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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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              How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

              How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

              Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

              The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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              The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

              Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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              Review Your Past Flow

              Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

              Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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              Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

              Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

              Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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              Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

              Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

              We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

              Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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