Welcome to Neutral Winter Decor: How to decorate after Christmas!
If you are wondering how to decorate after Christmas decorations come down, then you’ve come to the right place. Spaces like the family room, dining room, and even the entrance porch can look dull once Christmas decor is taken down. This post should inspire you on how to transition from holiday decor to a neutral and natural winter home decor.
After all the Christmas decorations are removed we often expect the house to return to a normal look and feel. However, that may oftentimes not be the case. Emptiness is very likely felt after all the twinkling lights and red decorations are tucked away. See it as your chance to add a bit of twist to what remains.
This can be achieved by using neutral tones, evergreens, and by introducing textures. The idea is to create warmth within comfortable spaces. White cold days and long nights mean we need a warm and cozy interior more than ever. It is also a time to nest and there is no better way to achieve that than with a good book, or movie, and (for some of us who are lucky enough) a fireplace. Did I just forget to mention coffee?
A lot of your Christmas decorations (birch logs, pinecones, & pine leaves) are still going to remain relevant throughout the winter season. Neutral tones and natural evergreens are great as they work with most interior styles.
Neutral Winter Decor: How to decorate after Christmas
Whether it is inspirations for the cottage, the country farmhouse, or the city’s bachelor pad, we hope that you’ll find something to inspire your winter home decor after Christmas here.
Winter Foyer Decor
Source: Bless’er House
Candlelight has the ability to maintain a connection with Christmas decor while remaining neutral. A mirror is always a practical piece in an entryway. Here, incorporated with decorative wood frames, they look warmer and act more like wall art rather than purely utilitarian. Other warm elements such as a cozy throw blanket and birch logs are timeless winter reminders. They could not have worked better in this simple yet carefully styled entryway by Bless’er House.
Source: House by Hoff
Sometimes, a ‘less is more’ approach is all that is required to create a welcoming entryway. This simple entryway and console styling is elegant and will remain so even beyond the winter months.
Neutral Winter Fireplace & Mantle Decor
Source: Worthing Court
Source: The Shabby Creek Cottage
The mantle is a great place to include both neutral tones and textured decor elements. Candle lanterns and a wicker basket next to a fireplace hearth always work as are easy on the eyes decor. A hint of evergreen like pine leaves will add will enhance any mantle-top or fireplace with natural color and texture. Wood vignettes in natural tones will only boost that effect. Don’t forget the candles. Scented ones will add a new dimension to the overall room feel and enhance the sensory experience.
Neutral Winter Living Room
Source: Love Grows Wild
Source: Julie Blanner
Simply put, a great way to enjoy winter indoor is to create a reading nook with a comfy chair, some warm and soft pillows, and a cozy blanket. They all provide ample ways to add texture to your decor. Experiment with textured pillows on the chairs or sofa. Area rugs are another way to include texture. Add life to the quiet spaces with a hint of wintergreens. Black accents (the layered area rug by StoneGable) will easily add the necessary contrast to balance any neutral interior furniture, walls, and floors.
Neutral Winter Centerpiece & Vignette
Source: Kim Power Style
Source: Sylvia Cook
Source: Anderson + Grant
Coffee table vignette using a cloche filled with pinecones on a slab of wood. Green bottlebrush trees provide the necessary color contrast to make this piece stand out on its own. The possibilities are endless when it comes to vignettes and centerpieces. Try different combinations and see which one works best in your space.
Neutral Winter Tablescape
Source: Boxwood Avenue
Source: Rooms for Rent
Source: House of Hawthornes
Source: Your Space by Design
Birch logs, pinecones, wintergreens, curly willow branches, and magnolia leaves are all you need to achieve a winter-worthy outdoor planter. Oh, don’t forget to add the little owl. It just makes it so much cuter and more welcoming to the winter porch. Play around with different combinations to achieve what appeals to you. Be creative and have fun with it!
Conclusion: Neutral Winter Decor: How to decorate after Christmas
Finally, once the Christmas decorations are taken down, it is sometimes difficult to come up with ways to retain a welcoming interior. This applies mostly to spaces with white walls that are styled in neutral tones. However, by simply incorporating green plants in the room, a table centerpiece, or vignette will add a pop of color and cheer things up. The best part, by keeping things simple, a neutral yet cozy winter look can easily be achieved in no time. Be creative, use, or re-use found items to experiment with new ideas.
It is hoped that the above decor samples of how, with a few tweaks or twists, a cozy and welcoming decor can be achieved. Winter, after all, is a time most of us spend indoors. It is also a good time to spend with family. So, make your space as warm and comfortable as possible.
Happy winter decorating!
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