At Christmas, the center of holiday interest is usually a festive tree, radiantly expressing the good cheer of the season. Like other decoration, the tree should harmonize in design, color, scale and spirit with the room in which it stands. It is fun to trim trees that reflect your good taste, have an appealing message, and are appropriate to your home. It is fascinating to tryout new color schemes too -not only the bright red and green so favored at Christmas, but other hues, as well as tints and shades of the same hues. And with any color scheme, let there be glitter and sparkle of gold or silver or bright white so all will know it's Christmas night!
Reds, oranges, yellows, red violets and all hues in this family are stimulating, cheerful, and alive. They are warm advancing colors, making objects seem larger and therefore closer. This means that warm colors can unify (by bringing together) areas which otherwise seem inharmonious. If used too generously, warm colors may be irritating by making the object seem too large, too near, and too stimulating. Red is always acceptable at Christmas. Blues, blue-greens and violets and related colors, are quiet, restful, and remote. They are receding colors which make objects seem further away. Thus a tree done only in cool colors will lack the warmth which is so appropriate to the season. But cool colors add a spiritual quality. A dash of one of these will appeal to the religious feeling in each of us.
Yellow-greens, greens and red-violets are comparatively stable and normal, seeming neither to be too near nor too far. Use them with other hues of more assertive qualities. At this lovely season, when spiritual remoteness is combined with the warmth of His birth, colors which complement or contrast are particularly appropriate. Against gray or pale green walls, a tree trimmed primarily in pinks and ruby red, with accents of silver, will be lovely. Or, in a modern room with blond furniture, coral and chartreuse decorations are a variation of Christmas red and green. Or try light yellow-orange, blue, deep violet blue, and accents of brass or gold. Consider, too, a tree done in rose, with pale blue trimmings and accents of gold. Monochromatic schemes which feature one hue are sophisticated and unusual.
For a sunny effect try pale yellow to gold to butterscotch trims against your dark green tree. Or tints and shades of reds, pink to ruby red, for instance, with accents of chalk white. Variation in sizes and shapes of ornaments is important to avoid monotony. Analagous schemes-based on using neighboring colors-can be particularly effective. For a warmly bright tree, try yellow, orange and red, with dull gold accents. Such a scheme would be lively and gay in a room designed in greens and blue greens. For a room which is predominantly warm in feeling, a tree in analagous colors of cool blues and the blue greens with silver accents will be truly satisfactory.