By Anna Lane

Published on November 14, 2015

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by Anna Lane

Ensure you have a white Christmas, no matter what the weather happens to be outside. A bright white tree looks fresh and clean, and complements any year-round interior decor.

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Channel your inner Wise Man, and bring some gold this holiday season. Gold’s warm hue is universally flattering, and adds sparkle and richness.

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Stay true to your minimalist design aesthetic without forgoing holiday cheer by crafting a “tree” out of old pallets and a simple string of lights. Bonus points for using recycled material during a time of so much excess.

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Black and white may seem like an unexpected choice for Christmas, but you can’t go wrong with a combination that looks as elegant on your tree as it does in your wardrobe.

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Evoke the magic of The Nutcracker at home by turning your tree (or your house) into the land of sweets. A whimsical, candy-covered tree, with a handsome nutcracker standing guard, is sure to delight children of all ages.

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Decorating with nature always looks chic, especially when it smells as good as it appears. Incorporate the scents of the season with cinnamon sticks, dried oranges, and clove.

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Blue is a classic alternative for Christmas, and works especially well for those who live near the ocean. Add some silver sparkle and watch the soft hue come alive.

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Go retro and score an aluminum tree with vintage ornaments. Make your holiday especially Mad Men-esque with old school bubble lights and spiked eggnog.