A Very Colorful Christmas

Look beyond the traditional Christmas red-and-green color palette for a rainbow of ways you can decorate for the holidays.


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Christmas tree with purple and stars
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Joyful Color

    Have some fun by creating a holiday tree dressed in vibrant jewel tones. Choose ornaments, ribbons, and gift wrap in yellows, purples, blues, and pinks, then add silver and gold stars and sheer package bows to make the scene sparkle.

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Snowy White

    Take a color scheme of mostly white and you can add most any other color for a punch of interest. This room's white is accented with green and yellow pillows. Likewise, the tree is primarily white; only the packages below show the hint of color -- also in green and yellow.

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Classic Red

    A tasteful, classic design readily adapts to seasonal changes. It's a great way to make holiday accessories blend into a room's decor. The fabric used to make the stockings on this mantel is a classic red toile; the look enhances the traditional feel of this cottage.

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Warm Green & White

    A soothing, subtle mix of soft white and sage greens creates a holiday look that's both easy on the eyes and easy to accomplish. And it looks great throughout the winter -- most elements can stay in place until March.

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Glowing with Gold

    Using gold in your holiday decorating makes other colors, especially greens, more vibrant. Add wreaths, ornaments, and amber-color lights to create a warm gold tone in your home this season.

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Pink and Green

    Neutral rooms can really take a shot of color, especially during the holidays. We took our cue from the colorful tree decorations used around the centerpiece. These hues gave use a starting point for table linens and accents.

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Room Repeat

    Repeat any holiday colors already found in your room. In this case, the gorgeous red of the wing chairs was picked up for the candle accents.

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Fast Festivity

    Red-and-white pillows, each created in less than an hour, spread color throughout the room.

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Make a Statement

    Give your entryway some holiday color. Whether you choose a large poinsettia, oversize vase of ornaments, or a striking red rose arrangment, your guest will love the pleasing, colorful welcome.

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Corner of Color

    Though the tree echos the wall colors of tan and blue, the wrapped packages underneath really capture the eye in a pleasing combination of red, white, and blue.

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Nontraditional Colors

    Nontraditional color ornaments can still say "holiday" with a color and style theme. Look for holiday decorations that harmonize with your tableware or color schemes.

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Lime Green

    Revel in your home's color by setting a monochromatic table. Although our room is an eye-popping green, you could do the same in any color room.

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Hot Pink and Blue

    An iron urn filled with pink and blue baubles creates a seasonal display that breaks the mold on traditional holiday color schemes. Create this look using any color ornaments you desire.

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Bold and Beautiful

    Most decorating color conventions are thrown aside in this vibrant home that includes a chili-pepper red family room. Even the holiday decorations echo the intense hues of the room's decor.

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