Top 10 Tips for How to Transition from Christmas to Winter Decor

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Hey there! Hope you all had a great Christmas season and you're all ready for a fantastic 2020!


Does anyone still have their Christmas tree up?  I do! I  don't know about you but I always have a hard time taking down my tree in the new year because I feel like my home feels a little lifeless after putting all the Christmas decorations away. 


So to help with that, I've decided to give you some tips on how to transition your home from Christmas to winter decor so that the winter blues don't get you down.  Here are my top 10 tips: 

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First and foremost, I suggest you put away all the Christmas toys and declutter your space. 


Put away anything that screams Christmas. I'm talking Santa Clause figurines, snowmen and anything red as it relates too strongly to Christmas. You can however, keep anything that’s winter-related. I'll talk more about that in a sec.

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Use a neutral colour palette as your base for your winter decor. Think whites, off-whites and greys. This will help to create an ambience that is reminiscent of snow.

Use neutral colours to transition from Christmas to Winter Decor

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Since your colour scheme will be neutral, you’ll want to add some texture to keep things interesting. You can do that easily by using throw pillows and blankets. I suggest incorporating several textures such as; knits, wool, faux furs, etc. Here are some great examples below that can be mixed and matched easily. 

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No, I'm not referring to over-consuming alcohol. We did enough of that over the holidays, didn't we? What I AM suggesting, is that you keep your twinkle lights and add additional candles throughout your space to create a cozy vibe. Here are some great options to consider:

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Another great way to keep your home feeling alive during this cold and dark season is to add greenery to your space. However, you want the greenery to have a winter presence so I recommend keeping your garlands or adding some potted pine trees. This will also help to sprinkle a little colour throughout your space.  I'm in love with the tarnished nickel garland below (it comes in copper too)!

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This tip goes hand-in-hand with the tip above. Bring elements from the outdoors in and it will help to add additional texture and also bring life to your space. I suggest using wood logs, pine cones, branches, etc. 

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Art is such an easy way to change up the look of a space. Look for art where the subject matter is trees, branches, snow or choose art with a winter colour palette (white, grey, green, brown or black silhouettes). I know art can get quite expensive if you're changing it from season-to-season so if you want to save a little money you can get creative by downloading printable art from Etsy and getting frames from places like Walmart or Target to keep costs down.  Here are a few ideas below to get you started.

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Adding winter scents can also help make your home feel more cozy and inviting. Feel free to continue to use your Christmas scents to remind you of the holiday season (if that doesn’t bum you out) or add fruit scents or fresher scents such as evergreen.

Lastly, and I suggest you do this and all of your decorating, add something personal or sentimental to your space. By incorporating personal or sentimental items, it helps to make more home feel more like you and therefore more comfortable for you and your friends and family. 

So that's my top 10 list on how to transition from Christmas to winter decor. If I've missed anything I would love to hear your suggestions. Please leave them in the comments section below. Wishing you all a wonderful winter season and a happy new year. Until next time, stay warm.

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Val Malnar
Principal Designer | Orangetree Interiors

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