Normally January makes me want to decorate with blue, but for some reason this year, I wanted to keep up all the red after Christmas. Red is such a warm color and feels more cozy to me than blue in these cold months, and it lends itself to Valentine’s Day as well. Definitely another advantage for red! So no blue here this January.
This was supposed to be the start of a “Winter Home Tour” post for you, but as I was looking at the photos, the teacher in me wanted to give you a list of things to notice..things that you could do in your own home (that many of you are probably already doing)…things that will work for both January and February. With that in mind, the home tour changed into a Decorating Ideas post. I hope that is alright with you.
So what are my 10 easy and fun ways to decorate for winter?
1. Reuse Christmas decor.
Yes, I am serious, but I do not mean your tree. Look for decorations that say winter...not Christmas. I found several snowmen tremendously reduced in price at an after Christmas sale. (And I changed out the scarf on the one in the playroom.) They work just as well in January as they do in December (and if I tie a little heart on a string suspended from those branch arms, they will be great right on through Valentine’s Day.)
2. Use mittens and gloves in your decorating.
Mittens and gloves add texture and coziness to winter vignettes – not to mention color.
3. Display snacks and sweets in jars.
Cookies, candies, and even white chocolate dipped pretzels look pretty (and taste delicious!) when displayed in jars. If you have a fireplace, you can keep a jar of marshmallows nearby for roasting. For a movie night when you are all snowed in, have popcorn ready in a jar with movie candies close by. Use various size jars for even greater decorating impact.
(You could always change the message on the tag to “I love you snow much” for Valentine’s Day.)
Yes, I can hear you groaning.
4. Add cups and mugs to a winter vignette.
You know those cups and mugs that you just love? Why not pull them out and use them in a grouping? Instant warm-up-your-winter accent.And if you have a thermos or two somewhere in your stash, they also work wonderfully!
5. Use cut branches from evergreens for winter arrangments.
There are tulips in abundance in our local grocery store, and although I do love them, I am not quite ready to use them. They say spring, and we are just barely getting started on winter here in the South. I just want some greenery…without having to purchase a plant. There are plenty of evergreens in our yard, so making an arrangement with cuttings from them works well.
6. Use cozy throws and sweater textured pillows.
Anything you can do to warm up your room in winter is smart. Placing throws across chairs and sofas or in a basket keeps them handy for use. And while fur seems to be the latest trend, I prefer the less sophisticated (more cottage like) look of sweater knit for throw pillows in winter.
7. Display family photos that were taken in winter.
Do you have photos from a family ski trip or from playing in the snow? Now is the perfect time to bring them out of the storage box or to print them from your computer.
8. Light candles.
Nothing warms up a room or gives it more coziness than lit candles. (Well actually a fire in a fireplace does, but if you don’t have one of those, use candles.)
9. Use the elements of winter in your decorating.
What does that mean? Well, it means that you can have fun using any and all references to snow that you can find. From snowmen to snowballs in jars to candles in sugar snow…they are all game for seasonal decorating possibilities.
10. Have fun with winter on chalkboards.
I don’t think this one really needs anything added to it other than just showing you.
And there you have it! 10 easy ideas for some winter decorating. The biggest thing I want you to keep in mind is to simply have FUN with your home decor. You and your family live there, and more than likely, you are spending more time inside during the winter months. So shouldn’t it be a place for fun and enjoyment – especially during the winter?
I know this post should have come out in late December or early January to be most helpful, but maybe you can pin this image to a Pinterest board so that you will remember some of the ideas next year.
I’ll be back next time with the kitchen and dining room in their winter attire.