Festive Holiday Color Schemes

festive living room

The Everygirl

Red and green form a classic holiday color combination, of course, but there are so many pretty and festive ways to use color when you're decking the halls and trimming the tree. From shades of blue and white to sparkling silver, gold and champagne tones, we found 10 beautiful and inspiring holiday color schemes that you can adopt when decorating your home for Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's Eve, too.

Don't forget that you can let the year-round vibe of your home influence your adornments, as Alaina Kaczmarskis did for her living room in a tour from The Everygirl. She used hints of fresh crisp greenery and lush red velvet ribbon to add just a dash of holiday cheer to her mostly white Brooklyn greystone living room. Get more holiday color scheme inspiration below.

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    Classic Silver and Gold

    Silver and gold tree
    Balsam Hill

    When it comes to classic holiday decor color schemes, there's nothing more appealing than a sparkling, glitzy combination of silver and gold. Mixed metals look festive and bright without obstructing the color palette you have going in your home year-round. This pretty Christmas tree adorned with cascading ribbons as well as ornaments is displayed by Balsam Hill, where you can shop online for a variety of ornaments and decorations.

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    Blue and White

    Garland with blue and white accents
    The Everygirl

    No matter what holidays you celebrate during the festive season, be it Christmas or Hanukkah or another, we love a festive take on blue and white. It can be easily incorporated into your home, and we love how the combination looks when it's paired with greenery like trees and garlands. These two vignettes—using casual white and blue elements like macrame and yarn, as well as small, opaque orbs—come from a tour on The Everygirl, peeking into the home of Aniko Levai.

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    Layers of White and Off White

    White and cream color scheme
    The Glitter Guide

    We're drawing so much inspiration from Stephanie Vogler's holiday home tour in The Glitter Guide. How absolutely gorgeous is her ivory and white color scheme? The frosted white tree is adorned and practically spilling over with white, translucent, and ivory ornaments and warm twinkling lights. Even her coffee table is layered with a tiny white floral arrangement and glass vases filled with white ornaments that shimmer and sparkle, only adding to the crisp and wintery scene.

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    Glam Gold With Shades of Navy and Fuchsia

    Colorful glam color scheme
    The Glitter Guide

    In the mood for something a little bolder and more glamorous this holiday season? Why not think outside the traditional reds and greens, to beautiful jewel tones like fuchsia and rich deep blue paired with gold. On this fun and festive mantle we spotted on The Glitter Guide, the vibe is so cheerful and fresh. The stockings, ornaments, and faux snow look distinctly "holiday," but with such an unexpected color twist you could almost leave it up all year.

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    Silver and Ice Blue

    Silvery blue color scheme

    Bring out your inner ice queen this holiday season. This gorgeous tree, trimmed in silver with flashes of ice blue (spotted on HomeDecorators.com) is almost too good to be true. Along with dazzling ornaments and garlands covered in clear gems and swirling icicles, choosing the twinkle lights on a white cord adds to the cohesive, monochromatic look of the tree. 

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    Retro Hot Pink and Lime Green

    Retro color scheme
    Run Me Home

    If your living room is already a colorful affair, why not make the absolute most of what you've got with a completely zany (but oh-so-cheerful) combination of hot pink and lime green? This look works well in this home featured on Run Me Home because the major furniture pieces—the teal couch and bold print chairs—are also so bright and eye-catching. Additionally, the art really supports such an unusual holiday look, and it's all starkly displayed against bright white walls.

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    Soft Shades of Pink, White, and Green

    Soft pinks and greens
    The Glitter Guide

    Have a holiday party on the horizon but looking to keep it feeling soft yet fresh—perhaps for a bridal or baby shower? Try setting the table with pretty pink and white florals with minty shades of greenery. In this tablescape set by The Glitter Guide, the hostess tied the napkins and set the places with festive little ornaments, which adds all the reminder you need of the season.

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    Natural Green

    Natural green color scheme
    Jess Ann Kirby

    Who says a color scheme has to incorporate more than one color? We love the way that Jess Ann Kirby, a blogger based in Rhode Island, has decorated her dining area for the holidays with simple greenery and white twinkle lights. She lets the vibrant and traditional pine garlands and wreath set the tone for a homey and cozy holiday dinner setting. This is a great option for anyone unsure of what colors to choose since the fragrant greenery will look festive in any home setting.

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    Traditional Red and Green

    Traditional with a spin
    Modern Dining Tables

    Red and green are indeed the most recognizable colors of the season—and with good reason. To make it feel fresh, layer in a variety of shades such as deep burgundy and cherry red with hunter green and bright young pine, which all go brilliantly together and give depth and interest to your holiday decor. This dramatic tablescape comes from Modern Dining Tables and shows how sophisticated this classic combo can still be.

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    Mixed Metallics and Black

    Metallics with black
    Frog Prince Paperie

    Finally, here's a bit of color scheme inspiration for your New Year's Eve party. In this instance, we love to rely on some classic colors of the holiday—glittering metallics! Adding a hint of black adds some sophistication and depth, plus it will support the energy of the party if you've asked your guests to dress up a bit. This fun display from Frog Prince Paperie uses a fun top hat as part of the color and decor that could be used for photos later on.