Fresh Christmas Colors: 11 Combos You’ve Never Tried

Try something new this season! Decorate your home with haute Christmas and holiday hues that are anything but conventional.


Teal + Red + White

Thanks in part to candy canes and Kriss Kringle’s wardrobe, red and white is one of the most iconic holiday color combinations; depending on how you pair it, though, the classic combo can be totally fresh and fun. Consider using teal as your dominant color this holiday season, with traces of red and white as accents.

Christmas Colors - Teal + Red + White













Parchment + White

Neutrals are a safe bet in interior design, and they can work just as well for holiday decorating. For understated elegance, consider pairing white with parchment. This less-is-more approach is timeless and easily adaptable.

Design tip: For greater dimension, throw a metallic into the mix — whether it’s silver, gold or bronze. The introduction of the metallic will help break up the tone-on-tone appeal and add layered depth to the overall color scheme.

Christmas Colors - Parchment + White













Green + Brown

Colors seen together in nature always work well in decorating, so don’t be afraid to take a cue from Mother Nature. This is especially true when pairing brown and green, two of the most-popular earth tones used in home decor. For sophisticated simplicity, try decorating a green tree using only brown ornaments. Consider using several different shades of green for a layered, multi-toned look when decorating walls and hallways.

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White + Brown

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

Christmas Colors - White + Brown













Kelly Green + Baby Blue + White

While kelly green is often paired with red for holiday flair, it works surprisingly well in a seasonal sense when paired with baby blue and white. The key to successfully using this color combination 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.

Christmas Colors - Kelly Green + Baby Blue + White













Violet + Brown + Bronze + White

Make it masculine! A color combination of violet, brown, bronze and white is a great way to add manly appeal to your home this holiday season. For proper balance, stick with brown and bronze as the dominant colors, with sprinkles of violet for accent, and set it all against a white tree.

Christmas Colors - Violet + Brown + Bronze + White













Turquoise + White + Parchment

Beige as an accent color? Yep! While turquoise is often paired with jewel tones and metallics in holiday decor, pairing the jewel tone with a muted, neutral tone — such as parchment — is much less expected. This is an excellent way for colorphobes to introduce more saturated hues into their holiday decor without being overwhelmed.

Christmas Colors - Turquoise + White + Parchment













White + Gold

Since the days when frankincense and myrrh were acceptable holiday gifts, gold has been commonly paired with silver and/or violet. To put a contemporary spin on this classic color, consider pairing gold with white. The juxtaposition of gold’s warm undertones and white’s coolness strikes the perfect balance.

Christmas Colors - White + Gold













Hot Pink + Lime Green + White + Red

During the past few years, hot pink has become a haute hue for modernist holiday decor and is often paired with silver or gold. To add a little more Yuletide pop, pair hot pink with lime green, red and white.

Christmas Colors - Hot Pink + Lime Green + White + Red













Bubblegum Pink + Purple

Bubblegum can be used for something other than a dentist’s worst nightmare of a stocking stuffer. Lovers of retro and kitsch can put a regal spin on the nostalgic 1950s tone by using bubblegum pink as the dominant color toned down with the dark richness of purple.

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Robin’s-Egg Blue + Red + White

Midcentury modernists can add vintage flair this holiday season with a color scheme of robin’s-egg blue, red and white. In the 1950s, decorators paired robin’s-egg blue with olive green and/or red-orange. By pairing the hue with red and white, the beloved color takes on an entirely new identity as a contemporary holiday classic.

Christmas Colors - Robin's-Egg Blue + Red + White