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Choosing a Holiday Color Scheme: Jolly Traditional or Soothing Elegance?

Nov 3, 2009

by simplyhue

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Vicki Dvorak from Simply Hue wants to know which color scheme gets you in to the holiday spirit.

Holidays around the globe are celebrated in many different ways and with a variety of traditions, decorating styles, and holiday colors that are unique to each country. Below I’ve narrowed down a couple of color scheme options you might want to consider. When choosing a color scheme for your home, whether it’s for the holidays or year-round, first decide on the mood you want to create. 

Do you want to have an atmosphere that feels warm and inviting or would you prefer a soothing, elegant place to come home to after the chaos of holiday shopping? Let us know which color scheme you prefer in the comments below!


Colors: Brown, Beige, Cream, Gray-Green, Silver
Have you ever thought about using brown as the basis for a color scheme in your home for the holidays? I honestly hadn’t until this year when I spotted the lovely inspiration photo for the collage of items above. Drawing from the colors in this photo, I chose several items from Etsy sellers that I thought would tie together nicely and create a soothing and elegant palette. Brown is a color you see often in nature. It represents security and stability. In its lighter tones, it’s elegant and calming and in its richer tones, such as chocolate brown or espresso, it’s luxurious and elegant. Add gray-green and cream to this color palette through your accessories. You might even want to consider painting an accent wall with one of these neutral colors!

Inspiration photo by Hello Girlfriend, birdseed ornament by naturefavors, red and white gate pillow by NestaHome, red barn photo by AThousandMemories, and topiary by thekeepershouse

 
Colors: Red, Green, White, Silver, and Gold
 
For a home that feels festive and inviting during the holidays, decorate with red, green, white, and gold. Bring in rustic decor with nostalgic vintage pieces such as a rusty red sleigh, or a cozy plaid flannel throw blanket. If you would rather have a traditional color scheme with an elegant touch, bring in gleaming gold ornaments, sparkling strings of lights, and velvety rich-colored toss pillows. Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive, either. Visit local antique shops and discount stores, search for your items on Etsy, or think about what you might have tucked away from your childhood that would work with the color scheme you’ve chosen and the mood you want to create.
Which color palette do you prefer?
Since Etsy is a place that draws people from all around the world, we would love to hear how you decorate for the holidays! What colors do you use and how does this come out in your family’s traditions and customs?
 
Post in the comments below and have a wonderful and happy holiday season!
 
Further Resources:
 
Holiday Decorating Books:
 
Note: Etsy Items selected by Vicki Dvorak from Simply Hue and arranged by Rachel Follett from Lovely Clusters
the Garden Gate in RED - Hand Silk Screened Throw Pillow - 10 x 18 - from the Garden Accents Series
the Garden Gate in RED - Hand Silk Screened Throw Pillow - 10 x 18 - from the Garden Accents Series
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ORNAMENT TOPIARY  holiday centerpiece TREE
ORNAMENT TOPIARY holiday centerpiece TREE
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balsam fir sachets \/ silk and linen \/ simple greens with blossoms applique
balsam fir sachets \/ silk and linen \/ simple greens with blossoms applique
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Christmas Ornament Set of 3 - Hand Painted Rusted Tin Snowflakes
Christmas Ornament Set of 3 - Hand Painted Rusted Tin Snowflakes
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RESERVED-Merry Berry Wreath - Gold, Silver, and Red Holiday Wreath (L) - OOAK
RESERVED-Merry Berry Wreath - Gold, Silver, and Red Holiday Wreath (L) - OOAK
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Yule Log Votives Set of 6
Yule Log Votives Set of 6
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Thimbleberry Stoneware Leaf from the Forest
Thimbleberry Stoneware Leaf from the Forest
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winter trees with FREE BIRDS ( 80inch. height set of 6 trees) - with  FREE BIRDS
winter trees with FREE BIRDS ( 80inch. height set of 6 trees) - with FREE BIRDS
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VINTAGE Mid Century Indent Glass Christmas Tree Ornament Silver Gold
VINTAGE Mid Century Indent Glass Christmas Tree Ornament Silver Gold
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192 comments

  • itsastitch

    itsastitch said 8 years ago

    Gorgeousness! Makes me so excited to decorate for the holidays.

