Winter: The Time for Home

How to decorate your home for the winter months following the holidays

Winter: The Time for Home

With Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year behind us, the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over, so it’s time to pack up and store your holiday decorations until the next holiday season. That’s right, stow your banners, menorahs, candles, poinsettias, miniature Christmas villages (you know who you are) — and bust out that seasonal winter décor!

It’s time to hunker down, and during these chilly winter months, you want your furnishings and decor to inspire a comfortable setting for both you and your guests. But what’s the best way to decorate for winter without your house feeling like the holidays again? Here are a few tips to help you style your home for a long — but snug — winter.

Festive Décor

The prospect of the lengthy, dreary winter ahead can make it difficult to feel cheerful following the magic of the holiday season. Revive that enchantment with cheerful festive décor. Winter décor is much more neutral-toned than the busy and energetic reds common during Christmas. Festive pieces like this dress up your space, but aren’t so holiday-centric that you must hide them before your New Year’s gathering next year. The shape evokes a snow-covered tree, and the shimmering stones adorning the ornament are sure to make the season — and your living room — sparkle with spirit.

Fur for Warmth

With winter winds and frost nipping at us for months, keeping your home warm and cozy is important. Consider the comfort, warmth and luxury that these fun fur pieces can bring a room. The soft textures can really stand out from a plush couch and offer a unique winter look. Fuzzy throw pillows and toasty blankets are sure to transform any space into a comfortable, cozy, warm and welcoming winter environment.

Set the Mood with Lighting

Days are growing shorter and the ability to maximize fleeting natural light is growing increasingly difficult. You want that warm and welcoming feeling to permeate every corner of your home and what better way to do so than with atmospheric lighting. Set a warm, festive and fun mood with unique lighting displays like this one. In addition to setting a joyful mood, warming a space and offering additional illumination, lighting displays can offer that seasonal magic that makes your home merry and bright in the months following the holidays.

A Color Palette That Brings the Outside In

Avoid the winter blues by splashing natural colors into any room for a warm and inviting feel. Bright colors and bold patterns can ensure your space doesn’t look sterile and cold like the space outside your windows. Think about using wood to add texture and rustic appeal to any space. Wood, pinecones and small branches can add warmth and comfort while feeling primitive and kindling feelings of winter. Even cuttings from shrubs, perennials and trees — with leaves of various shapes, textures and colors — berries, even sticks and twigs can all be used to beautify your indoor spaces and bring the outside in.

Light. Color. Texture. Comfort. Decorating your home for winter is easier than ever, and we hope these tips help you get started or inspire a creative new idea. Remember, the key is to use natural elements and cozy colors that bring the outside in, light that sets a festive mood, warm and inviting textures like fur and seasonal décor that continues the festive spirit in the winter months ahead.

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.
— Edith Sitwell

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