Red and green is an iconic color combination that calls to mind one thing: Christmas. A great color palette to work with any time, during the holidays, red and green provide an instant decorating base.
Where did the use of red and green as Christmas colors come from? Well, many theories abound, but one in particular seems plausible.
Back in the 14th century, the Christian church presented Miracle Plays to educate an illiterate populace. These plays represented the stories of the Bible and left a lasting impression on people who lacked the ability to read a Bible.
On Christmas Eve, the church presented the story of Adam and Eve. Using red apples from the fall harvest, they would attach them to the branches of a pine tree, representing the Tree of Good and Evil. Through the years, the people adopted this same habit of decorating green pine trees with red apples and, it seems, two traditions were born: evergreen trees used at Christmastime and a red and green color combination associated with the same holiday.
Red is fiery, energetic, warm, and emotional, while green, its opposite on the color wheel, is serene, peaceful, cool, and calming. When used together they balance one another, with green helping to calm and control red, and red helping to jazz up green.
Lucky you if your outdoor living room already has a red or green color scheme. To add some holiday touches to a red scheme, simply add some green holiday décor (ornaments in a bowl, fresh evergreens draped on the table, an artfully tied ribbon, or a throw pillow) Vice versa if your existing color scheme is green. (In place of the greens, use some fiery red poinsettias.) Here’s some ideas for adding the colors of the season to your outdoor room.