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48 Reasons Why We're Flocking to White Christmas Decorations

A shimmering white Christmas tree or one that looks frosted with new-fallen snow can be so pretty. But what colors go best with white trees and holiday decor? Check out these color palette ideas and design tips to make your white Christmas dreams come true.

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Photo: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography. From: Brian Patrick Flynn.

Christmas Color Palettes That Start With White

White Christmas decor has been growing in popularity for the past few years. When it comes to Christmas trees, there are two ways you can go with the trend; either an all-white artificial tree or a tree that is flocked (real or artificial). What is flocking? It’s basically faux snow. Many artificial Christmas trees come with fake snow on their outer branches. You can apply a flocking powder or spray to a real tree to get that same snowy effect. But flocking can flake off and may be hazardous to kids and pets if ingested. Fortunately, there are all-natural, DIY ways to make flocking. When buying an artificial tree, look for ones made of non-toxic materials.

Consider going white if you’re looking for a change from the same-old holiday decor. White and flocked trees go well with any style from modern to traditional. Try an all-white tree adorned with bold jewel tones if you want a retro or maximalist vibe. Monochromatic metallic ornaments on an all-white tree provide a sophisticated modern look. For a coastal theme, you can’t beat a white tree with beachy shades of blue and driftwood tones. If your home leans toward minimalist, boho or Scandinavian, try a flocked tree dressed in a soft color palette and natural materials like wicker or grapevine garland. A flocked Christmas tree will also look great in a country farmhouse or a Victorian home full of antiques and festooned with vintage ornaments, ribbons and pinecones.

First up: Winter White Harbor Views

We love this winter white setting (pictured, above) overlooking Gig Harbor, Washington. The flocked tree fits in perfectly with the almost all-white décor and fireplace, while the red accents provide warmth in a festive way. The repetitive "snow" cover wreaths make a big impact without overwhelming the space.

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White + Brights + a Touch of Gold

A white Christmas tree is the best canvas for extra-bright Christmas ornaments and patterned wrapping paper. Jessica Tompane's cozy space, featured in HGTV Magazine, seamlessly blends saturated tones and festive decor. (And peep that pink Kravet couch!)

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Photo: Image courtesy of Four Generations One Roof

Snowy Owls + Gold + Grapevine Garland

Nothing says winter woodland quite like a flocked Christmas tree featuring tiny white owls tucked within its branches. The grapevine garland adds to the overall woodsy vibe while the glass baubles reflect the tree lights most gorgeously.

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Stark White + Bronze + Earth Tones

If you're a fan of all things neutral, you probably struggle to find Christmas decor that doesn't send your home's interior in a direction you aren't crazy about. Standard Christmas ornaments can sometimes be too bright, too bold or just too much. This nothing-but-neutral tree uses a stark white tree and earthy decor to achieve a less-is-more look that's both timeless and easily adaptable.

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