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🎄 Choosing a Christmas tree color scheme may seem like an easy task. After all, there are only so many classic holiday colors—and they can only be combined so many ways. The thing is, classic holiday colors aren’t your only options. And once you start exploring the rest of the rainbow, it can be tough to find color combinations that play well together, feel appropriately festive, and look good on your tree.

Thankfully, plenty of fearless designers and bloggers have already led the way on this one. They’ve crafted tons of striking Christmas trees, and they’ve explored plenty of potential palettes in the process. Though their Christmas tree color scheme ideas have ranged from classic to surprising, they all have a couple of things in common: they’re worth recreating and genuinely easy to pull off.

01 White and Ivory

A minimalist Christmas tree adorned with white and ivory ornaments
Though colorful trees are undeniably bold, there’s something striking about keeping your tree simple and your palette pared down. So take a break from the vibrant shades and craft a minimalist tree using white and ivory ornaments, instead. Since the colors are similar—without being exactly the same—they should leave your palette feeling both clean and dynamic.

02 Cream and Light Blue

A Christmas tree decorated with light blue, warm white, and silver ornaments
The pop of color on your tree doesn’t have to come from a classic red, green, or gold. Once you’ve set the scene with creamy whites and soft silvers, you can sprinkle in just about anything—even coastal blue. Though unusual in a Christmas palette, light blue is a pretty versatile color. Plus, if your space is already filled with the shade, your tree will fit right in.

When choosing a pop of color for your Christmas tree, take a look at the shades that are already in your space. Could you use any of those colors as a starting point for your Christmas tree’s palette?

03 Scarlet, Teal, and Beige

A Christmas tree topped with scarlet, teal, beige, and white ornaments
Tired of the classic red, green, and gold? Venture a step away from each color. Trade your dark red for an orange-red, like scarlet or coral. Swap your emerald green for a blue-green, like aqua or teal. And favor a lighter shade of gold, like beige.

Combine the new colors, and you’ll end up with a palette that feels festive but fresh—seasonally appropriate, but not too on-the-nose.

04 Blush, Gold, and White

A snow-flocked Christmas tree topped with gold and pink decor
Blush may not be the first color you think of when you hear the word “Christmas.” But since pink is just a light shade of red, it shouldn’t feel out of place in your holiday palette. By pairing blush, gold, and white, you can offer a fresh and feminine take on the classic Christmas color scheme.

You can set the scene for a range of natural elements, like fresh pink flowers and gold-hued grasses.

05 Sage and Ivory

A Christmas tree topped with sage green and ivory ornaments
Sage might just be the trendiest shade of green in town. And since it’s not quite the same color as the average pine, spruce, or fir, it should make a lovely addition to your Christmas tree. Keep your tree monochromatic by snagging only sage ornaments, or break things up with a few warm ivory accents.

06 Yellow and White

A Christmas tree decorated with sunflowers and white ribbons
Yellow is an unusual color for a Christmas tree. But if you stick with a golden yellow—like honey, mustard, or goldenrod—it shouldn’t overpower your palette. Soften your yellow decor with creamy white accents, and remember that you can always use warm white lights to bridge the gap between the two shades.

07 White With Pops of Color

Three white snow-flocked Christmas tree topped with colorful ornaments and decor
A snow-flocked Christmas tree is a great excuse to play with all kinds of color. After all, white pairs well with absolutely everything. So go bolder with your palette than you usually would. Pops of violet, salmon, and tangerine might feel out of place on an evergreen tree. But on a crisp, white, snow-flocked option? They’ll fit right in.

08 Pale Pink and Black

A Christmas tree decorated with black and pale pink ribbons, as well as silver and pale pink ornaments
Black may be an intense color for a Christmas tree. But when paired with pale pink, it should feel delicate, rather than bold. Line your tree with ornaments in sleek blacks and subdued pinks. Or soften things up even more by trading your traditional ornaments with pretty black and pale pink ribbons, tied around every branch.


