Christmas colour schemes to brighten up your home during festivities this season

From traditional golds and reds to contemporary purples and blues, there's a Christmas colour scheme to suit every taste
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  • With sleigh bells fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how best decorate your home for Christmas 2019. Will you go with one of the more traditional Christmas colour schemes, of gold, red and green? Or will you choose a more modern look incorporating bright and unusual colours?

    You can embrace the colour scheme in its entirety, or choose subtle decorations and accents.

    Here to help: How to decorate a Christmas tree – Ideal Home’s definitive step-by-step guide

    Have a look through these Christmas colour schemes and see what catches your eye. You never know, you might just surprise yourself!

    1. Add warmth with copper tones

    Christmas colour schemes Copper decorated tree next to mustard sofa and fireplace

    Metallics needn’t mean blingtastic, as this bronze decorating scheme proves. Burnished bronze and aged brass tones can welcome a more sophisticated tone, to the glam look an elegant edge. Warming tones of bronze pair perfectly with current on-trend mustards and rust shades.

    Christmas colour schemes copper decorations by Jon Lewis & Partners

    John Lewis & Partners

    John Lewis & Partners are blazing the way for bronze on the high street. For this year, to give it a softer edge and mass appeal they are teaming it with palette of earthy colours, mixed with touches of amber, copper and gold. This is part of the rich and inviting ‘Campfire’ trend for 2019 – hence the woodland element.

    Buy now: Campfire Glitter Acorn Copper Bauble, £5, John Lewis & Partners

    2. Introduce on-trend jewel tones

    Christmas colour schemes jewel tone decorations

    Create a captivating Christmas scheme with the introduction of richly saturated rich jewel tones. From emerald green, sapphire blue, ruby red, amethyst purple and citrine yellow. The fusion of warming shades helps to add a decadent touch to festive decorating for 2019. Any of the on-trend tones pair well with existing gold or bronze decorations. As seen here the jewel hues are enhanced beautifully by darker wall colours, especially on-trend in recent years.

    3. Go for gold

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    Don’t be afraid of a little bling! From soft, aged tones to brassy and rich bronze shades, gold adds warmth and elegance. It’s a no-brainer at Christmas, but gold can be used as an accent colour all year round to lift and finish a simple room scheme. If your room is neutral, a gold-finish lamp or metal-frame side table will add polish without introducing a colour contrast.

    4. Emblazon your home with blue

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    A diverse colour that adds warmth and richness to the home, blue is fast adopting a place in our Christmas festivities. From midnight skies to icy aquamarine, this pigment is surprisingly festive when styled well, and goes beautifully with traditional Christmas golds and silvers. Compliment a navy wall with baubles in varying shades of blue.

    5. Mimic the snow with wintery white

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    Many have long been scared to use such an unforgiving colour in their Christmas scheme, however its sparseness provides a striking look. More really is more with white so stack it up high and experiment with different textures and materials. Try this look in the dining room where white tablecloths and china are a great start.

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    Buy now: Similar Christmas crackers, £12 for six, John Lewis

    6. Add decadence with gold and black

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    Enchanting, alluring, seductive, gold is a bold colour with an even bolder personality. If you are feeling daring smother your walls in a rich, gold patterned wallpaper before covering the fireplace and tree with gold decorations. Complete the look with bewitching accents throughout the room.

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    Buy now: Similar Christmas tree topper, £3, Paperchase

    Read more: Traditional Christmas decorating ideas for a classic look you’ll love

    7. Add monochrome to your home

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    Black and white is an extremely fashionable Christmas concept, and styled well it can be very warming and festive. Try adding discreet twinkling fairy lights to add some sparkle to the dark room and position beneath modern, metal wreath wall fixtures. Finally, full bushy trees are a thing of the past for the fashion pack so go for a sparse tree adding softer, wooded tones to the room.

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    Buy now: Similar birch tree, £75, John Lewis

    8. Try dusky pinks

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    With the growing popularity of the pink poinsettia, this pigment is quickly gaining its place on the Christmas palette. As a softer alternative to red and a warmer one to white, this shade covers an enormous spectrum, so homeowners are sure to find a tone they love. Compliment a grey and pink living room with shimmering pink baubles and wrapping paper, or add a rich, velvety arm chair if you dare.

    9. Shimmer with shiny silver

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    Associated with dazzle, silver must make it into your home this Christmas. The cold but glitzy colour creates a look that mimics an uber stylish winter wonderland. Create a bold centrepiece in the form of a shiny mirror and accentuate the shade by dotting silver candles and pots throughout the room. Finish the room off with a shimmering cushion and sparkly baubles.

    9. Go traditional with red and green

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    The colour of Father Christmas’ jacket, winter berries and Rudolph’s nose, nothing says Christmas like a splash of red, especially when partnered with lush green foliage. Go ultra traditional this year with rosy red candles, tree decorations, blankets and wrapping paper. Hang a garland made with real pine and dotted with red berries for a fully festive feeling.

    Read more: Rustic Christmas decorating ideas

    10. Play with a purple palette

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    This rich wintery colour is warm and glam. Traditionally associated with magic and mystery, we couldn’t think of a better colour to incorporate into the home at this special time of year. Another great alternative to traditional red and its deep hue looks great combined with bright pinks on the Christmas tree and on your dining table.

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