It’s that wonderful time of year again! Time to hibernate under a thick blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy all the creature comforts of home. As the winter season settles in, we can’t help but want to nestle into a cozy home, forget all our worries and enjoy all the festivities and joys of the season.
But just how do you create the perfectly toasty and cozy home this time of year? By adding wintry elements, charming home accents and a lots of cozy blankets, you can transform a room or space into something that appears straight out of a December issue of a home decor magazine. Here are 10 ways to make your home cozier for the holidays.
Candles offer a warm, soothing glow to any space. Gather a collection of classic white pillar candles in varying heights, placed on a tray or runner. Place them throughout the home–on the fireplace mantel, dining table and more! Just be sure to use unscented candles around food, so your tasty meal can shine!
Candles also work double duty, making your home smell like the holidays. Whether you love the smell of fresh-baked sugar cookies with a hint of vanilla or fresh pine evergreens and winter berries, there’s a candle for every scent! However, you can also create holiday scents by simmering a potpourri of freshly sliced oranges, cranberries, cinnamon sticks and even rosemary. It goes much farther than a candle, too!
Did someone say gingerbread? Making cookies and other baked goods not only create a cozy holiday scent, but they’re also a great treat to enjoy with a warm cup of cider or cocoa. On super cold or snowy days, baking is a great way to get the family doing an activity together. When you need to take a break from your Hallmark movie marathon, try making some classic holiday baked treats like hot cocoa cookies or peppermint bark.
Swap out your everyday artwork and photos with more seasonal or holiday-themed imagery. Be consistent with the color palette, choosing classic reds and greens or modern Scandinavian neutrals. Alternatively, you could use more crafts-like decor like painted wooden signs and holiday cards strung along ribbon. Make sure to update family photos with snapshots from past holidays.
Once autumn drops all its leaves, certain winter elements come into focus. From bare white birch to bright red berries to deep evergreens, bring in a bit of winter nature. Stack fresh-cut wood beside a fireplace, if you’re fortunate enough to have one. Set out a wooden bowl filled with winter fruit like pomegranates, oranges and other citrus. Or you could fill a vase with curly willow branches and dried branches with pops of red berries. You could also add hardy, leather-like magnolia leaves and snow-white cotton stems.
The winter season makes most greenery lose its leaves or bulbs frost over. However, there are still some winter-blooming flowers and evergreens that you can bring indoors to keep some greenery. Consider seasonal flowers and blooms, such as poinsettias or amaryllis, or flank the front doorway with classic boxwoods. Maidenhair ferns and evergreen clippings look lovely in a vase or container.
Greenery can be added to more than living spaces. You can even place a mini Christmas tree in the bedroom. Place the mini evergreen on top of your dresser and let the twinkling lights lull you to sleep at night.
Twinkling lights are quintessential holiday decor. Make the most of this seasonal look by decking the halls and more! From the front door to the bedroom entryway, drape light-wrapped garland that offers a truly traditional-looking home. One extra tip? Be practical with remote-activated LED lights to avoid seeing wires.
From the living room sofa to the bed, pile on the cozy layers of blankets, throws and pillows. Toss a throw across the arm of the sofa, inviting you to curl up with a wintry cocktail or hot cocoa in the evenings. In the bedroom, swap out the lighter summer cotton sheets with heavier ones, topped by a down-filled duvet or comforter. Layer a thick throw at the foot of the bed for those extra chilly nights, too.
When piling on the layers, consider textures like chunky knits, flannels, velvets and wools. Tuck a few plaid flannel or faux fur pillows on the sofa or a burlap runner along the dining table. Heavier and natural textures can offer a timeless holiday look to any home. You can even swap out lampshades with more natural linen, which offers an almost candlelight warm glow.
Burl Ives didn’t sing a Christmas jingle about silver and gold decorations for nothing. While it’s considered a faux pas by some decorators, during the holiday season, it’s perfectly acceptable to mix and match metallic. Chances are your home already leans toward one, so simply add more of the other. Golds can invite some warmth into a space, while silver can add a wintry glimmer. Incorporate metallic through frames of holiday family photos or bowls of pinecones and vintage ornaments.
Whether you borrow a few or all of these clever tips and tricks, you’re sure to create a perfectly cozy and content home for the holiday season. Just remember to make it inviting not only for guests but for yourself as well. Add small touches that make you smile and bring joy throughout the holiday season.