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Christmas Interior Design Ideas: Colour Schemes

Find the festive inspiration you need for your Christmas decorating in 2021

Linda Holmes
By Linda Holmes, Interiors Director

Christmas is the perfect time of year to get creative and show off your superior decorating skills. We all know and love the jolly colours of the festive season, and while red and green are still one of the most popular colour schemes to decorate your home with, there are a plethora of other colour schemes that will just as easily get you feeling the Christmas spirit. 

From monochrome to multicoloured and everything else in between, your Christmas decorations can look however you want them too. We’ve gathered the latest colour scheme ideas to elevate your Christmas decor. For an extra dose of inspiration this year, explore The Christmas Lookbook

How to Choose a Christmas Colour Scheme to Decorate with

Where to begin when considering Christmas interior design? The truth of it is that your Christmas decoration ideas shouldn’t veer too far from the path that you’ve chosen for the rest of your home. If they were to, they would instantly feel out of sync, off-kilter and not at ease 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.

This being said, remember that when it comes to colour schemes, there’s more maneuverability. If your home has lots of colour, don’t feel as though your festive decoration ideas must follow suit. In fact, selecting more muted colours (like in the Spectrum-designed Christmas decor above) or sticking to one shade throughout, from baubles to garlands, might be preferable. It stops things from becoming too busy. Similarly, picture a home with a palette of deep greys and crisp whites. Here, 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.

If you’re stuck for ideas or are hoping to add further fuel to the ones you already have, then below are eight Christmas colour schemes to ponder for the upcoming festivities.

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Christmas Colour Scheme 1: Keep it Traditional with Red and Green

Nothing screams Christmas quite like the classic red and green colour scheme, and if you’re someone who likes to keep things traditional, then you’ll no doubt be all over this scheme. Decorate your fireplace mantle with festive red candles and a pine garland, choose cosy red and green tartan blankets or cushions for your sofa and dot red berries and green foliage around the house for the full festive feeling.

Christmas Colour Scheme 2: Be Different with Rich, Deep Blues

Choosing a colour scheme with rich, deep blue hues will give your home an alluring charm this Christmas. Dark blue offers a more sophisticated take on a winter wonderland theme. With an array of blue baubles in different shades on the tree along with blue wrapping paper and ribbons, your home will definitely stand out. If you want to add some warmth, add some gold candles and other small decorative items to make the room look even more majestic.

Midnight Faux Fur Stocking
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Midnight Faux Fur Stocking

Christmas Colour Scheme 3: Bring Nature Inside with Fresh White and Green

Simple and chic, a white and green colour scheme will give your home a fresh look similar to the traditional Scandi Christmas colours. Having just a few white baubles on your tree will allow its natural beauty and lushness to come through. A natural green wreath on your front door will also set the tone of your decor or add a beautiful finishing touch above your mantel. If you want to add some extra festiveness, introduce some accents of silver too.

Christmas Colour Scheme 4: Stay Sophisticated with Black and White Monochrome

While it may seem like a controversial choice, a monochrome, black and white colour scheme, if done correctly, can look and feel extremely sophisticated. A white artificial Christmas tree decorated with black ribbon and baubles, black garlands and black and white striped or polka dot paper puts a unique twist on Christmas. Ideal for the gothic-at-heart, this colour scheme is ultra-fashionable. To add warmth and sparkle, include twinkling fairy lights in the dark room.

Ice Twig Wreath
Ice Twig Wreath

Christmas Colour Scheme 5: Go Bold with Vibrant Blue and Purple

 Can’t get enough of bold, vibrant colours? Dazzle friends and family by decorating in rich jewel tones such as blue and purple. Lighter shades will give your home a fun and flamboyant look and feel, reminiscent of carnivals, festivals and unforgettable memories, whereas darker tones will create a mysterious and luxe festive look. This colour scheme would also work wonderfully for any New Year’s Eve parties too.  

Christmas Colour Scheme 6: Multicoloured Magic

If you really can’t decide on a colour scheme, simply choose them all! Synonymous with joy and happiness, a multicoloured theme has grown increasingly popular over the years and represents a fun family Christmas. Colourful tinsel, multicoloured wreaths, a rainbow of baubles and a rainbow of baubles and a contrast of wrapping paper, this is a chance to go all out with the colours you love and break the traditional decorating rules.

Christmas Colour Scheme 8: Choose Pastel Pink and Champagne Gold for a Softer Look

For a Christmas fairytale aesthetic that will dominate your social media feeds, pastel pinks, blues and greens paired with soft champagne golds will create both a modern and pretty festive look. Sophisticated and elegant, we’re certain this colour scheme will give your home a relaxed feel that people will love to spend time in. You can also add white ornaments and sparkling decorations to make it look even more whimsical. 

