The surest way to add festive cheer to a home is a decorated Christmas tree. Stylists, visual merchandisers and home owners tell Bryna Singh and Natasha Ann Zachariah how they do it.
If you want to keep your decorations up for longer, pick a plastic tree. Real trees may give off a fresh pine scent, but they last for less than a month.
If you want your fake tree to smell good, Mr Zainal Zin, 44, Metro's senior visual merchandising executive, suggests you spray scented room freshener on it before dressing it up.
Some stores also offer fake trees with special effects. Gifts and lifestyle merchandise store Monoyono has been bringing in about 200 plastic made-in-China Christmas trees a year. They come with built-in blowers for the fake snow and usually sell out by mid-December.
The 1.9m-tall trees, which cost $252 each, come with styrofoam snow beads so you can create your own version of a winter wonderland.
Switch on the blower and the beads will fly up. They will fall back into the umbrella-like base so you do not have to worry about making a mess. The package comes with Christmas lights and simple ornaments too.
Mr Lee Cheun Kiat, marketing manager of the store which has outlets in Plaza Singapura, VivoCity and Raffles City, says: "For some home owners, it's a tradition to have a tree at home, but they might want something that's not static. This is something different."
Fake trees now come in daring colours such as neon pink, metallic blue and rainbow shades.
But experienced tree decorators say green trees are the easiest to work with because that is the most natural colour and they look good with a wider variety of ornaments.