The tree is the most important piece of decor for the Christmas holiday, and we have some unconventional inspiration coming your way. The selection includes DIY, rustic, space-saving, contemporary and avant-garde Christmas trees, and all have something in common: they’re big on imagination.

Get inspired by our Christmas tree ideas, and add one (or a combination of several) to your living room, bedroom, office or anywhere a little Christmas cheer is required.

Here are some contemporary Christmas tree ideas:

Architectural Public Installation Trees

Christmas trees at the Spanish design studio A-cero. Image Source: A-cero

Christmas tree by artist Larry Raisch. Image Source: Larry Raisch, Deviant Art

Installation at the Victoria and Albert Museum London. Image Source: Victoria and Albert Museum

 Cardboard Christmas Trees

Corrugated cardboard Christmas trees by Giles Miller. Image Source: Giles Miller

Shelf Christmas Trees

Floating shelves can be used to make creative Christmas trees. Image Sources: House Doctor and Ikea

Unconventional DIY Trees

A DIY tree made of cut PVC pipes. Image Source:

This easy tree is made from rolls of gift wrap. Image Source: A Little Tipsy

Use balloons for a contemporary Christmas tree. Image Source: Milk Magazine

Christmas Trees for Book Lovers

A Christmas tree made of library books. Image Source: Green Moxie

An artful stacking of books in the shape of a tree. Image Source: Book Punks

Hanging Mobile Trees

A hanging mobile made of wooden paint sticks. Image Source: Curbly

Make a Christmas tree mobile out of fishing line and Christmas ornaments. Image Source: Not Martha

Wooden Christmas Trees

An alternative Christmas tree made from pine lumber. Image Source: Doris Brixham

Minimalist and contemporary, the Branch Christmas tree has enough branches to hang ornaments. Image Source: Kickstarter

Wood rings, artfully arranged, make a rustic yet modern Christmas tree. Image Source: Etsy

Luminous Christmas Trees

Designer Gareth Pugh created a Christmas tree from light tubes. Image Source: Today and Tomorrow

Vondom’s Chrismy glowing trees are an elegant alternative tree for indoors or outdoors. Image Source: Vondom

Bright and architectural Christmas trees by Leuchten. Image Source: Leuchten

Wall Christmas Trees

Use a wall, chalk and string lights to create a fun and unconventional Christmas tree. Image Sources: DIY and Crafts Magazine and West Elm

A festive and removable Christmas tree wall sticker for small spaces. Image Source: Not on the High Street

A hand painted wall tree with hanging garland. Image Source: West Elm

 Ladder Christmas Trees

Take an open ladder and decorate it like a Christmas tree. Image Sources: Tattered Style and UKTV

Want more Christmas decorating inspiration? Be sure to read Modern Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Festive Home for the Holidays.