14 stylish Christmas color schemes to try in 2021

Looking for a new and exciting Christmas color scheme this year? Let our gallery of gorgeous ideas get you inspired...

pink living room with pastel Christmas decorations, a white fireplace, pastel candles and a gold mirror
(Image credit: Amara)

We all know and love the classic Christmas color schemes, red and green, gold and silver, but why not shake things up a little this year? Your Christmas can look however you want it to, from bright neon decorations to warming coppers and even pretty pinks. 

We've gathered the latest, on trend Christmas decorating ideas so you can stay in the know. We've rounded up some of the best Christmas inspiration there is – we guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Christmas color schemes to update your festivities

1. Keep warm and sophisticated with copper and navy 

Christmas living room with a copper and navy color scheme and paper decorations

(Image credit: Dunelm)

An unusual Christmas color schemes that works - warm coppers combined with deep and mystical navy is a scheme that combines warm and cool to perfection. 

Paper decorations are still a huge trend this year, and as far as we're concerned, the bigger the better. 

These hanging paper decorations from Dunelm create an instant statement, be it hanging from the ceiling, down the banister or on the fireplace. 

2. Add prettiness with pastel pink 

pink living room with pastel color decorations, a Christmas tree, pastel candlesticks and a gold mirror

(Image credit: Amara)

Go for a scheme that's straight out of a fairy tale with soft blush pink. We're a little bit in love with this room scheme – marble, pale blue and gold simply brings blush pink to life. 

This statement round coffee table is from Amara will sit back beautifully in any room.

3. Red and gold is always a winner 

An all-red Christmas decorating scheme in a living room by Dobbies

(Image credit: Dobbies)

If you're a classic Christmas kind of person, you'll love the warmth and cheeriness of red and gold, and to be honest, you can't go far wrong with it. 

Keep an eye out for clip on flowers this year – from Poinsettias to lilies, they're an emerging Christmas trend that we're loving.

4. Go for candy cane colors for a touch of whimsy 

Christmas tree with candy cane colors

(Image credit: Wayfair )

Red and white has it all – it's traditional, it's fresh, it's vibrant, and most of all, it's easy. We love how these presents act as an extension of the tree, working to enhance the scheme further. 

This Artificial snow tree from Wayfair is realistic in shape with just a light dusting of snow to boost the red and white theme.

5. Pick a Scandi theme with silver and white 

Christmas tree with silver tree decorations with fur tree skirt

(Image credit: Neptune)

Simple, chic but still undeniably festive, silver and green is the perfect combo if you like Scandi Christmas decor.

The frosty silver gives everything an almost snowy look and the green just adds some warmth – again eucalyptus is a great foliage to bring into this scheme because of its silvery coloring and how gorgeous does it look placed into the Christmas tree? 

Definitely, something we are going to try this year. 

6. Go mystical with deep blue

A blue Christmas decorating scheme with velvet armchair and foot stool

(Image credit: Sofa.com)

There's something quite magical about dark blue Christmas decor

These simple baubles in a whole spectrum of blue hues placed randomly around the tree is simple but oh so effective. Bring in some warmth with an injection of gold and plenty of candles for a little extra majesty. 

7. Go for a classic red and green 

A fireplace with white mantel, framed wall art, festive foliage garland and various paper honeycomb decorations

(Image credit: Hill House Vintage x Wayfair)

8. All the neon

green Christmas living room with neon star lights on the Christmas tree

(Image credit: Amazon)

If you like your Christmas decor to be fun and creative you do you – go all out with every color even throw some tinsel up for the ultimate kitschmas. Take your multi-colored Christmas scheme to the next level and add in some neon. 

These big neon lights look so cool just haphazardly placed in the tree. Amazon sell really cheap neon star lights in loads of colors that you can use to recreate this look. 

9. Touch of mustard 

Artificial white Christmas tree with copper decorations in a living room with wood panels

(Image credit: Cara Irwin)

And if you want a really contemporary look this Christmas, mustard and gold is the way to go. 

Simple, chic and not too in your face, these warm colors are perfect for brightening up a stark white room like this.

10. Dark and dramatic with red and black

A hallway with black wall and floor paint decor with Christmas tree decorated exclusively with red baubles

(Image credit: Annie Sloan )

Ooooh loving the drama of this Christmas color scheme. Very Nordic (it's like Scandi but a bit more dark). To recreate this look pick a single colored bauble and use it sparingly. Obviously it helps if you have a dramatic black backdrop too but if not mix some simple black baubles in with the red for a similarly gothic effect.

For similar red velour baubles, check our Trouva.

11. Blue and pale pink

A blue living room with a Christmas tree and fireplace with wood burner decorated with a garland

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies © Future)

A pink Christmas color scheme is our dream. We love the soft, vintagey look it brings with all the pale bring ribbons and blush colored baubles. If you have darker walls in your home, or even a deep blue sofa, the pinks will look so gorgeous against the dramatic backdrop – bring the scheme into the rest of the room too by switching out your cushions to match your decs.

Find loads more Christmas living room decor ideas in our gallery. 

12. Keep traditional and classic

Christmas dining table in Cumbrian farmhouse

(Image credit: Future)

Love traditional Christmas decor? This dining room will be right up your street. If you're lucky enough to live in a period property, let the style of your home take the lead when choosing your decor. 

We will so be stealing this amazing idea of suspending baubles from the ceiling, just using a clear thread – our Christmas table might not look as regal as this one but it will be looking just as magical!

13. Rustic neutrals and greens

Christmas table with foliage arrangement, sheepskin seating and white decor

(Image credit: Ragged Rose)

This rustic Christmas decor includes creams, browns, beiges, all the neutrals. Add in wooden elements and pine cones too, plus of course a ton of candles to give this toned down Christmas table setting a suitably festive feel. 

Mix in some greenery too to contrast all those lighter colors and of course a touch of gold or silver just to make thing extra Christmassy. 

14. Simple and chic white 

The White Company Christmas tree

(Image credit: The White Company)

And finally, our personal favorite, a simple all white Christmas color scheme. White just works with any style and it's so easy to make it look magical. When using one color just make sure to add plenty of texture – pick baubles in varying sizes and ones that are made from different materials to add plenty of interest to your decor too. 

The best place for simple white Christmas decor? Well, it's got to be The White Company, hasn't it. These gorgeous tree decorations from The White Company make us feel all the festive feels.

Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.