12 Non-Traditional Holiday Colors to Try This Season

Trade out the traditional red-and-green color palette for a more bold and modern look.

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There's certainly nothing wrong with decking out your home in red and green this season, but if you’re looking for a different color palette that’s chic, colorful and more modern — keep reading.

Whether you love vivid colors or prefer more subdued shades, we have a color palette sure to please every style and taste.

Hot Pink + Teal

You can tastefully use bold colors that complement the living room's color palette. Here, a bright-pink tree is balanced with a teal sofa and graphic prints found in the armchairs and throw pillows.

Chocolate Brown + White

DIY Metal Stencil Christmas Tree Ornament

DIY Metal Stencil Christmas Tree Ornament

A metal stencil is repurposed as a personalized ornament on an artificial Christmas tree.

If loud colors aren't your style, opt for chocolate brown and snowy white. Decorate an all-white tree with pinecones found in your yard and an easy DIY ornament made with a painted metal stencil and twine.

Lavender + Silver

Living Room With Modern Holiday Color Palette

Living Room With Modern Holiday Color Palette

To evoke a feeling of romance amidst a cozy, cabin-like backdrop, this great room is layered with lavender, purple and plum along with rich, rustic textures and casual furnishings.

Bring in a sense of warmth with this modern and elegant color combo. Coordinating with your living room furniture creates a cohesive design that will last throughout the season.

Get the Look: Lavender + Grey

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Wintry Escape

To evoke a feeling of romance amidst a cozy, cabin-like backdrop, this great room is layered with lavender, purple and plum along with rich, rustic textures and casual furnishings.

Layered Lavenders

The entire great room is layered with lavender tones, from the walls and area rug to the upholstery and artwork. When combined, the overall effect is soft and light rather than overly rich and saturated. That’s the result of white accessories that help neutralize the purple tones of the lavender.

Shining Star

One of the largest factors in pulling together a cohesive holiday color scheme in a large space is the Christmas tree. Everything on and around the tree was chosen to coordinate with the rest of the room, from the dove grey and white tones to the ribbon garland, ornaments and gift wrap on its branches.

Grey Undertones

To ensure that colors coordinate without becoming matchy-matchy, choose tints and shades of the dominant color that have grey undertones. The glass ornaments, silk ribbon garland and graphic cutouts all feature medium shades of lavender. This results in a more understated, wintry approach to purple rather than a rich, royal vibe.

White Lights

Lavender and grey are both easily influenced by other colors. When colored lights are used on a Christmas tree, it's likely any ornaments, garland and surrounding elements will take on the coloring of the light bulbs. To ensure the colors read true, it's best to dress the tree with white lights.

Metallic Finishes

Reflective surfaces evoke a feeling of romance and produce a chilly, wintry vibe. Add elegant reflection by dressing your Christmas tree with metallic ornaments in several shades of the same color, as well as one chosen metallic tone. (We chose silver.)

Texture With Ribbon

Gift wrap offers another opportunity to incorporate unexpected holiday hues. For a well-layered approach, several patterned papers were chosen, each with a different scale and shape. Break up the monotony of flat paper by wrapping each gift with textured ribbon.

Picking Violets

With so many shades to choose from, it's important to get violet tones right before layering them. Red-violets tend to cast pink or burgundy hues onto their surroundings, while blue-violets tend to make nearby objects appear periwinkle. But when the two are used together (as seen here), they usually cancel each other out, striking up a perfect balance.

Flocked Tree

Flocked trees offer an excellent chance to showcase soft, wintry colors effectively. When muted tones like lavender, grey and soft plums are placed on green trees, their color values drastically change and become washed out. Flocked trees, characterized by their heavily frosted appearance, offer a textured, white surface where colors read clearly.

Retro Orange + Turquoise

Orange adds a pop of pizzazz to an otherwise neutral living space. Funky, colorful ornaments give the tree a vintage vibe. When using bold colors, it's important to balance out with neutrals to avoid a look that's too busy.

Chartreuse + Royal Blue

Kendra Wilkinson's Disco Ball-Themed Christmas Tree

Kendra Wilkinson's Disco Ball-Themed Christmas Tree

As seen on HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes, designer Laurie March transformed TV personality Kendra Wilkinson and husband Hank Basketts' living room into a glittering, disco-inspired Holiday wonderland featuring a twelve-foot tall, white Christmas tree with deep blue and chartreuse ornaments, a custom mantle art piece, disco balls and copper-colored balloons on the ceiling. The tall, dramatic tree helps fill the large, empty space in Kendra's high ceiling living room.

Photo by: Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

For those who want to liven up an all-white tree, use bright, unexpected colors to decorate. Have fun with the color theme and wrap your gifts in matching paper.

Peacock Feathers

Dee Snider's Festive Holiday Mantel

Dee Snider's Festive Holiday Mantel

Dee Snider's colorful Christmas mantel includes these bold green stockings with peacock feathers, as seen on HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes.

Consider picking a theme for your decor. Shiny, green stockings trimmed with peacock feathers set the tone for this fireplace and add a unique twist on traditional holiday decorations.

Red, White + Blue

Winter Table Setting

Winter Table Setting

With the sparse elegance of a white tree in the background, this colorful and playful table setting hints at winter while keeping a warm and cozy feel. Red, white, and blue dishes brighten up even the coldest of winter days.