09 Magenta, Orange, and Lime

A Christmas tree topped with pink, purple, orange, and yellow flowers, as well as lime green ornaments
The holidays are about enjoying yourself. So if all you want is a vibrant Christmas tree, go for it. Ditch your go-to reds, golds, and emerald greens in favor of magentas, oranges, and lime greens (respectively). These Starburst-like shades aren’t the kind of thing you’ll find on every Christmas tree, but if they’ll put a smile on your face every time you see them, they’re worth it. 

10 White and Clear

A Christmas tree decorated with white, silver, and clear ornaments
If you’re going the monochromatic tree route, all-white-everything is a classic option. And by sprinkling in a few clear ornaments, you can add texture to your tree without disrupting your sleek white color scheme.


11 Red and Gold

A Christmas tree topped with red garlands and gold lights
Overwhelmed by the thought of using every classic color on your Christmas tree? Pick a couple of favorites, and stick to those. If you’ve always loved bold reds and shiny golds, use those two shades on your tree. And bid adieu to the greens, whites, and silvers that might otherwise clutter it up.


This two-tone approach is great when you want a tree that looks classic and feels fresh. And you can choose a different duo for your tree every single year.

12 Shades of Brown

A small Christmas tree decorated with tiny brown pinecones
If you want a Christmas tree that feels rustic and natural, keep your palette simple: stock up on brown. Forage in your backyard for natural accents, like pinecones, branches, dried flowers, and leaves, and layer the pretty neutrals all over your tree.

13 Rainbow

A Christmas tree topped with rainbow lights, white garlands, and colorful ornaments
If you like your Christmas lights bright and colorful, then top your tree with a rainbow set—and score some ornaments to match. Store-bought rainbow lights tend to boast pretty reds, oranges, green, blues, and pinks. And if you’re bummed leaving out any of the colors they’ve missed, simply hang some ornaments that feature those missing shades.

14 White and Silver

A Christmas tree topped with silver and white ornaments
Mother Nature knows how to make a beautiful palette. So if you want to craft a tree that looks simple and striking, take cues from the snow lining the ground outside. Pair creamy white ornaments with sparkly silver ones. And bring your tree together with bright lights and shiny garlands.

15 Black and White

A Christmas tree decorated with white and black ribbons
Black and white make a pretty iconic duo. But as far as Christmas trees are concerned, they’re a pretty strange pair. The key is to stock up on white the way you usually would, and to soften the black as much as possible. Load up on white lights, ornaments, and garlands. Then, sprinkle in delicate pops of black—using accents like velvet ribbons, paper snowflakes, and painted dried flowers.

16 Jewel Tones

A tiny Christmas tree decorated with dark orange, burgundy, purple, and emerald green ornaments
Drawn to the idea of an unusual Christmas tree palette? Consider stocking up on jewel tones. Colors like garnet red, emerald green, and topaz orange look incredible together. And since they’re such luxurious shades, they’ll leave your Christmas tree looking both colorful and sophisticated.

17 Winter White

A snow-flocked Christmas tree topped with warm gold lights
Go all in on white by pairing a snow-flocked Christmas tree with classic white lights. There’s no going wrong with such a traditional combination. But since you’re forgoing ornaments and color, your unusually sleek tree is still sure to turn heads.


18 Gold and Olive Green

A Christmas tree topped with olive green and gold ornaments
Craving a Christmas tree that feels festive but earthy? Stock up on olive greens and warm golds. Green and gold is a classic Christmas combination, so your tree should look appropriately merry. But since olive green is much yellower than the emerald greens you see around the holidays, it should leave your tree looking almost sunny with warmth.

19 Blush and Bright Green

A Christmas tree lined with pothos leaves and blush ornaments
Put a fun twist on the classic holiday palette by lightening everything up. Turn your bold reds into blush pinks, and trade your forest greens for kelly greens. Though the colors will make an unusual addition to your tree, they should be close enough to the classics to fit into your décor scheme.

Get the look by hanging blush pink and bright green ornaments, or adorn your tree with rosy pink flowers and some thoughtfully placed pothos leaves.

20 Gold and White

A Christmas tree topped with white and gold ornaments
If you love the look of an all-white Christmas tree—but you want something that looks a little warmer—consider pairing your sleek white ornaments with shiny gold ones. Since both colors are festive favorites, you should end up with a tree that looks classic but curated.

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