Now that the Christmas season has officially come to an end and most of us have taken down our holiday decor, we’re left with a space that feels sort of naked. Anyone else feel that way? lol. Since it’s still too soon to bust out some happy spring colours, I’m left with wondering how to transition from Christmas to Winter decor.
After playing around with a couple different methods, I think I’ve narrowed it down to four steps that anyone can take to help transition and embrace winter decor.
Step 1: USE NATURE AS INSPIRATION
When I’m not sure where to start with a scheme, I usually will always look to nature to guide me. Mother nature NEVER gets it wrong, and the colours and tones around us will always fit together beautifully. I live in Canada, which means that in January there is typically snow on the ground. When I was seeking a place to start, I figured that using winter whites as a base was a great place. I decked out my bar cart using a lot of white and glass (just like icicles). These combined elements compliment one another and helps bring in the wintery feeling I was going for.
STEP 2: RE-USE CHRISTMAS DECOR
This step is fairly simple and straight forward. Lots of Christmas decor items can be easily turned into winter decor. I purchased these fun “snowballs” years ago from the dollar store and had them on my Christmas tree throughout the holidays. Instead of just storing them away until next year, I decided to keep them out and display them on my ottoman on candle holders. Their white colour works well for the winter decor theme and they are made of a lightweight plastic, so I’m not afraid of them breaking.
STEP 3: ADD WOODLAND CRITTERS
I have a minor obsession with ceramic birds, and since many of the winter critters we see over the cooler months consist of different types of birds, owls, squirrels, etc, this step was an easy one for me. I proudly put my birds and squirrels out on display and they help the space feel cohesive with their white colour (after all, snow is white), and they bring a wintery natural element to the space. One trick I often use is by buying ceramic animals at the dollar store or thrift stores and then painting or spray painting them to match my scheme.
STEP 4: USE WINTER ELEMENTS
This step includes pulling in some of the decor pieces that truly say “winter”. For example, I got this amazing faux antler candle holder as a Christmas gift and it works wonderfully as winter decor too. We all know deer are very active in the winter months and the shape of deer antlers are truly beautiful (again… Mother nature never gets it wrong). To help add more colour and texture to this vignette, I also incorporated my pine cone candle holders. You can read all about how I made these bad boys here. Pine cones are a great decor item, as you can begin using them in your fall decor, right through Christmas and into the winter months. #iloveversatility
Happy Winter All!!!! I’ll be back again soon 🙂