As winter rolls around, you start to prepare for the cold weather ahead. For many parts of the country, that means putting away summer gardening tools and dragging out snow shovels. Some parts of “winterizing” aren’t exactly exciting, but preparing your home décor for the changing seasons is a fun way to make every day a celebration and create excitement that lasts all year round.
Falling into Winter
One way to start transforming your décor is to take existing fall decorations and winterize them. Don’t toss those pumpkins and pine cones from Halloween and Thanksgiving. Upcycle them into wonderful winter creations instead.
With a little paint, some glitter, and as much creativity as you can muster, you can extend the life of those fall decorations. Transform the look of your fall décor with the following ideas:
- Make a pumpkin snowman. Three pumpkins in small, medium, and large provide the perfect start to a snowman that can withstand any temperature. Accessorize with a hat, scarf, and two eyes made out of coal (or rocks), and you’re all set. (Watch a complete video tutorial on how to make a pumpkin snowman here.)
- Get glittery. That foam faux pumpkin may have started its life as a Halloween decoration, but you can turn it into a holiday treasure by spraying it with silver or gold spray paint, painting on some clear decoupage glue, and covering the section with glitter. If you’re feeling fancy, add designs with small decorative pearls or jewels.
- Create Christmas cones. Spraying pine cones with white or silver paint gets them winter-ready to complement your holiday décor. Arrange them with garland and candles for a stylish winter centerpiece.
A Home for the Holidays
All your decorations don’t have to come from your fall leftovers. There are many other ways to creatively winterize your home décor. One of the easiest is to change seasons in your living room by changing out throw pillows and adding a warm, snuggly blanket to the couch. If you don’t want to get locked into a holiday theme, you can keep this look long past the New Year by opting for winter-friendly flannel pillows (in plaid, of course) or pillows made from cable knits to make it feel like you’re cuddling up with your favorite sweater.
Even your bathroom can get in the holiday spirit. Hang a white, red, gold, or silver shower curtain around your tub, and add festive Christmas ornaments to each shower curtain ring for a creative and unexpected holiday touch. Make a pyramid of toilet paper rolls, each wrapped with red ribbon, and place a sprig of pine (fresh or faux) in the top roll to create a mini-tree that is both functional and festive.
Adding string lights and candles to your décor is not only a wonderful way to add a warm glow to your home during the grayer days of winter, but the soft lighting also works well with other holiday accessories like garland, poinsettias, and painted pine cones. Place a white pillar candle in a glass jar and surround it with stones painted silver and white to create a striking accent piece for a table or mantle.
Change Your Focus
Because winter typically inspires more inside time, it’s a good time to give your fireplace some extra design touches. A cozy fire in the fireplace is one of your best holiday decorations (and it’s useful), so consider rearranging furniture to make your fireplace the center of attention. Add to the cozy feel with a thick sheepskin accent rug, and layer extra throws and throw pillows for a space that makes you want to treat every day like a snow day.
If you want to make more elaborate changes with the perfect accent chairs or end tables or even a sofa upgrade, CORT Furniture Rental offers a full range of options for every room. Choose from full room setups or individual pieces to create the perfect look you can change with the season.