The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Christmas Colour Scheme
It used to be that red, white and gold were the only styling options when it came to decorating your home for Christmas, but these days, almost anything goes.
The main thing to focus on, regardless of whether you’re someone who loves the bright colours, sparkling lights or something more minimal, is keeping your home in line with what YOU like, and creating a space that reflects your personality.
Which, believe it or not, is easier to do than you might think – even within the limits of festive decorations.
Choose your colour scheme
The first step in choosing your theme is to take a moment to think about the colour scheme of your house. Your Christmas decoration ideas shouldn’t differ too drastically from the rest of your home; if they were to, they would instantly feel out of place, off-kilter and not in harmony with the rest of your decor.
That’s the golden rule—stay true to your tastes when it comes to the style of your festive interior.
In saying that, you have some room when it comes to festive decorations. If your home is incredibly minimalistic, but you’d like a splash of colour to brighten things up, your decorations should have the flexibility to allow you to do just that.
For example, if your home is a palette of deep greys and crisp whites, a tree decorated in white will undoubtedly work, but opting for a pop of colour will be a welcome surprise. Imagine antiqued golds and bottle green.
Whether you’re stuck for ideas or looking to add a little flair to the ones you already have, below are five Christmas colour schemes to consider for the festive season.
Colour Scheme 1: Rich Teal
Relatively new on the scene, teal is a beautiful option for a splash of opulence. Not quite as bold or overstated as emerald green, it still has a jewel-like quality that helps to bring a little life into the room. It pairs with silver, gold or bronze and suits warm white or cool fairy light bulbs.
Colour Scheme 2: Coastal Creams
The coastal theme is perfect for those that live in a relaxed, beachy part of Australia, and don’t want to commit too heavily to a dedicated colour scheme.
With this scheme, you can dress your home up as much or as little as you like, and add to this the recent trend for Nordic-style interiors where all-white, pared-back Christmas interiors are celebrated, which always feel closer to contemporary, minimal design.
You might also consider pairing white decorations with glass ones, along with an abundance of fairy lights and candles to up the ante on the contemporary side to its character.
Colour Scheme 3: Gold and Red
Ahh, the classic Christmas theme.
If you choose to go classic, it’s important to keep in mind that gold and red are most successful in homes that aren’t contemporary. They shine against period details, traditional furniture, majestic townhouse heights, and even beam-laden barn conversions and country retreats.
With this theme, it’s easy to lose yourself in decorations, but vases filled with clusters of berries, tall candelabras and even cutlery and napkin rings are all festive decorating ideas deserving of your festive palette.
Colour Scheme 4: Sparkling Silver
Just as you wouldn’t decorate your living room with the exact same tone of a colour and the exact same texture used everywhere, choosing silver decorations should follow the same line of thought.
Mix bright, glistening silver with a softer, muted silver, silver sequin decorations, woven silver wire or glitter baubles, or those etched in silver sparkle to create a varied and very mesmerising Christmas colour scheme indeed.
Colour Scheme 5: Scandinavian Minimalism
This theme is one of my favourites, and primarily for how simplistic and easy it is to style in a modern home.
Scandinavian Christmas style is known for its unassuming, pared back aesthetic. Lots of bleached white and natural tones along with felted woodland creature decorations and wooden beads.
Scandinavian Christmas décor is also particularly versatile throughout the year, with it’s charm being its simplicity and nature-focused design which never goes out of style, despite the time of year.
Hopefully these tips come in handy, and if I can help with any home styling, I’d love to hear from you.
If you’d like to give your home a fresh makeover in time for the festivities, or even in the New Year, I’d love to help. Please feel free to get in touch and I’ll be in contact at a time that suits you.