Today, more and more buyers prefer artificial Christmas trees. Unlike the real ones, they do not dry and do not crumble, and after the holidays they calmly “wait” for the next New Year.
I work in a Christmas accessories store that sells artificial Christmas trees of domestic and foreign manufacturers. I’ll tell you what criteria should be considered when choosing synthetic trees.
Crown size and silhouette
One of the main parameters of the tree is the height and diameter of the lower tier. The tree should not rest against the ceiling with its crown, and its branches against walls or furniture, otherwise the space will look cluttered.
The classic model is a Christmas tree with an A-silhouette. Such artificial trees are almost indistinguishable from the "thoroughbred" living spruces. Christmas trees of this shape have a luxurious “skirt”, they have many branches that create the effect of a natural unevenness of the crown.
In narrowed-shaped trees, the diameter of the lower tier is slightly smaller than that of natural counterparts, but due to the long fluffy needles, they still seem voluminous.
“Narrow” Christmas trees are the most compact trees with short needles on dense branches. Their appearance is far from realistic samples, but a very small area is enough for such a tree.
Designer trees stand apart, to which standards are not applicable. It can be voluminous or flat "trees", with a lush crown or rare branches. The trend of recent seasons is inverted models: they look creative and save space.
The degree of similarity between artificial Christmas trees and living firs depends on the material from which the needles are made.
A common budget solution is PVC Christmas trees. Such “needles” are made according to the principle of tinsel: thin strips with needles are cut from a polyvinyl chloride film, then the resulting “fringe” is wound onto a wire. Brown PVC is added at the base of the branches to make the tree appear natural. It is difficult to take such a tree as natural, but it is magnificent, and its needles are pleasant to the touch.
The needles from the fishing line resemble pine needles: it is dense, stiff and long. The method of its manufacture is similar to the previous one: wire frames are covered with a brown film to simulate wood, a fishing line is wound on top. Fishing line is often combined with PVC - branches alternate or create combined bundles. In the second version, the trees are especially fluffy.
Models from cast needles look as realistic as possible, but they are also not cheap. The needles of such Christmas trees are elastic, can be of a curved shape, like those of real Christmas trees. Each branch is produced separately in a stencil press; brown paint is applied to the base. Needles are attached to branches at different angles - this allows you to simulate trees of any species.
Cast material is often used together with PVC: branches with needles made of polyvinyl chloride are placed deep in the crown - this gives additional volume, reduces the cost of a cast Christmas tree and maintains its realistic appearance.
There are samples where all three varieties of needles are adjacent. These are copyright models that are intentionally made unrealistic. They are preferred by fans of custom New Year's decisions.
Type of fastening branches
This is a characteristic that affects the ease of installation of the tree and its storage. In prefabricated structures, branches are attached to the trunk in various ways.
The first option: the “paws” on the plastic rods can be bent, allowing you to give the crown the desired shape. They can be easily folded back when you clean the tree after the holiday. Most often, this type of mount is used in desktop and inexpensive floor-mounted Christmas trees.
The second option is hinged branches. This is the simplest and quickest to install solution: the models open like an umbrella without any effort. Hinges are used in Christmas trees with decor and in "snowy" models.
The third option is that the branches can be hooked. When folded, these are the most compact Christmas trees, so they are most conveniently stored. Mounting on hooks also allows you to carefully fluff spruce branches before installing on the trunk.
This criterion is no longer practical, but an aesthetic one - it all depends on your preferences and the style of the New Year's interior. The first place in the holiday rating is held by the classic: green trees. There are also creative options among the classics, when each twig is painted in its own shade. Even within the same “paw”, the shades of the needles can be different - from deep emerald to light green.
If you want to get a noble New Year tree, you should look at the specimens of blue.
An unusual solution from designers - black and foil Christmas trees. Among the supporters of a gentle New Year's entourage, bright white models, as if sprinkled with snow, are popular. They are able to turn the house into a fabulous forest.
Synthetic spruces can have a different degree of “dustiness”. If you choose such a tree, you should be aware that models with high and medium “snowiness” may slightly crumble upon first use - this is an excess of coating that does not completely adhere to the branches.
Despite the modern abundance of Christmas decorations and new ideas of craftsmen, garlands remain the main element of Christmas-tree decoration.
You can purchase luminous accessories separately, or you can choose a model that is already decorated with bright bulbs. The color of the garland wire in such models coincides with the type of needles, the bulbs are evenly distributed over the Christmas tree.
On sale you can find trees that are decorated with cones, berries, bows, bells, beads. There are copyright designs with miniature balls or openwork flowers.
What to look for when buying an artificial Christmas tree
- On the size and silhouette of the crown. The size and shape should be such as not to clutter up the room.
- On the material of the needles. The cheapest will cost a tree with PVC needles. Pine-like Christmas trees are made from fishing line. Christmas trees with cast needles are expensive, but they look as realistic as possible.
- On the type of attachment of branches to the trunk. Simple options are hinged branches and branches on hinges, the most convenient - on hooks.
- On the color of needles. The classic solution is green shades, from emerald to mint. A tree with a blue crown looks noble. Original look white or black spruce.
- On garlands and other decor. Fir-trees decorated with light bulbs, balls, berries, cones and other accessories are sold in stores.