Want to transform your home into a luxurious winter wonderland? Make sure every last detail is perfect with these secrets to classy winter decorations.
Do you groan when you see winter decorations before Thanksgiving? Those people might be onto something. At least one psychologist believes people who put up holiday decorations earlier are happier than those who wait.
A study also found that those who put up decorations early may want to seem more friendly and social. Regardless of your motives, it may help to decorate less for Christmas and more for winter.
Winter home decor often overlaps with Christmas decor, but it’s not quite the same thing.
Keep reading for useful information about upping your winter home decorating game.
Go for the Gold (and White and Silver)
We associate Christmas with colors like red and green. If you want a more general winter vibe, look for decor in gold, white, and silver colors.
Those colors are calming, not jarring. People associate them with comfort and serenity more than Santa or Christmas carols.
Feeling calm and serene is important any time of year, but especially in winter. For one thing, Seasonal Affective Disorder hits some people hard in the winter months. All the Vitamin D supplements in the world can’t make up for the fact that the sun is setting at 4 p.m. in many places.
Colors like gold and white feel seasonal without feeling depressing. Steer clear of gray; there’s enough of that when you go outside.
For instance, a retractable ceiling fan chandelier can serve as an elegant centerpiece for your dining room or living room. If a ceiling fan feels too odd in winter, retract the blades to ensure the focus stays on the lights.
Have a white or gold Christmas tree? Those are easier to keep up long after Christmas. Such trees seem more timeless than a green Christmas tree.
A gold or white couch may not seem practical since dirt shows more easily on lighter colors. When it comes to your seating area, look for winter decor ideas that are darker while still complementing your silver and gold pieces.
In winter, you may desire to return to your roots. If you came from a rural area, that may mean you want to decorate your home in a more rustic style.
You can go rustic anywhere. It doesn’t matter if you live in New York City or the wilds of Alaska.
Look for wooden pieces of furniture that don’t look overly finished. For instance, a rustic table might look like a few pieces of wood that someone threw together in the backyard.
Yet rustic doesn’t seem sloppy. It looks well put-together but not pretentious.
Rustic should be both simple and appealing. Think of brick hearth fireplaces and wood plank flooring. It’s a warm, easy style that isn’t too fussy.
More Winter Decorations
In the unofficial sense, winter starts immediately after Halloween. But in the meteorological sense, winter doesn’t begin until Dec. 21. It ends in late March.
When you look at it that way, you’ll see those winter decorations are about a lot more than decking the halls with boughs of holly.
I can help you find an elegant look for your home. For more tips, check out my decor and design blog archives.