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Color this Christmas with new ‘themes and schemes’. Dare to be different with unique color combinations on your tree … |

Color this Christmas with new ‘themes and schemes’. Dare to be different with unique color combinations on your tree …

 Christmas trees are the focal point of your holiday decorations, whether you use a traditional live pine tree decked out with sentimental ornaments, or “glam up” an artificial tree with trendy lights, ribbons and sparkle.


 An easy way to change your holiday tree décor is to use a theme that will pull together the colors and elements of a particular theme. A rustic cabin or lodge theme may suit your casual décor and you can pull together flannel, pine boughs and burlap to create a cozy atmosphere.

 Shabby chic is another style that lends itself perfectly to the holidays and gives you an excuse to shop for unique vintage finds.

 A more modern chic look will bring together a daring, simple color scheme like straight black and white with gold accents, and accessories with clean lines and few details. You can even consider a minimalist alternative to a full, traditional tree.

 If you put up more than one tree in your home, consider using a theme for a smaller secondary tree, based on the room it will be in. Maybe a tree in your child’s room can be a “miniature” with tiny toys, pretend candies or sports items, with twinkling white lights added for sparkle. It could also be a festive nightlight for the season.

 A small tree in your kitchen could be decorated with miniature kitchen items found at a toy store. Guests in a spare bedroom might enjoy a small tree festively decorated for them to enjoy during some holiday downtime.

 Whichever tree you are decorating, you can make it your own style, and an easy way to change things up a bit is by using different color schemes. These fun color combos can also be used throughout your holiday home décor, from table settings to pillows and throws.

 Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Parchment + White

 These neutrals provide understated elegance to your décor. For added dimension, throw a metallic into the mix, whether it’s silver, gold or bronze. This will add layered depth to the overall color scheme.

Green + Brown

 These natural colors from Mother Nature are two of the most popular earth tones in home décor. For sophisticated simplicity, decorate a green tree using only brown ornaments. Consider using several different shades of green for a layered, multi-tone look when decorating walls and hallways.

Turquoise + White + Parchment

 Pair this bright jewel tone with a muted neutral for a touch of the unexpected.

White + Gold

 Since the days when frankincense and myrrh were acceptable holiday gifts, gold has been commonly paired with silver and/or violet. For a more contemporary spin, consider pairing gold with white. Gold’s warm undertones paired with white’s coolness strikes a perfect balance.

Teal + Red + White

 Red and white are two of the most iconic holiday color combinations. Switch it up a bit by using teal as your dominant color this holiday season, with traces of red and white as accents.

Kelly Green + Baby Blue + White

 While Kelly green is often paired with red for holiday flair, it works very well for Christmas when paired with baby blue and white. The key to a successful combo is the proper balance of white. With a strong white backdrop, such as a white tree or tablecloth, the color scheme often seen on beach blankets and sailboats can take on a wintry appearance.

Violet + Brown + Bronze + White

 Add a more masculine touch, using brown and bronze as the more dominant colors, with sprinkles of violet for accent, all set against a white tree.

White + Brown

 White and brown are simple, elegant and gender neutral. This combination is incredibly versatile — you can add a few accents of blue or red to make it masculine, or add pink for a feminine touch.

Hot Pink + Lime Green + White + Red

 Hot pink has become a haute hue for modern holiday décor, often paired with silver or gold. For more Yuletide pop, pair hot pink with lime green, red and white.

Sources: Bhg.com, Realsimple.com

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