The couple of weeks after Christmas and New Year’s can be a weird time of transition for yourself and your home. You’re not sure when to take down all the holiday decorations and when you do, your home feels bare without them. But before you put away all your Christmas and holiday décor this year, consider using these decorating ideas throughout winter!
When I decorate for Christmas I tend to have a lot of natural greens and winter snowmen around the house, so I keep those items out while the Santa’s and reindeer get packed away. Here are other things that I do to decorate my home after the holidays.
Get Rid of Red
I don’t wear a lot of red and I don’t have a lot of red in my home. The color red to me, screams Christmas. It’s a holly jolly color that reminds me of the joys of the holiday season. Therefore, I pack up all the items that are red after Christmas is over. This means my Santa collection, the knit stockings, tree skirt, plush blankets, and decorative throw pillows. What you do want to keep out however are all the winter white and green decorations that you had up.
The corner of my home where the tree once stood is quite dark now, so I keep a few lights up through winter. They can be fairy lights or white lights from your Christmas tree that help during late nights or dark mornings. So don’t put away all your Christmas lights. Keep the lights out for a soft glow on your mantel, in your house plants, or put them in a pretty container.
The theme of my home now is a white winter wonderland. I decorate with multiple small snowmen that are placed around on different and tables and I strategically place winter greens on all the shelves. Unlike Christmas decor, winter decor doesn’t have to be big and bold. I prefer to tone things down after Christmas by using simple, rustic touches like pine cones. I also love replacing all the heavy garland around the house with small, subtle trimmings. For an easy winter, coffee table centerpiece, place some small tree trimmings in a basket that is tied off with a twine bow. Boom. Easy winter decor.
Keep it Cozy
As much as I hate the cold, winter does mean that I get to decorate my home in plush and cozy pillows and blankets. I love anything cozy so the period after Christmas is the perfect time to decorate with anything that is soft and will keep you warm. Personally, I love having oversized sherpa and plush pillows on my bed as well as having fuzzy throws on my couch. These items instantly make any space feel warmer and inviting.
Faux sheepskin is a very easy way to incorporate white and texture into your home after the holidays. I have a couple of small faux sheepskin rugs around my home and they definitely add in some personality to the room. You can place them on the back of a chair, sofa, or over a table or ottoman. You could also drape them over a stair banister or hang it straight on the wall. Get crazy and layer fur on fur!
As much as I love Christmas, it always feels so good to get the house back in order after the holidays. I started decorating for Christmas right after Halloween and our tree went up on Thanksgiving day. So I was definitely feeling the need to take down all the decorations and move onto the winter decor. And it really wasn’t that difficult. It’s just a few simple changes here and there that make the transition from Christmas to winter decor an easy process. And the good thing is that many of your Christmas decorations will probably work for winter too—just be selective, tone things down a bit, and do what feels right for your home.
I’d love to hear when you take your Christmas decorations down or if you have any great tips for making the transition to winter.