We’re sharing 8 simple winter decorating tips as part of the Welcome Winter Blog Hop hosted by my sweet friend Cecilia of My Thrift Store Addiction.
If you’re coming over from Rita’s blog, Panoply, welcome, we’re excited to have you here.
If your household runs anything like ours you can probably relate to the fact the first week of January seems to be dedicated to getting back into the swing of things.
You’re taking down all the Christmas decorations, prepping the kids for school, grocery shopping, exercising, catching up on laundry, filling out your planners, and your goals list too.
By the second week of January, you’re reacquainting your family with morning and nightly routines.
You have the menu planning down pat, the daily chores handled like a boss and it feels like things are getting back on track.
By the third week, you’re wondering, “Should I be organizing? It’s January after all.”
Maybe you’re looking around the house and feel totally bummed because the Christmas decorations are all gone, it feels “empty” and you miss the twinkling lights already.
We can definitely relate.
While I completely appreciate a clean slate and a fresh start, I miss the soft glow from the lights almost immediately.
This year we’ve taken a more relaxed approach to organizing all the things based solely on the fact we fully intend to celebrate each season and we wanted to prepare our home to welcome winter.
Truthfully, the grace-filled change has been fantastic.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you’re transitioning your holiday décor to winter décor.
8 simple winter decorating tips…
Tip #1: Put Away All Your Santas and Anything That Looks Christmas-y
We used shades of red and green to decorate for our Effortless Christmas Home Tour this year which made knowing what to take down in January so much easier.
Our very first step was to take down the trees, the glittery ornaments, to put away the Santa mugs, and everything else with red or Christmas accents.
Tip #2: As You’re Putting Away Holiday Items, Take Note of What Needs to be Decluttered or Donated
Decluttering is honestly one of THE easiest ways to create a warm and welcoming home no matter what the season.
I know it can be overwhelming at times. But it is definitely worth the effort!
We always leave a donate box by the front door. That way, we’ll have it at the ready while we’re packing up holiday décor.
It’s a super simple way to take care of two things at once.
Tip #3: Embrace a Neutral or Calmer Color Palette
A neutral color palette doesn’t just include bright white. It has soft grays and greens, warm camels, creamy whites, blush tones, and gorgeous blacks.
If you love color, consider using a more muted palette with soft silvers, French blues, and moss greens during the winter season.
Tip #4: Pile on the Texture
Winter is the season for rest and snuggling up!
Layer your home with lots of texture like cable knits, chunky knits, cashmere, or faux fur. Adding textured pillows and blankets is an easy and inexpensive way to create another layer of coziness.
Tip #5: Use the Fireplace or Light Candles
The fireplace at the cabin and at Bliss Barracks are both remote-controlled gas fireplaces.
Every morning while visiting I have quiet time and drink coffee by the fire. It always feels like the biggest luxury!
Our wood-burning fireplace at home takes a bit more work. But it still provides that same relaxing feeling.
If you don’t have a fireplace, don’t sweat it. Lighting your favorite candles will still bring a sense of warmth into your home!
Tip #6: Add a Touch of Nature
Another simple winter decorating tip to make your home feel cozy is to add a touch of nature to your home.
In the winter you can decorate with cedar, holly, pine swags, pinecones, paperwhites, amaryllis, ornamental kale, dusty miller, roses, pansies, or use greenery from a big box store.
Tip #7: Create an Indoor Hot Drink Station
There’s nothing like starting your day with a steaming cup of hot coffee, tea, or cocoa.
Creating a hot drink station doesn’t have to be anything fancy!
Just use generous mugs, your favorite flavored coffees, teas and cocoas, special syrups, spice shakers, marshmallows, and of course cookies.
Tip #8: Use a Simmer Pot to Make Your Home Smell Amazing
Simmer pots are one of the easiest ways to make your home smell amazing. They’re super simple to put together too!
There are a lot of winter ingredients at the grocery store you use right now. For example, citrus, pomegranates, cranberries, rosemary, cinnamon, and cloves if your farmers market is closed for the winter.
After a busy holiday season, we’re ready to embrace a slower pace, lazy nights by the fire, snuggling up to read books, having a cup of hot cocoa piled high with marshmallows, or relaxing with popcorn and a movie.
And I know some of you feel the same way too!
Spring will be here before we know it!
And while we’re ready for slightly warmer weather, we plan to savor every last bit of winter that’s left.
We hope you’ll fully embrace and enjoy this cozy season of rest too.
Up next on the Welcome Winter Blog Hop is my friend, Shelley of Calypso in the Country. She’s always so creative and I know you’ll love her beautiful home!
Once you’re finished there be sure to check out the rest of the fabulous ideas these creative ladies are sharing!
Let us know if you’re using any of these 8 Simple Winter Decorating Tips or your favorite way to welcome winter.Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.