Every year after I take down all the Christmas decorations, the house just feels so sad. I tend to go a little crazy at Christmas time so when I take it all down, there is a noticeable difference. Plus it’s still cold and grey outside so this year I am focusing my winter decorations on making the house feel warm, cozy and bright! I also hope this will help with the winter blues :) If you’re space is pretty, it just makes you feel better! So here are my top 6 tips for decorating your house after Christmas!
Keep the main color palette neutral. There’s a lot of color going on at Christmas and my eye is ready for a break from all the colorful Christmas decorations. Neutral colors like whites and creams help you feel calm. These colors also work well with any design style so it would be easy to incorporate them into your home!
After Christmas, I like to switch out my pillows on my couch and bed as well. An economical way to do this is to have plain white pillows that you can buy covers for. Just make sure the pillow is the same size as the cover!
I also keep my home decor pieces in neutral colors. I do like to mix in silver and gold accents. Home Goods, Target, and Amazon are great resources for season decor pieces. I have a few of my favorite down below (and I earn a small commission-thank you!).
Even though I live on the beach, it still gets cold here in the winter time. Leaving out your cable knit or fleece blankets is another necessity for winter decorations. A nice throw over a couch or your bed just draws you in and makes you want to snuggle up by a fire. I like to keep my throws neutral in either off white or grey colors.
The ones linked below would be a great addition to your winter decor. The bonus of buying throws in neutral colors is that you can use them in the spring and fall. They transition great from season to season.
You can also add texture in with an area rug and even the tables you add to the space. In this room, I chose this wool rug from Made Trade. It adds another layer of softness and coziness.
I kept the coffee table in a wood texture to help bring some of the outdoors in and to add some warmth to the space. Even the couch fabric has some texture to it! The pillows with a geometric print and the silver tufted round pillow add another layer of texture.
Let there be light! If you’ve read any of my other blog post, you know how much I love light! It’s even more important in the winter time to make sure you have enough lighting. You always want to make sure you have the three different types of lighting. I talk more about that here .
Besides having adequate lighting, it’s nice to have candles that smell nice that you can light as well. I also keep the candles neutral in whites but you can also add in some silver or gold ones to break it up if you want!
I usually have a variety of candles in my room. One that smells good-I am partial to anything vanilla- and some that are LED. The LED ones are nice because you don’t have to worry about burning the house down if you accidentally leave them on and some of them comes with timers and remote controls!
Fairy lights are another great way to add a warm cozy feel to your space. (My husband has a small obsession with fairy lights and he likes to put them everywhere-but don’t tell him I told you that!) We like adding fairy lights around greenery or the fireplace mantle because it gives a nice warm glow to the space helping to further enhance that cozy feeling. We also wrap them around candles to add even more of a glow. You can literally put them anywhere-the possibilities are endless!
Don’t forget the greenery. Having plants and things from nature in your space is so important. In design, bringing the outside in is called Biophillic design. There has been a lot of research on biophillic design and how important it is to your overall well being.
It’s so important to have that connection to nature to help alleviate stress and usher in the feeling of overall calmness. It’s been proven that just spending 10 minutes a day in nature can reduce your stress levels!
A great way to add some greenery into your home is by keeping out some of the garland you used at Christmas time. You can keep the garland around your mantle and wrap some fairy lights around it. Another great tip, and a free one, is to use pinecones you find out in your yard. I have been known to put a little glitter on them as well and place them around candles and garland on my mantle.
If you’re tired of the garland and pinecones, I recommend getting succulents. They are so easy to care for. My husband always jokes that I have a black thumb but even I can keep a succulent alive so I know you can too. Of course, fake trees are another way to add some greenery to a room. Faux plants and flowers have come a long way and some you can barely tell if they’re real or not.
Add a cool pop of color. I always remove the red and keep a cool, icy palette for the winter months. Adding in purple or blue hues this time of year adds a nice touch of color to all that neutral you’ve got going on. The color blue helps invoke the feelings of calmness and serenity. Light purple also helps you to feel serene (which is why they use it in beauty products all the time!) I suggest keeping it on the paler side of these colors when looking for decor pieces.
As you can see in the photo, I have the same basic pieces and all I did was swap out the accessories. I added blue and grey pillows on the couch. I also mixed blue, grey, and gold for my accessories on the coffee table. Pick one color you want to add, and stick with that. They don’t all have to match, but they should coordinate. By staying with the same color in the same tones you can easily achieve this look.
Do what inspires you! This is your home and you have to live there. If orange is your favorite color, add some orange into your design scheme. You deserve a space that makes you feel good and that can help you relax! I think sometimes we get so caught up in thinking we have to have something in our house because my best friend has it or it’s all over Pinterest or Instagram.
I’ll be totally honest with you-when JoAnn Gaines came out and everyone started painting their houses grey-I wasn’t a fan. I love color and while a nice grey (especially a blue grey) certainly works, the cool toned grey that was going up everywhere I was just not a fan of.
So I never used it in my house. Don’t feel like you have to use something just because it’s in style. I’m at a point now where I like what I like and I’m going to do what makes me happy (one of the many benefits of being over 40!) Design is such a personal thing and your home should reflect you.
I hope you will take these tips and incorporate them into your winter decor this year. As always for more interior design tips and tricks you can follow me on social media-we would love to have you join the community!