by Jenny Lass
There are clear winter decorating traditions if you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hannukah, but what if you don’t celebrate a holiday — or what if you celebrate more than one? Not to worry! Below find some neutral seasonal decor ideas that will make your home cozy, warm and inviting for your family and guests.
Bring The Outside In
A great way to perk up your space during the long winter months is to bring outdoor or natural elements into your home. Try displaying evergreen branches, twigs, gourds or dried flowers on shelves, windowsills or your fireplace mantle. Fill a clear glass vase with nuts and pinecones or use dried herbs and cinnamon sticks tied with ribbon as a centre piece for your coffee table. Float fresh winter flowers, such as chrysanthemums, in a bowl of water or plant white narcisis for an elegant and fragrant touch.
According to the folks at garden accessory manufacturing company Campania International Inc., you can also make creative use of your outdoor accessories by bringing them indoors. Arrange pinecones and evergreen branches in your birdbath and display it on your coffee table; use your urn as a stylish glove, hat, scarf and umbrella holder; or place your planter box next to your fireplace to hold kindling.
Luxuriate in Heavier Fabrics and Textures
Exchange lighter, smoother fabrics for heavier fabrics with more texture. Wash, fold and put away your fine-weave cotton throws and replace them with wool or chunky-knit blankets. Add over-stuffed throw pillows and sheepskin or Oriental area rugs to make your space extra cozy. If you don’t have a planter box to put your kindling in, try a wicker or bamboo basket.
You might also consider replacing some of your regular fabrics, such as swapping your sheer curtains for lined silk, Jacquard or embroidered drapes to not only provide textural interest, but also save you money by retaining heat. Slip covering your furniture might seem far-fetched, but if you entertain a lot during the winter season, washable slip covers can help save your furniture from spills as well as add a dramatic and refreshing change in décor.
Warm Up Your Space with Colour
Bypass red and white colour schemes and decorate with more muted, deeper tones of your favourite colours. Love blue? Try dusty, deep blue accents, such as vases, candelabras or bowls. You can also choose art and fabrics that pick up on rich, winter tones, such as copper, silver, chocolate, rust, navy blue, plum, winter green and mustard. You can even hang photos that depict winter scenes and showcase the natural colour palette of the season.
Light Up Your Life!
As the days get shorter in winter, we’re all looking for simple, decorative ways to add more light to our space. Candles are a great, low-energy option for adding brightness to a room – just remember not to leave burning candles unattended or they could start a fire. Have fun with votives by floating them in bowls of water or part-way down a translucent vase to make it glow softly. Anchor tea light candles in smooth marbled or roughly textured rocks in an unused fireplace or place tea lights in an ice lantern on your porch.
You don’t have to celebrate Christmas to decorate with string lights. Neutral white LED lights subtly displayed around a door frame, fireplace or tree that has lost its leaves is the perfect way to stylishly add illumination. You can also create brightness by displaying objects made from light-reflecting materials, such as mirror, glass and shiny metals, such as silver and copper.
Make Your Own Winter Wonderland
Don’t forget about your garden, lawn or porch just because it’s winter. Light up your outside spaces with decorative lanterns or white string LED lights. Create natural accents by making an arrangement with twigs, berries and pinecones in your birdbath or window planters. Place urns containing evergreen trees on either side of your doorway and lay a fresh welcome mat that showcases winter colours.
While a birdfeeder may lead to some seed litter, enjoying the natural beauty of local birds can be worth it. Store your binoculars close to the window and keep an eye out for cardinals, chickadees, woodpeckers and blue jays.