Winter Decor After Christmas: Easy Decorating Ideas!

What are the best ideas for winter decor after Christmas, and how should you transition your home following the holidays?

In this post, I will share a few simple tips on how to transition your home from the festive Christmas Holiday decorations to a cozy and welcoming winter decor. 

This post is about winter decor after Christmas!

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As much as I get excited to start a New Year and set new goals for myself, I also get so upset when all the holiday excitement is over (especially Thanksgiving and Christmas).

My sister once said taking all the Christmas decorations down feels like returning home from a fun trip! I completely agree with her! LOL!

This is why I like to start transitioning our home to a “cozy winter look”, so I will not feel like all the fun is over! hahaha

One of the parts that I do not like about “after the holidays” is our home all of a sudden feels so “bare” with no decorations!

Bringing our regular home decor back out does not make me that excited! Haha! That is why every January I try to add a few cozy winter decors to our living room and kitchen!

How to Decorate Your Home After Christmas

Winter Decor After Christmas

Tip #1- Start With “Decluttering”

This is my favorite part about beginning the new year and cleaning up our home after Christmas! I DECLUTTER so much!

I find myself collecting so much stuff (from mugs to vases to trays, candles, and decorative faux flowers…) and so much more!

Of course, I keep the ones I know I will use, but I donate the ones that I know I am not going to use anymore. This is such an easy way to open up more space in your home and makes it already look “cleaner.”

Winter Decor After Christmas

Tip #2- Leave The “Winter White” Decors

I love the “winter white” look, especially during the winter months. I like to keep that look in our home until the end of February and early March.

You can always find fun white winter decors at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Jo-Ann, or any other local craft stores in your area.

Or you can find “higher quality” winter decorations from stores like Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, William Sonoma, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, etc.…

I shop from all these stores… sometimes I find very cute items at craft stores and sometimes I find very pretty winter decorations from places like Crate and Barrel or Pottery Barn!

I bought these beautiful white and gold ceramic vases a while ago from CB2 (they are now sold out). You can get something similar below…

They are elegant and simply perfect for any floral arrangements. These beautiful white faux flowers, white candleholders, and candles are perfect for a nice “winter white” look!

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Tip #3- Keep the Colors Natural

Keep natural colors around your house. It helps with transitioning your home décor from Christmas to winter. I like to use beige, white, gold, khaki, and cream. If you already have natural elements from your holiday decorations, then use those decor pieces.

Winter Decor After Christmas

Tip #4- Hold Off on Packing Your Cozy Faux Fur Blankets + Throw Pillows

If you are looking for soft and cozy winter decor, consider faux fur blankets! Throw blankets are my favorite items during the winter season!

Besides placing them on our sofa, I like to place them on the chairs around the fireplace! They make your living room look so beautiful and peaceful! One of my favorite stores to shop for faux fur blankets and throws is Pottery Barn!

I think Pottery Barn faux fur throws are so high quality! My sister bought me one of their faux furs throws almost 6 years ago and it still looks incredible!

Valentina and Alina played on it, dragged it around the house, ate food on it (LOL), and it still looks amazing!!! I totally recommend them!

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Winter Decor After Christmas

Tip #5- Candles and Fire

Candles do magic when decorating! I am simply obsessed with candles! One of the first things I always think about when decorating our fireplace mantel is using candles.

Besides burning scented candles around our home (living room, kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms), I have recently been so into battery-operated candles with a timer.

I love to keep them on our fireplace mantel in the evenings, and they turn off at the set time every night! You do not need to use the ones with a timer, you can use any kind you like or simply burn real candles.

Winter Decor After Christmas

Tip #6- Place a Cute Woven Basket and Birch Logs Next to Your Fireplace

This is a great winter decor idea! You can buy any cute woven basket, add some decorative birch logs into the basket and place it next to the fireplace! It creates a cozy winter look for your home!

I bought this basket from Crate & Barell. It is so well-made! They are now sold out. You can get something similar and beautiful like this! I added a few battery-operated pillar candles and faux gold leaves next to the basket!

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Winter Decor After Christmas

Tip #7- Decorate with Pinecones

Placing pinecones in a wooden bowl or any other decorative bowl is the easiest way to decorate your living room or family room. I love to put the pinecones in cute decorative plates, or glass jars, or pair them with some scented candles.

