4 Ideas for a Christmas colour scheme

4 Ideas for a Christmas colour scheme

By Elena Koycheva on

'Tis the season to celebrate, spread joy and... have the occasional worry or two about Christmas colour schemes, tablescape arrangements and festive home decor that will not only bring smiles to friends and family members, but also allow you to be creative and experiment with your interior.

To help you with this, we've put together a few ideas for a Christmas colour scheme. 

As a start, our main advice would be to look at a group of similar tones, instead of focusing on just one specific colour. After all, during Christmas and the holiday season we're all about joy, glamour, glitz and bringing that extra element into our home decor, so allow yourself to be adventurous with colour and accessories.

'The more, the merrier' is a great mantra for a... Merry Christmas, right? 

We know that Christmas could bring a whole wealth of colour schemes but you should think about what Christmas style YOU want. For those of us who want traditional style, the best match would be deeper, jewel-like hues like berry reds, forest greens and deep velvety teals. However, lately we're witnessing a resurgence of a more Miami/Beverly Hills inspired Christmas schemes which are bright and sunny and could feature candy stripe pastels and metallic detailing.

Now, to help you find the right choice for your space, let's explore our selection of four Christmas colour schemes, created by our Creative Director and Co-Founder - Emma Bestley.


1. Pastel festivity.


Pairing pastel shades with peaches, pinks and lilacs would bring a sunny and uplifting feeling into any space. A softer pastel palette like this could also allow some space to experiment with splashes of bold colours around, be it on home furnishings or as room accessories. It's all about the right balance though.


Dining room painted in bright colours - mint green, pink and lilac, with a colourful wallpaper, Christmas decoration and a rainbow-coloured Christmas tree

'Tis the season to be jolly, and no one does a bright and jolly home decor palette quite like Flo from @florisinaforest. We love the way our Electric Mint Green paint colour adds a splash of freshness to the space.



2. Bring a vibrant palette to the (Christmas) table.


Consider pairing vibrant shades with powerful olive, pink and purple colours for a rich and luxurious atmosphere surrounding your Christmas tree. Speaking of Christmas trees, you could also implement this palette onto your baubles, ornaments and garlands. How about a rich-coloured Christmas wreath too?


Dark blue painted wall with a black fireplace, decorated with a colourful Christmas mantel, candles and dried flowers painted with YesColours paint colours

Our Creative Director and Co-Founder - Emma @moveovermagnolia is famous for her lush Christmas decorations that fill her home every year. However, she has a rule: it must be sustainable or repurposed. Everything on this mantel has been reused and recycled, 3 or 4 times over the years, and you could also spot our Loving Pink and Electric Blue paint colours (sprayed on the dried flowers), as well as Passionate Blue on the walls.


3. Hello from the softer side.


Muted soft hues like pale sage, grey and soft pink go incredibly well together and complement each other perfectly. Not everyone enjoys an overwhelming spectacle of bright colours, so if the red, green and gold combo is not your cup of tea (or mulled wine... who are we fooling here), then we recommend this soft tonal palette.


Fresh Lilac painted wall with a festive tablescape decoration and a white Christmas tree decorated with bright baubles and ornaments

Who says that Christmas decoration should be just green and red? Aurelien @aurelieninteriors and his dining room, painted in YesColours Fresh Lilac and decorated oh-so-perfectly are bringing our pastel colour dreams to life.


4. Nurture your soul with darker shades.


Deep, nurturing colours are well-known to contribute to a cocooning and cosy atmosphere, and, of course, this also applies to paint colours, home furnishings and table accessories. Combining darker shades and exploring the way they interact and complement each other would comfort and immerse you, as well as create that eclectic, cosy Christmas feeling that many of us are craving during the cold months. A colour combination of dark grey, dark blue and deep green hues is your best bet here.

Not a grey fan? Then why not try deeper tones of aubergine, teals and greens and pair them with warm metallics like gold or brass? There’s something luxurious and comforting about this combination, and we can guarantee that you'll love it.


closeup of Christmas decoration with candles, ribbons and baubles painted with YesColours Loving Pink and Electric Blue paintIt's all about the details. Can you spot our paint colours here?


Remember: a festive decoration could be all kinds of things, but it could also be low-budget, pre-loved and sustainable too. Christmas is about injecting joy around you and an exciting paint colour is the perfect ingredient to do that to your space. Whether that's using leftover colourful sample pots to paint tired baubles, candle holders, photo frames or even plain lampshades to zoning an area in the home which is a perfect backdrop for your decorations. It should be a colour well loved to stand the test of time throughout the rest of the year too.

Great colour injections can just be little accents to complement the colours you already have. It could be a bold pink, a zesty yellow or even a retro olive green. Look at your current scheme and work out what could tonally work to create a festive harmony, or choose a colour which gives that pop of festive colour that would create a dramatic contrast.


We hope these home decor tips have inspired you to find the right paint colour for your Christmas home. And hey, if you still need some help, feel free to book a colour consultation with us and we’ll sort your colour puzzle in no time. Free option is available too!

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