The holidays are over—but winter certainly is not. And if you’re anything like us, your home might feel a bit barren and cold when all the holiday decorations come down. It’s too early to decorate for spring, but sometimes it feels like holiday decor is the only winter decoration option out there. But trust us—that’s not the case.
In fact, post-holiday winter decor is the perfect way to add an extra dose of coziness to your home! So, even during a time of year where the days are short and cold and the nights are dark and even colder, you can experience some cozy living as you bide your time until spring.
To be fair, our fall decor tips had elements of cozy. But with winter, it’s time to embrace Hygge decor and make some other cozy decor updates. And we’re not just talking about Christmas decorations—though Christmas trees and twinkle lights are an absolutely necessary part of winter decor ideas. But we’re also talking about updates that go beyond the holiday season and will keep you feeling cozy well into the new year! Because the festive cheer shouldn’t end when the new year begins—it just looks a little different.
It can be difficult to nail down winter decorating ideas after the holidays though. When the tree and twinkle lights come down, our houses often feel bare and kind of sad. But we have a solution with a plethora of post-holiday winter decor tips.
Read on for our best winter decor tips and cozy interior design ideas!
Take Time to Declutter
The New Year is a great time to hit reset on your home. Take a day or weekend to declutter and cleanse your space. This might mean taking down the holiday decor, but it can also be a time to reflect on what’s been useful in your home this past year and what no longer serves you. (Maybe it’s a good time to re-watch Tidying Up with Mari Kondo??) Donate those items you no longer need to make more space for what’s important.
Incorporate Winter Greenery
Having greenery indoors adds life to your home during the dark winter months when we can’t frequent the outdoors as easily or as often. And certain types of greenery feel especially wintery. Boxwood and eucalyptus are lovely winter greens. They both last a long time and look beautiful even when they’re dried out. Bonus: Eucalyptus also has a calming, soothing scent.
Different types of winter greenery work particularly well with different design styles:
- Redwood, pine, blue spruce are great for traditional styles
- Juniper, cedar, and magnolia fit well in farmhouse-style homes
- Eucalyptus goes well with mid-century modern, minimal, eclectic styles
- Seeded eucalyptus is great for boho spaces
Stylist Tip: If you’re decorating your fireplace mantel with a garland, soak your greenery in the tub in cold water to “enliven” it, which will make it last longer. Gently spray with water every day. If it’s a bouquet of greenery in a vase, rather than a wreath or garland, change out the water daily to keep it fresh longer.
Snuggle Up With Lots of Textures
Bringing a multitude of different textures into your space will really amp up the cozy factor. Think about incorporating textures throughout your space by layering in pillows, throws, and additional rugs in various cozy textures. Think: boucle, sheepskin, tweeds, faux fur, mohair, velvet. And don’t forget about the chunky knit throws and natural elements! Want a little bit of indulgence? Consider investing in a cashmere throw. They’re worth it for the extra soft texture! And don’t forget about the winter greenery from our last tip! The greenery you bring into your space during the winter months will add extra texture!
Stylist Tip: Layer textures evenly throughout your room so no one piece of furniture or corner of the room feels lonely or without an element of cozy. And remember: not everything has to be covered in pillows. You can keep it simple with just 1-3 pillows maximum for sofas and larger chairs, accompanied by a cozy throw.
We find sheepskin rugs (faux or real) to be the perfect textiles to help home feel more cozy throughout the winter. Layer a sheepskin rug with your existing area rug to create a cozy corner in your space. Or, add it to the side of your bed so its plush warmth is the first place your feet land every morning! We love the organic shape they bring to a space as well.
Fill the Void With Layers of Decor
You know that void that decluttering and taking down Christmas decor leaves behind? Aside from layering in different textures, like we just mentioned, another way to bring winter coziness into your home is to layer surfaces around your home with cozy details. So, yes, add a textural throw blanket and pillow to your sofa. But think about your other furniture as well.
On a credenza or console, add a candle and a few sprigs of winter greenery, such as juniper. To your bed, layer on a quilt and perhaps a throw blanket at the foot of the bed. On your coffee table, layer in some seasonal coffee table books and more candles, or a decorative object that feels wintery. One or two new elements in any given area of your home can make a huge difference to the overall vibe of your space! This will help fill the void that taking down holiday decor leaves behind.
