Get ready to embrace the calm, cozy vibes of the season with these simple, non-Christmas winter decorating ideas. Learn how to create spaces that invite you to relax, unwind, and enjoy the beauty of winter.
I’ve dreaded the post-holiday season and more specifically, January for years.
After the magic of the holidays, Christmas lights, festive Christmas music, and busy schedules full of parties & get-togethers; January can feel like a stark contrast.
Our homes once full of glittering ornaments and evergreen branches, suddenly feel empty and cold.
However, over the past couple of years I’ve started to change my mindset from one of sadness to anticipation.
What if, instead of viewing January as a dreary aftermath, we saw it as an opportunity for a fresh start?
What if, instead of mourning the departure of the holidays, we welcomed the serene beauty of winter into our homes?
It’s a shift in perspective that has not only made January more bearable for me, but has also turned it into a month I eagerly look forward to for its simple, quiet charm.
January is the perfect time to create a sanctuary within our homes, one that radiates comfort and embraces the beauty of winter in all its simplicity.
So, join me in banishing those post-holiday blues!
Let’s transform our living spaces into cozy retreats that soothe the soul and make January a month that we don’t dread, but actually look forward to.
I’m joining a group of bloggers today to bring you easy winter decorating ideas.
Continue reading to the end of this post for all the post-holiday inspiration!
How to Begin After-Christmas Decorating
Winter decorating may seem like a daunting task, especially if you’re uncertain about where to begin after the holiday season.
Here are a few tips that I use, that will help you begin to decorate your home after the holidays.
Tip #1: Pack Away all Christmas Decorations & Declutter
The first step towards winter decorating is obvious…pack away all the Christmas décor.
Take a mindful approach as you’re packing away the holiday decorations.
Instead of storing items away quickly, consider each piece individually.
Donate items that you no longer love or use and organize Christmas decor pieces that you are keeping so you can easily find them when you begin Christmas decorating next year.
Tip #2: Start With a Blank Slate & Use Your Imagination
After you’ve packed up and put away all of the Christmas decorations, embrace the beauty of simplicity by starting the new year with a blank slate.
Keep the bookshelves, coffee tables, mantles, counters, everywhere you had Christmas decor empty for a few days.
Sounds crazy, right?!
But, this allows you to approach your winter decorating with a fresh perspective.
Take a moment to appreciate the possibilities and envision the serene ambiance you want to create.
By doing that, here’s where the fun begins!
Giving your space the opportunity to breath without decor, you encourage your imagination to shape the aesthetic, resulting in decor that is organic and uniquely yours.
The magic of decorating with this approach is allowing your spaces to gradually evolve to create a winter home that feels warm, cozy, and charming.
Tip #3: Seek Inspiration From Anywhere & Everywhere
Find inspiration anywhere and everywhere!
Once your home is a blank slate, look for inspiration from books, magazines, Pinterest, and every nook and cranny of your surroundings.
Dive into your favorite home decor books for fresh ideas or flip through magazines for the latest trends in seasonal styling.
Pinterest is another fabulous way to find inspiration. There are millions of creative ideas that can help you discover unique home decor concepts and DIY projects.
On Pinterest, you can also create a dedicated board for winter inspiration and curate a collection of images that resonate with the aesthetic you’re aiming to achieve, which can then be used for inspiration year after year.
Don’t forget that inspiration isn’t confined to books or online platforms!
Take a walk through nature, look at the winter landscape, and let the subtle colors and textures guide your decor choices.
By seeking inspiration everywhere, you’ll gather a wealth of ideas that can be tailored to your taste, ensuring your winter décor feels personal and inviting.
Easy Ideas for Cozy Winter Decor
Now that you’re ready to begin decorating, here are a few simple winter decor ideas that you can use as a guide.
Remember, there are no rules when it comes to decorating your home.
Allow your personal style to shine through your decor to create a winter retreat that speaks to you and your family.
Stick to a More Neutral Color Scheme for the Winter Season
If you’re someone who loves the vibrant, festive colors of Christmas, replace those with a more muted, neutral color palette for winter.
Whites, creams, and soft beige colors are the perfect way to embrace the serene calmness of a winter wonderland while also giving the look of sophistication and tranquility.
Neutral tones are the perfect backdrop, allowing other elements of your decor to shine without overwhelming the senses.
An easy way to welcome winter in the living room is by swapping out Christmas pillow covers for more muted ones.
Select pillows with textures and patterns to add depth and coziness to your seating areas.
I love these block print rabbit throw pillows for our couch. They add such a charming, whimsical touch to the living room…and no, rabbits are not just for spring decor!
Ultimately, the true beauty of a neutral color scheme is its versatility.
It will give your home a timeless foundation that can be easily adapted to suit changing seasons, styles, and preferences.
Textures, Textures, & More Textures
If there is one thing I think we can all agree on when it comes to winter home decor, is that we want the feeling of coziness.
