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.
White and Ivory
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.
Cream and Light Blue
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?
Scarlet, Teal, and Beige
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.
Blush, Gold, and White
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.
Sage and Ivory
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.
Yellow and White
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.
White With Pops of Color
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.
Pale Pink and Black
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.
Magenta, Orange, and Lime
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.
White and Clear
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.
Red and Gold
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.
Shades of Brown
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.
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.
White and Silver
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.
Black and White
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.
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.
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.
Gold and Olive Green
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.
Blush and Bright Green
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.
Gold and White
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.
White and Magenta
Magenta rarely makes it into a Christmas color scheme. But if you’re looking to do something different, it’s an excellent pick. Since magenta is just a couple of shades away from red, it should feel different but not completely incongruous. And if you pair it with a creamy white, you can craft a tree that looks like a strawberry candy cane rather than a mint one.
Teal and Gold
Want to sneak a little blue into your holiday color scheme? Trade your holly greens for something a little bluer, like teal. The blue-green should make a striking addition to your Christmas tree without feeling too out of place. And you can make it feel more festive by pairing it with a classic holiday color, like gold.
Scarlet, Blush, and White
If red is your absolute favorite holiday shade, go all in on the color. Explore the full range of red tints—from red, to blush, to white. Or soften the look of your tree by using a pinker red, like scarlet, as your starting point.
Pops of Gold
Keep your tree simple by sticking to just one color. Red, green, and white are all excellent options. But gold will bring out some of the earthier tones in your Christmas tree, leaving you with something that feels festive, cozy, and versatile enough to pair with any décor scheme.
Red, Green, Blue, and Pink
Dial up the color on your Christmas tree by picking four striking shades. To keep things seasonally appropriate, consider starting with red and green. Then, move a shade beyond each of them—onto pink and blue, respectively. This cluster of color should brighten up your Christmas tree, without pushing it into rainbow territory.
Draw attention to each color by hanging your ornaments in stripes, or simply scatter them around your Christmas tree to create a wall of vibrance.
Silver, White, and Orange
Silver and white make a classic Christmas combination. And since they’re both so neutral, they can handle a surprising pop of color. Of course, that pop of color could be just about anything. But since dried fruit ornaments are a festive favorite, orange is a pretty great candidate. So stock up on oranges, slice them up, and turn those slices into ornaments. (You can get a similar look with grapefruits, lemons, or limes—so you could trade your pop of orange for a pop of pink, yellow, or green, instead.)
Red, Green, White, Gold, and Silver
If you love classic holiday colors so much you can’t pick between them, simply stock up on them all. Stock up on ornaments in red, green, white, gold, and silver. And hang lights and garlands to match. This maximalist approach works particularly well on a snow-flocked tree, especially if most of your decorative accents are white. But you could get the same look by pairing an evergreen tree with primarily green accents.
There’s nothing wrong with leaving your tree totally bare: no ornaments, no garlands, and no lights. When decorated Christmas trees are the norm, leaving your tree décor-less is an easy way to make a statement. Plus, the average evergreen tree doesn’t just look fine without décor—it looks genuinely beautiful.