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 8 years ago

    i love the traditional reds and greens mixed with browns... although the above greys, creams, and browns - beautiful!! our favorite family tradition - esp in tough economic times - stockings!! you can buy little treausres... so fun!

  • itsastitch

    itsastitch said 8 years ago

    Gorgeousness! Makes me so excited to decorate my place for the holidays :)

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 8 years ago

    the color does set the tone, doesn't it? great article, thanks!

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 8 years ago

    I have to say I prefer the traditional red,and green, but the other choices are lovely also!

  • MayaLee

    MayaLee said 8 years ago

    Wow! I love it! So much inspiration!

  • bijouxdellostregatto

    bijouxdellostregatto said 8 years ago

    Oh it's so hard to choose one color scheme! Probably the first, with brown, because it's really innovative! (But I love also the classic red and green!!)

  • missindie

    missindie said 8 years ago

    oooh pretty! thanks for the inspiration! xo.

  • TwistedCrystals

    TwistedCrystals said 8 years ago

    Great piece and selections! :)

  • craftaria

    craftaria said 8 years ago

    Jolly Traditional is the best!

  • fantasymarks

    fantasymarks said 8 years ago

    All about the elegance here!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 8 years ago

    my husband and i just bought our first house... we've only been in it for a week now. i have no idea how we're going to decorate, but i can't wait to figure it out!

  • KnitsForKids

    KnitsForKids said 8 years ago

    Maybe one of these days I will not be clogged up so much by work and will actually have the time to decorate and bake for the Holidays as the pictures above inspire me to do. Personally, I love silver and white.

  • sewlola

    sewlola said 8 years ago

    i love both color palettes but the Jolly Traditional is my favorite! ♥

  • UNAshop

    UNAshop said 8 years ago

    traditional red and green, puts me in the mood for xmas!

  • UNAshop

    UNAshop said 8 years ago

    mmm were did my comment go?? well, red and green, puts in the mood!

  • artstudio

    artstudio said 8 years ago

    Really elegant and makes me want to go shopping. Just love the Red Barn photo!

  • wildsoul71

    wildsoul71 said 8 years ago

    I like the jolly traditional colors. It reminds me of the magic of my childhood Christmases. Everything is bright and shiny and sparkling with excitement. I want to capture some of that wonderment for my kids, too.

  • Exlibrisstudio

    Exlibrisstudio said 8 years ago

    I really like your Soothing Elegance Color Scheme, but both are beautiful and very well choosen!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 8 years ago

    great inspiration photos ~ I'm partial to the red/green/gold/silver/white :)

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    We love the red, green, white and gold color scheme. Especially lots of red with gold accents, white snow, brass ornaments, red bows.

  • beckykazana

    beckykazana said 8 years ago

    Ooh, I love them both, but this year we're celebrating in tropical Hawaii so I think luxe ivories are a better fit. Great post!

  • tinybirdarts

    tinybirdarts said 8 years ago

    I love the cheeriness of the second scheme, time for pumpkin pie!

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 8 years ago

    Pretty!! In my house the traditional reds,greens and browns set the mood for the holidays. :D

  • Artulia

    Artulia said 8 years ago

    gorgeous color palettes!

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 8 years ago

    Great article! I want to decorate now!

  • willotoo

    willotoo said 8 years ago

    I'd like to see my home looking calm like the first palette but I'd get more excited Christmas shopping in the second palette.

  • edor

    edor said 8 years ago

    I like the first one for my own space and the 2nd one to visit! Planning on "making over" shop to be a little more winter-y also!

