How to Transition from Christmas to Winter Decor

Decor, How-Tos, Interior Design

Now that Christmas has come and gone, many people find themselves unsure about how to transition from Christmas to winter decor in their homes. These tips will help to create a cozy, winter-welcome feel at home after Christmas that can continue into the new year.

“Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration.”       – Anamika Mishra

There are several ways to celebrate the cozy season of winter at home without making it feel like Christmas. Decorating for winter also doesn’t need to break the bank. By shopping your home, you’d be surprised at how many decor pieces you can find to add all the elements necessary to create the perfect winter touches.

The transition from Christmas to winter decor doesn’t have to be difficult.

Follow these simple tips to create a cozy winter vibe in your home.

  • Remove the red.
  • Keep the greenery, but keep it simple.
  • Add in elements from nature.
  • Bring out all the texture.
  • Create warmth through warm-toned metals.
  • Extra candles make everything cozier.
  • Layers, layers, and more layers.
  • Minimalize.

Remove the red.

Wood front porch swing with cozy knit pillows and a blanket on it.

Nothing says, “Christmas,” like holiday red. Often times, this includes baubles, bows, and Santas in decor. They are beautiful ways to celebrate the holiday inside and outside the home. However, once Christmas is over, it’s time to put the red away and embrace more of the natural elements of the season.

Start the new year off with a more neutral palette in the home (white, cream, beige, light grey). A neutral foundation will make it easier to add seasonal colors as the year progresses.

Keep the greenery, but keep it simple.

Foyer table decorated for winter using greenery and plants.

There is no need to pack up everything and put it all in the attic or the basement until next year.  Tabletop pine trees and even some simple green garland and wreaths can stay out in the home as long as they aren’t decorated. Ornaments, tinsel, and bows should go.

It’s also a great time to bring the green houseplants back out. 

Add in elements of nature.

Holding winter greens up in front of a tree trunk outside.

Take a brisk walk outside and remember to bring a basket, because it’s always surprising how many beautiful elements you can find in nature to bring indoors and decorate with. Bringing the outdoors in is always a perfect way to celebrate the seasons. Winter is no exception. 

Dough bowl centerpiece with winter greens, pinecones, and candles.

The addition of pinecones, winter greens and berries, and wood (especially birch) are beautiful ways of celebrating the season at home. They can be used in centerpieces on a kitchen table or island or be put in a vase to display on a side or entry table. Mother Nature is always a beautiful and cost-effective way to decorate.

Bring out all the texture.

Cozy corner with knit blankets and candles on a side table with a green plant.

Texture is a wonderful way to add a cozy feel to any space in the home while also giving the room richness and dimension. There are many ways to add texture to the home through pillows, blankets, and baskets- just to name a few. 

The perfect textures to use in winter are knit, weave, sherpa, flannel, and fur.

Create warmth through warm-toned metals.

Copper, gold, and brass are all beautiful metals to use during the winter months. Copper in the kitchen combined with wood and candles creates the coziest feel. Perfect in the heart of the home.

Brass candlesticks on a table or mantel and gold accents on a shelf add beauty and shine that are perfect for the season. Don’t be afraid to mix and match throughout the home. 

Extra candles make everything cozier.

With darkness arriving much earlier in winter, nothing gives off a cozy and warm vibe more than candles. The glow of candlelight in the winter creates the perfect ambiance. Whether the candles are real or flameless they still make any space feel cozy.

Layers, layers, and more layers. 

Black iron bed with white and beige bedding and pillows.

In winter, there can’t ever be enough layers. Layering adds texture and also creates a cozy feeling. It’s almost like being hugged by home. Layer pillows and blankets in the living room and on beds. Wood cutting boards are perfect to layer in the kitchen, candles on the mantel, and books on shelves. 

In winter, create a Hygge home.

Hygge is a quality of coziness that makes a person feel content and comfortable. The tips provided here will all create this feeling at home and make it a place where spending the winter will be cozy, warm, and enjoyable until spring arrives. 

Looking for more ideas and inspiration on how to celebrate winter in the home, check out my post The Cozy After Christmas. 

Cozy winter corner with a knit blanket, pillows on the couch. Candles and a green houseplant on the side table.

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  1. […] After the holiday season, it can be a little tricky to figure out how to decorate at home. It’s always a refreshing feeling to take down the holiday decor and declutter. At the same time, the house can sometimes feel a bit bare afterward. Seasonal touches are a wonderful way to decorate throughout the year and in this case, pay homage to winter after Christmas. In this post, I share how I typically transition from Christmas to winter decor. […]

  2. Frances Bradley says:

    I love your house and ideas. I want to know how to do the glass snow trees and other diy. Thanks.

    • Meeghan says:

      Thank you so much, Frances! You can search all of my DIYs through the search bar on the homepage of my website. Just type in the project you are looking for and a list of matching ones will appear.

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