21 Christmas Color Schemes Besides Red and Green to Decorate In This Year

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Design by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

Red and green has become shorthand for Christmas, but there's no reason to stick with a traditional color scheme when decorating your home for the holidays. Choosing your own holiday color palette will help you adapt your Christmas decor to your own style and home. Choose colors that complement your existing decor, or create a striking contrast. There are endless ways to riff on holiday decor, so have fun and allow yourself to experiment and reinvent tradition every season. To avoid overspending or waste, invest in basics that can be tweaked from year to year. Check out these 21 Christmas color schemes besides red and green to inspire your own colorful take on holiday decor.

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    Blue + Green + Copper

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    Inspired by Charm

    Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr of Inspired by Charm created a bold, modern Christmas tree design in shades of blue, green, and copper. Starting with a navy Christmas tree base, he created an ombre effect by adding shiny navy blue ball ornaments at the tree base, working his way up to light green at the top for a gradient effect. Copper ornaments sprinkled throughout and a copper topper add relief and a warm glow.

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    White + Gold

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    Craftberry Bush

    Blogger Lucy Akins from Craftberry Bush set a simple, elegant Christmas table using white linens, dishware, and candles, clear glassware, and gold flatware and candlesticks as a base layer. Here, Christmas green is a fresh accent color in the guise of a simple, elegant centerpiece of mixed leaves and a few green-toned ornaments. A white and gold color scheme is timeless, and the added green element can be riffed on from year to year with a minimum of investment and fuss.

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    Blue + White

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    Thistlewood Farms

    Blogger KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farms decorated her Christmas tree to complement the color scheme of her living room. She committed to the maximalist two-toned aesthetic with everything from the blue-and-white wrapping paper on gifts to the blue velvet ribbon on the mantel display, and the blue-and-white patterned tablecloth she used as a tree skirt. A blue-and-white color scheme can be mixed with gold or copper accents to add warmth, silver to enhance the cool wintry effect, or dashes of red for contrast and a nod to traditional Christmas colors.

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    Red + Black

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    Craftberry Bush

    Blogger Lucy Akins from Craftberry Bush decorated her home with traditional reds, mixing in black accents that work with her decor and add a sophisticated spin on traditional Christmas colors. From solid red shiny ball ornaments to red-and-black plaid tree ribbons and wrapping paper, black satin ribbon on the banisters, red-and-black check wrapping paper, and red-and-black plaid tree ribbons, the black and red theme is a grown-up take on the traditional color scheme that's perfect for holiday entertaining.

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    Green + Gold

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    Inspired by Charm

    Holiday decorating inspiration can come from anywhere. Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr of Inspired by Charm was inspired to decorate his bright white Christmas tree in shades of green and gold for a fresh and airy holiday look that was inspired by a video of Adele performing in a green and gold dress. He chose ball ornaments in shades of pistachio and emerald green and a mix of ornaments in shades of gold, and carried the green-and-gold color theme throughout the room with wall and table decor.

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    Black + White

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    Design by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

    If you prefer a toned down approach to holiday decorating, this quiet black-and-white seasonal vignette from Emily Henderson Design blends seamlessly into the room's existing decor, with its neutral tones and wood accents.

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    Blue + Red

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    Thistlewood Farm

    Blogger KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms chose to add a bold dose of bright red to her blue-and-white dining room color scheme. It's a modern take on holiday decorating that is just a shade off from the traditional pairing of red and green and can be approached in the same way. Mixing in plenty of white gives the saturated color palette a little room to breathe.

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    Silver + Gold

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    My 100 Year Old Home

    Blogger Leslie Saeta from My 100 Year Old Home mixed silver and gold accents on her rustic modern farmhouse holiday table, an easy and timeless way to lift a neutral color scheme and to make it feel special. Mixing silver and gold provides a nice balance between cool and warm tones, but if you want to create a more fiery glow, try mixing gold and copper instead.

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    Blush + Copper

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    Craftberry Bush

    Blogger Lucy Akins of Craftberry Bush created a dreamy rose gold pastel effect in her white open-plan living room using a mix of blush pink and copper Christmas tree decorations, with fluffy white garlands and a frosted tree to keep it feeling light and airy. This soft, feminine color combination is the opposite of traditional reds and greens but has become a modern classic in recent years.

