Christmas has come and gone with all of its cheer and cozy decor, but now what? Today we’re going to show you how to decorate after Christmas with winter home decorations! I don’t know about you, but I always feel a bit stumped in the days between Christmas and when I can decorate for spring. I miss the cozy warmth of Christmas and yet need a fresh new look.
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Non-Christmas Winter Decorations
Winter home decorations are super fun to create a really cozy look in your home, and often you can repurpose a lot of your Christmas decor in a new way. Things like garland, lights and simple trees can be reused in your non-Christmas winter decorations for a whole new look without looking Christmasy.
Use whites, creams, silver, red and green in your winter home decorations for a gorgeous look. Some simple ways to do that are using flocked garland, or a simple berry garland. Use antiques for a unique winter look. Use some sparkly things in your winter home decor to catch the light.
Decorating A Mantel For Winter
Some of the same basics of how to decorate a mantel remain true despite the season.
- You want to keep your decor even – try to use pieces that match and are the same size and shape on either end of your mantel.
- Layer your decor to create a really full and beautiful look.
- Use colors that will complement the rest of the decor in the room.
- Don’t just throw a bunch of random stuff on your mantel, think about what you’re going to use and the feeling you want it to evoke.
- Play with different finishes – try mixing and matching wood, iron, gold or silver until you find a look you love.
- Layer taller items in the back and shorter in the front.
- Don’t completely cover the pieces you use in the back of the mantel.
Decorating Our Mantel After Christmas
For our winter home decorations, we like to repurpose some of our Christmas decor which saves room in our attic and doesn’t require a huge budget. For this winter mantel, we paired antique paintings and lithographs for a really old fashioned nostalgic feel. The lithograph to the left of our mantel is one of my very favorite paintings “shepherd’s call” by Walter Hunt. It was a popular print done back in the ’30s and ’40s. It’s truly a beautiful painting and one of my favorites by this painter. We found this gem at a yard sale a while back for a song.
With the shepherd’s call, we placed this gorgeous antique painting of a young girl. We don’t know the story of this painting or the artist that did it but we believe it to be a Civil War-era painting. Sadly there is no artist’s signature and her story has been lost in time. On the other side of this painting, we placed a beautiful victorian style painting.
On either end of the mantel, we added tarnished silver platters and a small pile of antique hymnals and Bibles. We also added antique silver candles sticks. In the center of the mantel, we added another piece of antique silver flanked by two coffee filter cone trees.
Along the front of our mantel, we used a piece of flocked pine cone garland mixed with some winter berries along the front of our mantel. This gives the space a bright pop of color without being overwhelming.
Beautiful Winter Home Decor
With the right pieces, you can create a truly beautiful winter home decor look that will give your home that cozy feeling you’ve been wanting. And yes you can absolutely do this without breaking the bank. Look through the decor you have and around your home for pieces that you can repurpose for winter decor and think outside the box.
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