There’s no doubt that non-traditional holiday colors are hitting it big this year. And with much inspo from Scandinavian Christmas decor, black and white is a modern and fun twist from the usual red and green. It’s minimalist, whimsical and gives you plenty of easy DIY holiday ideas for achieving ultimate holiday cheer. This simple color palette is clean and fresh and perfect for minimalist decor this season, from graphic garlands to cheery metallic accents. Fair warning: Once you go to the “dark” side, you may never go back to red and green.

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1. Wrapped in Black: Black and white boxes make a stylish gift pile, especially when topped with a tiny bit of greenery. (via Weekday Carnival)

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2. Touch of Gold: Metallics are the perfect way to add some festivity to modern decor. Gold, silver and copper (on their own or all three) are totally BFFs with a black and white palette. (via Monica Wants It)

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3. DIY Star Garland: Keep your gift wrapping minimal with black and white paper. For some sprucing, wrap black or white strands of stars around solid butcher paper. (via Homey Oh My!)

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4. Alphabet Tree: Give the little ones an early love of typography with this small white tree covered in letters. Spell out their name for a fun (and educational!) touch. (via Little Inspiration)

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5. DIY Kate Spade-Inspired Ornaments: Hang these DIY ornaments with a fat ribbon to add a chic element to the Christmas tree. You can also use them to top a gift or whip up a trio for an ornament exchange. (via Handmade Mood)

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6. DIY Piñata Trees: Use layers of fringed tissue to give the effect of tree branches. You can, of course, go traditional with green, but you’ll love the look of the black + white. Now if only these were full of candy… (via Hello Natural)

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7. Paper Tree Garland: Sometimes it’s the simplest decorations that make the biggest statement, like these bold, graphic tree garlands. (via Nalle’s House)

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8. Monochromatic Winning: If your home decor is already fairly neutral, you’re totally going to rock a few black + white holiday accents to create a modern winter wonderland. (via Cuckoo 4 Design)

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9. DIY Washi Tape Tree: Bring some holiday cheer into the tiniest spaces — like above your desk — by sticking a tree straight to the wall with washi tape. (via Nalle’s House)

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10. Scandinavian Window Display: Take a tip from that envy-inducing Scandi decor and use candles in abundance. Style a variety of candles and lanterns to bring warmth and delicious scents into your home. (via Salad Days)

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11. Simple Wrapping Paper: White paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of our favorite things. (via @chelseawarburton)

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12. DIY Advent Calendar: Twenty-five little goodie bags just so happen to make the perfect tree shape for an advent calendar/wall tree. (via Homey Oh My!)

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13. Geo Ornaments: This modern mini tree could totally be left up all year long. The all-white branches are cool, but they would be even cooler wrapped up in some string lights, don’t you agree? (via Bungalow 5)

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14. Graphic Ornaments: Glitter always wins, especially if it’s unexpected, like the black glitter addition to these cool stripes and polka dots. (via &Suus)

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15. DIY Ombre Tree: The ombre trend isn’t going anywhere, so take it to the trees! Grab a can of black spray paint and give that white faux tree a totally rad makeover. (via Little Inspiration)

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16. DIY Gold Heart Ornaments: Personalize every ornament on your tree by decoupaging them in the same wrapping paper you’re using for your presents. Uniformity is totally in this year. (via Kara’s Party Ideas)

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17. Printable Wrapping Paper: Get your monochromatic party started by printing off some of this fun black + white printed paper. (via The Pretty Blog)

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18. Giant Paper Stars: Who needs a tree when you can put up giant paper stars, a stack of gifts and some string lights? Oh, and stuffed bunny fauxidermy. (via Bodie and Fou)

What is your favorite non-traditional holiday color palette? Tweet us @BritandCo and tell us what colors you’re loving this year!