20 Cozy Winter Decorating Ideas

Here are 20 easy and pretty ideas for decorating your home to feel cozy and warm durning the winter season.

Let’s talk winter decorating ideas! The winter season is a great time to sweep away all our Christmas decor and strip down our homes adding soft, cozy, and warm embellishments. Here are 20 easy ideas to create coziness in your home this winter!

I’m one of those rare people who love winter. I love snow! And almost everything that goes along with cold weather. Winter is a time to make our homes cozy, warm, stripped down, and welcoming. Here are a few things I do to make my home a sanctuary from the cold while adding lots of decor beauty to Tanglewood!

CREATE A WINTER VIGNETTE

The first thing I usually do when I change my seasonal decor is to create a vignette. For winter I like to use whites with warm neutrals. And I love to use Mercury glass because it is so reflective and adds a bit of sparkle to even the darkest winter day!

If you don’t have mercury glass use other reflective metals like silver, stainless steel or even gold. Gold is warm and goldtone metals are so big this year!

ADD A COZY THROW

Every sofa in my house and a few chairs are accompanied by a throw in the winter.  Soft and textural and cozy. I think adding a throw to a sofa or favorite chair is one of the best ways to decorate for winter!

A throw invites you to snuggle in!

The throw in the image below was my latest project. I knit it with large needles. So easy and a great way to keep my hands busy while watching tv.

STIP DOWN YOUR DECOR A BIT

For me, winter is a time to strip down my decor a little and keep it very simple. Spring, summer, and fall, as well as Christmas, are times for embellishing. But in the winter my house takes a breather from all the extra decorations! This is one of my favorite winter decorating ideas!

I think it’s good for our homes and good for our souls!

USE LOTS OF CANDLES

Don’t forget to use candles this winter. And lanterns too.

Candlelight has such a pretty glow and will make any room extra cozy and romantic. The lantern below creates such beautiful patterns on the wall!

I’ve been using battery-operated candles for years. In the past, I’ve been notorious for forgetting to blow out candles! When we were out we often had to turn back home to see if I had blown out a candle!

Not any more!

Most of my candles have timers so I don’t have to switch them off and on every time I want to use them. They are a bit more expensive, but this is a look that is worth the investment! And they last for years!

Light up your winter nights with candles!

BRING ON THE PILLOWS

One exception to all minimal embellishments in the winter are pillows! Oh, I can’t get enough of them any time of the year. This year I kept my pillows primarily white and loaded with texture!

I mixed old favorites with new ones. My pom pom pillow reminds me of snow1 I’m seeing lots and lots of pom poms used in pillows this winter as well as texture and faux fur!

If you use pillows that are close in color make sure they have different texture! Lots and lots of texture! Texture makes them interesting. 

BE PRO PINECONES

One decor element that I use from fall until spring are pinecones. They are perfect for decorating in the winter. I especially like pinecones with a little faux snow! So don’t put them away with the rest of your Christmas decorations! Use them!

I like to put them in bowls and tuck them in vignettes or other arrangements. Pinecones are a signature StoneGable look in the winter.

GO A BIT GREEN

And don’t forget to use some green plants or other organics in the winter to give life to your home!

In the vignette below, I added a little faux fern in a white pot. It’s amazing what a bit of green can do for a vignette and a room!

Every January I also plant herbs in little pots and keep them on my kitchen counter across from the windows. They thrive there and give me lots of cuttings for recipes as well as a touchstone of something growing and alive until the early spring flowers begin to bloom in our garden!

MORE WINTER DECORATING IDEAS

Here are some other tips for decorating in the winter months…

  • add plants to your bedroom
  • use white flowers around your home
  • fill a bowl with pomegranates for your table
  • use several stoneware crocks to decorate a shelf 
  • prop birch logs in a corner
  • add a mirror to a room to reflect light
  • layer white or neutral bedding
  • add a sheepskin as a throw to a chair or sofa
  • add a furry pillow as an accent
  • put down a big throw rug on hardwood floors or layer rugs
  • put a lantern by your front door
  • hang white drapes on your windows
  • diffuse wonderful aromas that evoke warmth and winter coziness

Winter is the perfect time to let the simple style and beauty of the rooms in your home shine. Adding just the right touch of winter decor and lots of white!

Pick a few decor elements and get busy creating a beautiful winter home!

FAQs ABOUT WINTER DECORATING

Winter is the perfect time to keep decor simple. Take out all overtly Christmas decor and declutter. Then add lots of soft cozy textiles, candles and creamy neutrals.

Yes. Just make sure it’s a faux tree. Why not take all the decorations off of the tree and use it in your home with the only the lights. Such a pretty effect.

After Christmas you want to get rid of the red and use a soft, more neutral color palette to decorate with. White is a beautiful color to use in your home for winter.

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Hugs and Blessings,

Yvonne

18 Comments

  1. Hello Yvonne,
    I love all of these winter ideas! I will be moving into a new home in the spring, and I really love the sofa that has your white pom pom pillow on it. The upholstery material is just what i want. Do you know the name of the material, and where you purchased the sofa?
    Thank you, Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Gayla, the sofa is from Pottery Barn. MAKE SURE if you buy the comfort sofa like mine you get it with the down! I got a sofa with only the fill and it did not hold up. However, the foam with the down is perfect. I got a performance fabric in ivory. Hope this helps.

  2. Love your winter ideas. I’ve taken down the Christmas wreath from my front door. Looking for a replacement suggestion. My front door is bare. Thanks.

  3. Have a goofy question: I love my lighted birch trees in the sunroom for Christmas. Love them so much and the fund light they provide, I don’t want to take them down. Any suggestions

  4. I always enjoy your blog. Your ideas are always beautiful and classy! Could you possibly share the pattern for the knitted throw you made? It is lovely and I need to keep my hands busy ( with something besides munching 😲)
    Thank you!

  5. I do know how to spell your name. Ha Ha!
    Being a teacher I know this misspell jumps out at you. Sorry!

  6. Please share info on the knitted throw. I’m a novice knitter and tried to make one similar and I’m not sure if it was the yarn or the needles, but the stitches were much to small and it didn’t have the bulky look that I wanted. Please share what kind of yarn and what size needles you used. Thank you!!

  7. Hi Yvonne, happy new year!
    Luv the throw you knitted! Would you link yarn and needles pretty please? I’m not a great knitter but I think I can manage a throw. Looks like stockinette stitch?
    Thanks 🙂
    Susan

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