Homepolish Holiday: Choosing Your Color Palette

Homepolish Holiday: Choosing Your Color Palette

Homepolish Holiday: Choosing Your Color Palette


Orlando and the man in a red suit who comes down his chimney (aka Santa)


Our West Coast Creative Director Orlando Soria is elfing around, and in this series, he's showing us how to deck our halls and trim our tree with the best of his holiday ideas.

Photos by Tessa Neustadt.

Hi everyone! I’m thrilled for my first Homepolish Holiday post of 2015! This year, I’ll be combining my love of design with my love of the holidays to show you everything from how to make your own tree to how to make your own wreath out of pinecones. GET. EXCITED.

Today, we’re talking about the importance of color palette. Specifically, how to choose a color palette that will make this year’s holiday feel different than those of years past. Because you don’t want to wake up on Christmas morning and be all “What year is it? Is it last year? Is it next year? Is it Ebenezer Scrooge timez?”

Before I start talking about color, I have to put a big disclaimer in front of choosing a palette for your holiday decor. I know that many people believe this is impossible. I remember how my mother always used to look at holiday inspo (in actual, printed magazines, REMEMBER THOSE?) and be like “I love this all-blue Christmas decor, but who can just choose a different color every year and make their whole decor match it?” If I answered her today, I’d be like, “Well, Martha Stewart and Homepolish Creative Directors.” I’m saying all this to let you know that I get where you’re coming from if you think it’s ridiculous to think of a new holiday color palette every year. I hear you.

But I will not cede to your naysaying. While it might be a challenge to incorporate your decor into the type of cohesive color scheme you see in a lot of blogs and magazines, it’s certainly not impossible. I’ve done it for the past few years. The key is separating out decor into different color stories and using them in different parts of the house. If you don’t have multiple rooms to decorate, you can always consider not getting ALL of your holiday decor out and saving some for next year. Just think, if you don’t use all you decorations every year, you’ll be that much more excited to see them next year!

This year, I chose a color palette based on the foundational elements in my living room. This is probably the best place to start if you don’t know what color scheme you’re going for. To do this, basically open up your cute little eyeballs and look at the color of your sofa, rug, drapery, walls, lighting, etc. Use that as a foundation for the type of color you’d like in your holiday decor. Obviously, don’t be afraid of contrasting with your space. Some of my favorite holiday color palettes are bold (black, pink, peacock blue, etc). Remember, the point of all this is to have fun, because even if you mess up, you only have to live with it for a month or so.

Now let’s get started talking about color!

In this tour:
Living Room