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These Decorating Color Schemes Will Bring You A Splendid Christmas

These Decorating Color Schemes Will Bring You A Splendid Christmas

Decorating for Christmas wouldn’t be complete without colors abounding. From hues of red and green to gold and silver, we pull out all the stops to create a color combination worthy of Christmas. However, the usual color schemes can get boring and ordinary after a few years, so designers have been experimenting with new and unusual color schemes for Christmas to make holiday decorating more exciting. If you’re tired of conventional Christmas colors, you can try out a combination of fun, funky, and unanticipated tones for your holiday décor.

For fantastic and surprising Christmas color schemes for your home, here are a few ideas:

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White and Cream

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    Photo by Jennifer Lutz

    For Christmas color schemes, I’ve been drawn toward whites, cream, gold, and silver. This color range can create either a vintage, cottage feel or something understated and elegant. For a rustic ambiance, pair it with a bit of burlap garland or a burlap tree skirt. If you’re going for a more traditional look, cream, gold, and clear ornaments paired with white lights is a beautiful combination.

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      Photo by Jennifer Lutz

      In this white tree I’m working on, I used clear ball ornaments, along with silver ones, to create a white Christmas theme. I also took some pages from an old book we haven’t used in years, and I used them to make paper ball ornaments to hang onto the tree. All in all, the color scheme has a cooling effect on the senses.

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      Gold and Turquoise

      Photo by tsayrate, CC BY 2.0
        Photo by tsayrate. CC BY 2.0

        Although these two hues are far from each other on the color spectrum, gold and turquoise create a rich color scheme for your evergreen tree. Gold is a more subdued color than yellow and adds a warmth and elegance to your holiday design, while turquoise is not as visually cold as blue. Used together, these two colors present a lovely scheme for your Christmas décor.

        Orange and Brown

        Photo by Steve Snodgrass, CC BY 2.0
          Photo by Steve Snodgrass. CC BY 2.0

          Another color scheme for Christmas that you can use is orange and brown. This color scheme is warm yet lively, making it perfect for a Christmas celebration with family and friends. These two colors remind me of autumn as well, and that opens up a whole new gamut of shades you can use for your Christmas decorations. You can even throw in some reds or bronze to perk up your Christmas décor this year!

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          Pink, Blue, and Gold

          Photo by Maegan Tintari, CC BY 2.0
            Photo by Maegan Tintari, CC BY 2.0

            If you want to spice up your old gold and blue color scheme, try adding some pink. Champagne pink is a great addition to your gold and blue combination because it doesn’t overwhelm the senses with too much brightness. This color combination brings a colorful and youthful look to your Christmas décor.

            Pink and Red

            Photo by Amai, CC BY -NC-ND 2.0
              Photo by Amai. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

              Pink is a shade of red, and these two colors create a glamorous look for your Christmas décor. As a color scheme, these two colors bring an interesting harmony to your design. If you’re using a rich, deep shade of red, pair it with pale or champagne pink to avoid overexciting the senses. You can also add some white or silver to balance everything out.

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              Go as bold and as colorful as you want this Christmas with these fantastic color schemes! Try one out and see how many hues and variations you can make.

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              Last Updated on January 21, 2020

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

              your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                Why You Need a Vision

                Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                How to Create Your Life Vision

                Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                What Do You Want?

                The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                Some tips to guide you:

                • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                • Give yourself permission to dream.
                • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                Some questions to start your exploration:

                • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                • What qualities would you like to develop?
                • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                • What would you most like to accomplish?
                • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                A few prompts to get you started:

                • What will you have accomplished already?
                • How will you feel about yourself?
                • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                • What does your ideal day look like?
                • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                • What would you be doing?
                • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                • How are you dressed?
                • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                Plan Backwards

                It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                • What important actions would you have had to take?
                • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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