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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 December 9, 2019

              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

              Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

              Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

              Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

              1. Get Rationally Optimistic

              Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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              This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

              In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

              The result: no more mental stress.

              2. Unplug

              Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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              How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

              It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

              Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

              3. Easy on the Caffeine

              Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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              Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

              4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

              That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

              How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

              • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
              • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
              • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

              While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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              5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

              This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

              The result: mental stress will be gone!

              So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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