My mom’s favorite Christmas tree was the one decorated with shiny red apples, feathery cardinals, all white Christmas lights and a handmade garland of four patterned red, white and green fabrics. This traditional red and green Christmas tree decor became her favorite every year, with few variations. One year we strung popcorn, another it was cranberries, but the colors never changed. Even the tree topper angel, which is as old as I am now, never changed. I still keep that angel, warped and worn as she is, on top of my Christmas tree, but I prefer a more modern, less traditional and less “red and green” color scheme. Modern color schemes give birth to a Christmas parade of themes for your tree and home.
Surprising Christmas Tree Decorating Color Combinations
There’s never a dull moment with silver. I’ve always been drawn to the shimmer of silver vs. that of gold. Silver complements a Christmas stocking full of other colors. For the greatest effect, stick to one other bright hue, including turquoise, deep purple or hot pink. Silver will never go out of style on a Christmas tree, and the silver decorations can be reused each year, with the whatever other color suits your mood.
A silver tree also sets the mood for your non-traditional Christmas decorations. The silver tree combines retro appeal with a modernity that is irresistible. You can decorate it with any colors or themes and it will always work.
Warm up to the icy combination of blue and white for your Christmas tree. Bright blue, royal blue or deep Robin’s egg blue paired with crisp white. A blue and white Christmas tree decor translates into many different themes: use teacup or teapot saucers, giving a nod to Alice in Wonderland. Or warm up the color scheme with beige and tan seashell ornaments with nautical shapes including stars, anchors and sailboats.
Proud as a Peacock
Peacock blue livens up any sleepy Christmas tree. Use ornaments in the shape of peacocks and some real peacock feathers for the full effect. Add black ornaments for instant glamour.
Peace on Earthy
Can you achieve earthy without adding green to the tree? When you decorate with deep chocolate brown and copper ornaments, yes. Embellish with spray-painted acorns, pine cones and twigs.
An all-white Christmas works for those without pets, cats or a wine-spilling tendency. Make a statement with chic white wreaths and all-white ornaments on a tree. Use doves, snowflakes, ice skates and mittens to decorate the tree,
Isn’t It Romantic?
When you spend your Christmas holiday snuggled up by the fire with your loved one, a vintage color scheme is a must. You’ll see no red and green here. Combine ecru, lilac, gold and pink decorations and lots of big bows
If you simply must use green on your Christmas tree, but still want modern, use a bright apple green or a lime green. Add lots of white decorations, or trade out the green tree for a white one.
You’ll wish you were digging your sands in the beaches of Miami when you decorate with bright yellow, Art Deco pink and light blue. Hang geometric ornaments and multi-strand beads.
Black and White
Resist the urge to give into red and your black and white color decorating scheme will soar. The contrasting colors may inspire you to use a zebra, penguin or Dalmatian theme on your tree. Black and white decorations, sans an animal theme gives you an opportunity to seek out or make striped, plaid or paisley ornaments.
White and Yellow
For a happy tree, use all white and yellow ornaments and tree trimmings. Choose a bright, sunny yellow and stay away from adding too many metallics. Let the yellow take center stage. Even if you don’t add a smiley face to the tree, this tree decorating color scheme will break the fruit. Anyone who sees the white and yellow tree will smile.