In this post: Looking for winter decor ideas once the holidays are over? Bring cozy warmth to your home with these winter home decor tips.⇒
Putting away the holiday decor is a bit like taking off your bra.
Yes, sure, you were all excited to get dressed for the party, put on your finest, including a new item or two you just love. You got your hair done, took your time with your makeup and pulled out your favorite jewels.
But by the time the evening was winding down, your mascara was smudged, your feet were killing you and you just couldn’t wait to get home and get that bra off.
Or…. y’know… take down the tree.
There’s something so satisfying and soothing about putting away the last ornaments, cleaning up the left over debris and resting your eyes on lots of clean white space.
Winter Decor After Christmas
That doesn’t mean, however, there’s no place for winter decor.
Quite the contrary, winter decor after Christmas is a whole genre in itself and one that breeds peace and tranquility and a whole lot of cozy.
This is the time of year when we’re most likely to seek solace in our homes, whether it be to escape from the cold weather outside, or simply to recharge after the over-activity of the holidays.
Let’s look at what to keep out after Christmas, what to put away and what to refresh or introduce for the winter.
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Replace Greenery with Woods
Let’s first define what I mean by “after Christmas”. You can be more flexible in that week or so after the holiday – keep out a few icy toned baubles and some plain evergreens, but put away the Santas and anything red.
But once January is here, I like to remove all traces of holiday decor. This is the time to move to a clean white palette accented by woods and nature based hues. A bark candle holder tied with twine pairs nicely with a raw wood bowl. Rattan baskets and wooden beads work equally as well.
Use Copper for Warmth
While I love winter whites for their crisp clean feel, you don’t have to stick to a stark all white palette. Pastels like icy blue or pale lilac look wonderful in the winter, or use copper accents for an extra boost or warmth. The warm-toned metal is a particularly good match for the varying tones of natural woods.
For the “table” above, which is actually not a table at all, I used a distressed candlestick for the base and placed a bark serving tray on top, creating a perfect little side table for copper mules with hot cocoa besides the fireplace.
Create Mood with Candlelight and Florals
As with any season, candles and flower displays are an excellent way to create atmosphere and set a mood. For winter I love a birch theme, with a statuesque mix of bark wrapped candles and birch branch decorative vases.
Simple florals in all white are my go-to for this season, but sometimes I add highlights to my arrangements in blush and mahogany – generally floral tones that are as close to the wood shades as possible.
Snow Dusted Pine Cones Can Stay Out
One of the most prevalent motifs from the holiday season that remains perfectly at home in this cleaner mix is a bowl full of pine cones. Both plain and snow-dusted are great for winter, but I do put away the gold and glittered versions after Christmas.
Replace Holiday Pillows with Textured Options
Without a doubt the easiest way to change your color palette and decor theme is to change out the throw pillows that sit on your neutral furniture (which is also the strongest argument for why to have neutral furniture in the first place… ;-)).
Put away the red and green and holiday motifs, and bring out a natural palette with lots of texture. Chunky sweater and finer cable knits, lush Mongolian lamb or faux snow leopard fur, puffy quilted velvets, and teddy bear shearlings are all great options that exude oodles of cozy warmth.
Put Away Tartan Blankets and Pull Out Fluffy Throws
Like pillows, I use throws all year long, but the character of the textiles changes from season to season. After Christmas I put away the tartan plaids and for winter gravitate more toward fluffy furs and nubby sherpas for toasty comfort and a snug feel.
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There’s no doubt the Christmas season is brimming with festivity and joy, but a cozy winter home is also a true pleasure.
If you treat your winter home with as much care as your home during the holidays, it will reward you with the benefit of a cocoon to refresh and recharge.
And when you’re ready to party again, that bra you washed and packed away will be waiting for the next round.
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