As we seek warmth within our homes during the coldest months of the year, textures is an important element in creating that snug, inviting atmosphere.
Swap out lightweight throws for chunky, cozy blankets that invite you to snuggle up with a good book.
Experiment with pillows, rugs, curtains, and soft upholstery to add layers of comfort to your home.
Mix textures to not only enhance the visual appeal of your decor but to also engage the sense of touch, which will magnify the feeling of warmth and relaxation.
- When it comes to mixing textures in your decor, make sure to establish a balance. Aim for a blend of soft and rough, smooth and textured elements to create a cohesive and inviting space. Consider the overall theme and color palette of your room, ensuring that each texture complements the others. Don’t be afraid to experiment, but maintain a sense of cohesion throughout your decor. This balance will elevate your space, making it stylish and comfortable.
These small yet impactful additions contribute to the cozy ambiance we all yearn for during the winter months.
So, don’t shy away from experimenting with lots of texture, let that be the secret ingredient to your home’s decor.
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Create a Cozy Ambiance With Candles
There is something undeniably cozy about the flickering flame of a candle.
They can be the icing on the cake in making your space feel warm and inviting on the dreariest of winter days.
I like to invest in an assortment of candles in various sizes and shapes to scatter across the different areas of our home.
I recently found this tea light lamp at a local thrift store, and I have been obsessed with the coziness it has added to our kitchen.
Place candles on a winter mantel, coffee table, counter, or side tables to infuse each corner of your home with an intimate glow and delicious aroma.
Whether you prefer the charm of taper candles, the simplicity of tea lights, the statement of pillar candles, or all of the above; the soft illumination they provide adds to a tranquil and cozy atmosphere.
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Touches of Greenery
Many people opt to extend the presence of winter greenery and evergreen branches past Christmas, I am not one of those people.
I like to use this time of year as an opportunity to look forward, rather than back.
So, in our home the winter greens and wreaths get packed away after Christmas and the faux spring-like greenery comes out.
Decorating with faux greenery not only adds longevity to your decor, but it also provides a low maintenance option for those of us with shall we say, brown thumbs.
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Select faux potted plants, branches, wreaths, or garlands that capture the essence of winter but will also work heading into spring.
Eucalyptus stems and olive branches are excellent choices that effortlessly transition from winter to the warmer months that follow.
Arrange them in vases or incorporate them into your existing decor to add a touch of nature without the need for constant upkeep.
By decorating with (faux or real) greenery, you not only maintain a connection with the outdoors but also ensure your decor remains fresh and inviting throughout the winter months.
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Don’t Forget Your Sense of Smell
While we often focus on the visual aspects of decorating, the sense of smell plays a crucial role in creating an immersive and cozy environment within our homes.
One of my favorite and coziest ways to add the scents of winter to our home (besides candles) is by having a simmer pot full of natural ingredients simmering on the stove all day long.
Preparing a simmer pot is super easy.
You basically combine ingredients like citrus slices (orange or lemon), cinnamon sticks, cranberries, and sprigs of fresh rosemary or eucalyptus in a pot of water, and let it simmer on the stove.
As the mixture warms, it releases a fragrant aroma that fills your home with comforting scents.
By engaging your sense of smell, you elevate your winter decor to a multi-sensory experience.
Your home will not only look and feel cozy but also smells like a winter dream.
Let the scents of the season be the final touch in your winter decor that wraps your home in a warm and inviting embrace.
Other Winter Decorating Ideas
The ways in which you can decorate for winter are endless.
Here are a few more great ideas to try…
- Drape a faux fur or knit throw blanket over a chair.
- LED or twinkle lights for a little illumination.
- Pine cone and candle centerpieces.
- White or neutral colored vases with fresh flowers.
- Plaid or flannel accent pieces.
- Birch logs in a basket by the fireplace.
- A seasonal doormat at your entrance.
- Winter themed wall art or prints.
- A wreath on the front door.
- Cinnamon scented pine cones in a dough bowl.
- Wood or metal lanterns with candles.
- Seasonal fruit displays, like bowls of pomegranates or oranges.
Remember Simplicity in Winter Decor Doesn’t Mean It’s Boring
Finally, I think it’s important to remember that simplicity does not equate to dullness when it comes to non-Christmas winter decorating.
In fact, the opposite is true.
From the subtle charm of a neutral palette, the gentle flicker of candlelight, and the careful selection of textures create a picture that’s anything but boring.
Simple winter decor allows for a space that breathes, where each carefully selected item has special meaning.
Don’t forget to:
- Stick to a More Neutral Color Scheme
- Add Different Layers of Texture
- Create a Cozy Ambiance
- Add Touches of Greenery
- Use Your Sense of Smell
Embrace simplicity, and let your home tell a story of winter’s serene and cozy embrace.
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