Winter brings chilly weather, which means you’ll be spending more time at home in the coming months. So it’s definitely worth your time to make every room feel thoroughly warm, homey, and inviting. And that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck living with kitschy wreaths and holiday decor until March (though some festive winter decorations are definitely elevated enough to leave out, as you’ll soon see). Winter decorating is all about incorporating rich, textural layers and seasonal colors that reflect the season. Whether you want to go shopping for some wintery artwork and decor or you’d rather work with what you’ve got, these 30 winter decorating ideas will help you prep for hibernation in style.
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A mohair blanket will bring textural intrigue to your bedding and won’t break the bank. We’re digging this fluffy one in a bedroom designed by Osklo Studio. Also, consider swapping airy summer linens with cotton to stay warm and seasonally on point.
Keep Holiday Garlands Out
Keep your festive winter decorations up all season long, even after the holidays pass. Use this pretty and elevated garland in a living room by Charlotte Moss as inspiration. Green is a natural mood-booster, so why not?
Balance Light and Heavy Materials
This cozy reading nook was practically built for cozy days spent with a great book on a chilly winter day. Design firm Workstead incorporated angular accents and furnishings (a narrow brass lamp, a chaise with hairpin legs, and a glass side table), keep the old-school floral print, antique wood floors, and traditional oil painting from becoming too heavy in the warmer months.
Designed by Cathy Chapman, this cozy Vermont home is especially comforting during the wintertime. To get your own home ready for the season, take note of this timeless sunroom. While it’s light and airy enough to feel appropriate during summer, it’s also uplifting during the winter without feeling out of place. That’s thanks to the dark wood furnishings, warm textiles, and family-friendly atmosphere.
Designed by Heidi Lachapelle, this welcoming sitting room in an upstate New York farmhouse features plenty of antiques, evoking cozier, simpler days of yore. Balanced with modern touches and restored architectural bones, it’s the best of both worlds.
Extend the lifespan of your outdoor hangout space with a fireplace and plenty of cozy throws. A space heater or portable fire pit will also work if renovating isn’t in the cards and you don’t already have an outdoor fireplace on the patio.
Vibrant blue wallpaper and bedding make this bedroom by Bryan Patrick Flynn cheerful yet cozy, the perfect combo for winter. To enhance the winter mood even further, add faux fur throws, candles, and fresh greenery.
A subtle way to upgrade your home for the cool months ahead? Keep firewood handy for a chic display (and for easy access when you want to warm up by the fireplace).
How do you make a cabin feel both intimate and spacious, rustic and upscale? The designer behind this Montana ski home, Kylee Shintaffer, has plenty to teach us. “There are small spots that could be for one or two people curled up in a chair—or the living room, where the opposing sectionals are sixteen feet long,” she explains. She took advantage of cozy landing space and corners by turning them into intimate bonus rooms.
Bring It to the Bathroom
Hang a garland over double sinks in the bathroom to bring the winter holiday vibes to every inch of your home. Bonus points for red accents and plants.
Bring it to the Stairs
Wrap a lackluster staircase in a lush green garland. A little bit of greenery can enliven an entire room.
Swap out vibrant, summery vases for moodier ones. On this mantle in a Studio Razavi-designed living room, the cluster of graphic ceramic vases bring a warm yet edgier vibe. You could also swap out bright lamp shades for black ones.
Get Ready for Game Night
Optimize a room for game nights, since you’ll likely be staying in more during the winter months. Design Fitz Pullins added a fun neon wall light and placed a chessboard on the table.
Anne Pynne winterized this vignette with candles and florals, two simple upgrades. Green candles in the iron-wrought holders secured to the wall are the perfect holiday touch and make the hallway feel like an old European castle. The bouquet of red flowers is the cherry on top.
Assert a Sense of Place
This mountain home designed by Hecker Guthrie evokes a sense of place and whimsy with a ceiling installation of miniature gondolas. It stretches all the way from the breakfast nook to the sofa in the great room.
Get the mudroom or entryway ready for the mess of winter with coat racks, a show corner, and a bench. Designed by Regan Baker, this one will work in any season, but will especially come in handy on snow days.
Splice In Winter Candles
For an understated winter wonderland effect, take note from this Heather Hilliard-designed vignette. The light-blue candlesticks play up the wintery look and are more unique than the classic white option, yet they still feel timeless and pair nicely with the artwork above.
You don’t need to go all out with bold color—keep your winter palette neutral and moody, like this cozy study space designed by Shamshiri Studios. And a faux sheepskin throw never hurts when you’re aiming for a winter look.
Introduce Rich Textures
Sometimes all it takes to change the seasonal mood of a space is a different fabric. Instead of light linens and airy cottons, opt for a throw pillow with more texture. In this nook designed by Heather Hilliard, the velvet blue throw pillow brings more depth.
“The planter in our entryway changes with the seasons. In the winter, I incorporate moss, princess pine, and berries—I want my guests to feel like they’ve been transported elsewhere,” Charlotte Moss says of this holiday entryway setup. Though she decorated it like this for the holidays, you could replicate it all winter long.
Use Earthier Serving Platters
If you’re entertaining this winter, opt for serveware that lends itself more to a rustic, earthy mood. The raw wood cheeseboard paired with the dark wooden bowls in this cozy living room by Leanne Ford Interiors set the perfect example.
Though the woven bench in this space designed by Hecker Guthrie feels decidedly sunny, the dark area rug, floor lamp, and wall art put it in a more wintery mood. The black and slate throw pillows help, too.
Add some folk touches, like fun, homemade quilts, and layer on layers of pattern. All of those whimsical elements will bring coziness to a loft space or chalet, like this grand living room by Anthony Baratta.
Accent With Warm Tones
Get that winter warmth you’re craving with sunny tones and deep wood finishes. Whether you lay the foundation with a different rug like Commune Design did in this living room, paint an accent wall, add a throw blanket, or set the table with new glasses—introducing some orange is a sure-fire way to get cozy this winter.
Something about winter just begs for more nature-inspired decor. (It probably has something to do with the fact that we can’t spend as much time outside.) In this living room designed by Studio Razavi, the two wooden stools are a subtle way to reflect the view beyond the window.
Hang some eucalyptus by the entryway for a soothing welcome every time you walk through the front door. If you don’t already have hooks or a coat rack set up, here’s your excuse to make it happen.
Pile on the Plaid Pillows
Swap your summer pastels for deeper colors like burgundy, charcoal, and caramel. Plaid is the perfect cozy pattern for both fall and winter. Add a pillow or blanket, or reupholster a chair. The sheepskin throw under the coffee table in this living room designed by Christian Burch and John Frenchette also warms things up.
Deck Out the Fireplace
Designed by NICOLEHOLLIS Studio, this cozy reading nook by the fireplace is all dressed up and ready for winter. From the stone fruit on the side table and antlers on the mantel to the furry throw cushion on the rocking chair, it’s a seasonal dream.
Don’t Forget the Kid’s Room
Bright colors can work in winter, too. In this children’s bedroom designed by Ken Fulk, a rustic bench and repurposed vintage textiles balance out the more playful pieces.
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