7 Alternatives to the Traditional Holiday Color Palettes

Do decorations of red on a green Christmas tree feel too out of place in your contemporary home? Or perhaps you have more traditional design tastes, but don’t want to be limited by the standard red and green decorating fare?

If you’re looking to jazz up your winter holiday style with something out of the box, check out these color palettes which will make your home feel both festive and inspired.

Elegance in Navy Blue

Navy Blue and Gold Nautical Theme Tree - Interior Designer Chicago - Design Inside

For something elegant and sophisticated, try combining the sparkle of gold with the richness of navy. This traditional study is brought to life with navy ornaments and miles of gold ribbon. The nautical twist lends a touch of whimsy to the masculine space. Also, see how the gold ribbon was carried onto the evergreen garland above the window to create a cohesive holiday design throughout.

Tickled Pink

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These days, a tree doesn’t have to be green! With lots of choices for artificial trees, it’s easy to find brightly colored options such as this glam pink one. For a glitzy combination, pair the hot pink with silver and gold ornaments. A white faux fur tree skirt and delicate snowflake topper complete the feminine and flamboyant aesthetic.

White Christmas

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If you’re dreaming of a minimalist approach to your holiday decor, consider making white your base color. Whites and creams echo the look of freshly fallen snow while keeping your interior clean and simple. To keep things from feeling too stark, consider adding elements of wood or greenery as accents.

Citrus Zest

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Maybe you like the classic look of red and green but want to add some other pops of color to your space. Bright yellows and oranges coordinate well with red to create an analogous color scheme and can be incorporated through garlands, accent pillows, glass bowls, and so forth. A traditional decorating trick is to set out a display of pomanders, sweet-smelling clove-studded oranges. Lemons can also add color to a citrus display.

Sugar Plum Visions

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Purple can be implemented in holiday color palettes ranging from high-end to very playful. In this example, pink and purple ornaments on a frost-tipped tree feel like fairy tale sugar plums. Or, pair deep purples with navy for a very sophisticated holiday design.

Magnificent Metals

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Maybe you like the look of metallics but aren’t in love with silver. Bronze, copper, and gold all have warmth to them and pair beautifully with a variety of other colors, making them a natural complement to your home decor. This bronze tinsel tree is especially eye-catching with its shimmery flair and unusual color scheme.

Brown Paper Packages

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Brown may be one of the last colors people associate with the holidays, but when thoughtfully applied it can become one of the most memorable displays of the bunch. We love how the many hues of brown create a playful tone-on-tone scene, while the use of texture makes the space visually rich. Butcher paper wrapped gifts paired with a wooden tree and heavily textured elements such as the faux fur throws and woven baskets make this gathering space one of a kind.

Still not sure how to decorate your home for the holidays?

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