20 Cozy Winter Decorating Ideas

How do we decorate after Christmas? Discover 20 enchanting ideas for winter decorating! From cozy blankets to festive wreaths, create a warm, cozy, and inviting atmosphere with these simple yet stylish seasonal touches.

decorative throw on a sofa

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. I love to use Mercury glass or burnished bronze because these metals are so reflective and add a bit of sparkle to even the darkest winter day!

Bleached wood or blond-toned items look beautiful in the winter.

Add A Cozy Throw

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

Make sure to see 6 Ways To Style Decorative Throws.

Strip Down Your Decor

winter decorated coffee table

For me, winter is a time to strip down my decor and keep it 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 this type of winter decorating is good for our homes and good for our souls!

Easy Winter Ideas For Styling A Coffee Table will help you create simple winter decor vignettes.

Harness The Beauty And Ambiance Of Candles

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

candles and a lantern on a white bookcase

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 anymore!

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!

a lantern on a white buffet with a small fern plant

Add Cozy Pillows

One exception to all minimal embellishments in the winter is pillows! I can’t get enough of them. This year I kept my pillows primarily white with lots of texture!

I mixed old favorites with new ones. My pom pom pillow reminds me of snow. 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, texture will help them stand out from one another. Texture works to keep our decor interesting, especially if it is neutral.

white pillows on a sofa

Be Pro Pinecone

One decor element that I use from fall until spring is 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 liberally.

a white fluted bowl of snowy painted pinecones.

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

Add Something Green To Your Winter Home

Don’t forget to add green plants or other organics in the winter to give life to your home!

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

vignette with a faux green fuern

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!

live plants in little neutral containers

Make sure you check out The Ultimate Guide To Grow Herbs Indoors. Adding little pots of herbs to a windowsill or a kitchen counter will make you smile every time you see them.

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!

FAQ 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 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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  1. Gayla Greer says:

    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. May I ask where you got the white woven look bowl that the pine cones are in?

  3. Deborah St. Andre says:

    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.

  4. I’m in love with your white pom pom pillow. Do you mind telling me where you got it?

  5. Nancy Boutwell says:

    Hi Yvonne, I would love to know where the lantern by your fire place is from.
    Thank you

  6. 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

  7. Joan Moore says:

    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!

  8. Maureen McCroskey says:

    So cozy! Can you share the pattern for the throw you knitted?

  9. Christine says:

    I love the beautiful throw you knitted! Thank you for the wonderful winter suggestions.

  10. NANCY SMELSER says:

    Love your throw! Can you tell me what yarn you used and what size needles you used? I’d like to try this.

    1. Hi Nancy, I used circular needles. I don’t knit much anymore, so I just kept knitting doubling the chunky yarn and voila! I no longer have the needles.

  11. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA) says:

    Yvonne, I loved reading your cozy winter decor ideas! Thanks for always sharing with us! I especially love throws, cushions and flameless candles this time of year! Oh! Yes! And I love pinecones, too. I am going to use your recipe to make a few more bleached pinecones as they are so pretty! Everyone who sees them comments on how pretty they are.

  12. I’ve been following you for so many years and always love pretty much all!
    Can you share any details of knitted blanket? Needle size, yarn, how many stitches casted on? It’s elegant and simple all at the same time!
    Have a great day!

    1. Hi Chris, I wish I would have paid more attention to the details. I made them with thick circular needles and chunky yarn that I doubled. I just knitted. Sorry, I don’t have any more detail.