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Christmas Color Palette Ideas

Christmas Color Palette Ideas

pink and red christmas color palette with stockings on mantel
Written by Victoria Van Vlear and Laura Shimko

Red and green is the most classic Christmas color palette, but what if you don’t like those colors, or are just looking for a way to mix it up? The truth is that you can decorate your Christmas home in any colors you want! Here are some ideas of how to get going.

Metallic Christmas tree for varied Christmas color palette
One way to do a twist on a neutral color palette is to go with metallic hues, like homeowner Shannon Ingle did here. Photo by David Fish.

Get Inspired

Besides flipping through American Farmhouse Style and scrolling on Pinterest and Instagram, get inspiration by strolling through a physical store. Big craft stores like Hobby Lobby often have large holiday sections, and they sometimes group the products by color. This is a great place to get inspiration for more non-traditional color themes, or find a fun, colorful piece that serves as your main point of inspiration.

front of the playhouse with white tree and pink ornaments
Homeowner Alicia Kimbrough used a Sugar Plum Fairy theme for her daughters’ outdoor playhouse, which inspired the Christmas color palette of pink and white with gold accents. Photo by Jessica White.

Colors Based on a Theme

If you’re looking to get creative with your Christmas color palette and don’t know where to start, try coming up with a theme. You can use the theme to draw your inspiration. For example, For Instagrammer Annette Maldonado of Cherished Treasures chose a Santa’s Workshop theme for her entry spaces, which allowed her to easily find decorations that matched. (For a full tour of Annette’s Christmas home, check out our December 2020 issue!)

Side table with candy bar and pink and red Christmas decorations
“In the formal living and dining rooms, I went with a Santa theme, and so I played off of it with the boots, bells, reds, and other elements,” Annette says. Photograph by Bret Gum.

Everyday Décor

In addition to picking colors or a theme, you can use your everyday decorations to dictate your Christmas color palette. This means you can incorporate pieces from your year-round décor too, which makes decorating easier than replacing everything in your home every Christmas season. Pillows and throws are a great way to tie in colors from your everyday décor into your Christmas color palette.

blue and silver christmas tree for christmas color palette
Dreaming of a blue Christmas? Blogger Karen Snyder of Sanctuary Home Decor used a blue and silver theme on her tree, which looks gorgeous and subtle. Image by Karen Snyder.

While the classic red, white, and green are present throughout her home, Annette mixes in blush pink and other colors in the kitchen and family room. “A lot of the pink pieces I use throughout the year,” she says.

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A woman is holding a platter covered in the slow roasted leg of lamb framed by freshly cut spring roses in the colors of purple and light orange

Hallway with snowflakes hanging from the ceiling
DIY your own decorations, like Jen of I Heart Organizing did her in her hallway. Her kids loved it! Photo via I Heart Organizing.

DIY It

DIYs and crafts are another way to change up your Christmas color palette. Add new ornaments to wreaths you already have, or create your own garland with ribbons and bows as a pop of color. Get creative by painting a gingerbread house, or create a winter wonderland with homemade paper snowflakes that will complement your Christmas color palette.


Want more Christmas ideas? Tour this cozy Christmas cabin! Of course, don’t forget to follow us on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest to get your daily dose of farmhouse inspiration!

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