Tips on how to decorate for winter!

Most of us will leave the Christmas decor up until after the new year and some maybe up until the end of January.  Some of us have had our Christmas decor up since before the first official day of fall and have grown weary of it looking forward to a less cluttered, clean and spacious look.  I am definitely the latter and am raising my hands with glee, dancing the winter hokey pokey, waiting to put it all away.  Are you like that?  Are you sad because you don’t want your home to look bare after the Christmas decor is put away?  Well I’m here with inspiration and a few tips on how to decorate for Winter.

First I go room to room bringing everything that looks like Christmas to the dining room table for easy organizing and packing.  Like the red and green candles, the Santa’s, the cranberry wreaths, the red ribbon, etc.  With what’s left I try and use in my winter decor.  Things like the natural looking garland, other pieces of greenery, pinecones, and woodsy elements.

Tips on how to decorate for winter!

Tip #1:  Replace the red/green candles with cream or possibly these wonderful birch bark candles.  They are perfect for winter.

winter vignette by Dear Lillie

Winter vignette by Dear Lillie

Tip #2:  On the mantel I have greenery that looks wintery and even though I’ll not use it on the mantel, I can move it to the dining table instead.  For the mantel though, I may use pompom garland like this here.  I think it is so cute.

Tip #3:  Potted trees and wreaths are always nice.  I keep boxwood wreaths and topiaries around all year.  Check out this wreath here and this one here for inspiration.   Simply placing them around the room is enough.

Winter living room by Nested Bliss

Winter living room by Nested Bliss

Tip #4:  Keep the comfy throw blankets out like this one and this one but keep them in wintery colors instead of reds and greens.  They are so pretty and add just a touch of brightness on what could be gloomy days.

Tip #5:  Something that is classic and goes with almost any style is a cowhide rug .  I’ll add one over my popcorn jute rug for extra comfort.  Added layers are always nice.

Tip#6:  On your dining table, consider using metallic candle sticks with pinecones and natural garland for a centerpiece.

winter table top by Elizabeth Anne

Winter table top by Elizabeth Anne

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Tip #7:  If you have a tall vase, consider adding bare branches from the yard.  Ooh, adding a strand of lights to the cluster would be fun and cheery!

branches in vase for winter decor by Aesthetic Nest

Branches in vase for winter decor by Aesthetic Nest

Winter decor is usually neutral in color like the colors you see outside – creams, whites, grays, browns, etc.  But if you aren’t a person that likes all that neutral stuff, then bring in pops of green or ice blue.  You’re still decorating in a wintery mood with green and blue.  When you are finished, look around at your decor.  Does it make you feel cozy or cold?  If it’s cozy, curl up with a cup of cocoa and a book.  If you feel like it’s frosty and uninviting, try and add more warm wood tones.  Keep tweaking until it makes you smile.  Remember too, it doesn’t have to be done in a day. 😉


  1. Barb
    December 22, 2017 / 6:14 am

    Cindy this is so timely I was just thinking what I’ll do when the Christmas decor cones down. Great advice I always take away the Christmas colors too. You know I’m all about cozy, bare is ever my style . I can’t wait to see what you do with your homes! Merry Christmas

    • December 22, 2017 / 7:50 am

      LOL Sometimes I like bare and other times i think it feels cold so i add more things i have to dust. But I’m sooo ready to switch it up! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas ❤️

  2. Laura
    December 22, 2017 / 7:36 am

    I do lots of these things too not realizing anyone else does! I love putting Christmas decorations out, putting them away & using a simple winter decor ( usually winter whites & blues) including lots of natural elements & textures. By January I am ready for less. Less of everything-decor, food & stuff! Great post! Merry Christmas friend!

    • December 22, 2017 / 7:52 am

      Thank you Laura. I’m looking forward to much less too! It’s refreshing to me. Glad I’m not the only one. 😉

  3. December 22, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    Beautiful ideas, Cindy. I love Christmas decor so much but it always feels so good to take it down and clean things up. Of course, I have that mentality that says….Christmas is over now it’s time for spring!

    Merry Christmas friend.

    • December 22, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      LOL. Me too. I’ve been known to decorate for spring way to early. Not this year! 😉

  4. January 8, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    I love your suggestions for how to decorate for winter. I think it is such a good idea to try and keep greenery around the house in the winter so it doesn’t feel so lifeless after the holidays. Thanks for the tips!

    • January 9, 2018 / 10:11 am

      Thanks Lisa! I think greenery is the best way to add life for sure. Even rooms with lots of pillows and throws and coziness could use some greenery. 🙂

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