  • PettiBear

    PettiBear said 8 years ago

    I love the natural color scheem the best-Colors: Brown, Beige, Cream, Gray-Green, Silver are totaly my colors

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 8 years ago

    I prefer jolly traditional. I think it is just more fun and festive! I can't wait to start decorating!

  • emberdream

    emberdream said 8 years ago

    'Brown, Beige, Cream, Gray-Green, Silver' I love the softness that these colors offer to a very spirited and joyful holiday. I would add a lot of silver and copper to bring out the warmth and inviting feel to the array. An accent of red would be touched throughout to bring out the festiveness along with the green as they would make a great combination. This brings quite a bit of joy while still leaving many possibilities to the imagination of one's mind to create and experience their own holiday season.

  • BLinkDesign

    BLinkDesign said 8 years ago

    I love the SOOTHING EARTHY TONES!

  • bastillebleu

    bastillebleu said 8 years ago

    Both are truly beautiful!! Its a difficult choice as Im really drawn to both color schemes for different reasons, but having to choose one... I'd have to go with the traditional red and green as it provides fond memories from years past.

  • concentric

    concentric said 8 years ago

    I am usually attracted to traditional holiday color schemes. Those vibrant colors are great eye-catchers and work well in almost any interior. I can see the neutral hues in an equally neutral, elegant interior. Mine's not one of those right now :)

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 8 years ago

    Beautiful!! Really inspirational, especially the soft earth tone palette. Thank you so much for including our balsam fir sachets!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 8 years ago

    beautiful. i wouldn't of thought to put brown and silver together, but it looks fabulous.

  • EleanorsDesigns

    EleanorsDesigns said 8 years ago

    I personally prefer the soothing tones

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO said 8 years ago

    love the browns and grays for walls. i have a nice holiday accessory duo that has the red and green pallet mentioned above http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33143347 thanks for the links too!

  • rumandrubies

    rumandrubies said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! I was actually discussing this dilemma with the hubby yesterday. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 8 years ago

    It's so funny my mother and I have clashing ideas of Christmas beauty! I love the big colorful 50s retro style decorations and my mom loves the classy silver and gold tones! They are both gorgeous though:)

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 8 years ago

    Pops of color seem so much more homey to me during the holidays, so I really prefer Red, Green, White, Silver, and Gold. That picture of the barn in the snow dust covered furrows really sums up the holiday spirit to me.

  • StaciesLoopholes

    StaciesLoopholes said 8 years ago

    I really like a more elegant version of the traditional-- deep red, forest green, and silver. Yummm!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 8 years ago

    I love Vicki's inspiration boards. I hope this is going to be a regular feature!

  • inspirationrecycled

    inspirationrecycled said 8 years ago

    I absolutely prefer to decorate with the more traditional palette of green, red, white, and gold for the winter holidays. It reminds me of childhood and of fun time, so I actually find it to be both soothing and cheerful. But the other, more subdued color scheme is also lovely, and I would be delighted to visit and friend and find his or her home decorated that way!

  • oyster

    oyster said 8 years ago

    I'm on team "soothing and elegant", but feel for team 'traditional'. It gets a bad rap because it is so easy to go 'garish' instead! :D I imagine a lot of us gravitate toward what we grew up with.

  • CassiasGarden

    CassiasGarden said 8 years ago

    Elegant, Elegant, Elegant. That's my vote!

  • notyourgrannyssquare

    notyourgrannyssquare said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! Such great colors, awesome examples, and you gave us something to ponder when decorating. Thank you for your article.

  • CAgoldbear

    CAgoldbear said 8 years ago

    My colors the last few years have been a silky deep cranberry with a light chartreuse green. It's a big shift for me from the bright jewel tones I used before (purple, teal and gold).

  • Sumikoshop

    Sumikoshop said 8 years ago

    WONDERFUL....... I love Colors: Brown, Beige, Cream, Gray-Green, Silver so soft and relaxing...

