Winter Decor 101 & Blog Hop

Today I’m sharing a few simple and easy winter decorating tips and tricks along with 8 other bloggers for a fun Winter Home Tour. If you’re joining from another blog, welcome to Little Vintage Nest! I’m so happy you’re here. Be sure to check out the other blogs listed at the bottom of this post.

Simple Winter Decorating Tips & Tricks from Little Vintage Nest

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over, it’s time to hunker down and prepare for a long winter. Here in Colorado, we usually have snow through early May so I have a loooong way to go. But how do you decorate for winter without it feeling like Christmas all over again? I’ve come up with a few simple tips and tricks that will help you take on the task of decorating your home between January 1st and Spring. (And please remember, these are just my personal tips, definitely not rules!)

1.Cut out the red. Literally.

My best and easiest tip is to remove any bright red in your decor. Aside from Christmas trees and other obvious Christmas decor, pops of bright red are the biggest tell-tale sign that Santa Clause is on his way. At least in my house. So what I suggest doing as you shift to winter decor is to simply eliminate any red berries, red ribbon, red poinsettias, etc.

Also be sure to check the Christmas clearance sections for garland and other holiday greenery, then just grab some scissors and cut out anything bright red. Voila!

Winter Decorating Tips & Tricks from Little Vintage Nest

Both of these pieces of garland came with red berries. Eliminating the red easily takes this from Christmas to winter decor.

Winter Decor 101--Tips and Tricks from Little Vintage Nest

The little greenery in the watering can also had red berries on it. Snip snip! (Again, this is perfect for things you buy cheap after Christmas).

Simple Winter Decorating Tips & Tricks Farmhouse Decor from Little Vintage Nest

Simple Winter Decorating Tips & Tricks from Little Vintage Nest

2. Neutralize colors

Keeping on the same topic, another big difference between Christmas decor and winter decor is energy in the form of color. Christmas is magical. It’s full of bright lights, colorful ornaments, and shiny, sparkly things. It’s busy, energetic, and even dramatic at times. On the contrary, winter decor is much more neutral toned–which is especially true if you’re into the rustic, farmhouse look like I am. And if you think about it, it’s somewhat symbolic of our winter moods: more laid back, more relaxed, and more easy going. If you’re like me, you’re a major homebody in the winter and avoid at all costs getting out of your sweatpants unless absolutely necessary. I feel like that same vibe is evident in winter decor–it’s just calm and cozy.

Winter Decor Tips & Tricks Farmhouse Style from Little Vintage Nest

In this old, vintage tool box (which I am obsessed with and will share more about soon!) I went with fresh garland and cotton stems. And while it’s beautiful, it’s somewhat calming. Nothing jumps out at you. It’s just easy. And it definitely says winter.

Winter Decor 101--Tips and Tricks from Little Vintage Nest

A few more examples:

Simple Winter Decorating Tips & Tricks Farmhouse Style from Little Vintage Nest

I’m crazy about this large wash basin and pitcher. And how cute are all those little rusty spots? Loooove.

Winter Decor Tips & Tricks from Little Vintage Nest

Simple Winter Decorating Tips & Tricks from Little Vintage Nest

3. Incorporate wood 

Using wood as decor is about the easiest and cheapest way to add texture and rustic appeal to any space. To me, wood is just visually heavy. Does that make sense? It adds warmth. Comforting, yet primitive. It just feels like it belongs in winter decor and it definitely makes a statement. I love using pinecones and small aspen branches.

Simple Winter Decorating Tips & Tricks from Little Vintage Nest

Winter Decor Tips and Tricks Farmhouse Style from Little Vintage Nest


Winter Decor Tips and Tricks Farmhouse Decor

Simple Winter Decor from Little Vintage Nest

Simple Winter Decor Farmhouse Style

4. Keep it simple.

Lastly, my advice is to keep winter decor simple. I think there is a lot of symbolism in clearing out Christmas decor and clutter in order to lighten things up for a new year. We’re longing for that blank canvas and a fresh start, in both our homes, our hearts, and our minds. Which is why simplicity is huge when it comes to winter decor. Don’t over due it, just keep things easy while relying on a few basic ideas.

Winter Decor Living Room Farmhouse Vintage Style

Winter Decor Farmhouse Style

Simple Winter Decor Farmhouse Style from Little Vintage Nest

Thanks so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to stop by the other 8 blogs listed below for even more winter decor tips!

Winter Home Tour: 

Beautiful Treasures Blog

Hoodcreek Log Cabin        Honey ‘n Hydrangea

My Eclectic Nest            Gratefully Vintage 

Kendra Bester Design   Indio and Honey

My Ideal Mess

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  1. Fabulous post. Love the photos and great ideas, especially about the jogging pants 😉

    Posted 1.7.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Pamela, I appreciate that!

      Posted 1.7.16 Reply
  2. Sharon wrote:

    I have a couple of tool boxes too but I’m always at a loss to know what to do in them, so I’ll be looking for some inspiration!;)

    Posted 1.7.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh I love old tool boxes, so many possibilities. Thanks for stopping by!

      Posted 1.7.16 Reply
  3. Jacy wrote:

    Great ideas!

    Posted 1.7.16 Reply
  4. Beautiful Sarah!!

    Posted 1.8.16 Reply
  5. Daraka wrote:

    Love every single thing! I need to get on the ball with my winter decor! Great post!

    Posted 1.9.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you so much Daraka!

      Posted 1.9.16 Reply
  6. Mary Beth wrote:

    Beautiful! Can you tell me what paint color is on your walls? I especially like the color on the wall in the pic with the white chair in the corner and the pic with the toolbox with greenery on the table.

    Posted 4.27.16 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Hi there, that color is Autumn Blonde by Sherwin Williams. Thanks for reading!

      Posted 4.27.16 Reply
  7. LindaA wrote:

    Hi Sarah-
    I am soooo glad to have found your blog! It is uplifting and instills joy! Just like your name!
    Thank you for sharing this part of yourself with all of us. I feel encouraged and inspired!

    Posted 12.28.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Ah thank you so much Linda, I really appreciate that!

      Posted 12.30.18 Reply
  8. Sara wrote:

    That was some fresh ideas!! Loved it. I have never ever think of what to do with items after Christmas. Usually it goes to trash, now we can make use of it too. Thanks

    Posted 11.17.19 Reply

Hi, hello! Sarah Joy here. I'm a self-proclaimed home-body + lover of all things cozy. I'm sarcastic, overly caffeinated + usually at Target. This blog is my happy place, where I enjoy sharing fun things like home decor tips, affordable fashion, + life as a mama of three.


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