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Christmas Colour Scheme 9: Winter White

Even though white is one of the most ubiquitous and timeless colours of all, when it comes to Christmas decorating ideas, it’s actually more of a contemporary choice. It’s because of its crispness over archetypal festive tones of warmth and jolliness. 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.

Pair 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.

Frost Pinecone Wreath
Frost Pinecone Wreath

But if your home is more traditional, add white amongst lots of thick, evergreen touches and warm white bulbs on your twinkling strand lights to soften it. Plenty of decorations also help a tree to look more classic too rather than a sparse scattering. And remember that white has many forms, from Joanna Buchanan’s pearl-encrusted baubles to our smooth white Christmas crackers for the table. For a traditional take on white, it’s a case of more is more. Less is less on the other hand, and your scheme will feel more current.

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Christmas Colour Scheme 10: Frosted Blue

Icy blue shares some similarities with a white Christmas interior, in that it sits at the cooler end of the spectrum. But, because soft blues are such a pretty shade, it’s a choice that’s not aimed so much at modern tastes; it works best in period-style properties with elegant and more feminine touches.

Combine cool blue Christmas decorations with trees that have a frosted finish to play on the icy, winter wonderland feeling that this tone achieves so well. Try to avoid pairing it with bright silver and instead look out for mercury glass and hints of glitter otherwise your scheme will feel too bright and shiny.

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Christmas Colour Scheme 11: Natural Feathers & Glints of Gold

This is a festive colour scheme that’s often overlooked because neutral tones simply aren’t often associated with Christmastime. The key here is to use natural tones with varied texture. The whole scheme will feel effortless, subtle and beautifully different.

Larix Wreath
Larix Wreath

Adorning your Christmas tree with hanging decorations made of real feathers is a perfect way to explore this look. They reflect the light in a very understated way and the feathers will often have a gentle, bronzed sheen to them. Look out for those dusted in glitter too so that your scheme has some sparkle. You could even try a champagne-toned feather wreath for your door.

Natural colour schemes suit other cream decorations, beige and brown tones, so pine cones and twig-like decorations (such as Michael Aram’s partridge in a pear tree ornament and hanging pine cones) are a strong coupling. But also try hints of gold or bronze-hued glass decorations for a dose of glamour.

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Christmas Colour Scheme 12: Opulent Gold & Majestic Red

While still traditional for those who enjoy a classic Christmas, red and gold bring all the warmth and the magic of the festive season and looks beautiful as its own colour scheme. You can’t go wrong when adorning the tree with sparkling red and gold baubles for a glamorous yet cosy vibe. Poinsettias are also always a popular choice, and oftentimes, you’re able to pick one up with gold glitter sprayed leaves, which will fit your theme excellently.

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 red and gold, it’s easy to concentrate on tree decorations, but vases filled with poinsettias or clusters of berries, tall candelabras and even cutlery and napkin rings are all festive decorating ideas deserving of your festive palette. Look out for baubles that combine the two tones in one too, like our red and gold rhinestone enrobed bauble or red and gold blended glass decoration.

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Christmas Colour Scheme 13: Rich Teal

Teal is a relative newcomer to the Christmas colour scheme scene. But what a beautiful option it is. More understated than emerald green and yet still with that beguiling, jewel-like quality, teal is a shade that suits every type of home. It pairs with silver, gold or bronze. It looks stunning aside glittered and sparkly decorations. And it suits warm white or cool fairy light bulbs.

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Christmas Colour Scheme 14: Timeless Silver

Some Christmas colour schemes are best when viewed as a combination of tones, but there are others that are most effective when used in solo. Silver is a case in point. It certainly would complement numerous shades, like navy or green. Even gold and silver look lovely together, but silver shining on its own is a magical sight to be seen.

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 mecurised and dappled 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. The occasional piece of antiqued silverware is the icing on the cake.

Christmas Colour Scheme 15: Scandinavian Minimalism

Perfect for those who prefer a minimalist approach to holiday decorating, the 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 decor is also particularly versatile throughout the year. Candle-filled hurricanes which decorate a Christmas mantlepiece with a seasonal charm can be used all-year long, as can stacks of logs by the fire, knitted throws with frosty patterns and simple woven baskets which can be seasonally updated with baubles or Christmas foliage. The charm in Scandinavian Christmas decor is its simplicity and nature-focused design which never goes out of style, despite the time of year.