  • SaraBJewelry

    SaraBJewelry said 8 years ago

    the red barn photograph is just amazing! and i love the driftwood candle holders - simple and organic. {i love to use the light blue, brick red and white combo at holiday time - a little unusual but very fun}

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Great article, enjoyed looking at the pictures and appreciate the red barn picture surrounded by snow covered ground. I have fruit basket upset in my home at christmas, a bit of everything.

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 8 years ago

    Oh, I love the traditional colors, but your choices other than - are eye catching as well! Great article!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Enjoyed the article twas a great read, old barn with snow covered ground caught my eye, since we live on a farm I suppose. We've got fruit basket upset in our home, splashes of various styles from retro to tradional with junk and antiques.

  • simplyhue

    simplyhue said 8 years ago

    Thanks for your kind comments, everyone! I'm enjoying reading them. :) You have some great ideas for holiday color schemes, too. I like the deep cranberrry with light chartreuse green. Very original!

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 8 years ago

    Oh, I love the traditional colors of Christmas, but your non-traditional are eye catching as well! Love the article and depiction!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    3rd times charm I hope, can't copy the text correctly. hmm. Great article enjoyed all the pictures especially the red barn surrounded by snow. Fruit basket upset is found in our home at Christmas many styles from modern to tradional with antiques and warmth.

  • coolranchstudio

    coolranchstudio said 8 years ago

    love this article - i definitely i lean towards traditional, but with a bit of a twist. i love metallics, :)

  • livefunky

    livefunky said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! I love the color palette of the vintage ornament, those are the colors I'm drawn to this year.

  • cozycottagecreations

    cozycottagecreations said 8 years ago

    These color schemes are breathtaking! Very inspiring! I have to say I love the browns - it's a surprising choice and you make it work so well. I do love a splash of gold at Christmastime - and a deep cranberry red as well!

  • TheMissingThread

    TheMissingThread said 8 years ago

    I love a combination of both! I go more to the elegant soothing colors though, and non traditional. The colors I use for my decorating are blues, greens, silvers, whites, creams, and golds, but I also love warm touches of cozy colors, like a red plaid blanket, or rich browns. It doesn't have to be one or the other. When done right, a mix of both is elegant and soft, plus warm and cozy!

  • thecraftpantry

    thecraftpantry said 8 years ago

    Sooo stunning!!!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 8 years ago

    I'm more of a traditional kind of gal, I guess. I collect vintage German decorations and our tree is decorated with a crowded hodge-podge of sentimental ornaments. Christmas just wouldn't be the same in all those neutral tones. I guess you could say, we're traditional inside the house, and soothing elegance outside, with the snow, bare birch trees and pines.

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 8 years ago

    We start out with the traditional colors red mainly then morph into the winter neutrals for a couple months. Thanks

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 8 years ago

    I enjoy so many styles and color schemes, I can't choose just one! I love the traditional red and green colors and so I decorate a tree with my kids (now grown) handmade school ornaments using those colors. I also decorate a tree with all kinds of early American and primitive ornaments made by my online primitive / folk art friends in shades of barn red, olive green, mustard, colonial blue, etc. And last but not least, I LOVE decorating a tree with white, ivory, cream, and tarnished silver! :)

  • jibbyandjuna

    jibbyandjuna said 8 years ago

    This brings back good Christmas memories for me. My father is an artist and at Christmas the house became his project. He started with color and things went from there. We had a burgundy and silver Christmas with glittered papier mache fruit , a gold and yellow Christmas with birds and feathers, a purple and pink Christmas (it was the 70s), a brown and silver Christmas with pinecones and seashells. He never spent a huge amount of money because he recycled, re-used and re-made whatever was needed. This was just magical for me as a kid! He taught me that decorating should be fun because otherwise whats the point! This year we will be doing woodland with sparkle.

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 8 years ago

    I prefer a lot of whites with touches of red...I think it also depends on what region you live in...we have no snow so the white add to the feeling...I like clean simple ...your article was really well done by the way!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 8 years ago

    Really lovely!!

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 8 years ago

    So lovely and festive! Really stunning selections here!

