5 Easy Ways to Decorate for Winter after Christmas

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Try these pretty winter decorations after Christmas to help you transition from the holidays with cold weather decor to warm your home all season long.

Happy New Year friend!  It can be bittersweet to take down holiday decorations and may leave your home feeling a little bare. But don’t despair! Decorating for winter after Christmas can lift your spirits and help you get through the coldest months of the year.

Winter Decorating Ideas for After Christmas

Before you put away all your holiday decor this year, let me share with you how to decorate for winter after Christmas by repurposing seasonal and everyday items to add non-Christmas winter decor.

If you are new here, howdy! I’m a recently retired military spouse who moved back to Texas after being gone 19 years. I’ve perfected the art of rental decorating and overcoming challenges in small spaces the last fifteen years but now am tackling homeownership with a new set of challenges! I love infusing a colorful, global style with DIYs and furnishings in our one-story 60’s ranch-style home.

Winter Textiles

Nothing says Hygge (cozy) winter decor after Christmas like layered textiles.  (Read all about Hygge!)

  • Layer pillows and throw blankets for cozy sitting areas. Wrap a scarf around a plain pillow to add texture and interest!
A cozy and eclectic living room with layered textiles for after Christmas winter decor.
Layered Textiles for after Christmas Winter Decor
  • Black and white textiles feel wintery in a colorful interior. These pillows and throws can work in neutral or colorful rooms.
A pair of painted gold mirros above a blue shelf/mantel and two wing back dark blue velvet chairs wtih black adn white accents are cozy and elegant for winter home decor after Christmas.
Cozy and Elegant Winter Home Decor
  • An extra quilt layer in a neutral and inviting bedroom makes sure everyone stays warm. It’s perfect for Christmas and non Christmas winter decor!
A blue and green bedroom with a red quilt and fern wreath over the bed is cozy and welcoming for winter home decor after Christmas.
Cozy Bedding with a Pop of Color
  • Neutrals with different textures and patterns add coziness to a grey leather sofa in a bright white living room.
After Christmas winter decorating ideas with neutrals on a grey leather sofa, fur rug, and striped throw.
After Christmas Winter Decorating Ideas with Neutrals

Winter Greenery

With most things dead in the garden, I love to add some evergreens to my winter decor. Leave off the ornaments and lights but reuse or keep up your Christmas garland and wreaths in a few intentional spots.

  • Pine garland over a green velvet headboard is perfect for all winter. A matching wreath creates a focal point above.
Garland above a velvet green headboard and mural wtih white and blue bedding is perfect winter decor that's not Christmas.
Simple Garland
  • Pine garland stays out all season for winter mantel decor and is stunning as the only greenery in the room.
Unadorned pine garland is the only greenery winter mantel decor after Christmas on a german smear fireplace with a brass peacock screen.
Unadorned Pine Garland for Winter Mantel Decor after Christmas
  • A DIY rosemary wreath on a repurposed wrought iron wall hanging looks and smells lovely in January.
Rosemary and gold wreath hang on a white closet door in an eclectic and Asian inspired foyer.
Rosemary Wreath
  • Don’t forget the front door. An evergreen wreath can stay out until Spring! Just remove any ornaments and twinkle lights from Christmas to transition into the winter months.
Christmas Home Tour Tree Candle Light Edited 38
After Christmas Winter Wreath

Twinkle Lights During Dark Winter Days

What I miss the most about Christmas decor is the tree lit up so having a few fairy lights through winter is wonderful for late nights and dark mornings.

  • Don’t put away all your Christmas lights.  Keep white lights or fairy lights out for a soft glow on your mantel, in your house plants, or in a pretty container.
A decorative white mantel surround is decorated for winter after Christmas with a little village, light greenery with fairy lights and every day blue and red art.
A Winter Scene after Christmas
Use fairy lights in plants for after Christmas decorating like this peace lily in a japanese foyer.
Fairy Lights in a Peace Lily for Winter Decor
  • Use candles in winter vignettes if you prefer not to keep out Christmas lights. I love placing one in a decorative dish with greenery.
A candle with greenery in a chinoiserie bowl sits on home decor books in a gold tray on a Asian black laquer cabinet with gold Asian art in the foyer for winter decor.
Battery Operated Candle with Timer Comes on in Winter Evenings

Seasonal Decorating in January

Just like any other season, pulling inspiration from the outdoors and using natural materials is an easy way to decorate for winter.

  • Pinecones, feathers, twigs, acorns, and antlers have lovely textures to mix into your regular decor. Display some in a pretty dish or stand alone for a wintery touch.
Pinecones in a wood bowl on a stack of white books on the back of a piano.  Jewel tones in the background.
Pinecones in Wood Bowl
A beautiful face vase with a winter mix of stems are on a glass table top in front of a landscape mural.
Winter Berries, Flowers, Feathers, and Pine Make a Lovely Winter Arrangement
  • Decorative pinecones and berries from your Christmas stash can be left out too.
Pine stems in a crystal vase sit on a bar cart with a star lamp from winter decorating in January.
Pine Stems in Crystal Vase
An Asian wood eterge is adorned with plants, feathers, deer head, antler, pottery, and books for winter decorating that is not Christmas.
Global Eclectic Winter Bookcase Styling

I found gold and white pinecones from a Japanese dollar store and they seem to fit into my Fall and winter decor every year. It’s fun to find new spots for them.

An eclectic mix of natural and decorative outdoor treasure are in a brass dish on a stack of books on a sofa table with a tablecloth for winter decor after Christmas.
An Eclectic Mix of Natural and Decorative Treasures
Gold pinecones are next to glass cloches with greenery on a blue mantel for non Christmas winter decorating.
Non Christmas Winter Decorating Ideas for the Mantel
A black birdcage with succulents sits on books with decorative pinecones on a wood stump table next to a tv for winter decorating non Christmas.
Decorative Pinecones Stay Out all Winter

Repurpose Christmas Decorations for January and Winter

  • If you have any Christmas ornaments with wintery hues or textures like fur, wood, or mercury glass, display them in a pretty bowl.  Don’t be afraid to add a faux air plant or succulent to the mix!
A bowl with fur ornaments, pinecones, and air plants on a coffee table for neutral winter decorating after the holidays.
Fur Ornaments Mixed with Pinecones and Air Plants
Winter decor for after Christmas using ornaments and air plants in a Japanese white pottery on a stack of books.
Neutral Winter Decorating
  • Add a winter forest vignette with bottle brush trees.

On a trip to Kyoto, we picked up some darling ceramic houses in a cute little shop near the Philosopher’s path (if you are familiar with the city).  I mixed them with some old bottle brush trees to create a small village on a mantel.  Perfect with twinkle lights and faux moss garland!

Fairy lights and white antler adorn a white fireplace surround for non Christmas winter decor.
Winter Village on Mantel
Winter decor on a white mantel with fairy lights, bottle brush trees, and little houses.
The transition from Christmas to Winter

I also love displaying them with our Japanese pottery collection for winter.

A display of bottle brush trees after Christmas sits on a gold and glass case full of colorful Japanese sake and tea cups.
A Collection of Bottle Brush Trees

Winter art and brass deer and candlesticks are additional ways to add a cozy winter vibe and can transition from Christmas into January and later. Looking for neutral winter decor? Head over to this story to see more winter decorating tips!

Check out my friends’ 3 ways to transition from Christmas to winter and transitional decor: Christmas to winter for more after Christmas decorating ideas.


P.S. Head over to the Winter holidays, DIYs, and decor page for more articles and resources! Thanks for stopping by!

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