Cabin Fever? Refresh Your Home with These Winter Decorating Tips
As the mercury drops, most of us retreat to the cozy warmth of our homes for the winter. But staring at the same décor for months on end can leave you with a serious case of the winter blahs. Revamp your home this winter for a look that will keep you cheery and comfy all season long.
Add Some Warmth
No fireplace? No problem. Try this hanging fireplace to muster up some extra warmth this season. Its chic modern design provides a perfect focal point for your living room. It runs on liquid fuel, so you don’t need to worry about troublesome ash on your carpet. Hang it on any wall, no hookups needed. Just check with your landlord’s policies before you shell out the cash.
If crackling fires aren’t your style, miniaturize the glow by investing in some quality candles. Have kids? Swap out the pillar version for scented jar candles. Flickering candlelight flatters everyone – and it will disguise your mess, to boot.
Create a Bedtime Oasis
There’s nothing more satisfying than crawling into a warm bed after a long, cold day. Invest in some soft fleece or flannel sheets, and add a duvet to make your sleeping space extra comfy. If you’re looking to revamp your space, spruce up your bed with some brightly colored decorative pillows. These cable knit pillows give the feeling of luxe, without the price tag. Try mixing them with different textures and colors until you achieve your desired look.
Rethink Your Entryway
Your entryway is the first room your guests see when they enter your home, so why not spend a little time making it shine? A cozy rug stops the echoes of cold bare floors and keeps guests’ toes nice and warm. An entryway table also provides a place to toss keys, mail, and gloves when you walk in the door. We love the idea of labeling baskets to catch wayward shoes and boots.
If your entry is enclosed, consider going bold with some temporary wallpaper. It allows you to have some fun with your space, with little commitment.
Embrace the Cold
Is the weather outside your door frightful? Embrace it by creating a cabin feel. Plaids are all the rage this season, so deck your halls in your favorite shades of tartan. Take advantage of the woodland animal trend and accent your home with moose, squirrels, and bears. Just remember to keep your tone modern, so you hit “cabin chic” and not “Escanaba in Da Moonlight.”
Add a Pop of Color
If you’re the type to bah humbug while living in a winter wonderland, make your home your oasis from the snow and cold. Combat the pristine whiteness of snow (or, even worse, the black sludge that remains after the plowing’s done) by infusing your home with bright colors.
The key to making the bright color trend work is to pick one focal point, and fill in accents to complement it. For example, pick one wall and paint it that sunny shade of yellow you’ve been eyeing. Bring the focus to the wall with black and white picture canvases, and white and teal accents. Now you have a conversation piece – and a reminder of the sunshine – all gloomy winter long.
Take it Outside
If you’re strapped for decorating ideas after the wreath and inflatable reindeer have been relegated to their storage containers after holiday season, you’re not alone. While winter exterior decorating can be a head scratcher if you live in a wintry climate, there are a few things you can still do:
- Try a winter-proof container garden. Plants like evergreens, spruce, and cedar don’t need to be exclusive to the holiday season. Their greenery lasts all winter long, so spruce up your porch with these hardy plants.
- If you have a DIY spirit and access to wood pallets, then vintage decorating options abound. These snowmen can be customized to fit your outdoor décor and color scheme. This reclaimed wood sled gives your home a cool retro feel.
- For a wreath that will last long after the holiday season is over, consider a neural material that’s also eco-friendly. For the oenophile, a recycled cork wreath can decorate your doorstep all season long.
Rethink Your Art
Winter can provide the perfect opportunity to deck your walls with new art pieces. But think beyond the Starry Night reproduction. Buying original art may seem like it’s out of your price range, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out local coffee shops in your area: they often display artwork made by local artisans, and they sell it for a reasonable price. If you can’t find anything locally, Zatista sells a range of artwork, much of it for under $500. If all else fails, take it upon yourself to create a masterpiece: grab your camera and play with filters on Instagram until you find a photo that’s canvas worthy.