  • soule

    soule said 8 years ago

    I really like the driftwood candle holders...oh and that red barn!... very pretty selections!

  • LethaColleen

    LethaColleen said 8 years ago

    Soothing Elegance...although I might try to work in a pale version of a maroon to the palette (if there is such a thing!) :)

  • PuzzleBoBuzzles

    PuzzleBoBuzzles said 8 years ago

    I love the idea of using an inspiration photo. Beautiful.

  • simplyhue

    simplyhue said 8 years ago

    Wow, Jibby and Juna, your Christmas' sound so festive and memorable. Your Dad sounds super creative. Letha Colleen, a pale maroon sounds gorgeous! Thanks so much for your comments. :)

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 8 years ago

    the red is so beautiful against the creme, white, and silver palette. GORGEOUS!

  • MyMoms

    MyMoms said 8 years ago

    Oh, how beautiful! Love the colors & the finds!

  • SunshineandRavioli

    SunshineandRavioli said 8 years ago

    They are both beautiful but my heart belongs to a traditional Christmas...

  • revelry

    revelry said 8 years ago

    While I really like the warmth, subtlety and elegance of the whites and beiges, I have to do the red and green thing at my house. My husband and kids would never let me get away with whites and beiges. *sigh*

  • MilkpodStudio

    MilkpodStudio said 8 years ago

    Loving the first set of photos! Elegant Nature. These are exactly the colors I am drawn to this year...beiges, browns, golds & ivory. So soothing & toasty warm!

  • TanyaMac

    TanyaMac said 8 years ago

    OoOh this article has arrived at just the right time - I'm designing some new bauble sets for christmas! Thanx Vicki! ;)*

  • MilkpodStudio

    MilkpodStudio said 8 years ago

    Loving the first set of photos! Elegant Nature. These are exactly the colors I am drawn to this year...beiges, browns, golds & ivory. So soothing & toasty warm!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 8 years ago

    Love the red, green and silver earthy tone colors. Dreaming of the scents of Christmas....

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 8 years ago

    I like to celebrate the holidays with fun colors, vivid colors, and the rest of the year soothing. :D

  • walkthetalk

    walkthetalk said 8 years ago

    I LOVE this article!! Color is so important~ My preferences are a rainbow mixture of traditional and jewel-toned colors for the kitchen and family room where lots of fun and laughter and activity occurs and then simply highlighting one of those colors (my favorite is red) and combining it with earth tones and hints of gold and silver for the rest of the home for the holidays.

  • LoveAtFirstBlush

    LoveAtFirstBlush said 8 years ago

    Oh wow, colour boards! We deal with colour stories at work everyday (I work as a fashion designer for my day job) and we look at colours on a daily basis. I must say I love the neutral tones of the first palette.

  • ColorfulCasual

    ColorfulCasual said 8 years ago

    I always go back to good ol' red and green.

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 8 years ago

    I love white and silver. Or silver and another color. And sometimes just an offbeat color, like this: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33760620

  • LisaFerinDesigns

    LisaFerinDesigns said 8 years ago

    I absolutely love some silver-grey accents for Christmas. So pretty with red especially. Beautiful picks.

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 8 years ago

    I like the traditional reds and greens and whites!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 8 years ago

    I love the Christmas season! Such a wonderful time of year. I go with the traditional red and greens in decorating, I've got a lot of heirloom Christmas decorations from Sweden that I use.

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 8 years ago

    I'll take both, please!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 8 years ago

    Oh, this is such a fun article! I truly enjoyed reading it and viewing the lovely color collections. I am decorating my first home for the first time this holiday season, and I am definitely drawn to the sophisticated neutrals. Gorgeous!

  • hooraydesignshop

    hooraydesignshop said 8 years ago

    Fabulous article, Vicki! I love the two color schemes you put together.

  • NaturesCabinet

    NaturesCabinet said 8 years ago

    I am actually decorating this year in neutrals and metallics, so I would have to choose the first board. I love the traditional red too, that was last year...I always try to do a different color scheme than the previous year. A big thanks to Vicki for choosing my driftwood candle holders to be on your inspirational board!!!!

