By now, the turkey leftovers have disappeared from your fridge, the last of your houseguests have packed up their rollerboards and headed home, and you’ve already indulged in an embarrassing number of hours watching holiday movies on the Hallmark channel.
Hold it, right there!
It might sound Grinchy, but we’re going to go ahead and say it: We’re kinda over the traditional red and green holiday colors. Sure, they’re festive. But aren’t you ready for something a little less … expected? Plus, red and green don’t exactly make for the prettiest palette in the world. It’s tough to pull off without veering into sensory overload—sometimes those shades just outright clash.
“Thankfully, we’re living in a time when, like skirt lengths, just about anything goes with holiday shades,” echoes designer Darla DeMorrow.
We know—it can be expensive to swap out the red and green decor you’ve collected over the years. To ease the burden, consider simple DIY ideas. For example, DeMorrow suggests spray- painting items you already own with a single new shade, or throwing a swap party with friends and family.
“Pink pairs nicely with white—even silver and gold—and it’s oh-so-feminine,” Boiko says.
Boiko also adds apothecary jars in different sizes filled with pink, white, and silver ornaments.
2. Bright white
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Think white is boring? Jamie Novak, author of “Keep This Toss That,” begs to differ. With so many shades and textures, white can be a real standout, she says.
You might also try a flocked tree for this decor theme, Boiko suggests—one of those that have been sprayed with a fluffy white substance that mimics snow. And fans of contemporary decor could add black accents to a white design for a modern, streamlined look.
3. Purple (and other jewel tones)
Regal jewel tones, particularly purple, are elegant holiday shades that should get more play (didn’t one of the three kings wear amethyst robes?).
“Silver and gold continue to gain in popularity as go-tos for holiday colors, as they pair well together and can be used on their own,” Novak says.
There’s another big advantage to metallic holiday decor: You probably already own a lot of it. Think: chrome picture frames, copper candlesticks, and silver serving pieces.
You can also hang silver and gold ornaments on a plain tree or weave shiny ribbons through everyday items like baskets and chandeliers for some temporary glam, she adds.
Bright blues and icy blues offer a gorgeous contrast with typical holiday decor, and also dovetail with the winter weather—and pair beautifully with silver accents.
6. Natural and neutral
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OK, this one is more of a look, rather than a color. But unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that all things natural are trending right now (thank you, Scandinavians!)
And it’s easy to keep that decor scheme going into the holidays: Tree branches, feathers, antlers, woodland animals, faux birds, fluffy sheepskin rugs, and other natural elements channel a low-key, but comfortable vibe during the busy holiday season. Throw in some fairy lights and you’ll have a Nordic winter wonderland.