Festive Christmas Color Schemes

festive living room

The Everygirl

A red and green palette may be considered a classic Christmas color scheme by many, but we say there are no rules when it comes to decorating for the holidays—except to do what brings you and your family the most joy! So, whether you prefer the bold look that comes from juicy jewel tones, or the sophisticated effect of white-on-white decor, we're here to officially give you permission to mix it up this holiday season. Not sure where to start? We've rounded up nine beautiful and festive color schemes you can adopt when decking the halls this winter.

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    Glam Mixed Metallics

    Silver and gold tree
    Balsam Hill

    When it comes to classic Christmas color schemes, there's nothing more appealing than a sparkling, glitzy combination of silver and gold. Mixed metallics are ideal for the holiday season as they look festive and special without interfering with whatever existing color palette or decor you already have going on in your home. Pro tip: This combination is an especially beautiful way to deck out your tree in a bounty of glittering ornaments, lights, and ribbon.

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    Casual Blue and White

    Garland with blue and white accents
    The Everygirl

    Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, both, or neither, we love blue and white for any winter decor in your home. It's easy to incorporate into your space (most people already have decor with one or both shades) and looks vibrant and fresh when paired with greenery like trees and garlands. These two vignettes—using casual white and blue elements like bows and macrame—come from a tour on The Everygirl, peeking into the home of Aniko Levai.

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    Serene White-on-White

    White and cream color scheme
    The Glitter Guide

    For a sophisticated and ethereal take on holiday decor, look no further than a white-on-white Christmas color scheme. By keeping the look monochromatic but playing with a mix of textures and shades, you can create a vibe that is both relaxed and timeless. We're drawing so much inspiration from Stephanie Vogler's holiday home tour in The Glitter Guide, which pairs a flocked faux tree (adorned with white, translucent, and ivory ornaments) with other snowy details, like mixed ceramics and baby's breath flower arrangements.

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    Posh Jewel Tones

    Colorful glam color scheme
    The Glitter Guide

    If you're in the mood for something a little bolder and more glamorous this holiday season, turn to jewel tones for your holiday palette. Saturated shades like fuchsia, emerald, burgundy, and rich deep blue all pair beautifully with pops of gold and silver, instantly upping the drama in any seasonal scene. On this fun and festive mantle spotted on The Glitter Guide, velvet stockings and oversized ornaments pair with faux snow for a holiday look so pretty, you'll be tempted to leave it up all year long.

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    Sophisticated Silver and Ice Blue

    Silvery blue color scheme

    Bring out your inner ice queen (or king!) with a home decked out in a frosty Christmas color scheme. The unexpected combination of shiny silver and ice blue perfectly befits the wintry weather, making this one combination you can keep up through January for sure. Up the glam with accents like tinsel and silver bells, and incorporate lots of glass to reinforce the "ice" theme.

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    Sweet Blush, Cream, and Sage

    Soft pinks and greens
    The Glitter Guide

    For a subtle take on holiday decor, incorporate a soft and organic Christmas color scheme into your home, like this blush, cream, and sage combination. In this dreamy tablescape on The Glitter Guide, the hostess paired a floral centerpiece with festive mini ornaments at each place setting for a charming nod to the season.

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    Rad Rainbow

    christmas color schemes

    Studio DIY

    No one says you have to choose just a few shades for your Christmas decor, so why not go with all of them! Rainbows evoke happiness and positivity all year long, and at no time is that more appropriate than during the holiday season. Combine colorful seasonal accents, like the felt ball garland and bright bottle brush trees seen in the home of Studio DIY above, with more traditional red, white, and green pairings to still evoke a festive spirit.

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    Rustic Green and Brown

    Natural green color scheme
    Jess Ann Kirby

    For a more rustic look, take it back to nature by relying on greens and browns to anchor your Christmas color scheme. This look, like seen above in the home of blogger Jess Ann Kirby, is great for anyone who loves a farmhouse vibe. Plus, it can incorporate tons of wild elements that can be found on your property, making it a super budget-friendly option. Let traditional pine garlands or wreaths set the tone for a homey and cozy holiday setting, then accentuate the vibe with soft candlelight and strands of bulbs.

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    Traditional Red and Green

    christmas color scheme

    Love Create Celebrate

    Red and green are indeed the most recognizable colors of the season—and for good reason. To make sure your traditional vibe feels fresh, layer a variety of shades such as deep burgundy and cherry red with hunter green and bright young pine, which will go a long way in adding depth and interest to your holiday decor.