  • revampedart

    revampedart said 8 years ago

    I love the feel of each of them, but I cannot live without contrast & splashes of bright colors, so I would pick the second one. Thanks!

  • MRSMKM

    MRSMKM said 8 years ago

    Hello Vicki, Love the palettes you selected, your presentation. They are wonderful. For me, I'll go with the combination below, because it is simultaneously serene, modern yet antique, classy yet welcoming. Colors: Brown, Beige, Cream, Gray-Green, Silver Love the products you highlighted in both cases and I'll bet there are many more delightful etsy options that would be lovely as well. Thank you so much for the inspiration, Ardith

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 8 years ago

    I deeply appreciate the interplay of subtle, natural tones but our very old house is rather dark in the winter (7 ft. ceilings) so color is essential to brighten things up. Discovered Pratt & Lamberts 'Gladsome' some years back at a clients home and this wonderfully soft & mellow shade of muted buttercream yellow did wonders lightening up the cave effect from low ceilings and regional leaden skies. It acts as a natural tone neutral yet has life. Color is essential!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 8 years ago

    Color! Though I deeply appreciate the subtle interplay of natural & neutral tones, our old house has 7 ft. ceilings and color is essential to lighten the cave effect when winter skies stay grey for days in this region. Holiday color need not be traditional, either.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    Great color combination. great ideas!

  • adVintagous

    adVintagous said 8 years ago

    I love the idea of subtle colors for the holidays! Sometimes the red and green color combos can get a bit overwhelming. Maybe just a pop of red...

  • lovejill

    lovejill said 8 years ago

    LOVE them both...but I gotta have a little red!

  • eclipse

    eclipse said 8 years ago

    Lately I have been loving black, white & silver as a holiday color scheme. I saw this used a lot in a visit to The Netherlands in November 2006, and then by the next year (2007) the color scheme had made it to the USA and has been growing in popularity. Very graphic with lots of sparkle.

  • astrarach81

    astrarach81 said 8 years ago

    okay christmas is one of my favourite times of year. it's an excuse for lots of baking, crafting & sharing love with my nearest and dearest. my boyfriend put his foot down four years ago when we first moved in together, insisting on buying a small live tree that could grow with us, and that has been the start of our xmas traditions. we DIY as many decorations that we can, with a new take each year, and although our little xmas tree may now be a stick in a pot (i know i'm terrible for killing it) we still get festive. that being said, i'm a sucker for bright red & green at christmas. it just screams YAYE at me as i get home.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Nice article and nice picked!

  • ovgilliesdesigns

    ovgilliesdesigns said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous!

  • eroa

    eroa said 8 years ago

    Thank you! This article is very helpful. My shop showcases a variety of colors with half of my change purses in festive holiday colors while others are more representative of the fall and winter seasons.

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 8 years ago

    Beautiful and classic color schemes!

  • GgaBulShop

    GgaBulShop said 8 years ago

    Awesome!!

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 8 years ago

    I like both schemes! However, with grey painted walls in the living room I'll probably go for the second one this year.

  • ohmiroir

    ohmiroir said 8 years ago

    To me Christmas has to be red!! Lovely items picked! x

  • forgetmeknottreasure

    forgetmeknottreasure said 8 years ago

    For me it depends on the feeling of the year. If I want a more somber mood I use the icy hues of blues and silvers. A shimmery winter scene with the fireplace and snow outside. If I want a more elegant warmth I use the warmth from deep red purples and gold. It is very inviting and the greens and reds of the holidays incorporate and play very well into it.

  • BrianaEdelmanDesigns

    BrianaEdelmanDesigns said 8 years ago

    Stunning! I love the subtle colors of the first palette, it's very calming, serene. Maybe because the second color scheme (to an extreme) is what I'm used to from growing up. I'd go for the first palette with a little touch of red here and there.

