Admit it: When you hear the phrase “Christmas colors,” the first thing to come to mind is probably red and green. The classic combination has endured through the years—it originated in ancient Celtic celebrations around the holly plant—as the de-facto Christmas look. And while we’re all for the classics (evergreens and red accents never go out of style), as lovers of all colors for the home, we’re also always in search of new hues. So, this Christmas, how about switching up your color scheme? We’ve got style inspiration aplenty to prove that Christmas colors can go way beyond the holly branch. Read on for a rainbow of inspiration—and then start planning your Christmas decorations accordingly!
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Riff on the tried and true Christmas red with a more subdued burgundy, like designer Kelly Deck did in this festive home, where bronze and copper accents ground the space and give an elegant look paired with fresh greenery.
Designer Nikki Klugh selects a different color combination each Christmas. In 2020, the blue and gold was a nod to her father, who hung blue lights at home since it was her mother’s favorite color. Take a cue from Klugh with blue and gold or make the tradition your own by going with one significant to your family.
Sky blue also pairs beautifully with pine green, as Matthew Bees proves in his Charleston home here. Swap out red bows for blue and give your Christmas decor an unexpected jolt—and an appropriately coastal vibe if you’re by the ocean.
For a more ethereal look, channel snow-capped mountains in a white scene with touches of silver and gold, like Joanna Buchanan did with this table setup (all shoppable on her site!).
Add an unexpected pop to your tree with thick ribbon in a jewel tone, like the teal that designer Josh Pickering used here.
Designer Beth Webb gave her Christmas decor a minimal overhaul, trimming down the palette to black, white, and metallics for an elegant look that transcends seasons.
With the onset of Barbiecore, there couldn’t be a more perfect time to look to pink for Christmas color inspiration. Vintage ornaments offer a great opportunity to incorporate shades from pastel to Pepto Bismol. The best part? You can leave them up right through Valentine’s Day!
House Beautiful loves a blue and white moment—and that’s no different at Christmas. Take the classic color scheme into the holidays by creating a themed tree, as designer Jenny Wolf did here.
For a bold take on holiday decor, pair deep red with a rich purple. Here, Mally Skok displays antique red glassware against a red-and-purple wallpaper, a color scheme that would be beautiful for a Christmas table.
Set a moody vibe that carries into New Years with a palette of grays, silvers, and sage hues, like One Kings Lane founder Susan Feldman did on this table, which draws its palette from the showstopping centerpiece.
Lean into the evergreen aspect of the holiday by supplementing your boughs with pops of kelly, sage, and celadon for a textural, sophisticated look.
Segue straight from Thanksgiving into Christmas by turning to harvest colors, like brown, orange, yellow, and deep green, which work just as well for Christmas as Thanksgiving.
If there’s one place where minimalists and traditionalists can find common ground, it’s on the enduring appeal of black and white. Use the motif paired with natural greens, or set a more modern vibe with graphic touches of black and white on your table, mantel, and more.
Brown, Navy, and Dusty Rose
Leanne Ford creates an unconventional Christmas palette with an array of vintage bottle brush trees in shades ranging from pale pink to ecru, dusty rose, and mauve, offset by a spray of pampas grass and a moody navy artwork—proof that any color can be a Christmas color with the right attitude!
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