If you find once the Christmas tree and all of the sparkle, ornaments and glitter come down, the house feels a little bare, you are not alone! For some reason, I find my home , especially my living room feels very sparse once the last ornament is packed away. These 30 simple tips for transitioning to winter decor from Christmas decor will help make your home look warm, inviting, fresh and cozy as you enter the new year into January and February. While it may not quite be time to bring in spring decor, you can bring in cozy winter decor and make your home into the next year.
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1.Buy cleaners that smell amazing
The first thing we do when we pout everything away is give everything a cleaning to get up any glitter and dust. Use a cleaner that smells amazing. This will not only help you get in the after holiday mood of out with the old, in with the new, but give you a fresh perspective with a new scent. These are some cleaners I love to use to make my home smell really cozy and inviting. We really love this cleaner.
2.Bring in some new decor like fresh pillows or a cozy throw
Not only do our pillows and blankets start to feel a little tired, but a change is good. Even if you just get some pillow covers on the cheap they will help brighten up your space as you switch everything over.
3.Add fresh flowers or greenery
One thing that is really missing after the new year is all of the greenery that the Christmas season brings. It can make it for a weird, bare transition period after the holiday decorations come down. Bringing in other natural elements can help it feel fresh. As well as fresh flowers, good smelling greenery like eucalyptus can really make the room feel alive. If you don’t like the smell of real eucalyptus, you can make this faux wreath to brighten up your space.
4.Bring in beautiful scented candles
The warm glow of candle light always makes a home feel cozy. Buying high quality candles helps with indoor pollution and can make the winter months a little bit more bearable, especially when it is darker and grayer outside. If you don’t want to use candles, aromatherapy diffusers and room sprays can also bring in good scents.
5.Add twinkle lights to your decor
Who doens’t love a little after holiday sparkle? While Christmas lights are a bit too much, a battery operated pack of twinkle fairy lights can add just a bit of magic to a not so bright day or evening.
6.Bring in a few real (or faux!) plants
There is something about having real plants that just makes a space feel more alive. Try these low maintenance plants if you are worried about having a green thumb.
7. Add a fresh vignette to your fireplace mantel
Creating something eye catching on your mantel is not only pleasing to look at but can set the entire mood for your room. You can make it either cozy and warm, or fresh and clean. Try using something like a dried orange garland over your faux fireplace. It’s an easy DIY that smalls good too!
8.Add faux fur as a cozy throw or chair covering
Faux fur, sherpa and fuzzy,knit throw blankets all add to the cozy feel of a room. There is noting like feeling a little chilly and pulling a warm and soft blanket over the top! For that matter, adding a faux fur like a flokati rug as a seat cover on your chair can also make it feel cozy, soft and warm to sit on.
9. Change the bulbs in your lamps
Light can make us feel all kinds of ways. If you have cool light bulbs in your lamps, consider changing them to a warm white or daylight bulb for a warmer cast of light closer to sunlight.
10. Style your coffee table with cozy things
A wood bowl of pine cones or evergreen branches and bring in a fresh nature element and texture. It’s also one of those inexpensive and easy winter decorating ideas I love.
11. Add baskets to store items and bring in a natural element
I love a good basket ! You can fill them full of blankets,books, plants and more. They are great storage that can hide many things that looks good too! You can see how to make this belted basket here.
12. Force bulbs to bloom
Bulbs such a hyacinth, tulip, paper whites and daffodils can be forced to bloom in early winter and they bring in a much needed burst of color and fragrance! See here how to force your own bulbs. You can also buy kits, or sometimes even the grocery store will have them!
13. Add winter wreaths like cedar and firs or something fun like pom poms to add a touch of green
Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas time! Bringing in fresh greenery or having it on the front door can be a welcome addition to a plain door. Pom pom wreaths are a fun seasonless way to decorate.
14. Decorate with brass
Brass candlesticks or gold elements can bring in a warmth that other metals can’t with a timeless look. I love a good collection of vintage brass candlesticks.
15. Add cozy scents to your home
While not everyone wants to burn candles, you can still add yummy scents like vanilla that make your home cozy. I love using this trick with my crockpot and spices to make my home feel like baking.
16. Create a cookie and hot cocoa bar for a sweet winter treat
There is nothing cozier about winter than a place to get a warm comforting drink. Adding a hot cocoa bar ( you can add teas too!) is the perfect way to make it easy for everyone to grab a cuppa.
17. Create some handmade home decor
Just the act of creating something can help your mood. Even if you aren’t a big crafter or handmaker, you can make simple projects that elevate your winter home decor. Try your hand at paper mache, or even book page crafts.
18. Dress your dining table with pretty centerpieces even if it’s with faux flowers
Even if we don’t use the dining table all year, it’s still important the rest of the year. Create a pretty centerpiece with a dough bowl and faux orchids. Dressing up your dining table will make it less likely it becomes a place to just drop stuff off on and let clutter accumulate. See how to make this centerpiece here.
19. Decorate for Valentine’s Day
Even though February seems far away at the end of December, the truth is on January 1st, it’s only a month and a half away. While you don’t have to bring in big red hearts, thinking out bringing in some greenery with red berries, love birds and other decor can give a nod to the holiday without going over the top.
20. Use books to decorate
Books are one of those timeless decorating ideas. A good stack of books invites some one to want to grab one. use them for height under an object, or create a stack that someone can just pick up and thumb through.
21. Declutter your space
Even though it may seem bare, sometimes there is still clutter. January of course is a good time to go through all of your things, organize and declutter. Starting in a closet or junk drawer is a good idea to get it moving along.
22. Mix in warm wood tones
Bringing in warm wood tones like wood bowls, or natural elements like birch logs to create a cozy natural feel, like these birch vases you can DIY.
23. Change up your furniture placement for an inexpensive and fresh new look
Sometimes when the Christmas tree gets put away all a room needs is a quick change up with some new furniture placement. Try placing a chair in a different place, or swapping the furniture between rooms by shopping your home.
24. Display things you love and your favorite collections
After the room is cleared, it’s a good time to display your favorite collections and put them in a place where you can enjoy them.
25. Add a small lamp in an unexpected place
Bringing in a small lamp in your your kitchen or bathroom away from wet areas can bring a little bit of cozy light to the space.
26. Add a new accent color
Sometimes a fresh color can help brighten everything up. Pick a fresh color and add it in pillows, art and throws.
27. Swap out your art
Swapping out art can be as easy as buying a calendar with beautiful art and framing that. Or swap between rooms, and did you know many local libraries lend art?
28. Bring in Hygge
Hygge is a Danish way to bring in a cozy feel to your home. You can see this post here on how to bring more Hygge into your home.
29. Give an old piece of furniture a look look with paint
Sometimes a freshening up an old piece of furniture with paint can give a space an entirely new feel. You can also try removing the paint and bringing in a the natural look of bare wood or adding a whitewashed look.
30. Add dried flowers around the house
Adding a small jar of dried flowers to a windowsill or bookshelves can make a little pop of something new to look at and will last along time and add texture.
I hope you loved these 30 simple tips for transitioning to winter decor from Christmas decor. I hope it will help to make your home look warm, inviting, fresh and cozy as you enter the new year into January and February!