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21 unique Christmas decorating ideas that are not red or green

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Dec 23, 2022
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Go beyond red and green for this year’s Christmas décor

When we think of Yuletide colours or Christmas decoration ideas, the first shades that come to mind are red and green. However, there is a wide spectrum of hues, shades, patterns and prints that can make for festive and unique Christmas décor styles. We’ve rounded up a handy guide of tips and tricks for using different Christmas colours in any Indian home.




There are multiple ways to design your home for Christmas, with plenty of inspiration and ideas available online. But how does one choose the right styles for their home? If you’re not sure where to begin, try a consultation with the Beautiful Homes Service by Asian Paints. With a panel of expert designers and a dedicated project manager always close at hand each step of the way, you can look forward to a fuss-free solution for finding the best designs for every room in the house.

1. Christmas Decoration Ideas to Echo your Home’s Aesthetic

We’ve always wondered—is there a way to style a Christmas tree (along with the Christmas décor and new year decorations) in tune with the aesthetic and colour of the rest of the home? Yes, there is. If you live in a heritage home filled with antiques and heirlooms that fill each room, you could place more intricate, handmade ornaments with European comfort symbols like a child’s horse rocking chair, horseshoes, vintage cottages and porcelain bells. If you’re a minimalist, consider all your ornaments in a single colour palette, such as silver, and in two to three shapes, placing them symmetrically around the tree. For the true maximalist, the entire tree is your blank canvas—add in all the colours, textures, shapes, lights, and mini picture frames at the ends of each branch!

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2. DIY Christmas Decorations for any Indian Home

Even if you’re not looking to put up an elaborate Christmas tree this year, your home may still feel like something’s missing if there aren’t any other festive elements around—especially if you have a rather large home or living room. Placing simple and easily available pieces—such as poinsettia plants, a string of fairy lights, a tray of pine cones or even a glass bowl filled with ornaments—can extend the festive cheer across the room.



We love how these pine cones stuck together form a unique spin on a Christmas wreath—a simple DIY Christmas decoration idea in a pinch!

3. Simple Gold Ornaments Make for the Easiest Christmas Decoration Ideas

For bringing in some festive cheer in a minimalist home, think of simpler more subtle ideas for the Christmas home décor. Forgoing a green Christmas tree and red decorations, single ornaments hung at strategic points in every room will create a more unique Xmas decoration.



These gold snowflake ornaments are clever DIY ceiling Christmas decoration ideas that can be hung at several points in any room in a home. The metallic detailing on each adds a subtle dash of glamour, as well.

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4. Gold is the Most Festive Colour for Hanging Christmas Decorations

Whether you live in a maximalist home with opulent interiors or a minimalist apartment with pared down furnishings—gold is a versatile colour than can be used for everything from Christmas wall décor to Christmas decoration items in any home. You could pull all the stops and use this scintillating shade in everything from the ornaments to the stairs decorations and even the light decorations at home or pair a couple of elements like an ornament and a décor accessory in this shade.

5. Festive Interior Design Ideas for a Minimalist Home

Do you love the thought of Christmas décor, but don’t have the inclination to live around it? Or, perhaps, the idea seems appealing but the living room design or limited floorspace doesn’t allow for it. If you prefer to live like a minimalist, but feel like the Grinch when your house is bare without any festive cheer, you could add small symbols or tiny Yuletide elements and accessories around the house to spruce up the space.



In the absence of a Christmas tree, place a wreath on a door or a wreath garland on an open shelf or across a wall. Even small details such as single ornaments placed on hooks or ledges around the room will go a long way.

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Red & golden baubles for Christmas decoration - Beautiful Homes

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6. Shades of Gold Create a Stylish and Sparkling Christmas Tree

Even if you use a single colour for the ornaments and trimmings on a Christmas tree, you can create a vivid spectrum by selecting multiple tones within that shade. On this Christmas tree, while we largely see gold balls hung as ornaments, they’re in multiple tones such as rose gold, yellow gold, sequins, matte white gold, and more.