You can also think in layers when it comes to arranging your furniture. Layer in a small pouf by your sofa or a couple of storage ottomans at the foot of your bed to stash extra blankets. In your entryway, layer in a few baskets to house extra mittens, wool socks, hats, and other winter gear!
Embrace Layered Lighting
The winter season tends to get rather dark and dreary, so now is the perfect time to create layered lighting options in each room of the house. We do this through accent lighting—like table and floor lamps—as well as using lots of candles!
Need help deciphering what lamps you need? Check out our ultimate guide to lighting!
After the holidays, we love replacing Christmas lights with candles and other ambient lighting. This helps ease the transition out of the holidays and still create that warm, cozy vibe. Candles are a great way to add light, warmth, and a moodiness to any space. Layer them onto bookshelves, coffee tables, nightstands, kitchen counters, or even small side tables. Anywhere you want that comforting, flickering glow! You can opt for scentless pillar candles, or bring in cozy winter scents!
Stylist Tip: For high-traffic or kid-friendly spaces, opt for flameless candles. They offer the same ambiance and warmth, without the fire hazard!
With lots of grey days and the sun setting early, we love using accent lights to create a warm glow in our living areas. Consider layering a table lamp in your entryway, in addition to the overhead chandelier you might already have. You could also add a few smaller decorative table lamps for light (and style) to areas like bar carts or credenzas for an eclectic accent.
Decorate With Winter Blues
No need to feel blue this winter. A fresh, cheery color palette will breathe new life into your home—whether you incorporate it into your living room, bedroom, or dining room! We love crisp blues for a winter color refresh. Paired with cheerful yellows will keep things feeling bright. But you can also go high-contrast with black or create a warm palette when paired with warm woods and leather accents. (Bonus: Blues transition seamlessly to spring and summer!)
Bust Out the Winter Storage
Depending on what area of the country you live in, the weather throughout the winter can range from wet and gloomy to full-on snowstorms. Either way, this calls for some extra outdoor gear. So, bring out baskets you keep tucked away during the warmer months to serve as quick storage of hats, mittens, and scarves in your entryway or mudroom. This is also a great time of year to bring in a coat rack or hang extra wall hooks for your jackets and coats! You could also bring out extra baskets in your living room or bedrooms for extra throw blankets and quilts to keep cozy and warm on winter evenings.
Upgrade Your Bedding
During the winter months, it’s important to update your bedding—especially if you live in a colder climate. When it comes to sheets, flannel is the best option for winter bedding. And you may want to replace your duvet with a heavier down option. From there, layer your bed with a cozy quilt and additional throw blanket for optimum coziness. Really want to relax at night? Try layering on a weighted blanket!
Bring in Winter-Inspired Art
Art is a great way to bring a little life and lightness into your home in the winter. (And also a great way to support your post-holiday winter color palette.) So, simply swap in any art that inspires you and makes you feel at peace during the winter months. These swaps can be simple and small or large and impactful. Pressed winter flowers or greenery make great winter art. We also love swapping in paintings of winter scenes, such as snowy mountains, or impressionist wintery landscapes.
Make Some Upholstery Swaps
Textures, materials, and colors make a huge difference on the overall feel of your space. Winter is a great time to switch out your rugs and drapery if you want to establish a cozier, moodier vibe.
Make sure your rug is reflective of the overall vibe you’re going for in the space. If your rug feels more summery with brighter colors while your winter decorations and textiles (like pillows, throws, and poufs) are darker, high-contrast, and cozy, consider swapping out your rug for one that brings out those winter hues for this time of year. Or, opt for a chunky jute rug, which easily suits any season! Otherwise, swap in thicker knits like a chunky wool or a saturated vintage-inspired pattern for the ultimate cozy winter feel. Alternatively, you could also just layer in more rugs—like the sheepskin we mentioned earlier—if you’d rather not swap out an entire rug.
More often than not, you’re probably not buying new drapes for every season. However, if you live in a cooler climate, it’s best to invest in a heavier drape for winter to help keep the cold air out. (Bonus: it will make your space look cozier, too.) Veer away from sheer linens and instead opt for materials like blackout curtains or thicker fabrics like velvet or canvas-like materials, which are both heavier weights.
Want to keep exploring? Discover some of our favorite cozy living room designs, learn about why we’re embracing the Traditional Comfort trend for 2021, and read about how good design can help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions.
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