Or you can place a few white candles in cute rustic candle holders next to a decorative bowl of pinecones! This centerpiece can be a wonderful focal point on your dining table. This is such an easy winter decorating idea for your living room.

Winter Decor After Christmas

Tip #8- Leave Out Fresh Flowers, Faux Greenery, and Red Berries on Your Coffee Table

If you have artificial garlands, a white winter wreath, faux eucalyptus, red berries, boxwood wreaths, cone trees, or any other greeneries, these can help to maintain the “winter look.”

You can use your faux greenery in your kitchen, living room, bedrooms or bathrooms.

Winter Decor After Christmas

Tip#9: Add Texture

I learned this from Matt (my husband)! Hahaha! Although he is not an interior designer, he has an incredibly good eye for “space” and how to put things together to look the best!

He always tells me that we need to add “TEXTURE”!!! LOL! He is right….! As soon as I add some cute furry pillows, thick and chunky blankets, woven baskets, or any other “textures”, it makes a HUGE difference in our space!

Winter Porch Decorating Ideas (or Courtyard)

One of the first things you notice when walking into your home every day is your front door, courtyard, porch, or entryway!

Even if you live in an apartment or townhouse, you can always “dress up” your front door with cute winter outdoor decorations.

No matter where you live (whether you get snow in wintertime or not), you can always make your winter porch look beautiful.

Since we get no snow in Scottsdale, Arizona during the winter season, we can put any type of wreaths or decorations on our porch and courtyard.

We decided to keep our winter white wreaths that we used during the Christmas season on our front door and our gate. But we removed all other Christmas decorations and outdoor Christmas lights.

If you have some white wreaths or any other “natural colored” wreaths for outside, you can keep them until spring.

Using a winter white wreath on your front door is a great way to style a courtyard or front porch during the colder weather months!

Here Are Some Tips to Make Your Porch More Inviting in Winter

  • Use winter wonderland wreaths with white ribbons.
  • Leave a cute woven basket with logs, winter branches, or pinecones.
  • If you live in a snowy area, put vintage wooden skis outside of your front door and decorate the skis with cute pinecones!
  • Use wood planters
  • “Fresh evergreens” are always a good idea to make your winter porch look more welcoming.
  • Display winter accents on your porch (snowman, skates, skis…).
  • Use a decorative winter doormat. This is a great idea to welcome guests.
  • Use non-Christmas winter decorations on your porch or courtyard
  • Decorate your bare trees with winter twinkle lights.
  • If you are not a big fan of hanging a front door wreath, then decorate your door with a beautiful green garland or evergreen branches.
  • Place two or three elegant white vases in the corner of your porch and add a few decorative golds or neutral colors “winter branches”.

How to Make Your Home Cozy for Winter

As I have mentioned throughout this post, it is so easy to make your home cozy for winter. Here is a brief summarized list of “things to do” and how to make your home cozy and inviting in winter:

●      If you do not have a fireplace, invest in a portable fireplace

●      Add some warm curtains to your space

●      Rearrange your furniture for gathering

●      Add some extra lamps in your living room

●      Add some accent pieces (mirrors, vases, candle holders…)

●      Keep your fireplace on for a beautiful cozy glow.

●      Warm your home with new area rugs!

●      Add centerpieces with winter greenery

●      Decorate your living room and bedrooms with cozy faux blankets

●      Use furry decorative pillows for small winter festive touches throughout your rooms and living room.

●      Add texture

●      Keep the colors white or natural

●      For cute winter mantel décor, add candles to the mantel

●      Add seasonal scents to your space

Bottom Line!

I hope this post gives you some ideas to transition your home from your beautiful holiday décor to warm and cozy winter décor.

You can make this transition either on December 26th, New Year’s Eve, or simply the first week of January!

As you can see, winter decor after Christmas is not challenging and you can still have a beautifully decorated home after the holidays! You can also get some great tips here, here and here.

In a month from now, I am excited to decorate our home for Valentine’s Day!

Have fun decorating!



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Sherry, xoxo



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    I really love all of these tips! I find that adding “texture” is a very fun and easy way of making the space better looking and cozier! I’m in love with white decorations for winter months. Pink is just my favorite color when it comes to home decor as well! White decor but sparkling would make it the best!


    • Sherry Shahriari

      Glad you found these tips helpful 🙂

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