7. Darker Colours for a Moody yet Rich Christmas Decoration Idea

If you like darker, broodier colours in your home interior design, you could stick within your preferred colour palette for richer Christmas decoration ideas and styles. Choose bolder hues like deep maroons, teal, dull or bright gold and brass, dark wood and rich greys across everything from the furnishings, décor accessories and decorative ornaments and objects.

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8. Style a Focal Point in the Living Room with the Christmas Home Décor      

Come December, and, for most of the month, we like to be in a festive mood, kick back and let the end-of-the-year relaxation set into the otherwise hectic daily rhythms. And, sprucing up the living room design to echo this mood of festivity and yuletide cheer can help you unwind even more. As the weather cools down, bring out the throws and fluffier cushions to cosy up on the couch and add hints of light decoration at home or around a room. For a simpler trick, try creating a focal point in the room by setting up a table or console with Christmas décor. You don’t have to break the bank or be over-the-top with your styling. In this living room, simple white candles with a few fir branches placed next to it work just as well in the absence of a completely decorated Christmas tree.

9. Use Festive Colours for the Crockery and Cutlery this Christmas

Besides colours like gold, you could even chose vivid bright Indian colours or patterns for your crockery and cutlery selection if you’re hosting guests for meals on or around Christmas. The key to a festive table setting is setting a celebratory mood, and you don’t have to be restricted to only red and green as colours for a dinner spread.

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10. Use Unique Colours and Materials for Christmas Present Wrapping

Sometimes, the simplest design tricks make the biggest style impact. Instead of using jazzy patterns and bold coloured paper for wrapping the Christmas presents, try something simple like brown paper. These versatile sheets of paper can be used as a uniform colour for the presents when they’re placed under the Christmas tree. To spruce things up a bit, tie each present together with cord or a colourful ribbon and stick a festive motif around the bow.



You could also use old newspaper or parchment paper for this gift-wrapping trick!

11. Place Simple Festive Ornaments or Symbols to Style your Christmas Home Décor

From tin soliders to horse rocking chairs and a baby in a manger to even miniature Christmas trees—there are multiple festive symbols that echo the spirit of Christmas. Even if you aren’t looking to go all out an decorate your home, you could place a couple or ornaments around the house or small Yuletide motifs to bring in some Christmas cheer.

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12. Christmas Light Decoration at Home Ideas for the Festive Season

A unique idea for light decorations at home during the Christmas season is a simple neon signage spelling out an inspirational word or sentence. This may spark happiness or inspiration whenever one looks at it, which is the perfect mood to bring in some festive yuletide cheer in a home.

13. Work your Christmas Décor into the Existing Colour Palette

Another festive season, another change in décor? If this thought has you rolling your eyes in exhaustion, we have a solution for you—you don’t have to go all out and buy a new tree, add lights, change your accessories, and give your space a complete makeover. You could, instead, work with the existing style and colour palette of the home and bring in some festive cheer. In these Christmas decoration items in this all-white living room design, for example, we see a muted but warm gold ribbon runner livening up the stairs decorations on the bannister, creating a unique style statement. A simple string of ornamental balls however hung below it immediately lends a festive mood to the room.

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 If you’re looking to do away with a large Christmas tree this year, look at these alternatives to a fake Christmas tree, which can be recreated with plants found in and around your home.

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14. An All-white Everything Christmas Décor Idea

While red and green are the first colours that come to mind for Christmas colours, there are many other shades that also herald Yuletide cheer. We love using white in several ways across a home during Christmas and New Year. Not only is it a calming colour that represents peace, but also echoes the idea of an all-white snowy Christmas—especially if you live in a city that doesn’t receive colder weather in December.



Simple white flowers and candles placed together are an easy DIY Christmas decoration idea in a pinch! You could also add an Indian spin to it with floating lights placed in a brass urli.

