With over a thousand items in the Masons showroom, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, especially for a first-timer.
Mr. Chua suggests looking first at the room chosen for the tree as a guide. Are there warmer tones or cool tones? For those with woodwork and rooms that feature reds, yellows, browns, and beiges, complement them with ornaments that are similar in color or simply look for gold ornaments. If one has textures like cement, cold metal, or black, choose from shades of green, blue, purple, or silver.
You can also take inspiration from the tree. Amazonia Hyper Realistic Cashmere Pine (S$109 to S$299) has a fine dusting that works well with cool or pastel-colored ornaments. Abaco Hyper Realistic Giant Needle Pine (S$109 to S$299) is a deeper shade of green that works well with warm-toned decor.
After determining the color theme, Mr. Chua recommends starting with a box of 24 monochromatic colored balls to fill out the tree, adding another square if one desires intensity. To create texture, choose one to three boxes of more intricate ornaments, such as sparkly rhinestone ornaments.
If the budget allows, try incorporating some other holiday favorites, such as ribbons, tree picks, or sprays. The former can be woven through the tree or tied into bows, and the latter add texture and interesting silhouettes to your tree. You will find it easy to attach these ornaments to artificial trees, as their sturdy yet flexible construction allows one to bend the needles to secure them better.
Lights and tree cover is a must. Masons offers an assortment of 100 bulbs on a 10-meter cable, all backed with the Singaporean Safety Mark. Pro tip: Running the lights through the tree first before adding the ornaments helps hide the wires for a more polished look. Masons’ rustic rattan tree hoops are also available to make the tree look potted.
Make the purchase
Online shopping has become the norm, but with so many vendors in the market, shoppers are advised to do their due diligence before making a purchase. According to Mr. Chua, it’s not uncommon for one to choose a lush presentation on a website, only to be handed a sparse and thin tree. Freemasons uses real photos of the trees on their website, to give customers peace of mind.
Another way to determine reliability is through social evidence, which can be gleaned from online reviews and social media accounts. Make sure the seller has a good reputation on all platforms, Mr. Chua said.
In the Masons’ showroom, you can inspect the trees in person, while making shopping there a bonding opportunity for families and housemates. After all, Christmas is about gathering, and all the better if it’s next to that new tree.
Buy your first tree and decorate it with decorations from Masons Home Decor. Same day delivery available for purchases over S$200; Otherwise, a delivery fee of S$7.90 per order will apply.