We hate to admit it—but cold weather is fast approaching. Fall has already seeped into our homes, and winter will be fast at its heels! While we may not feel ready for a long winter—we have to say, winter home decor can be pretty cozy.
Just think of it: basking in the glow of flickering candles and roaring fires, hanging garlands of greenery that leave the scent of evergreens in the air, getting cozy beneath knit blankets and fuzzy sheepskin throws with a good book and a steaming mug of hot cocoa in your hands. It makes winter sound pretty dreamy, right? And it all goes to show that winter decorating doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple but impactful is what we’re all about!
If you’re the type to update your decor seasonally and want your home to feel extra cozy this winter, check out our round-up of winter home decor tips!
A Note on Holiday Decor…
We’re here to remind you that winter home decor doesn’t have to mean holiday or Christmas decor. (After all, for most people fall decor doesn’t mean Halloween decor! So why does winter decor have to be synonymous with Christmas decorations??) Winter is much more than Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Years Eve. So, there’s no need to decorate exclusively for one or two of those holidays.
We’re of the belief that you can set the tone with winter decor, then layer in holiday decor as desired. And when the holidays are over, you can remove the holiday decor and still have perfectly cozy winter decor for the rest of the season!
However, if you like to go all-out for the holidays, you can always start with holiday decor, then transition your decor post-holidays! In that case, you may also want to check out our holiday decorating tips!
Ok, now onto the good stuff. Here are our designers’ top 14 winter decorating ideas to inspire you as you get your own home ready for winter!
1. Hang a Wintery Wreath
Looking for easy winter decorating ideas? Hang a wintery wreath on your front door, over a mirror, above your fireplace, or on a blank wall within your home. A wreath of simple greenery (like pine, boxwood, magnolia leaves, or eucalyptus), pinecones, or berries looks good all winter long and adds an extra layer of texture to your space. They’re one of our favorite winter decorations!
2. Add Plaid Decor
There’s something about a plaid pattern that feels undeniably wintery, adding visual warmth and cozy vibes to any space. So, add plaid touches through textiles like pillows, throws, curtains, table linens, and bedding. A plaid pattern can be found on just about any material—but it feels extra cozy if it’s made of flannel!
3. Switch out Flowers for Winter Greenery
While we love a vase of fresh flowers, in the winter we prefer to swap out our flowers and fall foliage for winter greenery, like pine branches, eucalyptus, and even red berries. (Ok, those aren’t greenery—they’re red! But they’re very wintery.) Greenery like this tends to be simple and cost-effective, while adding instant texture to a tabletop arrangement. Simply collect some pine boughs—either from your own yard or from your local garden center—place them in a vase, and viola! You have a beautiful wintery arrangement.
4. Use Natural Materials in Your Decor
A great way to bring textural warmth into your home for the winter is by using natural materials in your home’s decor. And we’re not just talking jute rugs or seagrass baskets. Consider filling decorative objects like baskets, bowls, lanterns, and cloches with foraged natural items like acorns, pinecones, birch branches, and winter berries. This brings winter’s natural elements inside and adds color, texture, and rustic touches to your home’s decor.
Designer Tip: If you have kids or pets, skip the winter berries or just go for a faux arrangement, as these berries are toxic if ingested!
5. Highlight Architectural Details with Evergreen Garlands
Another simple-but-impactful winter decor idea? Garlands. Garlands of winter greenery can help highlight architectural details in a space—like a doorway arch, a fireplace mantel, or a staircase railing. This fills your home with texture, color, and subtle scents beyond just tabletop decor. It also brings life to your home in a season that can feel bleak!
6. Create Layered Lighting with Candles
If you read our lighting buying guide, you know that layered lighting is important year-round. But throughout the winter, we love to be more intentional about lighting candles. They add a cozy ambience and that hygge feeling when the days are short and dark. And if you like scented candles, they can also add to the sensory experience of a room! So, sprinkle candles throughout your home—whether real or of the battery-operated flameless variety—for cozy, layered lighting all winter long.
7. Use Candles as Tabletop and Mantle Decor, Too
Candles not only create layered lighting in a room—they can also be used as winter decorations on a tabletop or mantle to help winterize your space! We love brass candle holders to bring some visual warmth into a room—but you can also place candles in vases or hurricanes, put them on wooden platters, or scatter them across your mantle!
8. Add Extra Layers to Your Bed
Keep yourself extra warm and cozy at night by adding extra layers of bedding. And use these layers as a small nod to winter decor! This is a great time to swap out a lightweight duvet for something heavier. But you could also pile on a quilt, an extra comforter, or throw blankets! These extra layers will give your bedroom an extra cozy vibe while keeping you at a comfortable temperature all winter long!
9. Drape a Knit Throw Blanket Over a Chair or Sofa
It’s always good to have blankets around in the winter, so you can cozy up when chatting, watching TV, or reading. And the best types of blankets to have lying around? A warm, chunky knit throw! Drape some over a chair or sofa, or keep a few in a basket in the corner. Chunky knits add extra warmth when you want to snuggle up, while adding visual texture and a sense of coziness to your home.
10. Pile on Pillows with Texture
More winter decor ideas we love? Texture—especially in pillows. Pillows with texture add visual interest and coziness to a sofa or chair, which is something we can all use a little more of in the winter! Simply swap out your summer pillows—which tend to be lighter, with linen or cotton covers. Instead, bring in chunky knits, luxurious velvets, wool weaves, and perhaps some faux fur! Any and all of these textures will add instant comfort for cold days and nights and will hopefully entice you to relax!
11. Add a Sheepskin Rug
A sheepskin rug adds warmth to your feet and screams winter wonderland. They add a layer of warmth for practical insulation and bring texture and softness to a space. And they’re not just for the floor! If you get a smaller sheepskin, you can drape it over the back of a chair or on the seat of a bench.
12. Make a Hot Drink Station
During the winter, we love to create a special place just for making wintery drinks like hot chocolate! If you have a coffee nook, you can just layer in ingredients for a hot cocoa station, complete with fun with little jars for toppings and an assortment of wintery mugs! And if you don’t have a pre-existing coffee nook, all you have to do is gather these elements onto a tray and place it wherever is most convenient.
We love a hot drink station as a winter decorating idea, because it’s both practical and festive! You probably make hot drinks a lot in the winter, so it makes sense to have everything gathered in one space! And it’s fun for kids and can add a playful wintery touch to a bar cart, buffet, or kitchen counter.
13. Bring in Touches of Silver
Silver is a classic winter color. It has the quality of sparkly, freshly fallen snow, and it can also add some class to a tabletop or wall decor. Bring touches of silver into your decor through vases, bowls, and candle holders. You could even bring in a larger moment of silver by swapping wall art out with a large silver-framed mirror! Whether you choose big or small moments, you’ll love the way silver finishes will add sparkle to your space while also making it feel distinctively wintery.
14. Use Deep Blue Hues
A deep blue hue adds richness and sophistication to any space, making it a perfect addition to your winter decor. It feels wintery in its boldness and cool tones, while adding a nice pop of color to your home when outside your window things feel dreary and dull! Other wintery hues you could use instead? A deep pine green or dark cranberry red.
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