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It's a Blue Christmas

Written by Sally Finder Weepie and Julianne Hilmes

Look out, red and green! Today's interior designers are shaking things up with a new spin on the holiday palette. It's all about the blues—but in a happy way, with bright and cheery peacock hues that will have you humming a merry tune. 

Shatterproof ornaments in shades of blue lend an ombré effect to the tree in this outdoor living area. The colors of the ornamnets mimc the colors of the nearby pool.

Don't be afraid to play with size! Oversized balls in shades of turquoise and cobalt artfully fill the space between the white tree's skinny branches and coordidnate with the room's palette.

Neutral stockings blend elegantly with a limestone mantel. Beautiful beadwork and blue gems on these Kim Seybert for Neiman Marcus stockings give them pizazz while keeping with the room's decór. 

For Julie and Brad Lich, highlighting blue and white in their Christmas decorating was merely a natural extension of their home’s year-round palette. Their composite-stone mantel features blue-velvet stockings and a garland of fresh cedar adorned with blue and silver balls. 

The Liches’ 16-foot Christmas tree is color-coordinated, too, with a gorgeous medley of blue and white complemented by festive touches of silver and lavender.

Dreamy views of Lake Washington inspired designer Kristi Spouse to pull stunning hints of blue into the palette of her home, near Seattle. And the holidays offer a great excuse to welcome even more waves of aquamarine, starting with the tree in her living room. It's dressed from topper to skirt in beautiful blue and white.

Bright blue balls and pretty white birds fill the tree, complemented by a sprinkling of other ornaments collected over the years. Plenty of twinkling lights keep spririts bright.

A sideboard in the living room serves as a bar, decked out in plenty of gleaming holiday accoutrements—all in blue, white, and silver, of course.

Blue makes an appearance on the holiday table, too, in chargers, napkin ties, ornament accents, and candles. Peacock even struts its stuff in wreaths ringing the glass hurricanes.  

To mesh with chair fabric, blue takes a navy turn in the kitchen sitting area. Yes, the artificial tree here is actually navy blue. Ornaments in blues, white, and silver coordinate with those on the main tree in the living room. 

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