12 Fun and Festive Winter Decorations for Fashionable Homebodies

12 Festive Decorating Ideas That Will Keep the Holiday Spirit Alive All Year Long

12 Festive Decorating Ideas for Long-lasting Holiday Vibes

POV: It’s already the second week of December and you still haven’t decorated for the holidays yet. At this point, hauling out your holiday decor only to pack it all away again a few weeks later sounds like too much effort, but you still want your space to feel cozy and festive. If this sounds familiar, these winter decorations are for you.

We rounded up a bunch of winter decorating ideas that are easy to execute at a variety of price points, and because they aren’t holiday-specific, they won’t look out of place after the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. These simple additions will help you create a cozy, wintery space that you won’t mind burrowing inside during cold and snowy days. Plus, if “get organized” isn’t exactly on your New Year’s resolution list, you’ll be pleased to know that you can keep your decor as is until the weather warms up a bit.

1. Cozy things up with throw blankets

We probably don’t have to convince you to splurge on another comfy throw blanket (can you really ever have too many?). Drape a blanket on the arm of a loveseat, fold one over the backside of your couch, or stack a few in a woven basket by an armchair. Reach for tartan plaid prints or faux fur blankets—both give off a general winter feel you can enjoy well into the spring.

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Amazon Wool Throw Blanket 2 Shop now
Pottery Barn Faux Fur Throw 5 Shop now
Pottery Barn Faux Fur Ruched Throw 9 Shop now
Mark & Graham Plaid Throw Blanket 10+ Shop now

(Source: Sandra Morgan Living)

2. Swap out your throw pillows for the season

One simple way to set the tone throughout the changing seasons is to switch out your throw pillow covers. This winter, re-create ski lodge vibes in your living room by tossing cable knit and faux fur pillows on your couch. Dim the lights, snuggle up, and turn on The Holiday to complete the vibe.

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Pottery Barn Teddy Faux Fur Pillow 5 Shop now
Pottery Barn Handknit Pillow 8 Shop now
Target Chunky Knit Pillow 5 Shop now
Crate & Barrel Wool Snowflake Pillow N/A Shop now

3. Set the mood with a scent

Whether you’re hosting friends or winding down at the end of your work day, you can create a welcoming ambiance by lighting a winter-inspired candle. Reach for fragrances with notes of wood, nutmeg, spruce, or peppercorn rather than sweet scents like gingerbread or peppermint (which can feel a bit too Christmassy).

Brand Product Fragrance Notes Shop Now
West Elm Winter White Candle Evergreen, Frosted Cypress, White Peppercorn, and Cardamom Shop now
Etsy Sweetwaterdecor Warm & Cozy Candle Orange, Cinnamon, Clove, and Pine Shop now
Etsy EllenAndEileen Evergreen Pine Candle Evergreen, Lemon Peel, Cedar, and Amber Shop now
Target Threshold Fireside Glow Candle Woodsy Fire and Vanilla Shop now

4. Place spruce branches inside a vase

If a scented candle just isn’t cutting it, consider displaying some fresh spruce branches in a pretty vase. Nothing says winter quite like the smell of evergreen trees, and most grocery stores have bunches readily available during this time of year. Another option is to grab some faux spruce bundles, which will still give your space a winter-inspired look, minus the pine needle mess.

Pro tip: When picking a vase, choose one with a narrow opening. That way, you can use just a few sprigs and don’t have to buy in bulk to fill the vase.

Brand Product Sizes Available Shop Now
Pottery Barn Faux Juniper & Berry Bundle N/A Shop now
Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Faux Spruce & Pinecone Stem N/A Shop now
West Elm Matte White Ceramic Vases 10+ Shop now
Pottery Barn Hammered Glass Vases 3 Shop now

(Source: Cecilia Moyer)

5. Make your own tea and hot cocoa station

’Tis the season to treat yourself to a cozy beverage. Set up your own hot cocoa station to enjoy long after the holidays have passed (you’ll undoubtedly crave a warm beverage during winter movie nights or game nights with friends).

To start, place some wintery mugs and a milk steamer on a countertop tray. Then fill a canister with your favorite hot cocoa mix and add toppings like marshmallows or wafer cookies to an accompanying glass jar. Not a hot chocolate fan? Create a similar setup for coffee or tea.