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    Black + Gold

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    Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona

    Blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona chose to decorate her Christmas table with shades of black and gold, offset by simple greens and white dishware. The black and gold pairing adds a note of formal elegance, while warm glowing LED pillar candles keep it feeling modern and effortless.

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    Red + Brown

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    Inspired by Charm

    Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr of Inspired by Charm created a gingerbread tree in shades of burnt red and warm spicy brown that picks up on the wood tones in his dining room. This masculine color combination feels homey and inviting and works well against the natural green of the tree. In addition to gingerbread and natural pinecones, he mixed in burgundy and gold ornaments, and shades of rust colors in the garland. Pops of creamy white in ribbons and paper snowflake ornaments help keep it light and mix with the overall white and wood tones of the dining room.

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    Gray + Gold

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    Design by Mel Bean Interiors / Photo by Kacey Gilpin

    In this gray-and-white living room from interior designer Mel Bean of Mel Bean Interiors, the gold tones of the central coffee table takes on a festive air when paired with a generous wrap-around fireplace garland in gold with pops of color. A hearth hung with gray-and-white stockings completes the seamless holiday look.

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    Brown + White

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    Design and Photo by Kara Rosenlund

    Travel photographer Kara Rosenlund kept her Christmas palette as natural and breezy as her Brisbane, Australia interior, with its white walls and Scandi-style wood tones. She made the DIY tree using sticks from the backyard, covering it with white and silver ornaments to fill in the blank spaces and echo the whites and light gray marble of the interior. Over the fireplace, some cheerful signage and an old school taxidermy head in shades of brown create a timeless mix of old and new.

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    Shades of Blue + Neon Yellow

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    Design by Shavonda Garnder for Emily Henderson Design/ Photo by Lisa and Gary Ashley

    Any colors can be Christmas colors when treated with a festive spin. Interior designer Shavonda Garnder dressed up this teenage girl's room for the holidays using a full-size and mini tree in shades of blue, white, and gold to coordinate with the room's color palette of teal, powder blue, and neon yellow. She mixed in some Christmas-themed throw pillows with hints of traditional red and green to enforce the holiday theme that are subtle enough to blend in to the non-traditional but decidedly festive color scheme of the room.

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    White + Burgundy

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    Craftberry Bush

    Blogger Lucy Akins of Craftberry Bush used burgundy as a twist on traditional bright red as the inspiration for her Christmas decor scheme, adding in plenty of bright white tones to keep it fresh and modern.

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    Green + Blue + Silver

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    Inspired by Charm

    Blogger Michael Wurm, Jr of Inspired by Charm created a cool-toned green, blue, and silver tree to match the aesthetic of a city apartment, sprinkling in a few gold touches throughout for added warmth.

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    Red + Beige

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    My 100 Year Old Home

    Blogger Leslie Saeta from My 100 Year Old Home added red chargers to her rustic beige-toned modern farmhouse Christmas table to create a low key nod to the holiday without a ton of effort or expense. You could achieve a similar effect by adding a red element—glassware, napkins, candles, flowers—to your everyday neutral decor.

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    Navy + Red + Gold

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    Design by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

    Interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design worked with the color palette of this spacious living room to create a festive holiday look with navy and white gift wrapping that plays on the room's walls and window treatments. A shiny gold tree with red ornaments and touches of red throughout the room create a cohesive and modern holiday look.

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    Sage Green + Cream

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    Lindye Galloway Studio

    This understated, Scandi-inspired Christmas tree from interior designer Lindye Galloway of Lindye Galloway Studio sticks to a natural palette of green and cream. Sage green velvet ball ornaments add a subtle variation to the natural green of the tree, and cream-colored wood beads and ornaments add a soft note of contrast.

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    Pale Pink + Gold

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    A Beautiful Mess

    Rachel Denbow from A Beautiful Mess used a palette of pink and gold ornaments and a gold garland on this bright white Christmas tree to create a kitschy and cheerful take on holiday decor.

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    Teal + Gold

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    Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona

    Blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona decorated this home office Christmas tree in a crisp modern palette of bright teal and gold. You could riff on this color combination by mixing shades of blue, and adding both shiny and matte gold ornaments.