The Tree

I'm thinking about changing my Christmas tree this year. It normally is red and white and when it is finished looks like a big candy cane. It is really cute, but I think I'd like to go for something a little more elegant. The problem is that Christmas decorations are expensive, so whatever design scheme I go for I need to be ready to live with for years.

How about your trees (those of you that put one up)? Any particular color or theme? Or a hodgepodge?