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Stylish Winter Decorating

Cozy living room featuring a wood-burning fireplace, lounge chair with a throw blanket, and end table with burning candles.

Dipping temperatures and gray days often mean lots of time spent indoors, which is even more of a reason to make sure your home feels cozy and inviting.

Giving a few rooms a seasonal facelift doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time, either. Check out the following easy-to-implement tips to switch things up—then kick back and relax with a hot cup of cocoa.

Six Ideas for Taking the Chill Out of the Season

  1. Change your color palette. Swap out the holiday red and gold décor and tone things down with warm neutrals. Tans, creamy whites and blue-green grays are the perfect welcoming shades for winter. If you’re looking to include pops of color, consider silver accent pieces.
  2. Add texture. Short of a roaring fire, nothing ups a room’s snugness like faux fur in blankets and throw rugs. Toss a blanket over a chair, ottoman or bed, and add throw rugs to bare floors or layer over carpeting. (In addition to faux fur, chunky knit, wool and flannel throw blankets work well, too!)
  3. Light things up. Twinkle lights and flameless candles are key to creating ambiance and sparkle during these shorter days. Add either—or both—to a fireplace mantle in your living room or to the middle of your dining room table.
  4. Incorporate natural materials. Pine cones, evergreen branches, seed pods dried orange slices and cranberries, just to name a few, are perfect for displaying in glass vases or decorative bowls, tucking into door wreaths or for DIY-ing an organic garland or swag.
  5. Create a forest. Group plain bottle brush trees made from natural sisal on a side table, bookshelf or mantle, for a wintery accent. You could also dress them up by interspersing flameless candles or white string lights, for soft illumination on cloudy days or at night.
  6. Add some blooms. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beauty that flowers add to a room. Amaryllis and paperwhites are both good choices for forcing indoors, as you don’t need to chill them before planting, the way you do with other types of bulbs.

Modern beige-colored sofa with a throw blanket and accent pillows next to a wood-burning fireplace. Welcome in the chillier months with warm neutrals.
Faux fur throw blanket and faux fur accent pillows resting on a dark-colored sofa. Get your cozy on with faux fur.
Dining room table featuring flameless candles as the centerpiece, and two chandeliers with flameless candles hovering above. Create a table centerpiece with flameless candles.
End table featuring pinecones and pine branches alongside wooden coasters topped with candles and essential oils. Look to your backyard for décor at your fingertips.
Collection of miniature faux pine trees with snow-tipped branches. Use bottle brush trees as woodland accents.
End table topped with amaryllis plants next to candles. Force amaryllis bulbs to add pops of color.

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