These decorations defy gravity.
If you’ve scrolled through images of trending holiday decorations on Instagram or Pinterest recently, you may have spotted this year’s wackiest trend: the upside-down Christmas tree. It’s a bold design move for those who decide to skip the traditional tree stand (and refuse to let gravity hold them down) by suspending their festive trees (garland, ornaments, star, and all) from the ceiling.
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And while this fade may seem like a 2017 invention inspired by Stranger Things and a topsy-turvy year, inverted trees may actually date as far back as the 12th century, according to an NPR report from 2005. The Polish Art Center in Hamtramck, Michigan, writes that while it was never a tradition in Poland to hang an entire tree upside-down from the ceiling, some families would suspend a small tip of a tree from the rafters, with the tip pointing down toward the ground.
Want to save space and try an inverted tree this year (just think, you won’t have to rearrange your furniture)? Home Depot sells a pre-lit one for $200, or splurge on Target’s $1000 option. Check out the five trees below for proof that this out-there trend can actually be pulled off.
The Westfield Shopping Center in San Francisco was one of the first places to try an inverted tree when the decorating company Holiday Image, LLC set theirs up last year. Now, these decorating pioneers are back for a second year, and the trend seems to be catching on in homes and malls across the country.
The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, also has an Insta-famous tree, designed by fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld.
Decked out with ribbons, giant snowflakes, and oversized faux florals, this inverted tree is absolutely stunning. A furry tree skirt disguises the tree stand, helping with the illusion that the tree floats mid-air.
The French blog Friday-Magazine shared this upside-down tree, dripping with jewels and ornaments. Piling presents on top emphasizes this remarkable design.