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Red and Green Should Never Be Seen: Xmas Decorating Ideas

Courtney Carr

Technically, it’s supposed to be “blue and green should never be seen”…

But, however, you want to rhyme it, the classic red and green colour scheme of Christmas can be a nightmare. Even if you manage to make it look good, the colour scheme can pass into cheesy Christmas territory, so avoid the colours all together and go for a different layout.

Here are some fun, less traditional colour schemes for your Christmas entertaining this year.

A Red and White Sophisticated Christmas

It’s still a Christmas colour theme, what with candy canes, boiled lollies and Santa’s outfit rounding out the classic red and white Christmas, but the white adds a bit more of a sophisticated edge.

It also allows for more of a variety of decorations that you can use; think white paper ball lanterns with red polka dots or red stripes, glittering red stars hanging above a crisp white tablecloth laid out with decadent Christmas food, perfect white gift boxes with perfect red ribbons tied around them, and candy canes nestled next to pressed red napkins.

Because it’s not such a bad thing to look like your Christmas table stepped out of a department store catalogue.

A Wintery Ice Blue and Silver Christmas

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Image: instagram.com/treasure.nest

If it’s good enough for Beyoncé (and also every shopping mall in town) it’s good enough for me! While Christmas is a hot period of time for us here in Australia, there is no escaping the wintery hues of Christmas that are commonplace in the northern hemisphere.

Reflect this wintery Christmas tone by featuring an ice blue and silver themed Christmas instead. Think ice blue matte or metallic baubles with silver ornate designs (not tacky AT ALL!), sparkly snowflakes hanging on a wreath made of grey and silver twigs, white painted sticks in elegant blue-toned glass jars and vases, and delicate silver candles adorning the table.

If you don’t feel like Elsa in Frozen, you need to channel your inner ice queen a little more.

An All Natural Christmas

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Image: instagram.com/churchparkflowers

Thinking about having a bit of a homemade Christmas this year? If you’re going for a more natural present wrapping vibe, with bakers twine, paper wrapping and homemade snacks, nothing will go better with your Christmas than having ‘au natural’ Christmas decorations.

Tree trunk cake platters were very popular this year for entertaining, so think of using these platters – or other more organic serving wear and platters – as table centrepieces and place candles, pinecones and holly around the table and the food. Use natural wooden table settings, fill glass Mason jars with rosemary, cranberries, water and floating candles, and hang handmade pine cone ornaments on your Christmas tree.

Anything wood, earthenware or tin is your best friend, and succulent Christmas season fruits like cherries and berries will add to your Christmas colour scheme.

A Halloween Christmas

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Website: instagram.com/the_imaginary_one

Yes, you read that right. People like me celebrate Halloween every year, and honestly, I wish that it was Halloween every day. Why not inject some of the same haunted Halloween spirit into your Christmas spirit– after all, The Nightmare Before Christmas did it, so why can’t we?

Get yourself a black Christmas tree (you can get one from Big W or Kmart) and hang black, orange or silver ornaments over it for a unique effect. Recycle some of your Halloween party decorations like the spider webs, and get chic Halloween pumpkins decorations like black, gold or glitter painted pumpkins with gold spikes. Use black candles on your Christmas table, decorate with crisp purple or orange napkins over a black tablecloth for your feast, and use black feather wreaths to add the gothic edge.

Avoid going tacky Halloween by keeping it sophisticated, and save the gore for October 31st. The dead bodies, skeletons and skulls belong in the cemetery on Halloween, but the raven taxidermy and décor pumpkins are suitable to ring in the 25th of December.

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Courtney Carr

Courtney Carr is the author of the science fiction horror novel Cosmic Decay: Contamination, and the eBook Secrets of a Party Planner. She is also the writer and creator of the party planning blog The Party Connection, and is one-half of the travel blog Wild Pineapples. She is a vegan gym junkie who often drinks too much wine, and loves coffee, writing, travelling, dogs and Instagram. More about the Author