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Crate & Barrel White Canister with Scoop 4 Shop now
Williams Sonoma Cocoa Sampler Mix N/A Shop now
H&M Snuggle Mug N/A Shop now
Instant Pot Milk Frother + Steamer N/A Shop now

6. Incorporate warm metallic accents

Accessories in metals like brass and gold can add a sense of warmth to a living space, which is particularly handy as the days get shorter and the nights get darker. Sprinkle in a mix of metallic items throughout your living room, kitchen, or bedroom to give off a more inviting feel. Items like candlesticks, trays, and lanterns can easily do the trick.

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Amazon Candle Stick Holders Shop now
West Elm Marble & Brass Charcuterie Board Shop now
Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Metal & Glass Lanterns Shop now
CB2 Large Brass Candle Bowl Shop now

7. Update your bar cart glassware

The holidays often signal an influx of seasonal cocktail-making, so the drinkware on your bar cart should reflect that. Swap out your rosé and mimosa glassware for champagne coupes, Irish coffee mugs, or old-fashioned glasses, all of which work well for cold-weather drinks. Classic glassware is always a good investment, but if you’re looking for something with a bit of a wintery vibe, gold-rimmed detailing is just the right amount of festive.

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Pottery Barn Gold Rim Coupe Glasses Shop now
Pottery Barn Gold Rim Old Fashioned Glasses Shop now
Williams Sonoma Antique Brass and Glass Cocktail Shaker Shop now
Pottery Barn Etched Decanter Shop now

(Source: Michelle Janeen)

8. Create cozy mood lighting

While your Christmas lights might come down right after the holiday, you can still emulate the glow with flameless candles. Set them inside gold lanterns near your fireplace or in candlesticks of varying heights on your dining room table. Most battery-operated candles can be set on a timer, meaning you can come back home at the end of the day to a beautifully lit space.

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Amazon Flameless Taper Candles 2 Shop now
Amazon Flameless Candles N/A Shop now
Threshold Double Taper Candle Holder N/A Shop now
West Elm Glass Candle Holders N/A Shop now

9. Place a wintery doormat on your porch

You can find holiday-specific doormats aplenty, but you’ll get more use out of this item by opting for something with a wintery theme. Whether you live for that après ski or enjoy the beauty of a good snowfall, these cheerful doormats will add some personality to your porch.

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ETSY HAMLINROWSHOP Baby It’s Cold Outside Doormat Shop now
Etsy NickelDesignsShop Welcome Doormat Shop now
ETSY BLACKANDWHEATCO Snowflake Doormat Shop now
ETSY SHOPHOMEMAVEN Apres Ski Doormat Shop now

(Source: Francois Et Moi)

10. Put a winter wreath on your front door

A festive wreath will spark joy each time you walk through your front door. Rather than hanging an over-the-top holiday wreath, consider picking something that’s a bit more timeless. Wreaths made with plain cypress, faux white berry, or pinecones are all in-season options.

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Crate & Barrel Faux Cypress Wreath Shop now
Crate & Barrel Faux White Mini Berry Wreath Shop now
Crate & Barrel Faux Frosted Pine Wreath Shop now
Crate & Barrel Preserved Pinecone Wreath Shop now

11. Refresh your bedding

There’s nothing cozier than slipping into flannel sheets on a cold winter night. Trade your linen or cotton bedding for something that’s not only heavier-duty but also has some seasonal flare. Checkered or plaid prints feel extra cozy this time of year.

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Brooklinen Plaid Flannel Sheets 6 Shop now
Boll & Branch Plaid Flannel Sheets 10+ Shop now
Amazon Eddie Bauer Ski Flannel Sheets 10+ Shop now
Nordstrom Solid Flannel Sheets 2 Shop now

12. Swap out your coffee table books for something more wintery

Your winter decorations won’t be complete if your coffee table books flaunt bright colors or summery images. Replace them with books with more seasonally appropriate themes, like skiing or snowy scenes. They’ll be fun to flip through as you sit by the crackling fireplace, and you’ll surely look forward to pulling them out year after year.

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Aerin Lauder Aspen Style Shop now
Gestalten Country and Cozy Shop now
Liz Marie Galvan Cozy White Cottage Seasons Shop now
Gabrielle Le Breton The Stylish Life: Skiing Shop now

Now that you have these winter decor ideas, it’s time to transform your space into a cozy and fashionable wonderland. Get creative, have fun, and enjoy the festive vibes all season long!