With the temperatures dropping outside, it’s a great opportunity to inject a dose of warmth, cosiness, and cheer into your home. From cool colours and rich, textural layers to plush fabrics and comfy furnishings, winter decorating is a lot more than just pulling out your heaters and preparing your winter woollies.
Transitioning your home decor along with a transition in the season can help maintain the inviting and beautiful look of your space all year round. So without further ado, let’s dive into our collection of the best winter decorating ideas to help you prepare your home for wintery days and nights.
Spruce Up The Fireplace & Mantel
As the cold weather sets in, your focus naturally starts shifting towards the hearth. To make your home cosier for winter, try highlighting your fireplace by giving it a quick makeover.
Hanging a piece of artwork or a mirror (while keeping in mind the do’s and don’ts) over the mantel can instantly elevate the fireplace as a lovely focal point for your living room. Adding a few candlesticks, vintage collectables, a garland or vases (in varying sizes and scales) can further help you turn a plain mantel into something special and unique.
Giving your fireplace a fresh lick of paint, pairing it with accent shades, or even tiling it the right way can dramatically upgrade the entire look. You can also create a comfy nook near the fire by placing an antique stool as perch and bringing in greenery, such as Pothos and Heart-Leaf Philodendron, to make it lively.
Cosy Up With Rich Textures
Rich textures have the capacity to introduce a warm and cosy atmosphere in any space. Here’s a list of the items you can include in your decorating ideas for a winter-friendly home.
Throw Pillows: Tossing a few throw pillows (made of faux leather, velvet, cotton, or wool) and mixing and matching cushions on your sofa and bed can generate an interesting interplay of textures.
Chunky Knit Blanket: These are one of the trendiest winter decor items that can take your room from drab to fab.
Heavy Window Treatments: Hanging heavy, dark curtains with rough textures is a great way to keep yourself warm whilst reinforcing style. For example, you can layer drapes over roman shades or shutters.
Rugs: They are one of the most trusted ways to keep your room warm. Roll out a suitable, right-sized rug, for example, thick wool rugs to make your feet feel toasty rather than stepping on a cold tile.
Use Winter Scents
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Although accessories and decor can play a significant role in cosying up your home, filling your space with the smells of the season is equally important. To satiate your creativity, you can put together a potpourri bowl by filling it with pine needles and topping it with a few drops of honeysuckle essential oil. Alternatively, you can fill a rattan basket with cinnamon-scented pinecones for an instant seasonal cheer. Since such ideas are also visually appealing, make sure to place them in a prominent position, for example, over a mantel.
Burning winter-scented candles can also help make your home smell like the holiday season. Consider replacing your lighter floral fragrances with spiced and earthy scents, such as ginger, cinnamon, cocoa, orange, mulled wine, and amber.
Accent With Warm Tones
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The colour palette of your home has a powerful impact on your interior.
The winter colour palette is vivid, cool, and high-contrast. So when decorating a cosy interior, try opting for more earthy and warm tones, such as emerald green, navy blue, woodsy brown, golden yellow, fawn, and caramel. Oranges, reds, and warm tones of blues and greens are also part of a cosy colour scheme that can give your home a snug feel.
Bring In Greenery
The freezing temperatures keep us restricted indoors, and that’s when indoor plants come to the rescue. Although they aren’t a perfect substitute for the great outdoors, research has proven that even a brief exposure to greenery has incredible effects. These natural air purifiers enhance cognition and alleviate stress — one of the ways that prove how the right interior design can improve well-being and moods.
Among the vast options, Aspidistra, Tillandsia, Crassula, Chinese evergreen, snake plant, and spider plant are great choices.
The aforementioned winter decoration ideas will make your home as cosy as possible and get you through the long, chilly winter ahead. Happy decorating!
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