15. Create a Christmassy Nook in the Living Room with Hints of Gilding

If you don’t have the time to decorate the entire home, but still want to embody the spirit of Christmas and the feelings of joy, fantasy and merriment that come with it, you could pick a small nook or space in the living room for the Christmas décor. To avoid overkill in this small space, pick an element from the rest of the room interiors and incorporate it within the Christmas ornaments and Christmas room décor.



In this modern living room, hints of gilding on most of the furniture and fittings add sleek glamour to the space. This has been replicated with gold Christmas ornaments and warm yellow lights uniformly strung across the Christmas tree.

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16. Extend the Colours in the Christmas Room Décor within the Dinner Table Setting

If you are hosting guests or family for Christmas, chances are you’ll be setting up the dinner table or a buffet station for each meal. The dining table can serve as the perfect spot to add a bit to festivity to the holiday décor. Simple tricks, such as placing interesting or shiny ornaments within the place settings of or draping a wreath garland across the length of the table, will immediately bring a call for celebration and put everyone in a festive mood.



Jazzing up your dining room design is also a clever idea for those of you who don’t want to go all out and decorate the whole house, but would like a bit of festive cheer in the home. Being an area a lot of guests will make a beeline towards, you can expect this simple yuletide display to serve as the centrepiece of your Christmas decorations.

17. The One Stop Shop for All Christmas Decoration Items

From Christmas trees and Christmas ornaments to hanging Christmas decorations   and stairs decorations, there’s a range of yuletide cheer to style the perfect Christmas room décor. To discover the right Christmas décor pieces, unique, well-designed accessories and furnishings to tie an entire space together, step into an AP Homes store in your city. With a curation of products and solutions from a family of brands, AP Homes is your one-stop shop to create a home or space that tells your unique story. Whether you’re looking to quickly spruce up a room with a few décor updates or undertake an entire renovation, AP Homes houses everything from furniture and furnishings to fixtures and home automation solutions.

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18. Let the Christmas Decoration Items Dictate the Colour Palette of a Room

This holiday season, instead of bringing in a haphazard palette of colours through the Christmas decoration items, choose one shade that will work well in the living room. Then, pick everything from the Xmas decorations and Christmas wall décor to the ornaments and even the light decoration at home in the same hue.



In this Christmas living room, everything from the tree ornaments to the wrapping paper on the Christmas gifts are primarily silvery white. It gives the space a stylish magical charm—perfect for the festive season.

19. Decorating Christmas Trees without Red or Green Christmas Ornaments

If you’d like to stay away from traditional Christmas colours of red and green for the Xmas decorations or Christmas ornaments this year, choose your favourite shade instead. Using one single colour for the hanging Christmas decorations creates more uniformity and is more modern upgrade for any Christmas decoration ideas.

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20. Add Small Christmas Decoration Items to Make a Space Feel Festive

Whether it’s on a coffee table, the side console or even within a buffet spread—you can always slip in a few festive elements to bring in some holiday cheer in any room. Placing Christmas decoration items or candles with Christmas motifs on the coffee table, for example, will immediately make one get into the yuletide spirit, while a few ornaments or pine cones positioned between the food spread will create the perfect Christmas décor.

21. Play Around with Colours, Patterns and Textures for Unique Christmas Home Décor

If you’re looking for something unusual beyond the standard red and green Christmas colours for your holiday décor, place an order for a colour catalogue from Asian Paints to physically view a range of shade cards around the light in your home. Sometimes, you could pick striking Christmas decorations but not find unique or complementing colours for the walls. If a shade of paint doesn’t do the trick, consider creating a panel on a wall with wallpaper. For a different aesthetic, you can play around with textures, prints and patterns with a range of Nilaya wall coverings by Asian Paints—our go-to most-trusted brand. You could even bring in a designer twist with wallpapers by fashion designer Sabyasachi or home décor label Good Earth, or choose the Wallpaper of the year, Lotus and Stilts.

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