In this post: Do you love cozy homes? Here are 9 fabulous winter decor ideas that will add winter warmth to your home decor after Christmas.⇒
I’m not really the biggest fan of winter.
Ok, that’s an understatement. I hate being cold. I dread the inconvenience of snow. I’m always worried the power is going to go out.
I never plan winter vacations unless they involve a flight to the beach. The idea of piling layers of clothing on just to go skiing or sledding is only made worse by the need to then launder them after. Multiply those layers by the various members of your family and you may as well open a cleaning service.
No, winter is not my season.
the one thing it offers, that I truly love, is the opportunity to be snug and cozy inside. I love lazing about in plush robe, cuddling on the couch under a soft blanket, sipping tea or hot chocolate and maybe savoring a sweet, and getting lost in a movie or a delightful book.
Who doesn’t love sitting by a crackling fire in the hearth? Who isn’t comforted by the notion of cozy homes?
As a shelter from the elements and the ugly weather outside, I enjoy creating a winter home with these pleasures in mind. Here are 9 ways to add a sense of winter warmth to your rooms and create an intimate haven like the coziest of homes.
1. Candles and Lanterns
I absolutely love the flicker of candles and the mesmerizing glow that they generate. Whether it be a lone pillar with an intoxicating aroma or a cluster of votives placed artfully about, their flames dance independently of one another, yet the rosy warmth they offer is enhanced by their grouping.
In winter, woodsy lanterns suggest a nod toward nature, but if you are tickled by the twinkle that the light provides, then nothing beats the glisten of polished brass.
2. Birch Branches
Nothing says winter quite like bare branches, particularly when they are dusted with snow, but I much prefer them indoors in a vase or urn, where they can be appreciated from my perch on an overstuffed sofa. I use faux birch branches for exactly this purpose and I tend to favor their pale white tone over a darker variety.
3. Tea Service
I’m not sure what it is about teapots and teacups that utterly charm me, but winter is the perfect season to enjoy my collections. A silver tea service placed on the couch is exceptionally inviting even if you don’t actually use it. All the better if you do, though. I have several tea sets that I keep around my home and there’s hardly a room I think can’t benefit from yet another display. I even keep one on the tub surround in the master bath. It’s always a good time for tea!
4. Fur Pillows
This one is probably the quintessential motif for winter, after all what could be cozier than a pouf of fur? I use Mongolian lamb pillows which are not actually fur, yet their soft and curly tendrils sure seem like the real thing. They more closely resemble wool in the way they are made, but their lush and fluffy covers feel like a true indulgence!
5. Luxury Bath
There are people who love baths and others who don’t. If you fall into the bath camp, this is definitely your season. I love the luxury of a hot soak in the tub, with bath salts and candles lit and, of course, scented soap. Bonus points for vintage white linens, pure as snow and crisp and clean. My favorite soap, for those wondering, is Rancé Gardenia, but I enjoy many others, as well.
6. Faux Fur Throw Blanket
Much like the Mongolian lamb pillow, faux fur throw blankets have become really popular in the last few years. And why not? They are soft and luxe and a pleasure to wrap up in. Placed at the foot of the bed they exude a note of pampering to winter guests. Tossed on the couch, or over a chair, they are the perfect defense against winter’s chill.
7. Sweater Knits
Perhaps not quite as luscious as fur but equally as ubiquitous, another recent trend is toward sweater knit blankets and pillows. It seems like each year they become chunkier and chunkier, but that’s half the fun. I enjoy fisherman knits and cable styles, especially in warm creamy tones. They radiate a feeling of warmth that makes you want to curl right up with a book by the fire.
8. Soup Bowl and Teacup
In addition to my silver tea sets, I’d be lost without my china cups. I collect 2 handled soup bowls, as well, and they are wonderful to use in winter. Whether it be a bowl of chicken soup or a cup of chili, comfort foods are a must when the temperatures dip outside.
My first choice for my collection is always vintage and French, and I love to mix and match patterns in similar tones.
9. White Florals
No decorating list is ever complete without talking about fresh flowers, even in winter, despite the selection of fresh being somewhat limited. I love an arrangement of all white flowers, with varied textures adding interest, as well as the use of differing sizes and shapes. The brightness afforded by the interplay of all these textured whites hides the grey gloom right outside the window.
When all else fails, I have been known to use faux flowers, too. Faux flowers are better than no flowers!
I may be already dreaming of the summer that’s yet to be, but when I’m at home in the winter, I enjoy my cozy home.
And what else do you think I’m doing when I’m rolled up in a blanket on the comfy couch? I’m deeply immersed in my favorite websites, planning my upcoming summer travel!
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