Decorating With Easter Colors (And What They Symbolize)

Published January 24, 2022
Easter table decor with ham

When decorating for Easter, choosing the perfect color palette has a deeper meaning than just simply deciding on decorations because they match your walls or furniture perfectly. Whether you are getting your house decorated or planning a celebration for Easter, consider taking these Easter colors and their symbolisms into consideration before visiting your favorite stores for seasonal decor.

Green

green plates and serving bowls table setting

Green symbolizes rebirth, new life. It represents the hope of Christ's resurrection and eternal life. Green makes the perfect color to welcome spring after a long cold winter. If you are hosting an Easter celebration and green is your color of choice, you can plan a fresh and elegant tablescape by incorporating a few green pieces, such as dinner plates, candle holders, and Easter egg decorations.

Yellow and Gold

wreath with eggs and yellow cone flowers

Yellow symbolizes joy. Gold, for example, represents glory and triumph, specifically Jesus' resurrection and triumph over death. Yellow or gold instantly brightens up any space, so if you are considering incorporating these two colors into your Easter decor, you can create a beautiful wreath with a mix of faux quail eggs with pops of yellow and gold for an elegant decor piece for your entryway or front door.

White

Easter cupcakes white icing sprinkles

White symbolizes purity. Incorporating white into your Easter decoration will keep your set up bright and clean. Besides tablescape decor and linens, desserts are also a great option for incorporating white. From white chocolate truffles to cupcakes with white icing and pastel sprinkles, there are plenty of creative ways to dress up your Easter sweets to represent the freshness of spring season.

Pink

pink Easter table setting

Pink symbolizes joy and love. It is considered a special color that is properly worn on the third Sunday of Advent and the fourth Sunday of Lent. From painted eggs and fresh flowers to dinnerware pieces, pink is one of the most popular color choices for Easter for adding a soft whimsical touch to any space or celebration.

Red

Easter bread with red egg

Red symbolizes the blood of Christ. It's the color of the Holy Spirit. Red is certainly a bold color choice and it can be a great departure from the usual soft pastel colors if you are looking for unique ideas for your next Easter celebration. The Greeks, for example, start their Easter preparations on Holy Thursday by dyeing hard-boiled eggs in red and making a traditional braided bread called Tsoureki for their Easter feast.

Violet

violet ribbons and flowers on Easter table

Violet represents sorrow and suffering. It symbolizes the Season of Lent, especially on Good Friday. For your Easter celebration, you can fill up a vase with fresh or artificial violets or simply incorporate pretty violet ribbon to spruce up your tablescape, door wreath, or Easter baskets filled with goodies for the kids.

Royal Blue

decorated royal blue easter eggs

Royal blue signifies the birth of Jesus and is increasingly used for Advent, especially in Protestant churches, to distinguish it from Lent. Creating hand painted eggs in royal blue to be used as a table centerpiece or console decor will add a punch of color and get your house ready for Easter in no time.

Gray

gray theme Easter table

Gray is a symbol of mourning and repentance. It is used on Ash Wednesday, during Lent, or on special days of fasting and prayer. Break out your fancy gray dinnerware to host an elegant Easter dinner, or you can simply fill up a large serving bowl with gray or silver decorated eggs to create an effortless centerpiece to complement your set up.

Black

black theme Easter table setting

Black symbolizes death and mourning. It is used only on Good Friday and Holy Saturday before the Easter Vigil. For your Easter, consider mixing black with another bold or soft color to add a special touch to your decor, such as adding decorative pillows to accent chairs or complementing your dinner plates with black modern flatware.

Modern Colors for Easter

If traditional Easter pastel colors are not your style, consider experimenting with bold colors such as orange. And If you are into modern rustic, opt for non-traditional colors paired with neutrals.

Rainbow Colors

rainbow peep cupcakes

If you are hosting an Easter celebration, spruce up simple cupcakes with colorful peeps in every color of the rainbow. When neatly displayed on a dessert stand, it will add height to your table and double as a decor centerpiece.

Orange

orange tulips on Easter table with hot tea

Orange is a vibrant and uplifting hue that adds warmth and character to a space. A vase filled with fresh orange tulips paired with other decor accents in turquoise for example, can bring energy into your space without compromising your home decor.

Green Olive

olive green Easter tablescape

Decorating with green olive paired with neutrals is a popular choice if you are into modern farmhouse style. When decorating for Easter, you don't need to start painting walls or accent furniture. You can spruce your space with large olive branches or eucalyptus for the ultimate spring decor to fit the style of your home.

Black and White

black and white decorated Easter eggs

If you are into contemporary decor ideas, black and white minimalist painted Easter eggs are a simple yet sophisticated decor idea to celebrate the season.

Liturgical Colors

Encyclopedia Britannica notes, "The early Christians had no system of colors associated with the seasons, nor do the Eastern churches to this day have any rules or traditions in this matter." So, whether you choose traditional, symbolic colors or opt for a more modern palette, the true celebration lies in the gathering of family, friends, and communities.

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Decorating With Easter Colors (And What They Symbolize)