Winter Decorating Ideas And Creating A Fresh Clean Look After Christmas

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Easy ideas for ways to create a fresh, clean look around your home after Christmas.

As much as I adore the coziness of my home when it’s dressed in its Christmas finery, I’m ready for a fresh, clean less is more look once all of the holiday decorations have been packed away for the year.

coffee table vignette with wood bowl, wood beads and wood candlesticks

I don’t know about you, but I put a lot of work into my Christmas decorations, so when I’m ready to transition my decor for the winter, simple and easy is the name of the game. You can rest assured that I try my best to employ my KISS decorating method wherever possible!

I have found that I tend to decorate for the winter with the same type of items year after year, but I always change things up a bit. This is where having a winter home decor capsule comes in super handy and saves me lots of money! So, this year, as usual, you’ll see lots of artificial pine, pine cones, shades of white and touches of various wood tones spread throughout my house.

Rather than making my home look like winter exploded in it, I prefer to sprinkle what I like to call “winter moments” throughout my main rooms. It’s such an easy look to live with, but still gives me the coziness that I crave this time of year.

In my family room for example, I brought my favorite round basket back in to use on my upholstered coffee table, where I created a simple vignette with chunky wood candlesticks, some books, an old green jar and a pine cone.

coffee table vignette in a round wicker tray basket with wood candlesticks, a green jar, a large pinecone and some stacked books

The rest of the decor on the table was kept simple, but cozy by using lots of texture. A folded throw over the table. a wood bowl, some wood beads and a few candles all give off a cozy textural vibe. And yes, we really do burn those candles!

upholstered coffee table decorated with a folded throw and wood accessories

DECORATING TIP: Anytime you’re decorating a room, especially when you want a cozy feel, texture is one of the key elements that you’ll want to be sure to include.

After all of the fussiness of Christmas, I’m really enjoying the clean and simple look in the corner where our Christmas tree was. It was one of my favorite trees ever, but I’m actually glad to have everything put away.

gray chair, floor lamp, blue side table sitting in front of windows and beside a white fireplace

To make room for Christmas, my live plants get relegated to the laundry room, so I’m always glad when it’s time to bring those back out because they breath so much life into a room. This particular one just loves this bright and sunny spot. I can almost see it smile once I put it back here.  😀

I kept things simple on the fireplace too. Just a lantern and a grouping of black candlesticks are enough for the mantel. I added some faux long needle pine branches to my crock and even brought in a set of fireplace tools to use on the hearth. Our fireplace is gas, but those tools just say “cozy winter fire” to me. Can you see my dog’s reflection in the glass fireplace door?

grouping of black candlesticks beside a white mirror on a white fireplace mantel

antique crock filled with faux pine greenery on a white fireplace hearth

Let’s talk about how super simple I kept things in the dining room too. I made things really easy on myself by just taking away anything that said Christmas and filling in with things that say winter.

I left the snowy garland that I had above my mirror for Christmas, but took away the gold tinsel wreath and gold ornaments that filled the wooden bowl down below.

round mirror with greenery garland above over a white sideboard flanked by two lamps

The snow covered pinecones were actually used in the tree topper for the Christmas tree that was in this room.

wooden bowl filled with evergreens and pinecones

The only change I made to the centerpiece was to remove the gold tinsel trees and fill in with snowy pine branches that were also a part of the tree.

beaded chandelier above dining room table with a pair of glass lanterns for the centerpiece

faux snow covered pine branches and pinecones in a small wicker basket on a dining table

The last spot that I made any changes to for the winter is the open shelves in my breakfast area. I mentioned a while back that I was going to try keeping the same basic decor on the shelves all of the time and just switching a few things out for any seasonal and holiday changes that I wanted to make. I started that for the fall and so far, that’s worked really well and has saved me a lot of work!

open shelves above wood sideboard decorated for winter with white dishes

White dishes work really well as a decorating base if you want to give something like this a try in your own home.

white dishes and live plants on open wooden shelves

My shelves sit in a bay window at one end of my kitchen, so the live plants love it here too.

Do you decorate your home for winter or do you just clean the Christmas up and wait until spring?

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12 Comments

  1. I decorate for winter very similar to you – candles, because the house seems so dark and dim at night without all of the Christmas lights, greenery, and natural looking elements. I am usually ready for Christmas to be put away by New Years, but then the house looks so bare I can’t stand not to decorate a little. I also have a few snowman figurines sitting around.

  2. Kathy Menold says:

    I discovered the white dish decorating hack a few years ago and it makes things so much simpler for seasonal changes. My white pieces are in a 9 square wall piece I have on the kitchen wall over a buffet and I can add or subtract how much depending on my mood. Right now for Winter it is all white and is just the calm feeling I need.

  3. Hi Suzy, I agree, by the time Christmas is over and the decorations come down, I am craving simple and clean! But then, as other said, everything looks so bare! So I’ve kept some winter greenery and pine cones out, but after living with this look for a few days, I’m almost leaning towards taking them down and just doing some plain, everyday decorating that doesn’t lean toward any season or holiday.
    I so enjoy your blog, and you truly inspire me with it! Thanks!

  4. Nancy Carroll says:

    Everything looks so calming and clean, I love it! Ugh, I’m still organizing and packing away Christmas! But I’m vowing to get it all stored away today!!

  5. I love how clean and organized your home looks after Christmas. I tend to leave up a lot of greenery to make things seem more “alive” on the inside. I should probably take the live garland down from the dining room chandelier but it still looks great and it feels so cozy sitting at the table. What do you think? Take the greenery down and suck it up or leave it until it’s “brownery”? 😉 Thanks for the great ideas.

    1. I love to live greenery up for the winter! Whether you’re using real or faux, I think it adds a level of coziness to spaces that often feel visually cold and sparse after all of the Christmas decorations have been taken down. 😀

  6. I love your small blue side table. I have one just like it that’s black with a wood finish for the insert. Did you paint yours or is that the original color? I’ve been thinking of painting mine and would love to know if you did and if so, did you use a brush or roller. Thank you!

    1. That little side table used to be avocado green (really ugly), but I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Napoleanic Blue. I used a 1/4″ nap roller on all of the flat surfaces and then used a brush where a roller wouldn’t work. Instead of sealing the paint with a wax, I sealed it with a varathane in a satin finish.

  7. Those little wooden candle holders are too cute. May I ask where you got those? I’m kinda crushing over them lol.

    Thank you

    1. They came from Target a couple of years ago. 😀