Halloween and Thanksgiving are behind us, and you know what that means: ‘tis the season to decorate for winter! Now, we’re all about traditions, but the fun thing about interior design is that you can thwart everyone’s expectations about what winter decorations can look like. Whether you celebrate other holidays besides Christmas (or don’t celebrate at all!), or whether you just want to shake up your traditional holiday decor, we have some ideas for how you can deck the halls in ways that will excite your imagination.
Welcome To Winter Whites
There’s something so simple and classic but still incredibly luxe about a white on white color scheme. The trick behind making it visually enticing is to layer in various textures and heights, and sprinkle in a few metallic accents to amp up the shine. Layer a decadently soft faux fur throw over the couch behind intricately beaded white and silver decorative pillows. Take a frosted white glass vase and arrange faux branches which have been decorated with glittering artificial snow and ice inside, and place it on an end table. Need some mood lighting? Fill some large glass candle holders designed to hold pillar candles with a strands of simple white twinkle lights and place them along your mantle or a console table. You can even incorporate your color scheme into your wall art! A printed canvas featuring stark white birch trees against a silvery or glacial blue background makes for a gorgeous focal point. Note: while we love this elegant decorative take on seasonal decorating, it may be best left to people without small kids, as sticky fingers and an all-white color palette don’t often mix well.
Do you adore decorating your Christmas tree, but find yourself feeling uninspired by the same old green and red ball ornaments? Do you reach for the same nutcracker statuettes and Nativity scene (the one where the wise men went missing three years ago and had to be replaced by Lego figures) and sigh at their sameness? Traditions can be amazing, but can also sometimes feel more like obligations. That’s why we’re firm believers in giving yourself permission to mix it up. You can get affordable Christmas ornaments at big box stores and craft stores in all kinds of fresh color palettes that will help you put a new twist on your Christmas decor. If you want to be on trend but also stay a little neutral, you can opt for rose gold ornaments and add champagne-colored ornaments to complement them. If you’re feeling bolder, mix and match jewel-toned ornaments to create a custom color story. We love to combine teal, violet, and emerald-toned ornaments and highlight them with gorgeous holographic peacock ornaments. The only rule? The more glittery, the better. Amp up the glam factor by leaning into the reversible sequin trend, and get some sequined Christmas stockings to hang over the hearth. Some traditions are made for breaking: it’s time to let your decor tell the story of how fabulous you are.
When you think of holiday-adjacent foliage, you probably conjure up images of pine trees, holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias. But it’s time to think outside the flowerpot! Winter florals can liven up your decor and make your home feel like it’s in full bloom, even when the weather outside is frightful. If you love the look of succulents (another trendy decor item) you can find DIYs online for crafting a DIY succulent topiary tree to use as a holiday centerpiece. You may also enjoy the vibrant blooms found on a Christmas cactus. Certain flowers bloom well in the winter, including pansies, primroses, violets, winter jasmine and English marigolds. Consider incorporating potted planters of these blossoms onto windowsills or across the mantle for a pop of floral color indoors. You can even get away from ornaments altogether and instead festoon your Christmas tree with a colorful floral garland.
Christmas and holiday decorating has a reputation for being a bit staid and traditional. But whether you opt for winter white, glitz or glam, vibrant florals, or a theme from your own imagination, we hope we’ve given you the inspiration you need to reinvent your own winter decor.