a stylish, minimal look.

In our discussion of Christmas decor ideas, experts loved the look of a chrome tinsel Christmas tree. 'I find their modern and sleek appearance quite appealing,' said Bree Steele, interior designer at RJ Living. She continued, 'They bring a unique twist to traditional Christmas decor, blending well with contemporary or minimalist themes where traditional green trees might feel out of place.'

Bree Steele from RJ Living
Bree Steele

Bree Steele is an Interior Designer and Trade Accounts Manager for RJ Living, one of Australia's leading interiors brands. She has nine years of experience in the design industry and have styled 100+ homes and properties.

'I love the unique sparkle of a tinsel tree,' says Jennifer Ebert, digital editor at Homes & Gardens. 'It looks so bold and instantly festive. To me, this kind of tree is the perfect blend between traditional and modern Christmas decor. It's the retro look of tinsel combined with a classic Christmas tree.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

If you have a modern home, interior designers say this type of tree can work better than a traditional Christmas tree. Bree states: 'In my view, these trees fit best in modern and urban spaces, particularly where the decor leans towards a more futuristic or avant-garde style. They complement homes with a monochromatic color scheme or where metallic elements are a key part of the design aesthetic.'

Furthermore, interior designers say that this look is set to be a huge Christmas decor trend this year. Bree says, 'I do see the popularity of silver chrome trees growing. With the current shift towards more unconventional and bold holiday decorations, we'll likely be seeing more of this style this holiday season. People seem to be embracing new ways to celebrate, and these trees fit right into that narrative.' 

A silver Christmas tree may sound a tad retro, but rebrand it as 'chrome' and decorate it far more tastefully than the examples you may have seen in decades past and it can be a really chic, modern approach to Christmas decor. Take note from Martyn's tree and just keep it simple with white lights and a monochrome scheme. 

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I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture focusing on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.