Is your home feeling a little naked after the Holidays? I experience mixed emotions about this after the Christmas tree and holiday wreaths have come down. On one hand it feels refreshing to have our clean and spacious environment restored, while on the other hand it often feels sad and barren in contrast to the rich holiday décor. How do we remedy these post-holiday blues?
In recent years I have embraced the gradual changing of the seasons in a gradual evolution of my interior elements. It is a perspective change that keeps me more connected to my home and to the seasons. This means that I don’t pack everything away after Christmas but rather cull together the remaining winter items that are not overtly holiday specific and repurpose other items from around our home to cultivate a “winter look” that will last until Valentines. If you struggle with the stark contrast of post-holiday home décor (or the lack thereof) then you may like reading these helpful tips and begin enjoying a festive home year round!
10 Tips To Avoid the Post-Holiday Decorating Blues
- Bring in the greenery with evergreens and lime green potato vines mixed with paperwhite floral plants. This will liven up any surface and provide the filler that you are missing after the garland and holiday collections are packed away
- If you want to keep using your garland for a hit of green pull out all the Christmas specific items and repurpose it by adding pine cones and white magnolia blooms or for a more contemporary look use silver branches and mercury glass.
- Opt for an earthy or all white wreath for above the mantle or on the front do
- Shop around the house. Find all your decorative white plates and treys to use as a backdrop on the mantle, mix them into your new arrangements or hang them on the wall behind the sofa.
- Clear glass terrariums or hurricane jars are wonderful because you can change out the contents from Christmas ornaments to walnuts and cranberries or all white and silver balls or try mercury glass balls mixed with textured grapevine balls. Anything you gather together for a collection that accentuates your winter color palette is game; so have some fun with it!
- Re-arrange the furniture for a fresh feeling. I swap out our glass coffee table for a set of two cushy ottomans with white slip covers (that usually sit off to the side in the den). Sometimes these small adjustments can make a big difference and offer a sense of change and increased coziness without costing a dime.
- Bring in the layers! I like to change out our sheets to flannel in the winter and add old quilts or an extra duvet to the end of our beds. I add comfy throw blankets to the sofa and reading chairs and exchange my red accent pillows for white cable knit and lamb fur pillows.
- Add texture and warmth with natural fibers. You can tuck baskets on shelves or under benches, place woven trivets or netting on tables, put sticks in vases, use burlap or linen fabric as a table runner, or bring in an inexpensive natural fiber rug. Layering rugs is a lot of fun too!
- Pay attention to lighting. Directional lighting such as floor lamps, bedside table and entry table lamps add so much warmth during these darker months. I like to create well lit cozy corners that beg for me to curl up and relax.
- Change the scent of your home. If you were using a winter spice scent during the holidays change it to a fresh fir scent, or try a mint or citrus scent that calls for the coming spring but still coordinates with your bowl full of cranberry and oranges on the table.