After Christmas winter decorating can be a challenge? Try these non-Christmassy and so pretty winter decorating ideas for a warm, beautiful home this season.
Christmas is over and now we have to answer the question, “how do we decorate in January?”. Actually, how do we decorate in the winter months until the first signs of spring? Let’s chat about winter decorating ideas that are non-Christmassy but warm and cozy and so so pretty!
Today I’m sharing my winter living room along with lots of winter decorating ideas to help you and me decorate our homes for the wintery season at hand!
Seasonal decorating is all about adding a few seasonal elements to our home. Or creating the feel of the season in our living spaces! Our rooms should exude feelings of warmth, coziness, and a place to find sanctuary from the weather outside.
However, what if you don’t live in an area that is snowbound all winter or has more mild winter weather? Do you really want to decorate like you live in the upper peninsula?
Isn’t there a way to decorate for the winter months without lots of snowflakes and snowmen and … well, snow and still decorate for winter? And what if we don’t want to keep any of our Christmas decorations out for the winter months? Are there winter decorating ideas for that kind of winter decorating?
Why, yes there is. And that is exactly what we are talking about today!
KNOWING THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FIRST
The most important thing when it comes to any type of decorating is to use your decorating style and color palette as a filter.
Everything you put in your home must be filtered through your style no matter what you are decorating and when. And everything you put in a room must work with your color palette.
Think of this as a hard and fast decorating rule. Remembering this will help you have a cohesive and beautiful home this winter and any other time of the year.
My style is Transitional. And our home’s colors are neutral. So winter decorating in our home means staying in the Transitional and neutral decorating lane!
So, the red and black buffalo throw pillows are not going to work in our living room no matter how much I would love to use them this winter, but neutral pillows with lots of texture will!
The pillows on the spindle chairs next to the fireplace have a lot of texture and their fuzzy raised design is reminiscencent of snowflakes.
WHAT DOES NON-CHRISTMASSY DECORATING MEAN
I’m not one to hold on to Christmas decor very long after New Year’s Day. Because I’m a blogger I decorate for Christmas very early so I’m ready to sweep our home free of all signs of Christmas right after the first of the year.
Here’s what you won’t find in our winter home…
- a Christmas tree
- everygreen wreaths
- red berries or other red Christmas looking decor
- any other overtly Christmassy thing
- fake snow
- small evergreen trees
- Christmas inspired ribbon
- again, anything overtly Christmasssy
If you love extending Christmas into January or beyond then it is important to do what YOU love. No judgment here! Decorating is all about creating a home that is comfortable and pleasing to us.
In our home, I interpret winter using…
- lots of white (surprise!)
- warm metals
- and a tiny hint of spring
WINTER DECORATING IDEAS LOOKING FORWARD
The more years I decorate for the winter months the more I like decorating with an eye looking forward rather than looking back.
What I mean is, I like winter decorating ideas that look towards March and April instead of looking back at December and January.
So my winter decor uses lots of white and texture and candlelight and maybe even a little nod to spring.
This may be a new concept to you. But it’s one you might want to give a try. It’s so pretty!
This is a wonderful way to decorate for winter if you don’t like cold weather or live in areas that have warmer winters or if you want something different.
DECORATING A WINTER FIREPLACE MANTEL
Because our flat surfaces, like a mantel, shelf, coffee table, dining table, buffet, or any other flat surface is often the focal point of our rooms it’s smart to think about decorating them for winter first.
Really decorating is all about adorning flat surfaces.
Let’s talk about mantels.
I like to strip down our mantel in winter and keep it simple. This winter I chose a symmetrical design using ginger jars.
I’m so thrilled ginger jars are gaining tons of attention as “hot” accent decor. They have always been a classic but they are v-e-r-y popular right now. Decorating with ginger jars is a very on-trend winter decorating idea!
I used a white ginger jar to create an arrangement with a few sprigs of evergreen (oops I broke one of my rules) and white faux hydrangeas and a few thin branches with budding leaves.
The evergreens don’t really look like a Christmas evergreen but add a bit of a wintry look to the arrangement.
WINTER DECORATING IDEAS FOR A COFFE TABLE
If you don’t have a mantel another great flat surface to use as a winter focal point is a coffee table.
Create a winter vignette using a textural tray or arrange items that inspire you on your coffee table
White flowering stock in a round white vase work towards adding lots of white to my living room this winter and creates that WOW factor we all love.
My go-to winter metal is usually mercury glass but I’m loving the warmth that goldtone candlesticks and votives this winter.
Instead of creating a winter vignette in a tray, I arranged a grouping of items that filled the coffee table. This is a very different look for me but I thought it would be fun to try something new.
The little brown vintage ginger jar on the coffee table repeats the ginger jar elements on the mantel. No matter the season, repeating decorating elements is important! You might like to read How To Have A Cohesive Home.
And the rich brown color is a nice contrast to all the white decor. You might like to read The Important Beauty Of Contrast In Decorating.
OTHER FLAT SURFACES
The other flat surfaces in our living room repeat and support the elements used on the mantel and coffee table.
A white vase holds the same budding branches as on the mantel. Decor like this will easily work through spring.
And the lanterns on the buffet mimic the goldtone of the candles on the coffee table.
THROW PILLOWS AND THROWS
One of the best winter decorating ideas is to use lots of pretty nubby pillows in your rooms this winter. And throws too!
For our living room, I used a mix of pillows with nubby textures, burlap trim, and heavy embroidery edging.
I also used white Mongolian pillows that are always my favorite for winter decorating! A pair of Mongolian pillows act as a cushion on a pair of hassocks flanking the white buffet.
And do as I say and not as I do when it comes to throws. Use them! I forgot to refold my throw on the back of our sofa so it did not make it into any of the images.
Think about chenille, wool, faux fur, cashmere, or any throw that adds warmth to a room, and you too!
OTHER NON-CHRISTMASSY WINTER DECORATING IDEAS
If you are like me and want to decorate your winter home looking forward to more pleasant months ahead while still wanting a cozy and warm looking home during the winter months then you might like these decorations to use in your home…
- use lots of candles and lanterns
- add a wood bead garland across the mantel or to a vignette
- create an arrangement with a few sprigs of evergreen but don’t overdo it
- use mercury glass anything on a mantel is so pretty for winter decorating
- string fairy light across the length of a mantel or gather in a bowl
- plant paperwhites in pots
- add small potted (real or faux) trees to your decor
- use nubby pillows like a sweater pillow
- faux fur or Mongolian and/or sheepskin pillows and throws are quintessential winter decor
- favor weighty fabrics like velvet are perfect for winter decorating
- scrunch up thick throw blankets on sofas and chairs
- pinecones, especially white painted pinecones or scented pinecones are always in winter style
- fill a big vase with white tulips- perfect for any season
- place a basket or bucket of birch logs next to the fireplace
- layer decor like pillows and throws
- incorporate flowers (real or faux), plants and trees to give much needed life to any room
- lean a small mirror on a flat surface to reflect light
- display white dishes and silver for a wintry look
- mix white dishes with warm natural wood chargers
- display a sign that has a winter saying
- use lots of metallics- mercury glass, silver and goldtone
I hope you will find many ideas for decorating your home after Christmas looking forward to spring!