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11 Winter Decor Ideas For A Cozy Home

Morgan McBride5-Minute Read
December 09, 2020

Wintertime is here and along with the cold weather comes the urge to get cozy. So while you’re wearing your fluffiest slippers and softest sweatpants, don’t forget to dress your home for the season, too. Updating your home for winter doesn’t have to be complicated. These winter decor ideas are sure to make your home feel warm, cozy and inviting, even if that’s not how it feels outside.

1. Set Up A Cozy Living Area

happy family on couch in living room

There are many ways to make a living room design feel more cozy. The easiest thing to focus on is adding layers of texture to your space. This could be blankets, throw pillows, or even layered rugs. Look to mix soft textures, like velvet, with nubbier textures, like knit, for a real layered effect.

If you prefer a more minimalist look, go for tone-on-tone texture by picking all different materials in the same color pallet. If you like a more eclectic look, bring a variety of colors and patterns in with your layered textures. How ever you prefer to layer, it will instantly make your living room feel ready for the winter season.

2. Decorate For The Holidays

cozy christmas tree by fireplace

Many people associate Christmas decor with winter. Decorating your home for the holiday will automatically give it a winter vibe. Simple touches like adding garland greenery, red ribbon, or wreaths are easy ways to make your home feel like a winter wonderland. Twinkle lights also add a cozy feeling. After Christmas is over, consider leaving up a faux tree or garlands with just lights instead of ornaments for the rest of the winter.

3. DIY Your Home Decor

comfy blue chair with blankets

One of the most cost effective and entertaining ways to decorate for winter is by making DIY home decorations. Get creative and personalize your home just to your liking. One idea is to collect decor accessories that you no longer love – or go thrifting – and spray paint them white for an instant snowy feel. Wrap vases with burlap ribbon or cut the sleeve off of an old sweater and tuck a vase inside there for a cozy look.

If you like the look of faux snow, you can use pom poms or even coiled pipe cleaners to create faux snowballs to use as fillers in vases and jars. Miniature houses always have a winter feeling, so consider decorating thrifted ceramic houses or even wooden bird houses in winter colors and faux snow-covered roofs to create your own village on a budget.

4. Design An Outdoor Winter Wonderland

holiday lights on snowy front door

Create a winter wonderland theme on the exterior of your home by incorporating decorations. Holiday lights and decorations are a great place to start. White twinkle lights and icicle lights instantly make your yard feel wintery and magical. Fill your window boxes with evergreen, eucalyptus, and pinecones for that natural look. Avoid color and inflatables if you want to go for a winter wonderland look and instead focus on white, red and natural elements.

5. Add A Touch Of Greenery

fireplace with christmas decor and greenery strung onit

Adding greenery such as garlands, wreaths or trees into a home can help create a natural and cozy environment. For a natural look, select pieces that don’t have Christmas lights or ornaments but are more rustic looking. Garlands go great on a stair railing, over a doorway, or on top of cabinets and tall furniture. Add small wreaths to the back of dining chairs or over cabinet doors. Consider adding small Christmas trees to pots that hold plants in the warmer months to complete the look. Little touches of greenery go a long way toward transforming your home for winter.

6. Dazzle Guests With A Winter Tablescape

green room with green table with greenery

If you have a formal dining room table that you like to decorate seasonally, create a winter-themed tablescape design to highlight centerpieces and place settings within a dining room. Winter tablescapes often feature a lot of white – white linens and dishes as well as candles or napkins. Add a little bit of silver sparkle in the form of mercury glass candle holders, bedazzled napkin rings, or silver glasses. This white-on-white look will transport you straight to a snowy day.

7. Incorporate Rustic Elements

rustic autumnal mantle

Traditional winter decor often has a rustic feel to it. So, consider adding rustic elements to your home decor to give it an instant winter update. Winter decor often features a lot of wood elements, so consider adding wooden decor such as trays, lanterns or picture frames. Look for unfinished or raw looking wood for the most authentically rustic vibe.

Other rustic elements to include might be wooden or evergreen branches. You can place these in a vase or a jar, or even hang them on the wall. When adding ribbon or fabric, consider neutral but textured burlap or jute. Pine cones make excellent fillers for jars, vases or shallow bowls. Little rustic elements are an inexpensive way to bring the winter season indoors.

8. Set Up A Hot Cocoa Or Coffee Station

white mug with hot cocoa and marshmallows

Another great way to embrace winter is to set up a hot cocoa or coffee station in your home for a cozy beverage. Whether you’re hosting guests or it’s just your family, adding jars of cocoa, marshmallows and peppermint sticks around your coffee maker will encourage you to make warm, comforting beverages all season long. Keep fresh cookies or biscotti on hand to complete the sweet treat.

9. Make Your Porch Inviting

porch swing with christmas decor

Everyone who passes your home will appreciate the extra touch of decorating your front porch or patio for winter. Start with a winter doormat, such as black or red buffalo plaid, and don’t forget the seasonal wreath.

If you have more space on your porch, consider adding wooden lanterns or a galvanized metal pail full of cut logs for a cozy feeling. If there are wall-mounted lights beside your door, consider hanging teardrop-shaped greenery or big bows from the light fixtures. Finally, if you have a large plant pot, add a miniature Christmas tree or similar plant to give the pot a winter-appropriate look.

10. Create A Sense Of Warmth

rustic cabin

The natural reaction to cold winter weather is to try to get warm. One way to make a room feel warmer is with fire. This might be lighting a fireplace or setting up candles around your home. If your fireplace isn’t functional, you can fill it with pillar candles for a similar effect. Or, cover your mantle with candles of varying heights for a literally warm look.

11. Bring The Outdoors In

holiday dinner table

When you think of a winter wonderland, you likely think of snow-capped trees and rolling hills. Bring that nature indoors for an authentic winter vibe. Birch trees are a seasonal classic, so consider decorating with birch branches in a vase or pine branches along your mantel. When in doubt, adding artificial snow to tabletops can add an instant magical winter feeling to your space.

The Bottom Line

When decorating your home for winter, just think “cozy”! Adding soft, comfortable, warm elements will help you to embrace this chilly season and feel cozier in your own home. Check out more Homeowner Tips on the Rocket HomesSM blog.

Morgan McBride

Morgan McBride is a DIY-lover and home decor enthusiast living in Charleston, South Carolina. She has been blogging at CharlestonCrafted.com alongside her husband since 2012, where they empower their readers to craft their current home into their dream home through the power of DIY.