The White Company’s founder lives by this rule-of-four when decorating her Christmas tree

The formula behind a fashionable festive scheme is simple, and it’s tried and tested by the experts

The White Company’s Christmas tree tips
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The countdown to Christmas is on, and for some people, this includes a different type of equation. However, this sum is as easy as 1,2,3 (and 4). 

OBE and founder of The White Company, Chrissie Rucker, has revealed that the secret to a stylish festive scheme lies behind a rule-of-four – meaning you don’t exceed more than four types of decorations on your Christmas tree. 

Plus, The White Company sale is happening right now, so you can recreate Chrissie’s tree in all its entirety – for a price that is too gorgeous to refuse. Here’s everything you need to know. 

The White Company’s Christmas tree tips

(Image credit: The White Company)

‘I sort out our decorations on a large table each year and then try to do each tree slightly differently,’ Chrissie begins in the discussion of her Christmas decorating ideas

‘On the smaller trees, I keep them really simple using just one decoration, or a maximum of four that work particularly well together. On this pre-lift grand spruce (opens in new tab) (above), I love how the glitter hearts and snowflakes, walnuts, and alliums complement each other and are enough just together.’

The White Company’s Christmas tree tips

(Image credit: The White Company)
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Symons Nordmann Fir Christmas Tree | £395.00 on The White Company (opens in new tab) 

The tree in question is this Symons Nordmann Fir Christmas Tree that exhibits a thick, full shape that looks beautifully realistic. This tree is made from the most authentic-looking faux ferns and an organic-style tree trunk. The best part? This style will endure year after year. 


So, you have the tree, and you know the rules. But decorations are included in Chrissie’s secret? These are the only alternative Christmas tree ideas (opens in new tab) you need to know about. 

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Glitter Heart Christmas Decoration | £4.00 on The White Company (opens in new tab)

While this Glitter Heart Christmas Decoration deserves a place amongst your four Christmas tree decorations this year, it is equally suitable for the mantelpiece too. 


This accessory will add a subtle sparkle to your Christmas stocking display and will look equally great hanging in the window. It’s understated but enough to stand as a stylish focal point that won’t overwhelm your scheme.  

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Mercury Walnut Christmas Decorations – Set Of 4 | £15.00 on The White Company (opens in new tab)

When traditionalism meets contemporary cool, you get the Mercury Walnut Christmas Decorations. These modern pieces similarly work effortlessly on a tree, but they are also the answer to your festive Christmas table decor ideas (opens in new tab)


The White Company recommends tying them around napkins for an elegant tablescape that will leave an impression on all who dine in your home over the coming month. ‘Tis the season, after all.  

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Megan Slack
News Writer

Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc’s homes titles, including Livingetc and Homes & Gardens. As a News Writer, she often focuses on micro-trends, wellbeing, celebrity-focused pieces, and everything IKEA. 


Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and expansive collection of houseplants.