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monochrome color schemes for an inspired christmas

christmas is coming, but if traditional décor makes you feel more scrooge than santa, we’ve got eight chic alternatives sure to please even the most discerning of holiday decorators.

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.