Let Your Home Say ‘Holiday’ Without Red or Green

Other colors capture the magic of the Christmas season, too

By Nancy Mattia

There’s no dispute that red and green are the iconic colors of Christmas décor — they’re as much a part of the holiday look as Douglas firs and gingerbread houses. But who says you can’t change up the palette if you want to? Maybe your style is more sparkly than standard. Or you just want to try something new. Whichever colors you end up using, choose those that work well with the existing feeling and design of your space. While there are no real rules, the following style tips will help you pull the look together.


Metallics (gold, silver, copper), whites, and creams make a beautiful statement for the holidays. The metallics add shimmer while the whites and creams exude sophistication. Metallics go well with a rustic look too. For a mantle or living room coffee table, group two or three glass vases, fill halfway with metallic marbles or clear iridescent beads, and add branches from your backyard, a few of which you’ve spray-painted metallic or white. Mix metallics with rustic materials such as burlap and jute. Just a few yards of burlap material make the perfect Christmas tree skirt. Hang metallic ornaments to finish the look.

Blue and Gold

These colors are pretty when used alone but pretty amazing when paired together. The gold adds a pop of color. Silver is a great alternative to gold if you prefer. The colors are so versatile, they work with any style from traditional to modern, including glam and industrial.

Coastal Colors

If you’re wanting a coastal Christmas theme, use driftwood, cotton, and other natural materials, which go well with whites and shades of blue. To incorporate this look in a dining room centerpiece: Get a large dough bowl or other oblong vessel for the base. Add driftwood spheres and simple glass Christmas balls in shades of white, blue, or silver metallic. Balls should vary in size from two or three inches to eight to 10 inches (the size of the decorative balls and spheres depend on the size of your table and bowl). Add a few fresh magnolia or pine leaves, cotton bolls, pinecones, and shells. For extra seasonal flair, add battery-powered white twinkle lights.


Similar to how people love an all-white kitchen, there’s a lot of love for all-white Christmas décor too. Set the table with white dishes, tablecloth, napkins, and candles with a few gleaming hits of silver or gold (flatware, napkin holders, candle holders).

Pink and Green

It’s not a look that only appeal to little girls. This colorful duo has lots of fans who appreciate the fun, modern spirit that has none of the intensity or boldness of red. Since artificial trees now come in many colors, including pink, you can make a customized seasonal statement before even hanging one ornament.