How to transition from Christmas to winter decor. I have a few comfy, cozy and doable winter decorating ideas for your mantel, living room, kitchen and more.
Now that the holidays are over and we have officially been in the season of winter for a little over 2 weeks, how do you transition from Christmas to winter decor?
Our rooms may look a little barren after the tree comes down and the holiday decorations go back into storage until next year.
With the coldest two months of the year still ahead of us, uur need for the ultimate in the “comfy-cozy factor” goes up a few notches.
A few little changes in all the right places can make a big difference in how you and your home feel right now.
Make room for what matters by refreshing your spaces with cozy layers, tranquil touches, warm textures mixed with intentional objects. These will help you get through chilly January and February in warm and comfy-cozy style.
Winter Decorating Ideas
When transitioning from Christmas to winter decor, start small by simply rearranging your decorative accessories in new ways.
Here are few ideas to get you started. Resource links for where I bought a few of the items I used is at the end of the post.
Choose an Accent Color
This time of year I always like to see the fresh color scheme of green and white in my living room. I have used this color scheme in previous years using my collection of white pitchers and greenery from my yard.
When you add one color around the room in the way of a pillow, vase, throw or even a painted small accent piece of furniture, it will make the room look refreshed. The accent color will tie the accessories together giving the room a styled look in an easy to do way.
- Go in search for items to use. Head to your china closet, basement or other rooms in your house to find items to use that are behind closed doors and missing out on adding decorative style to your home. Consider every item. Group or layer them to come up with new arrangements.
For my winter fireplace mantel, I gathered two of my white planters and filled them with greenery – it’s fake from Hobby Lobby. :-)
Previously, the smaller of the two planters was on a sideboard in my living room and the larger one on my coffee table.
Putting them together on the mantel creates a whole new look for them as well as my mantel.
Along the mantel I also mixed in a new collection of woven baskets.
Inside each basket is a cardboard spool that ribbon comes on. They act as hidden lifts so the candles I added to each basket look taller. On the mantel, no one will see these spools, except if they are 8 feet tall. :-)
- Experiment with adding height to items you like that may seem too small by themselves to be displayed along a mantel. Use ribbon spools, boxes, or books to add height to items.
Add Things You Love
For areas in full view – like a mantel. Make family photos the focus or a collection that you love but is not out in the open. Bring these items out to be seen.
I only get to see granddaughter every few months so I intentionally added these two photos of her in a set of large frames I had where I could see her on a daily basis.
- I printed out photos from my phone to my computer. I used printer paper made for photos. It comes in glossy or matte.
Display a Collection
If you have a collection of similar items, take them out from storage and display in a decorative way on a mantel or table. For a collection of vases, snip a few evergreen branches from your yard or use faux greenery to fill the pitchers.
Or use two clear glass vases to easily assemble a glass candle vase with greenery that will add a warm glow to a space.
Place Items With Texture Around the House
Find pinecones or rocks outside and fill a bowl with them. Leave just like that or add a candle to the center of the bowl.
If you don’t have any rocks outside in your home’s landscaping, you can buy a small bag at home improvement stores in the gardening section.
- Add thick and furry pillows and throws to seating to cuddle with.
- Place a basket or two on the floor to hold the throws when not in use.
- Add candles throughout your rooms. There’s no better time than chilly nights to enjoy the warmth of candle glow in a room. I have become a big fan of the battery-operated flicker candles, but still have a few real candles in my living room.
Add a Small Lamp to Your Kitchen
Adding the small lamp to my kitchen counter has changed the way my entire kitchen and living room look at night. I experimented with a larger lamp I had to see if I would like the look and I did. I bought a new smaller lamp that fits better. I love the soft glow of the 40 watt bulb that a few readers told me to place in it.
I wish I had added it years ago. If you don’t have a small lamp on your kitchen counter already – winter is the perfect time to add one.
Set Your Dinner Table
Since we are not getting out to restaurants and friends homes to enjoy food as much. I know I miss doing this.
Make an effort to make your dinner something special. Use pretty napkins, light candles and prepare new recipes. Good food simmering on the stove or baking in the oven is one of the best ways I know to make your home feel wonderfully warm and cozy.
How do you decorate your home for winter?