Happy almost Christmas. If you love a traditional, old-world Christmas, you probably won’t think much about a color scheme for your Christmas decorations. You’ll gather together everything with sentimental value in any color, and find just the right place for it and your home and tree will be lovely.
But if you’re just starting out or want your decorations to complement your home’s decor, you’ll find that all your Christmas decorating decisions will be easier if you start out with a specific color scheme.
How to Bring Consistency and Harmony to Your Decor
Once you choose a color scheme, it’s a good idea to carry the color through all connecting rooms, for a look of consistency and harmony. There are some general rules to follow when bringing a Christmas (or any seasonal temporary) color scheme into your home.
Harmonize With Your Interior If your home is decorated with a contemporary interior of black and white and chrome, don’t try to create a rustic space with twigs and birds nests. Focus on the space as it is with silver, white, glitter, and crystals, maintaining the minimalist look.
On the other hand, if your home is decorated in warm, colorful tones, don’t try to make it look sleek and sophisticated with silver and white Christmas decorations. Choose colors from the decorating plan and draw them out for the Christmas decor.
To summarize, if the space is warm and cozy, choose Christmas decorations in shapes and colors that retain that feeling. If the space is cool and sleek, choose decorations that are also sleek and sophisticated.
Burnt Orange and Gold
Transition From Room to Room
For continuity through your home, coordinate your Christmas decorations from room to room. Don’t use silver and white icicles in one room and rustic twigs and calico ornaments in the adjoining room.
Try to repeat main decorating colors in each room. The decorations don’t have to be the same but bring colors from one room to the next. Try to find some decorations that have several colors in them. Then use one of the main colors in one room, another in an adjoining room, and the third color in the third room. Tie the spaces together with a common garland or decorative ribbons.
Powder Pink & Gold
Why Color Is So Important
Color evokes strong emotions in people and the colors chosen for a Christmas color scheme might be more important than the items chosen for decorations.
Think about walking into a room that’s black. Black walls, black floors, black furniture, black lights. Then see a bowl of plain round silver sparkling ornaments in a black bowl. The silver ornaments are the only thing you really see. The ornaments could be green, red, gold, or purple, but they’d still draw all your attention.
Now think of a white room. White walls and everything else white. What would attract your eye the most? Something, anything, that’s not white.
Choose the colors you like the most for your Christmas decorating. Choose what will draw your eye and make you feel joyous and festive.
Green & Mocha
If you love things harmonious to look at, all in a family of colors, you may choose a monochromatic color scheme. But that doesn’t mean that everything will be the same color. In fact, your monochromatic color scheme will be much more dramatic if you select items in many shades of your chosen color.
If red is your color, think of all the hues of red. Start at the pink end and move on to fuchsia, rose, cherry, firecracker, ruby, cranberry, burgundy, and maroon. You get the idea. Find balls, bows, garlands, and other decorations in every shade of red. That’s a monochromatic color scheme.
Do the same thing with greens, blues, purples, whites, silvers, golds – whatever color you choose.
Even with a monochromatic scheme, it’s important to have some texture for interest. A tree decorated with only balls can look boring. Use garlands, different finishes on the balls, ribbons, nosegays to add different textures and balance.
Warm Colors and Cool Colors
It’s known that certain colors evoke particular feelings. Reds, yellows, and golds are warm colors. Blue, white, and silver are cool colors. If you choose a decorating scheme of snow, you’d probably gravitate towards cool colors. If you’re focusing on the cozy feeling of a winter fireplace, you’d choose warm colors. If you live in a climate that’s freezing cold, you might want to warm up your interior with warm colors. If you live in a tropical area, you might want to bring the coolness of icicles into your home at this time of year.
Fuchsia & Ruby Red
In which colors are you decorating your home this year?
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XO Tamara Chloé
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