Holiday Lights Go Neutral: 9 Options

Steer clear of bright combos of green, red, yellow and blue. Holiday lights are going neutral this year.

  1. Going Neutral

    Sodahead white lights christmas tree


    Far from boring, a muted palette brings simplicity and elegance to seasonal decorations. Strings of light in winter whites, muted zincs, and antiqued mercury glass provide a sophisticated base and let your ornaments shine. Here are 9 strands that will certainly stand out.

  2. Pine Cones

    Shopterrain pineconelightstrand 1

    Create a winter wonderland with this light strand of glittered plastic Pine Cone LED bulbs. Available in 11.25' lengths (10 lights) at Target; normally $12.99, on sale for $12.00.

  3. Dreamy Bulbs

    Sparklesnowflakeglassstringlights lunabazaar 1

    Ornaments and light string in one, the Sparkle Snowflake Glass String displays delicate silver snowflakes affixed to glass orbs. Available in 9.5' lengths (10 lights) at Luna Bazaar for $47.50.

  4. Outdoor Lights In

    Galvanizedmetalstringpartylights lampsplus

    Bring the outdoors in with this flower-like string of Galvanized Metal Party Lights. Available in 11.5' lengths from Lamps Plus; normally $29.99, on sale for $19.99.

  5. Cafe Globes

    Target roomessentials frostedglobelights

    Floating Globe Lights evoke al fresco summer eating, but they can also be re-purposed during the holidays as simple and refined decor. Available in 25' lengths, with either clear or frosted bulbs, at Target for $12.99.

  6. LED Beauty

    Elightbulbs gersonwarmwhitebatteryoperatedledmicrolightstrings

    The battery-operated Everlasting Glow Micro Light Strand features the benefits of LED bulbs and the beauty of a delicate, warm white light. Available in 3' lengths (18 lights) at eLightbulbs for $7.99.

  7. Natural Look

    Lunabazaar rattanballstringlights

    For nature lovers, Rattan Balls atop a string of lights make for a relaxed and cozy tree. Available in 9.5' lengths (10 lights) at Luna Bazaar for $31.50.

  8. Lantern Lights

    Lantern lights go neutral

    Outfit your tree with a cool industrial vibe using Metal Lantern Light Strings by Smith & Hawken. Available in 11' lengths (10 lights) at Target for $24.99.

  9. Mercury Elegance

    Potterybarn mercuryglassglobelightsets

    Vibrant Mercury Glass Globes add an elegant look to holiday decorations with their fluted shape and silvered glass finish. Available in 8' lengths (10 lights) at Pottery Barn for $39.50.

  10. Paper Jewels

    Neutral holiday lights 10

    These ivory-colored paper lanterns inspired by jewels will outfit your holiday mantle with a special sparkle. Available in 29' lengths (20 lights) at Serena & Lily for $58.00.

  11. For More...

  12. See the House of the Week


    Discover and admire beautiful and innovative home architecture, from grand Victorians to quaint cabins and all the styles in between. Take a look at the latest images and inspiration!