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Decorating Tips for Warming Up Your Home in Winter

After the holidays are wrapped up and the trees are put away, the house can feel sparse and chilly after the holidays. So, how do you decorate and warm up your home in those winter months before spring arrives? Courtney of French Country Cottage shares some winter decoration ideas below.

Winter home decorating
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Tip #1: Use Candles and Lanterns

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Flameless candles make a space cozy with their realistic glow. These are safer alternatives for creating warm home interiors. Arrange LED candles on top of a mantel or group them on a coffee table or bench. Add character to your entryways with decorative lanterns crafted from wood or metal. Some of Balsam Hill’s lanterns even come with a detachable swag for a lovely flourish to match your home décor.

(Left) Photo courtesy of French Country Cottage | (Right) Featured: Classic Fairy Light Lantern

Add more magic and warmth to your favorite spaces with string lights. Edison bulbs or outdoor café light strings are ideal for the porch or backyard. Meanwhile, fairy light strands look best when hung from the ceiling or draped on walls and stair railings. Place them on top of a stack of logs, a basket, or inside a cloche. Not only do these lights make great winter decorations, but they’re also ideal for brightening different areas all year long.

Tip #2: Switch Christmas Trees for Accent Trees

Balsam Hill LED Trees
Photo courtesy of French Country Cottage

Twig and LED trees are perfect additions to your interiors. Place them anywhere you would like to have a bit of festive ambience. If you’re going for elegance or a touch of whimsy, consider miniature gold or white decorative trees. For a charming display, group tabletop trees of varying heights on top of mantels, tables, or shelves. 

Tip #3: Hang Winter Wreaths for Front Doors and Blank Walls

Create a welcoming entryway with a winter-inspired wreath. Set one over a fireplace mantel or on a blank wall. For a dramatic effect, mount it with a vintage frame. Or, use it as a unique table centerpiece for the dinner table.

Another option is to incorporate spring colors in your greenery. Choose artificial floral wreaths with the colors of the season like pink, white, lavender, and peach. These hues are a great way to liven up spaces during winter.

Tip #4: Drape Garlands

Wintry garland decor
Photo courtesy of French Country Cottage

Garlands are essential winter decorations that can also be used all year long. Showcase evergreen or floral garlands on entryways, sideboards, or on top of a table. Refresh your evergreen Christmas garland by adding a few dried flowers and sprigs of eucalyptus for a welcoming look all through winter. 

Tip #5: Incorporate Texture in Lounge Areas

Use thicker fabrics like wool and faux fur in the living room, reading nook, or bedroom. Place chunky pillows and throws on seats or at the end of the bed. Then, use a rug to pull your warm home design pieces together.

We hope these tips help you create cozy spaces when decorating for winter. For more year-round home styling tips and expert advice, visit the Balsam Hill Blog.

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  1. Michelle Earnshaw Reply

    I really like the LED candles because they are so safe!

  2. Hi, I’m yvon and I love your great post! I think the most of us getting rid of the wreaths after the holidays, but I do agree with you that wreaths are a great way of adding some sphere and colour to our interior!
    Thanks for sharing!
    (I’ve just started blogging and made a couple of suggestions using greens in a new upcoming post on my blog)

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