It is truly a sight to behold when your Christmas tree, ornaments, and lights come together beautifully. But depending on the different colors of lights you have, it can sometimes take a bit of effort to ensure that your design coordinates well. Today, we’re taking a look at white vs multicolored Christmas lights, and what type of Christmas decorations work best with each.

Our BH Noble Fir Christmas tree with clear lights
OurBH Noble Fir Christmas tree with clear lights

White Lights

White Christmas lights,also called clear lights, are an elegant and sophisticated option that is incredibly versatile. Because they don’t have a distinct color of their own, they can be an understated standalone or can be coordinated with any color, style, or pattern of decorations. Whether you want to decorate with a single color palette or commit to a multicolor theme, white lights are the perfect backdrop.

Need some ideas on what to pair with clear Christmas lights? Here are a few we love:

  • Turn your tree into a sparkling centerpiece by pairing metallic colored ornaments with white lights
  • Keep things simple but still visually interesting with classic ornaments, ribbon, and a topper all in different shades of the same color
  • Add cranberry garlands and hand-cut paper snowflakes to your tree for a nostalgic handmade design
  • For something less traditional, pair your white lights with bold and trendy colors of ornaments, such as pink or teal

Multicolored Lights

Multicolored Christmas lights are a more festive option that gives a tree a whimsical appearance. But while these are fun, coordinating them with other colorful decorations may be a challenge.

A good rule of thumb with a colorful palette like this is to stick with no more than three to four base colors. If some of those match the colors of the lights, even better. Once you’ve chosen your color palette, you can mix and match your ornaments. Try combining pieces with different shapes, sizes, and textures like stars, ribbons, beads, and ball ornaments..

With multicolor lights and a variety of ornaments, it is a delicate balance to achieve a look that is full and complete without overdoing it. If you feel like your design may be too much, simply remove some ornaments, or swap them out for other colors to balance out the look of the tree.

There are plenty of other designs that work well with multicolored lights as well so get creative with it. Try going for a bright, candy-themed tree, sticking with classic red-and-green theme, or even decorating with a rainbow design. What’s important is having a lot of fun while making your tree look festive.

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