  • candythomasgourdart

    candythomasgourdart said 8 years ago

    Soothing and elegant has it for me.Love the picks.

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 8 years ago

    Wonderful!!

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 8 years ago

    Both are beautiful and inspirational but I LOVE the cool pallette!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 8 years ago

    I like both choices, but my heart holds dear to the nostalgic. I love to collect vintage decor. It creates a warm cozy feeling and brings back cherrished memeories of when I was a child at Christmas time. Great article!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 8 years ago

    Such a wonderful and inspiring collection of color. Love the soft snow and cheerful reds! Kudos on another delightful collage of color my friend.

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 8 years ago

    I love anything cute that brings back nostalgia. Warm fuzzies, childhood memories, cozy cottage, Christmas cheer. I always hope to create cherrished memories & traditions for my family.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 8 years ago

    I love both themes. I change colors each year. Last year was green, blue and white with lots of fresh cut evergreens and pinecones from our property. I haven't decided what to do this year. Whatever it is, we will be using LED holiday lights. Great energy saver!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 8 years ago

    I forgot to add........I love Country Living's holiday books and Martha Stewarts holiday books. (and the holiday editions of their magazines). Lots of inspiration.

  • zombuki

    zombuki said 8 years ago

    At my craft show last year I did my colors as lime green and magenta - a play off the traditional red and green - it went over really well!

  • Princesseneige

    Princesseneige said 8 years ago

    The both are beautiful! The first one make me tbhinking about the Flamish style, and the second about the Scandinavian.

  • Bluebrooch

    Bluebrooch said 8 years ago

    Decisions decisions. I love the vintage and "antique" feel of the elegant colour scheme but who does not adore the bright reds and greens of your childhood! Stick to one striking colour and you can still do an elegant X-mas... like all different hues of green!

  • moonthroughfog

    moonthroughfog said 8 years ago

    beautiful. I have decided for a white christmas this year

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 8 years ago

    Love the monotone Christmas, also a big fan of jewel tones and simple pairings like gold or silver with rich greens, blues, or cranberries. MMM! I wonderful season to decorate for!

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 8 years ago

    Soothing Elegance is definitely my style. The selections are just lovely. I am feeling inspired to redecorate for the holidays!!

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 8 years ago

    I prefer the Jolly Traditional color scheme because it's so festive. I do really like the Soothing Elegance color scheme that you have put together as well too though - perhaps I will try a room in that palate this year!

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 8 years ago

    color schemes are a lot harder than they look! my boyfriend and i just painted our walls mustard yellow...not sure if i like it. maybe i just need accent accessories and things now?

  • efran

    efran said 8 years ago

    Gosh, I don't know - I love them both!

  • JourneyDesigns

    JourneyDesigns said 8 years ago

    I love, love, love the traditional colors! It reminds me of the magic of childhood and I want my own kids to have the same feeling. Although the other is really beautiful.

  • foundling

    foundling said 8 years ago

    I think I prefer the more subdued theme. But I love that color palette generator!!!!!

  • cricketapollo

    cricketapollo said 8 years ago

    Love the neutral scheme--what a good idea!

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for featuring my haeger pottery. I have so many greens and creams and am loving this look together with the browns of pine cones, twigs, rusty metal ornaments and metallic glimmers here and there. I was thinking that my pine cone assemblages go well in the brown ivory gray green palette as well. I definitely feel the brown green ivory and gray thing going. And funny it is all bountiful in nature right now. Just look outside-here in the midwest browns grays creams and shades of green red and rust predominate. Loved this piece!!!! Cheryl at VelveteenHabbit@etsy.com

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 8 years ago

    I love the soft white shades of winter...so lovely.

  • katrinakatryn

    katrinakatryn said 8 years ago

    I bought red,green and blue gray paper the other day, and the gray/silver really freshens up the traditional red and green. I also saw a combination of silver, white and purple - a bit different and very striking.

  • posiesforlulu

    posiesforlulu said 8 years ago

    Lovely! I am so excited! Christmas is almost here!

