Thursday, December 17, 2020 / by Earl Gaddi
As Canadians, we know the harsh winter conditions Mother Nature can throw our way. If it’s not snowdrifts six-feet deep, it’s chilly winds that bring tears to your eyes. Naturally, during these cold winter months, we seek refuge inside our homes, which is why it’s important to create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere that you love to spend time in.
Often when you hear “winter décor” you automatically think of Christmas. And while Christmas décor does have its time and place, what are your plans for the remaining three months? We can’t keep that Christmas tree up forever!
The following five must-have home décor items are neutral, yet seasonal enough to give your home that cozy winter vibe.
Nothing warms up a space like a throw. As soon as that snow starts to blow, you’re going to want to cozy up and stay warm. Merino wool chunky knit throws like this one from Handmade by Chris n Kris and faux-fur throws are perfect for tossing over your couch, chairs, or bed– instantly giving it a cozy chalet-like feel. If you have a space in the house that is often cooler in the winter months, like a basement, keeping several linen or waffle throws in a basket makes it easy for guests to grab their own.
Winter can be such a dark and dreary time, meaning there’s less natural daylight coming into your home. Mirrors can help reflect natural light around your home and add a little sparkle. This dupe of the fan-favourite Anthropologie mirror is perfect over a fireplace mantle, while this arched leaning mirror from West Elm would be ideal at the end of a long hallway. Even mirrored surfaces like trays, tables, or consoles can brighten up a space.
Items from nature
There are lots of beautiful home décor items given to us by nature (for free!) including pinecones, birch logs, cedar and pine clippings, pampas grasses, and sticks. Fresh winter greenery strategically placed on your mantel, swagged across a railing, in oversized urns, on a table, or in a vase can bring life to a room, filling it with the beautiful scent of nature. Preserved greenery, like this boxwood wreath from LemonTree Interiors, is also a great investment as it can be used year-after-year if stored properly. If faux is more your thing (because let’s face it, nobody wants to vacuum up pine needles every day) opt for realistic versions like this pine branch from Bed Bath and Beyond.
Winter figurines & accessories
Think beyond Christmas and other winter holidays when choosing figurines and accessories and opt for something that is seasonally neutral. Ceramic and metal houses are neutral options adding a touch of whimsy to your décor no matter your style. Reindeer and wooden trees also are a good representation of winter and won’t seem dated or out of place once the holidays have come and gone. Lastly, swapping out linens like your tea towels, table runner and pillow covers is a great way to update your décor for winter.
Maintain a warm, magical glow throughout the entire winter with twinkle or fairy lights. Opt for battery-powered lights so you can place them anywhere. They will surely bring a smile to your face any time you turn them on!
Try one or all of these easy to implement home décor tips this winter and you’ll be sure to enjoy your time spent inside.