18 Decorating with Tree Branches Ideas

By Interior Designer TRACY SVENDEN | Published February 29, 2024 |

In today’s modern world, where sleek and minimalist designs dominate, adding a touch of nature to your home can be a breath of fresh air. And what better way to do that than by incorporating the beauty and versatility of decorating with tree branches? From rustic to contemporary, tree branches can effortlessly enhance the aesthetic of any space. 

I decided to create this post as I have been incorporating branches into my home for several years now and love how they add organic texture, shades of earthy greens, and an innate sculptural quality that instantly elevates a space. Paired with the perfect piece of pottery, the result is a well-curated home that embraces natural elements and reflects the beauty of nature. 

Imagine walking into a room adorned with branches gracefully displayed as a focal point on a coffee table or elegantly displayed on a fireplace mantelpiece. The rustic texture and organic shapes of branches bring a sense of tranquility and warmth to your home.

Whether you choose to use them as wall art, create unique centerpieces, or craft one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures, there are endless ways to showcase the beauty of tree branches in your decor. They can be left bare, adorned with seasonal decorations, or color-treated to complement your existing color scheme.

Embrace Mother Nature’s creativity and bring the outdoors in – decorating with tree branches allows you to unleash your artistic flair. So why not branch out and discover the captivating beauty and versatility that tree branches can bring to your home? Start exploring the untapped potential in home decor that nature has to offer. Feature image courtesy of Nate Berkus Design.

Decorating with Tree Branches

Adrian Gaut for Crate & Barrel | Styling by Colin King
Image courtesy of Eye Swoon

Decorating with Tree Branches

Beautifully Styled Branches in a Kitchen
Image courtesy of Jamie Baird Photography & Interiors

Benefits of Using Tree Branches in Home Decor

Tree branches bring a myriad of benefits when used in home decor. Firstly, they add a touch of nature and create a sense of calmness and serenity in any room. The organic shapes and textures of branches evoke a feeling of being in the great outdoors, even when you’re inside your own home. A long-time favorite of interior designers, branches provide a sculptural aesthetic to the home. 

I always want to engage something seasonal and natural into my home.  I also love the sculptural quality and slightly wild and unruly nature of branches in a refined space.  I love that they offer verticality.” – New York Interior Designer Athena Calderone. 

Secondly, using tree branches in your decor is a sustainable and eco-friendly choice. By repurposing branches that have fallen naturally or trimming them from trees that require pruning, you are reducing waste and giving new life to what would otherwise be discarded. This aligns with the growing trend of eco-conscious design and contributes to a more environmentally friendly home.

Lastly, tree branches offer endless versatility in terms of style and design. Whether you prefer a rustic, bohemian look or a sleek, contemporary aesthetic, you can incorporate branches that suit your style into your decor. They can be used as statement pieces, subtle accents, or even functional elements, making them a versatile choice for any home.

Here are a few tips on decorating with natural tree branches:

How to Decorate with Branches

Majestic Branches in an Entryway
Image courtesy of Jamie Baird Photography & Interiors

1. Branch Art and Sculptures as Statement Pieces

One of the most striking ways to showcase tree branches in your decor is using them as art or sculptures. Large, visually captivating branches can be hung on the wall as a focal point, creating a stunning and organic piece of art. You can also create sculptures by arranging branches in unique shapes or patterns, adding an artistic and sculptural element to your space. 

If you follow top interior designers on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed how many of them use fresh cut natural tree branches that are carefully curated to display on a dining table. When paired with a gorgeous vase, this creates a dynamic focal point that instantly elevates the room.

Sculptural Tree Branches in a Kitchen

Steve Cordony Kitchen Design with Sculptural Branches
Image courtesy of Eye Swoon

2. Purchase a Large Faux Tree with Organic Branches

I recently purchased a large-scale 8′-0″ Olive Tree from Costco with an oversized white planter pot for my home office. I expected a gigantic box, but the pot and trunk base were not attached to the branch stems. It was straightforward to assemble as each of the olive branches and insert points were numbered. Once I assembled it, I gently bent the branches to shape the tree. 

The picture does not do this tree justice. It is incredibly beautiful and looks extremely lifelike. It also looks much larger in person, so I suggest using it for large spaces as the top spans over 4′-0″. I added a spotlight next to the base as it causes a dramatic pattern on the ceiling and looks fabulous from the view from the living room below.

Olive Tree in Planter Pot

Large Costco Olive Tree 

3. Create a Focal Point with Branches on the Coffee Table

Styling a coffee table is about layering pieces that vary in height, texture, and material to create visual interest and balance. One of the easiest ways to elevate a coffee table top design is by including home decor like candle holders, decorative objects, organic shapes, books, a glass vase, books, and fresh cut or faux branches. Display your branches in a pot that coordinates or provides contrast with your living room decor. 

Styling a Coffee Table with Branches
Styling a Coffee Table with Branches

Styling a Coffee Table with Branches
Image courtesy of Kelly Hopter Interiors

4. Use Dried/Preserved Branches

I use natural branches whenever possible, but depending on the time of year, it can be challenging to forage them. I found it difficult to source faux branches from many online stores, such as Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel, as they lacked the realistic and natural feel I sought. They often have lime green hues in the stems, which read as plastic. 

I decided to try smaller branches that are dried/preserved and discovered By Two Fields in my research. They are a small business owned by Brea & Ryan Field in Ontario that ships throughout Canada and the US. 

I ordered preserved Parvifolia and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus and was delighted with the natural colors that boasted lovely shades of green. A single branch is quite full and priced at approximately $30.00.

Home Decorating Ideas

Elevating Potted Branches on a Stand
Image courtesy of Studio McGee

Sculptural Branch Display

Sculptural Branch Display
Image courtesy of Jake Arnold Design

5. Incorporate Branches into Your Kitchen Design

Using branches as a design element in your kitchen can add a unique and unexpected touch to the space. It creates a focal point while adding color and texture to make your kitchen warm and inviting. 

Branches instantly provide an organic earthiness to a kitchen that offers a contrast to kitchen cabinets, metallic hardware, and appliances. These beautiful branches take your kitchen design to the next level and provide the finishing touch. 

I used a rustic wood plant stand from Indigo as the base for my kitchen, with a Pottery Barn farmhouse-style vase centered on top. I incorporated two types of preserved eucalyptus branches with small white faux flowers and added them until they looked ‘full.’ 

 

Decorating with Branches in the Kitchen

Decorating with Branches in the Kitchen
Image courtesy of Kelsey Leigh Design

6. Use Branches to Bring Warmth to a Bathroom

Branches in the bathroom create a spa-like feel, whether you use a single branch or a striking display. The organic texture and earthy tones of tree branches can create a sense of tranquility and calmness, which is perfect for a relaxing and rejuvenating spa-like experience. 

You can decorate your bathroom by placing branches in a vase or as wall art. Branches are the perfect way to add an organic element to your bathroom design while adding color, texture, and visual interest. Whether you add a small display or a larger statement piece, incorporating greenery into your bathroom decor is a simple and effective way to enhance the overall look and feel of the room.

Styling a Bathroom with Branches

Decorating with Tree Branches in the Bathroom
Image courtesy of Lauren Nelson Design

7. Branches in the Entryway

Whether you use natural or beautiful faux branches, they can have a big impact in creating a warm and welcoming entryway. Depending upon the size of your entrance, you can incorporate a branch arrangement in a tall vase on a stairway landing, in an empty corner, or beside a console table. Branch displays also look beautiful on a console table surrounded by candles, a picture frame, books, and a table lamp.