Find out everything about our slim, barren Christmas tree, which fits effortlessly into any room. This pre-lit tree offers a magical glow and makes decorating a breeze! This is a sparse fake Christmas tree look that you will enjoy for years to come.
Our thin, sparse artificial Christmas tree could be my all time favorite Christmas tree! It goes wonderfully with our warm and cozy minimalist home, and I have tips and tricks on how to style it with love, as well as shopping links for TEN of the cutest sparse trees on the market.
This post was originally published on November 23, 2018 and was updated with new content and links on October 19, 2021.
In the last few years we have done a lot to design our cozy living room feelingbigger, including removing the built-in wet bar. It was just over the corner where this barren Christmas tree now stands! See the before and after of our St. Louis home.
We also removed a wall between the foyer and living room, but the footprint hasn’t changed. It’s a small, neutral living room that calls for a slim Christmas tree – and that works wonderfully for our family!
Today’s post is devoted to that charming, sparse Christmas tree style, but you can read more about the Frame TV in these photos, along with our mantelpiece, built-in bookcases and bookcase decor ideas, and even our new Pottery Barn sofas here!
Also, check out this gorgeous sisal rug for more inspiration on the living room decor that you are going to love.
A sparse artificial Christmas tree is perfect for small spaces, breakfast rooms, kitchens, and even bedrooms!
It has an alpine-inspired mountain feel that I just love. It displays ornaments so beautifully because there is so much space between the layered branches.
Economical Christmas tree
Of course we all dream of large rooms with high (coffered) ceilings, but that’s not always a reality, so I chose a large 7 ′ pre-lit, sparse artificial Christmas tree that feels magical and is the perfect measure of the space.
It doesn’t overwhelm our living room, but it adds so much whimsy and charm!
This is not a sparse Charlie Brown Christmas tree, my friends. It feels special, magical and goes perfectly with the style of our simple home.
This tree nestles perfectly in the corner between our living room and our kitchen. It can be seen from the moment you walk into our house, and because it is a lighted tree, you can also take a look at the street.
A pre-lit tree is always magical with lights strung through each individual branch – which is difficult to achieve with a real tree.
I chose this 7.5 ′ Alpine Balsalm fir and adorned it with pretty pink ornaments, a jeweled Christmas tree garland, a starburst tree topper and a platinum tree skirt.
How to decorate a sparse artificial Christmas tree
There is an incredible variety of ways you can decorate your barren Christmas tree! They can get opulent as shown in these living room pictures. This tree really lets every ornament, sparkling light and garland shine.
Or go just as minimalist with a Scandinavian Christmas look, with less ornamentation and glitz.
We’ve approached our barren Christmas tree in three different ways over the past few years, as you’ll see below.
Glittering sparse tree
In the first year we were glamorous! We used sparkling ornaments, jeweled garlands, silk ribbons and more.
The pearl and crystal garlands fall so effortlessly and have a cute little bell at the end. The glow of the lights of the pre-lit tree makes them sparkle.
I also tied a few silk bows to the ends of the branches for a touch of effortless elegance. Don’t forget to stop by on our Christmas night tour and see how this Christmas tree looks lit up at night!
Minimalistic, sparse Christmas tree
We used this sparse Christmas tree in our Christmas bedroom too! When we used it in this room I knew it would take very minimal decoration to feel warm and special.
For this reason we only added the crystal garlands from our glittering tree year and dragged them from branch to branch as casually as possible.
Hasn’t it just turned out beautifully? As much as I love an over the top Christmas tree, this one might be my favorite look of all!
Scandinavian Christmas tree
Most recently we used our sparse Christmas tree in our lake house. (See the complete before and after of our lake house here!)
I created a Scandinavian inspired Christmas with tons of soft velvety blues, creams, raw wooden garlands, and aged brass. It felt natural, soft, and beautiful, and reflected the view of the water through our living room windows.
The barren Christmas tree felt just as comfortable in this setting because we appreciate our calming view and the minimalist coastal modern style that we have adopted here.
frequently asked Questions
These trees are called by different names. Some people call it an alpine tree, some call it a slender tree or a slender tree. Our favorite only refers to a barren Christmas tree!
First, add the lowest branch layer to the main trunk of the tree. Then wrap each branch, starting at the base and working your way around each individual branch, from the center of the tree to the top of each branch and then back inward.
Repeat this process from the middle to the tip of each branch all the way up. It looks like your tree is lit from within – and gives it a truly magical glow!
Sparse Christmas tree sources
I love real trees; However, because of my job, I tend to decorate a few weeks before Thanksgiving and they just don’t last until Christmas.
Here are 10 of my favorite charming sparse Christmas trees if you’re in the market for one this year!
- Our 7.5 ′ Alpenbalsalm fir (as shown in this post, 7 × 5 feet pre-lit)
- 7.5 ′ Artificial Christmas tree made of green fir with 450 clear / white lights
- Bed Rock 7 ′ pine artificial Christmas tree
- 6.5 foot sparse Norwegian pine
- Faux Pre-Lit Big + Bright Noble Fir
- Aspen Flocked 7.5 ′ artificial Christmas tree in white / green with 700 warm white lights
- 24 inch miniature pre-lit sparse Christmas tree (only $ 27.99 shipped – so cute!)
- Vickerman Unlit Sparse Tree
- 6 foot Alpine Pre-lit
- False silver-tipped fir
Let the season begin! How are you decorating the holidays this year?