When Old Man Winter is howling outside, it's time to add a dose of cheer to your home. Luckily, it's easy to decorate for winter. The key is to use natural elements, touches of greenery, a bit of shine, and the soothing hue of winter white.
Here are 13 winter decor ideas to help inspire you.
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Highlight the Fireplace
This lovely living room featured on The Lily Pad Cottage is an example of winter decorating done right. If you have a fireplace, that's a prime spot to highlight during the colder months. And if you don't, you still can decorate with lots of candles like those on this mantel and table. While deep, rich colors are traditionally used for winter decor, this space keeps everything light and bright. But the armchairs pulled close to the fire still evoke a cozy feel.Continue to 2 of 13 below.
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DIY a Tea Light Log
A fun way to cheer up your winter living room is by adding a touch of romantic glow. Home Stories A to Z has a great tutorial for making a tea light log. You don't need any fancy supplies—just a dry log or branch trimming, a set of tea light candles, and a drill. You can substitute battery-operated faux flames for traditional candles if you prefer.Continue to 3 of 13 below.
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Decorate the Fireplace Mantel
If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace mantel, make it the star of your winter design scheme. Jazz up your mantel with candles, a garland of faux snowballs, a bit of winter greenery, or some artwork. Hymns and Verses has even more creative ideas that will turn your mantel into a celebration of all things winter.Continue to 4 of 13 below.
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Make a Simple Winter Centerpiece
The best winter tablescapes utilize a variety of natural elements. Home Stories A to Z features a gorgeous example of a silver urn filled with a shed deer antler, small pine cones, a few clippings of greenery, and a couple of sprigs of winter-blooming flowers. Though simple in design, the finished product is unique and impressive.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Add Easy Winter Details
Brandi Sawyer of Nest of Bliss shows how simple it is to add a touch of winter decor to a favorite space. All it takes is a grouping of snowflake ornaments, candles, and a few miniature potted firs. The result is simple, inexpensive, and beautiful.Continue to 6 of 13 below.
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DIY a Winter-Themed Pallet Box
If you like mason jars and rustic wood, consider combining the two for an easy and unusual piece of winter decor. House by Hoff shows you how to turn reclaimed wood from an old pallet into a rustic box. Add mason jars decorated with twine and small chalkboard pendants, and then finish the display with fir sprigs. Use this box to spice up any surface, including your dining table, coffee table, mantel, or bedroom dresser.Continue to 7 of 13 below.
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Decorate Your Front Door for Winter
Wreaths and door hangings are a classic way to celebrate every season. This winter wreath basket tutorial from DIY Inspired shows you how to create one that will last through the winter holidays and beyond. It's easy to customize this basket and use whatever decorative elements you have on hand. Once winter is over, switch up the basket contents with dried flowers to have a new look for spring.Continue to 8 of 13 below.
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Play Up Winter Greenery Outside
There may not be a lot of colorful annual flowers blooming during the winter, but that's no reason to leave your front entry bare. Instead, take a note from The Bungalow Blog. Fill planters with cut greenery, fir branches, interesting twigs, and a few small pine cones. Add a triple row of faux greenery wreaths, and now you have an entryway that welcomes guests and fills you with joy whenever you step into your house.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Add a Wintery Touch to Your Foyer
Set the scene for guests and residents alike by staging your foyer for winter. Bless'er House does an excellent job of creating a welcoming, wintery first impression. Spread faux or real fir branches along an entry bench or table, hang a greenery wreath, add a few winter-blooming bulbs and birch branches, and finish the scene with an ice skate and winter throw. Voila! Your entryway is now an elegant winter wonderland. Of course, you can easily tailor the elements to use what you have on hand.Continue to 10 of 13 below.
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Craft Faux Snowballs
You can use these DIY "snowballs" in many ways around your home. Fill a basket with them, add a few to your mantelpiece, set some in planters, scatter a handful along your dining table, and more. If you'd like to make your own snowballs, the Makoodle tutorial is a great place to start.Continue to 11 of 13 below.
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Create a Winter Vignette
Decorate a coffee table, side table, hutch, or buffet with a winter scene like this one from StoneGable. A rustic, wooden tray is filled with mercury glass candlesticks, a planter filled with faux greenery, pine cones in a small ceramic basket, and white pillar candles for a wintery, peaceful, and beautiful vignette.Continue to 12 of 13 below.
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Add Touches of Greenery Indoors
If you like to keep things simple but still want to add some winter flair to a room, you can't go wrong with this easy idea from At the Picket Fence. Set small fir clippings bound at the base with burlap anywhere you'd like to display a touch of winter life, color, and texture. It's easy, effective, and elegant.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Make a Sweater Wreath
Warm up your front door with a unique and sustainable wreath made from old sweaters, a straw or foam wreath, and a few pine cones. Pick up several sweaters in colors of your choice from a local thrift shop, cut them into strips, and then wind the strips around the wreath for a festive finish. You'll find complete directions at StoneGable.