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Post-Holiday Decor Tips: How to Combat the Winter Blues with Interior Design

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Sheepskin Rugs

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.

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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.

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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!

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Candles

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!

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Accent Lights

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.

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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!)

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Rugs

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.

 

Drapery

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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Home Tour: Explore This Dreamy Winter Retreat Designed in Cozy, Rustic Style

The holidays are over, it’s cold and dreary out… welcome to peak winter months. You know what that means: We’re in full hibernation mode and in need of some winter home design tips.

Now’s the time of year when we live for the quiet mornings curled up with a throw and a cup of tea and those cozy nights by the fire with a book. We’re also craving cozy winter-style rooms layered with comfy furnishings, plush pillows and textiles, and lots of earthy elements. Think natural textures mixed with light upholstery and raw woods, soothing neutrals combined with organic shapes and rustic designs. It all adds up to our idea of the perfect winter hideaway that we don’t mind being cooped up in from now until spring.

Here, we’ve brought that dream space to life with an inviting retreat that captures all those elements and more. Come for a room-by-room tour of this winter retreat and get inspiration for a winter decor refresh in your own home.

winter home designThe Entryway

From the moment you step inside, light-wood furnishings with mid-century notes and a mix of natural materials and woven textures abound. These elements set the stage for the modern-rustic tone and sense of ease throughout the home.

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rustic entrywayThe Key Entryway Elements:

Patterned woven textures. What makes baskets and natural-fiber rugs appear extra cozy are designs with patterns. Think geometrics and stripes, which lend a warm, visual element.

Sculptural natural woods. Your foyer is the perfect showcase for wood pieces that have organic silhouettes. More than in any space, they’ll add focus and leave a strong impression in your entryway.

Artisanal modern-rustic touches. From big pieces, like a spindle bench, to carved wood trays and homespun ceramics, these handmade elements are details that instantly cozy up any entry.

winter home design The Living Room

Cozy and serene, the living room evokes the look and feel of an elegant farmhouse with a spa-like vibe. The palette is comprised of soft neutrals, the textures are breezy and sumptuous, and curated furnishings keep the space feeling light and airy. Talk about the perfect winter decor escape.

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The Key Living Room Elements:

Solid hues with subtle lines. For a calming space that hits the perfect modern-rustic note, opt for furnishings like slipcovered sofas and clean-lined leather chairs, in quiet solid hues. These make for the perfect mix of comfort and bold that also looks serene and sophisticated.

Light upholstery, big textures. Solid upholstery in light colors doesn’t necessarily mean basic textures. Go for durable linen and luxe leather as well as chunky natural fibers. They compliment the soothing lines of the furniture by introducing a comfy and cozy touch.

White on off-whites. There are white-on-white moments elsewhere, but in the living room, it’s all about varying the crisp tone with off-whites and beiges. Why? It plays beautifully with the leather, fabric upholstery, natural fibers, and rustic fireplace and shiplap walls.

cozy winter reading nookThe Reading Nook

No winter home design is complete without a cozy nook (or two or three). And our home is no exception, although instead of lots of furnishings, we took a pared-down approach. A crisp slipcover armchair ready with a warm throw and raw wood accents lend a sense of Scandinavian calm and ease.

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The Key Nook Elements:

Classic curvy chair. Rather than a rectangular armchair, pick a piece that hugs the body all around and makes for an easy place to curl up. Add a throw and you’re good to go for the winter months ahead.

Raw wood elements. With just the right amount in a small nook, raw wood accents and finishing touches can provide warm rustic appeal as well as a soothing, toned-down vibe.

Fine-line art and details. Instead of graphic art, elegant line drawings and prints make for a softer, more neutral alternative. They lend intrigue without overwhelming a small rustic space.

winter dining roomThe Dining Room

When it comes to a warm wintry gathering spot, tap into the Danish sentiment of Hygge, which celebrates all things simple, beautiful, and cozy. Scandinavian-inspired dining furniture along with pretty woven accents and ceramics in organic shapes will usher in the quiet ethos perfectly.

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The Key Dining Room Elements:

Streamlined Scandi designs. Chic Danish Modern pieces and designs with Scandinavian influences will drive the Hygge aesthetic home. It’s all about keeping it curated and opting for fewer pieces that are simple and beautiful.

Minimal accents. Truly embrace the less is more aesthetic. It’s about pulling back on accessories and bringing in only pieces that inspire a feeling of joy, comfort, and coziness.

Textural focal points. Whether it’s a woven light fixture or a serene painting and tall vase, layer accents that play up colors and textures. It’s a subtle way to bring depth to a minimalist space.

winter decor bedroomThe Bedroom

A luxurious and heavily layered bedroom is the true heart of a winter home. Because let’s face it, this is the one space we’ll be spending the most time in, morning and night. That means soft textures galore, colors that soothe, and a room that’s endlessly cozy and filled with natural light.

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The Key Bedroom Elements:

Lots of cozy layers. This goes without saying. Winter calls for piles of pillows, throws, and textiles on textiles. Fur blankets, chunky knits, wool duvets… you name the texture, there’s a place for it here. Another essential cozy element? Pops of leafy greenery.

The most neutral palette. More than any other room, the bedroom should have a crisp neutral palette. It’s all about whites and grays. The key is to give it a wintry cool look that feels luxe and comfy.

A hint of high-contrast color. With all the white and grays, hints of black will help ground the room and give it more dimension. The best accent is a fluffy Moroccan rug or a modern black-framed mirror that reflects light but also makes for a sculptural focus.

 

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