Christmas is by far my favorite season to decorate for. I love everything about it. The decorations, the lights, the music, the tree, the nostalgia, everything. There is something magical about the Christmas season. It makes me want to slow down, reflect and appreciate all the little things in life. And who doesn't love watching movies by the light of the tree with a cup of hot cocoa?!?
But, when Christmas is over and all the decorations and the tree have been put away, the house feels soooo empty! January and February can be a tricky time to decorate your home. Do I leave Christmas up? Do I put Spring stuff out this early? Do I just leave it empty until March?
Here are a few tips to help you decorate and freshen up your space in the winter!
1. Declutter and simplify.
From the week before Thanksgiving thru Christmas life just seems to be a blur of busyness. There are so many things to do, so many places to go and a ridiculous amount of things to buy (yes, even in 2020!). The entry table is littered with holiday cards, school projects, gifts to deliver, unopened mail and face masks (thanks coronavirus...). The kitchen counters are full of home baked goods from friends and neighbors. New presents that have yet to find a home sit proudly on display in the middle of the living room. Things just feel cluttered! By December 26th, I'm in this mood to declutter and organize! I don't know what it is, but it happens every year. I want a clean, fresh slate and crave simplicity.
There is a short, quiet pause between the Christmas and New Year celebrations that reminds us how good rest is. We get just enough of a taste to inspire us to simplify and refocus on what's truly important. For me having a home that is decluttered, organized and simplified helps my mind to be too.
So, before you redecorate, take a little extra time to declutter and organize your space. Yes, it takes effort and time, but you won't regret it... I promise! Getting rid of things you don't want or need just feels good! And having an organized home makes everything more simple. Its comfortable and calm and invites you to rest.
Now that your space is nice and clean, let's make it pretty!
2. Get rid of the red.
Create a neutral pallet by staying with the basics: white/cream, black and grey. Use green as a pop of color. Green can act like a neutral but when it is the only color against a muted pallet, it gives the room a very fresh wintry feel. Clip some branches of your Christmas greens and stick them in a vases. Take any bows or ornaments off of your wreath so its just the greens.
3. Keep the trees!
Carrying on with our winter theme, keep those trees out! Yes, take down the big Christmas tree, but don't be sacred to leave the small ones out. By creating a neutral pallet and removing all the ornaments, they won't look Christmassy. If you can't say goodbye to the twinkle lights just yet, keep them on. A little twinkle never hurt nobody!
4. Warm it up!
If you just use white, grey and green the room can feel cold. An easy fix is to add warmth through color and texture. Textures like fur, woven or knit textiles or wood are perfect additions to a wintry vibe. Think nature. Go outside and gather up some bare branches or dried grass and stick them in a vase. Put a few rounds of birch wood in a basket. Use a wood slice as an anchor for a centerpiece on a table. Get creative!
If green isn't enough of a color pop for you, consider adding an earthy orange or gold tone. Magnolia leaves are a perfect example of this color combination. Side note: If ever you're stuck in design, take a look at nature and get inspired! These beautiful leaves have a dark glossy green top and the back is a velvety rust orange. Think accent colors like brass, gold, copper, cognac, etc. This earthy color combo will add warmth and richness to your home.
5. Add blooms.
As a florist, yes, I may be a bit biased. But flowers make any space feel beautiful in any season! I think they bring joy and life into a room. A perfect antidote to those dark, gloomy winter days. I love planting containers of paperwhites and amaryllis flowers. They are easy to care for and you can put them in so many different styles of containers to compliment your décor. If plants aren't your thing add a simple floral arrangement. I like to think of flowers as the pièce de résistance. They are the finishing touch that pulls it all together.
I hope you are inspired to freshen up your home to help you step into the new year rested and ready! Make your home a sanctuary of peace! I know that goes a lot deeper than décor, but you'll be amazed and what a little organization and creativity can do for your mental health!
Stay safe and healthy, my friends.
Happy New Year!