  • MagnoliaFern

    MagnoliaFern said 8 years ago

    How can you pass up those beautiful bright reds and greens?! Traditional all the way!

  • artwithallie

    artwithallie said 8 years ago

    Love the colour/photographic inspiration boards!! I too have always been a red & green traditional Christmas decorator. Here in the fantastic land down under (Australia) it was 36c the other day...so definitely not thinking of snow!!

  • riricreations

    riricreations said 8 years ago

    I can't choose~I love them both...I'm very eclectic. I use lots of live greenery in my home, and most of my holiday decor coordinates with the color of the room I use it in..., and I add in silver or gold to spice it up. The creations I sell in my shop range from whimsical to traditional and everything in between~even some decor, like my Blessing blocks that can be turned to the "every day" side and stay out all year long~lovely and practical too.

  • RitualBath

    RitualBath said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for putting these color stories together. I so love the colors of the winter season, I almost can't wait to decorate.

  • RSSDesignsInFiber

    RSSDesignsInFiber said 8 years ago

    Though I have put my own color schemes together successfully for years now, I appreciate the advice in this article -- but I think that color scheme of Blue and White was left out and I have actually seen books about it -- it is popular in certain cultures and with certain people and it is one of the color schemes of americana and french country decor. Just a suggestion from my little corner!!

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 8 years ago

    These are gorgeous! I can't wait for the holidays!

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 8 years ago

    This article is very inspirational. Thinking of it I've been included brown into my seasonal colour scheme for a long time. However, I think this occurs rather on an subconscious level due to my ongoing desire to reflect a natural element in my christmas decoration.

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 8 years ago

    I love this! Absolutely gorgeous! I can hardly wait to start decorating.

  • congcongdesign

    congcongdesign said 8 years ago

    Red.absolute red.nice pick here.

  • ornamentsbydeb

    ornamentsbydeb said 8 years ago

    Great article - color makes such a difference in the mood! At our house, we tend to use a mix of many colors, since we have hand-painted ornaments and those made by our kids and grandkids through the years. A "homey" feel is what I go for! I do use a lot of gold and deep red as a constant theme, though. As far as sellers go, blue, purple and black and white are becoming more popular, as well as the traditional!

  • BaldiBearART

    BaldiBearART said 8 years ago

    I have got my dose of inspiration thanks, now i'm off to create ... thanksfor great article

  • whyte

    whyte said 8 years ago

    I love lots of white at Christmas, adding the traditional red and green accents.

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 8 years ago

    What is this mess right above me, and really... they had to post the same thing 3 times! Any who... I love christmas!, I love christmas!,I love christmas! I am ready to start making my holiday gifts.

  • ShellingSailfish

    ShellingSailfish said 8 years ago

    I love all the reds!

  • ShellingSailfish

    ShellingSailfish said 8 years ago

    I love all the Reds! Very Festive!

  • JeannineRobertsRoyce

    JeannineRobertsRoyce said 8 years ago

    There is no limit to what can be considered for holiday. I used turquoise and watermelon in illustration for this holiday card. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32601700

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse said 8 years ago

    That's a hard decision, but I love the addition of gray with the traditional colors!

  • BlueCrushBeads

    BlueCrushBeads said 8 years ago

    Im so glad I came across this article before I started my Holiday Crafting, Its taught me to try step away from the traditional bright red and green, think outside the box, love it!!! Thanks a million!!

  • theninestories

    theninestories said 8 years ago

    Thanks for featuring our cabin . woodgrain . fireplace glasses! Great article. I am so excited to start decorating this year. When can I begin!!

  • mgilinfo

    mgilinfo said 8 years ago

    gorgeous.

  • CecilBobby

    CecilBobby said 8 years ago

    Beautiful. I"m more partial to calm and sparse, clean lines and simplicity. This is a great article.

  • MoonstarGifts

    MoonstarGifts said 8 years ago

    Love the photos! Love this season:)

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