After all the Christmas decors have been taken down and put away—the house feels instantly larger. But it also can certainly feel quite bare and lack that cozy warmth that the holiday decor and twinkling trees bring.
And something that is always a bit of a struggle is how to cozy up the house after Christmas and keep it feeling warm through winter. So today, I am sharing a couple of simple ideas to transition from merry and bright to warm and welcoming for the season. And the best part is, you can use some of the same elements from Christmas for the winter season.
Here are holiday decorating tips on how to keep the warm ambience in your home all through winter:
1. Twigs & Branches in Decor
This Wispy Winter Wreath is a new favorite. It is a twig wreath that has glistening bits of snow. And when it lights up, it looks magical in the room. I’ve had this wreath above the fireplace in the living room all Christmas season. And with a few changes, it will stay there through winter.
For a quick change, simply remove the Merry Christmas sign and baubles. Keep the garland and candles to create a warm winter look that doesn’t feel too bare.
2. Minimalist Look Option
For an even more minimalist look, remove the snowy garland and leave the mantel topped with a few pinecones, sprigs of greens, and candles.
3. Snowy Eucalyptus
I love seeing snowy eucalyptus tucked into a tree. They also look beautiful lining the table as a garland or as accents here and there for a festive touch.
But the best part about these picks is you can use them all year long in various areas. In the bedroom, I removed the branches and baubles from the mantel and added a vase full of eucalyptus picks. It’s an easy way to brighten this corner for winter.
4. Flickering Candles
What could feel more welcoming in winter than a room full of warm, flickering candles? Candles instantly cozy up any space. These are miracle flame candles. The best part? They’re so realistic but are not fire-hazards. They have a remote to turn them on and off and a timer setting.
5. Pinecones and Pinecone Wreaths
Whether it is a simple plain pinecone wreath or one full of glam like the Gilded Glamour Wreath, pinecones are a classic winter-decorating staple. I used the Gilded Glamour Wreath in our wee barn this season. Paired with the gold trees, it has a bit more of a vintage Christmas feeling.
But on its own with fewer holiday touches, it creates an elegant view. The baubles take a back seat and the pinecones stand out more.
6. Twinkle Trees
Whether you decide to leave a tree up that’s just decorated with twinkle lights, or put up more modern LED trees, you can easily keep that cozy Christmas twinkle we all love year-round. I have several gold and birch twinkle trees that I use in the house and out by the patio all year. That glow is so enchanting when sitting next to the fire pit.
I hope this helps inspire a couple of ways to keep that warm feeling in your home all winter long. By repurposing some of those holiday items, you can enjoy them even longer.
As the founder of lifestyle blog French Country Cottage and editor of Romantic Homes magazine, Courtney is known for bringing chic aesthetics and vintage elegance to her designs. Courtney offers readers creative ideas and decorating tips inspired by the ongoing renovations on her 1940s cottage home.