Category Archives: Christmas Colors

Christmas Color Preview: Shades of Green

*COLOR TREND ALERT*

Green has been a wildly popular color this year.  But not just any shade of green.  If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that people–both women and men–are wearing bright, neon greens.

It’s definitely become a trend in the world of sporting apparel, most likely due in part to the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl win earlier this year.  The team refers to their trademark, yellow-green as Action Green.  This bright hue is also referred to as Volt and Hyper Green. There is also a lime-ier, less yellow version of this green (as shown above in the lower right corner).

mixed greens: magnolia leaves and evergreens

These greens are finding their way into our homes and are sure to be very popular this fall and into the holiday season for 2014.  The trend will be to mix them up with darker, traditional Christmas Green.  So, in anticipation, here are design ideas for your holiday table and tree.  Be sure to bookmark or pin them…I know it’s hot outside but Christmas is only 6 months away!

create a fab holiday table with green, brown and retro place settings

 

 

use green, gold and white to create an elegant Christmas tree

design and photos by Kelly Porter

No Ordinary Christmas Colors

As the holidays draw nearer, I enjoy discovering creative color ideas for Christmas decorating.  This is the best time of year to bring unexpected colors into your home, and experiment with non-traditional holiday hues.   In doing so, you may find the perfect palette to keep around in the new year.  This post includes some of my favorite combos so far this season.

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I’m recycling this one!

This is my living room last year, but I have since painted that room turquoise, so I’m doing the blue thing in there this Christmas.  But I absolutely LOVE these candy colors and will probably put up another tree somewhere else in my house so I can use these ornaments again!

photo credits:
houseandhome.com; porterhousedesigns.com; awhitecarosel.com; bhg.com

Christmas In July

Christmas is less than five months away!  And you know what that means….It’s time for Color Sizzle’s Christmas In July!

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I know…Christmas seems like a long way off, but it’s never too early to plan your holiday color scheme.  Get ahead of the crowd with colorful ideas, and when you do start to see decorations springing up in the stores, you’ll know exactly what to grab without having to think about it.  After all, nothing is worse than being caught like a reindeer in the headlights when you first catch a glimpse of those enticing Christmas displays at Target or Hobby Lobby.

I’ll be posting more color schemes as the holiday season get’s closer!

inspiration photos:  smugmug; easyliving

 

 

Candy Coated Christmas Colors

If you follow my blog you’ve probably seen this room.  It’s my red room and I’m always changing things around in there — especially during the holidays.

Every Christmas I put up my white tree in my red room, and each year I decorate it with a different colors.  This year, I chose pink and orange.  My inspiration was a pair of pillows I purchased online a few months ago {seen in the photo above}.  I absolutely love their retro pattern and bold shades of candy pink and orange.

I started looking for pink and orange ornaments well before Thanksgiving and I found just what I needed at Michael’s and Wal-Mart.  Easy and inexpensive.  I also grabbed up a couple of white tinsel wreaths that were already decorated with colorful ornaments.

My only issue with the wreaths was that none of the ornaments were orange, but that was an easy fix:  I just pulled some of the ornaments off and used a glue gun to replace them with orange ones.

I also stumbled upon these snowmen ornaments at Kohl’s:

They not only showcase my colors but they also fit in perfectly with my tree topper — a wicker snowman that I bought last Christmas.  This year, I  dressed him up in candy colored ribbon.

If you want to use different Christmas colors this year but you’re not sure which ones to go with, create an inspiration board and fill it up with items and colors that catch your eye.  Here’s what I did:

You may not even use everything you put on the board {I didn’t} but it will keep you focused and soon you will start to see a theme emerge.

And when you’re looking for holiday decor, don’t overlook the thrift store.  You knew I had to mention that!  I found this wooden sleigh and reindeer set at Goodwill:

I’m in the process of backing my bookshelves with marbled paper, which is still a work in progress, but I think the paper creates a very magical setting for my thrift store finds.

I always enjoy sharing my projects and ideas with you this time of year because color makes our holiday celebrations more memorable and special.  So, as you host family and friends, and celebrate the reason for the season — the birth of Christ — I hope you’ll use color boldly!

I’d love to see your decorations, so please send me your pictures!  Email me at kelly@porterhousedesigns.com.