Once our homes get cleared out from the holidays, we usually have a new “clean slate” to work with. The “clean slate” is so invigorating for me as it creates a unique opportunity to changes things up a bit and decorate for the rest of the winter season. Today, I am sharing my top 10 Designer Tips for Warm and Cozy Winter Home Decorating.
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We are currently going through a huge renovation of our top floor and it has been quite consuming to move out of certain areas one a time. You can see a lot of what is going on around here in my Instagram and Facebook stories. There will also, most assuredly, be more posts on that coming later. In the meantime, my main happy place is now in my front living room and dining room as they are “intact” and a great escape from the madness going on upstairs.
My Top 10 Designer Tips for Warm and Cozy Winter Home Decorating
No. 1 – Start with a clean slate.
When I decorate for Christmas, most of my existing accessories and decor are removed to make room for the bounty of Christmas decorations. If you don’t remove all of yours, now is a good time to consider that so that you can start out fresh.
Typically, I pull out of a bunch of accessories, books, etc. and put them into a pile and start over. It is like going shopping in your own store. No spending necessary!
No. 2 – Move or replace one furniture around for a new look.
To be able to feature a Christmas tree in our living room this year (you can see it here), I moved the chest of drawers to the left of the fireplace into our breakfast area and we all decided that we really liked it in its new place. Hence, the purchase of the new open console…
It definitely helps us feel like we have a “fresh start” in this room and it feels so good!
No. 3 – Simplify decor for a clean look.
Typically, as spring and some of the summer holidays come along, new seasonal decor may be creeping into your home. With that in mind, it is good to keep things simple and non-cluttered for the winter season.
To accomplish this, I try to keep the styling for my shelves simple and not too fussy.
No. 4 – Use natural winter greenery.
Having a plethora of amazing evergreen trees and bushes, it was easy for me to create this arrangement by cutting fresh greenery from my yard. If you live in an area where it isn’t as readily available as it is here in Colorado, most grocery stores carry winter greenery well into the new year and it is deeply discounted. Bonus!
Any other live house plants are also perfect to add. They add such freshness to any space and will transition well into spring. I bought this one for only $25 at Home Depot. It really provides such a warm contrast to some of my black and white decor.
No. 5 – Add cozy and textured throws and pillows.
It is really as simple as that! Just think of materials you would like to lay on or cozy up on a cold night. AND…then, light your candles…so romantic and cozy!
No. 6 – Use a clean, neutral color palette.
For the winter season, I recommend this because there are so many holidays that are forthcoming where folks feature seasonal colors to celebrate these holidays. This way, only minor changes need to be made to incorporate seasonal decor. For example, some pinks and reds will certainly be showing up around here soon as we are approaching Valentine’s Day! 😉
No. 7 – Mix winter whites with rich and warm tones.
Winter whites are warm tones are already the foundation of so much of our interior design (planned purposely!). As a contrast, I enjoy using blacks and other neutral warm tones (you will be seeing more black popping in over here!).
I purchased these black hurricanes from Arhaus for the Christmas decor on our main coffee tables (you can see them here in our Christmas Home Tour). I loved repurposing them in our dining room to coordinate with a new art piece I have acquired from Josh Young Design House.
I used similar tones on one of our antique pieces in the same room.
No. 8 – Add seasonal accents.
This Mongolian throw is, by far, one of my favorite accents this year! I used it in multiple ways since the beginning of the fall. Here are a few other ways I used it this season…
Pine Cone Themed Christmas Home Tour
Warm and Cozy Fall Coffee Table Styling
No. 9 – Candles…candles…candles!
Nothing provides “coziness and warmth” better than candles. There is something so inviting about the warm glow of candlelight!
No. 10 – Coordinate your dining tables with your winter decor.
For our main dining room table, I coordinated the table setting with the winter white, black and gold tones I used in our dining room and living room. You can see how I created this Easy and Elegant Inexpensive Centerpiece HERE. P.S. It only cost $58 to put together!
Hopefully, this new post gives you some inspirational Designer Tips for Warm and Cozy Winter Home Decorating! I am excited to show you over the next coming months all of the remodeling work going on upstairs. I will not miss the enormous MESS! Happy winter decorating, my friends!
Julie Briones says
We’ve missed you at Tuesday Turn About! Thanks for sharing these designer tips this week, Holly! Hugs!
Holliday Johnson says
You are welcome, Julie! I have been buried in the process of giving my website a big facelift! 🙂