7 Christmas Color Trends That Will Be Huge In 2022
Be inspired by beautiful bright colors this holiday season.
Expect the unexpected this Christmas. For decades, red and green have been synonymous with the holiday season, but this year’s holiday palettes are more creative than ever. ‘Tis the season to be merry with a range of vibrant, whimsical and nostalgic shades sure to light up your home.
“People are ready to express their personal tastes and love of color,” says Sophie Robinson, interior designer, color expert and host of The great interior podcast. “Christmas is the perfect time to ditch the trends and surround yourself with all the sparkle, all the sparkle, and indulge yourself,” she adds. Color is the perfect way to channel your unique personality and create a space that brings you joy. Here are some favorite Christmas color ideas to get you started.
Classic red and white
Red and green are an iconic Christmas pairing and a good color palette if you’re more of a traditionalist. However, simply removing green from the equation and relying solely on red and white immediately gives the festive palette a fresh, contemporary update and Scandi-chic vibe.
“Red and white is a classic Christmas combination that reminds me of candy canes,” says Robinson. She recommends buying a box and hanging them on the tree as a fun (and tasty) design. White Christmas trees are growing in popularity this year and make a great blank canvas for red ornaments.
Red and green have not always been the signature of the Christmas palette. In Victorian times, blue was just as popular. Travel back in time with blue beads, ribbons, porcelain figurines and delicate snowy white lace. Continue the theme with vintage blue and white china and polished glassware on a white linen tablecloth. Finish the look with candle holders and a fruit and nut centerpiece for an older charm.
Blue is a cool shade with a calming quality, making it an obvious color to represent the winter season. Mix different shades of blue like navy with cobalt and turquoise to make it tonally interesting, says Robinson. Add white for a clean look and gold accents to warm up and glamor the scheme.
Touches of pink
Get a head start on 2023’s hottest color trend with muted shades of pink. Incorporate blush and soft pastel pink Christmas decorations to create a warm yet whimsical ambiance. Pink symbolizes love, affection and kindness, so the color naturally leans into the Christmas spirit of the gift.
“The pink really pops against the green foliage,” says Robinson, who recommends mixing it with lush green fir or sprigs of holly to keep the scheme from getting too sweet. Pair shades of pale pink with accents of light green for a contemporary twist on the classic Christmas palette. Swap holly sprigs for eucalyptus and ditch gold and silver in favor of copper, rose gold and metallic champagne.
Rich shades of green
Ditch the red and focus on verdant shades reminiscent of a dense coniferous forest. Green works well in both traditional and contemporary homes. Associated with nature, green has an innate soothing quality that is welcome during the busy winter season. If your home already sports a green palette, take inspiration from existing decor to coordinate your Christmas decorations.
“I think it helps if your Christmas decor complements your interior style, mostly from a sustainable perspective,” Robinson says. “We all know throwing away last year’s decorations to embrace a new color trend is really a waste.” Instead of buying new green Christmas decor, explore nature’s own collection of pine cones, acorns and branches. Sprinkle them with glitter or paint them with metallic paint for an update, then show off the DIY Christmas ornaments on your tree or mantel.
Capture the essence of a Merry Christmas with a rainbow of cheerful hues. Embrace this vibrant trend with a colorful Christmas tree designed for the maximalists, or dress up your tree with multicolored Christmas lights and a collection of all your favorite trimmings. “Multicolor is my favorite color palette. You just can’t have too many colors,” says Robinson. “Bright metallic colors give a more luxurious feel…so I would go in that direction for a more sophisticated look.”
For Robinson, Christmas is all about applying a “the more the merrier” philosophy and turning his home into a festive house of entertainment to be enjoyed with family and friends. “My Christmas decorations resemble the color palette you see in my house. I love saturated jewel tones, like cobalt blue, purple, fuchsia, emerald green and canary yellow,” she says. “Like a box of Quality Street chocolates, they’re perfect for the holiday season.”
Black and white
This neutral palette couldn’t be further from the rainbow tree trend, but it’s sure to be a welcome relief for minimalists. Black and white isn’t usually associated with Christmas, but styled right, a monochrome palette can look sophisticated and festive. Dress up a black and white Christmas tree with monochrome baubles and pearl necklaces or a black and white checkered ribbon with matching paper-wrapped presents. Or opt for a flocked Christmas tree for a snowy white backdrop.
Prepare your home for hosting with a crisp white tablecloth and simple matte black dinnerware. Keep table decorations simple with metallic mini trees or an evergreen centerpiece decorated with black and white bows or ornaments. Add warmth to the Christmas color palette with soft textures, like a faux fur blanket or white knit throw, and the soft glow of scented candles. For a hint of color, Robinson suggests adding “an accent of red or canary yellow to bring this combo to life.”
Nostalgic retro colors
If you’re looking to be more sustainable and cut costs this Christmas, use vintage ornaments that have served as the backdrop for family celebrations for decades. “I much prefer to cherish my Christmas decorations and enjoy the same decorations every year. I love the nostalgia of it all,” Robinson says. In addition to being ecological, the vintage Christmas decoration is imbued with nostalgia. “I think looking back into the past is a big part of Christmas tradition, so if you can expand your existing collection with a few well-chosen additions each year, you’ll soon be building an original collection and story,” Robinson says. .
Stock your mantel with all-time Christmas classics like gingerbread houses, nutcrackers and ceramic Christmas trees. “Go all the way with retro kitsch balls and 50s nostalgia,” says Robinson. Dig those old Shiny Brites in throwback tones, like mustard yellow, aquamarine blue, hot pink, and malachite green. Pair them with silver or copper accents for a sparkling finish.