If you are going to be spending even more time at home than usual due to the scorching cold outside, you must feel right at home and inviting. And that doesn’t mean you have to live with kitsch wreaths and holiday decorations until March (although some festive winter decorations are high enough to be left out, as you’ll soon see). Winter decorations are all about incorporating rich, textured layers and seasonal colors that reflect the season. Whether you want to shop for winter art and decorations or prefer to work with what you have, these 30 winter decorating ideas will help you prepare for hibernation in style.
Focus on the details
Anne Pynne wintered this sticker with candles and flowers, two simple upgrades. The green candles in the wrought iron brackets attached to the wall are the perfect holiday touch and make the hallway feel like an old European castle. The bouquet of red flowers is the icing on the cake.
Bright blue wallpaper and bedding make this bedroom by Bryan Patrick Flynn both cheerful and cozy, the perfect combo for winter. To elevate the wintery vibe even further, add faux fur throws, candles, and fresh greenery.
Extend time outdoors
Extend the life of your outdoor space with a fireplace and plenty of cozy throws. A heater or portable fireplace will also work if renovation is not on the agenda and you don’t already have an outdoor fireplace on the patio.
A subtle way to improve your home for the cooler months to come? Keep some firewood on hand for a chic display (and for easy access when you want to warm up by the fireplace).
Prepare for game night
Optimize a room for game nights, as you’ll likely be staying there longer during the winter months. Design Fitz Pullins added a fun neon wall sconce and placed a chess board on the table.
Keep the holiday garlands outside
Keep your winter decorations festive all season long, even after the holidays. Use this pretty raised garland in a salon by Charlotte Moss as inspiration. Green is a natural mood booster, so why not?
Bring it to the bathroom
Hang a garland above the double sinks in the bathroom to bring the winter vacation vibe to every inch of your home. Bonus points for red accents and plants.
Bring it to the stairs
Wrap a drab staircase in a lush green garland. A little greenery can brighten up an entire room.
Affirm a sense of place
This mountain home designed by Hecker Guthrie evokes a sense of place and whimsy with a ceiling installation of miniature gondolas. It stretches from the breakfast nook to the sofa in the great room.
In a mood
Replace the vibrant summer vases with more sullen vases. On this mantel in a living room designed by Studio Razavi, the group of graphic ceramic vases brings a warm but more daring atmosphere. You can also replace the light shades with black ones.
Prepare the locker room
Prepare the locker room or entrance for the winter mess with coat racks, a show area and a bench. Designed by Regan Baker, this one will work in any season, but will be especially useful on snowy days.
Splice in the winding plugs
For an understated winter wonderland effect, take note of this vignette designed by Heather Hilliard. Light blue candlesticks highlight the wintery look and are more unique than the classic white option, but they still feel timeless and pair well with the illustrations above.
Be bold with neutrals
You don’t need to use bright colors: keep your wintery palette neutral and moody, like this cozy study space designed by Shamshiri Studios. And a faux sheepskin throw never hurts when you’re aiming for a wintery look.
Introduce rich textures
Sometimes all it takes to change the seasonal vibe of a space is a different fabric. Instead of light linens and breezy cottons, opt for a cushion with more texture. In this corner designed by Heather Hilliard, the velvet blue cushion brings more depth.
Give the planters a makeover
“The planter in our entryway changes with the seasons. In the winter I incorporate moss, princess pine and berries. I want my guests to feel like they’ve been transported somewhere else,” Charlotte Moss told About this holiday entry setup. Even though she decorated it like this for the holidays, you can reproduce it all winter long.
Use more earthy serving platters
If you’re hosting this winter, opt for serving dishes that lend themselves more to a rustic, earthy vibe. The raw wood cheese board paired with the dark wood bowls of this cozy living room by Leanne Ford Interiors is the perfect example.
More daring accents
While the woven bench in this Hecker Guthrie-designed space is decidedly sunny, the dark carpet, floor lamp, and wall art put it in a more wintery vibe. Black and slate cushions are also helpful.
Use folk elements
Add folk touches, like fun, homemade quilts, and layer up layers of patterns. All these whimsical elements will bring comfort to a loft or a chalet, like this large living room by Anthony Baratta.
Introduce checkered accents. It’s a wintery way to bring in fun colors and patterns without veering into a summery aesthetic.
Accent with warm tones
Get that winter warmth you crave with sunny tones and deep wood finishes. Whether you’re laying the groundwork with a different rug like Commune Design did in this living room, painting an accent wall, adding a blanket, or setting the table with new glasses, introduce some orange is a sure-fire way to keep you warm this winter. .
Bring the outdoors in
Something about winter calls for more nature-inspired decor. (It probably has something to do with the fact that we can’t spend that much time outside.) In this living room designed by Studio Razavi, the two wooden stools are a subtle way of reflecting the view beyond the window. .
A soothing starter
Hang eucalyptus near the entrance for a soothing welcome every time you walk through the front door. If you haven’t already installed a hook or a coat rack, here’s your excuse to make it happen.
Stack on checkered pillows
Swap your summer pastels for deeper colors like burgundy, charcoal, and caramel. The plaid is the perfect cozy pattern for fall and winter. Add a pillow or blanket, or stuff a chair. The sheepskin throw under the coffee table in this living roomm designed by Christian Burch and John Frenchette also warms things up.
Change your bedding
Add a fur pillow to your bed. A Mongolian blanket will bring a textural intrigue to your bedding and won’t break the bank. We dig this unique smoky gray in a bedroom designed by Studio DB. Also consider replacing airy summer sheets with cotton to stay warm and seasonal.
Terrace the fireplace
Designed by NICOLEHOLLIS Studio, this cozy reading nook by the fireplace is fully dressed and ready for winter. From stone fruits on the side table and antlers on the fireplace to the furry cushion on the rocking chair, it’s a seasonal dream.
False fireplace objectives
If you have a non-functioning fireplace, you can still make it cozy and winterproof. Just recreate this stacked firewood decor from Katie Hodges.
How to make a cabin both intimate and spacious, rustic and upscale? The designer behind this Montana ski house, Kylee Shintaffer, has a lot to teach us. “There are small places that could be for one or two people curled up in a chair – or the living room, where the opposing sections are sixteen feet long,” she explains. She took advantage of the landing space and cozy nooks turning them into intimate bonus rooms.
This spectacular door in a home designed by Hecker Guthrie takes on a wintery touch with a branch-inspired door handle. Swap your buttons for winter motifs like antlers and branches.
Don’t forget the children’s room
Bright colors can also work in winter. In this children’s room designed by Ken Fulk, a rustic bench and recycled vintage textiles balance the playful pieces.
Winter, who? This California-inspired dining room designed by NICOLEHOLLIS Studio stays in a summer mood all year round thanks to classic Santa Barbara imagery adorning the wall.
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