The weather outside may be frightful, but the inside of your home can still be a warm and cozy wonderland. Make the winter season more cheerful with snow-capped branches, piping-hot mugs, and evergreen leaves that accent your indoor spaces with an enchanting display.

Cozy Winter Decor Ideas

If you’re on the hunt for wintery home design ideas, look no further. We’ve got some simple winter decorating tips to get you through the chilly season in style.

Incorporate Winter Greenery

Bring the beauty of the outdoor landscape straight into your home with winter greenery. While many plants enter dormancy during the cold season, others like spruce, pine, juniper, and eucalyptus thrive against a snowy backdrop. Incorporate these stunning sprigs throughout your home for the perfect seasonal display.

Creating a winter mantel design with greenery is a simple way to dress up your space. Once you’ve selected sprigs for your display, use command strips to secure it to the mantel. These strips with hooks are perfect for the job; stick them flat on the mantel top to keep the garland from sliding forward. When you’re ready to take down your winter decor, each hook has stretch-release technology for simple removal that won’t damage the mantel’s surface.

Winter greenery across a white mantel
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Don’t confine this type of nature-inspired decor to your hearths and mantels — use it throughout your home to dress up tabletops, entryways, and stair railings.

Eucalyptus sprigs make lovely winter bouquets. You can make your own eucalyptus bouquets using artificial greenery and flowers for an arrangement that keeps on giving. The Afloral Blog explains how to make a DIY bouquet in four easy steps:

  1. Gather your supplies: artificial white roses, artificial eucalyptus sprigs, wire cutters, and stem wrap.
  2. Secure the white roses together using stem wrap.
  3. Add eucalyptus sprigs between the roses and secure the pieces with wrap.
  4. Use wire cutters to trim the stems and any stray sprigs.

Add any berries, wood elements, or additional flowers you’d like. Then, place your reusable bouquet in a glass vase and enjoy. 

Bouquet made of artificial white roses and eucalyptus sprigs
Image Source: Pinterest, Afloral

Looking for some green decor for your front door? This video tutorial from Jenny’s Wreath Boutique explains how to make a DIY winter wreath:

Use Woodland Elements

Greenery isn’t the only natural material that can spruce up your home this winter. Other elements like pine cones, acorns, and grapevines make stunning winter decorations for your home. 

Pine cones are the MVP of winter and fall decor. They bring a woody, natural ambiance and visual appeal to the spaces around your home. Check out some of our favorite pinecone decoration ideas — these handy woodland treasures bring endless possibilities:

  • Nestle pine cones along shelves, books, and cabinets to add texture and dimension.
  • Use miniature pine cones and acorns as a filler for your favorite flower vase. 
  • Bleach pine cones to introduce a snow-covered addition to your woodland decor collection.
  • String pine cones on fishing line or greenery for a DIY pinecone garland.

Cook up some cinnamon-scented pine cones for a deliciously beautiful decoration.

Brown and white pine cones decorating a tabletop
Image Source:  Pinterest, A Piece of Rainbow

If you’d like a winter centerpiece for a coffee table, dining room, or entryway table, this assortment of decorative orbs from the Bloom Room Amazon store is an excellent choice. The package includes cork, wicker, rattan, and grapevine balls to place in a vase or bowl. Alternatively, you can scatter the pieces across your tabletop or mantel for a more casual look.

Assorted woodland ball decorations on a mantel
Image Source:  Amazon, Bloom Room

Create a Candle Vignette

Candles add a touch of warmth and comfort to your winter home design. They bring a classic, cozy appeal that transitions seamlessly into the remaining winter months, even after the holidays. 

Candlesticks in various winter white hues are extremely useful for seasonal decorating. Winter whites have warm undertones, resulting in a creamier, off-white appearance. This color scheme creates a softer aesthetic than cold, snow-white hues. 

We suggest pairing cream-colored candlesticks with gold or silver holders for a glamorous yet simple decoration. You can also use mercury glass candleholders for a dappled silver visual appeal. 

Assorted candle holders made of dappled mercury glass
Image Source:  Pinterest, West Elm

Don’t be afraid to introduce different heights, textures, and shapes of candles into your vignette. A vignette is about grouping various decorative items in a display that adds visual interest to a space. Arrange your candles in a way that makes a statement while accenting the surrounding decor. 

Silver and gold candle holders with off-white candlesticks
Image Source:  Canva

Quick tip: Struggling to create a tasteful mantel display, vignette, or tablescape? When decorating with loose items like orbs, pine cones, vases, or candles, remember to use an assortment of sizes for more depth and dimension. Avoid placing the decorations in a straight line. Instead, disperse an odd number of items across the surface for a more organic feel.

Set up a Hot Cocoa Bar

A hot cocoa bar is a must-have winter decoration that doubles as a delicious drink station. You can set up the bar on an entryway table or kitchen shelf or opt for a more convenient location like an existing coffee area or bar cart. No matter where you place your hot chocolate bar, make sure to include festive mugs, stirs, marshmallows, and your favorite hot cocoa mix. 

Hot cocoa bars also make an excellent addition to Christmas parties and holiday soirees. Kids and adults will love stopping by your festive drink station for a customized cup of comfort.

Hot cocoa bar in front of a decorative sign
Image Source:  Pinterest, Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss
Hot cocoa bar with syrups, cups, marshmallows, and whipped cream.
Image Source: Pinterest, Katie Snyder

Add Cozy Living Room Decor

Transform your living room into a winter wonderland with these quick decorative touches. 

Place a faux fur throw blanket over the back of your couch to soften the space and keep you warm on chilly nights. This throw from Everlasting Comfort is an affordable and stylish option. It has mink-like faux fur in an ivory hue for the ultimate wintery look. 

After adorning your couches and loveseats with soft blankets, add some matching winter white throw pillows to complete the look.

White couch with faux fur throw pillow and blanket
Image Source: Pinterest, Wayfair

Here are a few more quick and easy decorations to enhance your space:

Your Very Own Winter Wonderland

We hope these decor ideas help you turn your home into a cozy haven as the temperatures drop. With decorations that incorporate the beauty of winter into your aesthetic, you’ll have the perfect space to hunker down and enjoy the season.

Are you looking to beautify your outdoor landscape for the chilly months? Add some cold-season color to your garden with this list of flowers that bloom in winter.

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Elisabeth Beauchamp

Elisabeth Beauchamp

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Elisabeth Beauchamp is a content producer for Today’s Homeowner’s Lawn and Windows categories. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in Journalism and Linguistics. When Elisabeth isn’t writing about flowers, foliage, and fertilizer, she’s researching landscaping trends and current events in the agricultural space. Elisabeth aims to educate and equip readers with the tools they need to create a home they love.

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