Set the table with a lovely, wintry palette of red, white and Robin's-egg blue that midcentury modernists will adore. A fun, vintage tablecloth ties together the color scheme perfectly.

Blue Ombre

Trio of Blue Christmas Trees

Trio of Blue Christmas Trees

You'll have a blue Christmas with these trees in shades of cobalt, sky blue and turquoise. An adjustable orange floor lamp adds a pop of unexpected contrast in both color and style.

Photo by: Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design

Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design

Simplify your holiday design with shades of the same color. A trio of blue trees in varying heights turn this living room corner into a stylish and festive place to admire.

Pink, Red + Cream

Floral Christmas Tree

Floral Christmas Tree

Using real fresh flowers, create a true showstopper of a tree for a Christmas dinner party. You have two options when creating a floral tree: use silk flowers to have it last all season or use fresh flowers to design a dramatic Christmas tree for a special occasion. For this tree, I used non-traditional Christmas colors of pink, burgundy and mauve. Pink roses, pink lilies, white hydrangeas and red roses are inexpensive flowers that are readily available at your local grocery store or florist. Keep the color palette monochromatic and you can’t go wrong with a fresh flower tree.

Create a romantic setting with a palette of pink, red and cream. Use fresh flowers in place of ordinary ornaments for a show-stopping focal point. If you want the look to last all season, choose silk flowers for an equally beautiful design.

Hot Pink, Lime Green, Turquoise + Black

Pick Your Paper

Pick Your Paper

A great way to create an impactful look for less? Says Willis, “Paper goods are a perfect way to add color!” Along with the contrasting wrapping paper “tablecloth,” we love how the polka-dotted paper napkin is both decorative and functional in this design, playfully adding to and tying in the place setting.

Photo by: Corey Willis

Corey Willis

Mix fun, bright colors with black-and-white accents to create a chic tablescape guests will adore. Simply fill clear hurricanes with colorful ornaments, surround with fresh greenery and use the remaining ornaments to decorate the table. Small candle votives and modern dinnerware help to complete the sophisticated look.

Black, White, Red + Metallics

Retro Fireplace for Christmas With Silver Tree and Red Bow

Retro Fireplace for Christmas With Silver Tree and Red Bow

It's great to be modern, but the holidays are all about tradition. So be sure to add a little retro styling to your holiday decor to celebrate all the joys of Christmas past. Don't be afraid to bring out the tinsel, your favorite red bows, and the traditional Christmas balls to deck the halls for your retro holiday. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Lilien

For an edgier take on traditional decor, try mixing red with black, white, silver and gold. Giant, velvety red bows paired with black-and-white striped curtains provide a retro vibe that's effortlessly chic.


Bold and Vibrant Christmas Tree with Radiant Orchid Accents

Bold and Vibrant Christmas Tree with Radiant Orchid Accents

Actress Haylie Duff knows her trends, especially the Pantone color of the year, radiant orchid, which accents her white Christmas tree so beautifully. The gold, apple green, red and turquoise ornaments also make a bold statement toward her gorgeous design.

Why stick to just a few colors when you can have the whole rainbow? In small doses, multicolored decor looks great and brings a fun, eclectic vibe to a neutral space.

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Taupe + Cobalt + Black

Blue's frosty tones are perfect for the holidays. Mixed with textural taupe and hints of graphic black, this combination feels like a gorgeous wintry morning in the mountains.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Ivory + Lavender + Charcoal

The dark gray grounds the palette, while the lavender and ivory give it a casual yet slightly romantic feel. These toned-down hues are calming and distinctly modern.

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Cream + Soft Gray + Slate

Thin birch logs wrapped in LED wire lights add a natural simplicity and festive glow to a light gray wall. Hues of cream, soft gray and slate blue are perfect for both year-round decor and a more contemporary holiday setup. Get the How-To

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White + Gold + Chartreuse

We love this combination for its versatility. The white and gold are seasonal classics, so you likely already have decor to work with in these hues. The chartreuse is a clever addition that gives the palette a fresh, perky vibe.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Powder Blue + Periwinkle + Teal

By mixing a variety of blues together — then introducing a shot of teal into the mix — you elevate the palette to something a bit more upscale.

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Ivory + Gray + Spruce Green

Nature's a pro at creating beautiful color palettes. This slightly earthy combo works well together, thanks to its organic simplicity. Keep ornaments, gift wrap and decor in shades of ivory and gray, and let your tree and garlands shine.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Orange + Teal

The holidays are all about indulgence, and there's something really decadent about orange and teal together. They're also somewhat opposite
one another on the color wheel, which is why this delicious pairing works so well.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

White + Red + Black

This color combination is timeless yet modern. The mix of textures gives this clean, simple place setting a chic, sophisticated feel.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn, FlynnsideOut

White + Taupe + Red

It's amazing how you can modernize a traditional palette by tweaking one color. The red, now a lighter, rosier shade, instantly gives this combo a trendier vibe. If your furniture is primarily neutral, this is a must-try.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Gold + Black

Gold is a classic holiday hue with its touch of sheen and shimmer. Add a matte, black element and you instantly have a luxe look that can go well past the holidays.

Bright White + Kelly Green

This combination of cheerful Kelly green paired with a crisp white is modern with a vibrant, festive twist.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

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