How To Design A Winter Wonderland In Your Home

September 14, 2022

The winter season is the perfect time to create a cozy, warm environment for your home. Whether you are decorating for Christmas or need some holiday cheer, here is how to make your winter wonderland!

Make the mantel your focal point

Try the mirror approach to add some drama and focus to your environment. You could add a square mirror design for walls or use a few different mirrors with different sizes and shapes. If you do not have a fireplace or mantel, you can create your own by placing a piece of wood on top of two sawhorses or bricks. Then hang items from it!

To make the mantel festive for winter:

  • Add greenery like pinecones or holly leaves.
  • Add plants, such as succulents;
  • Use candles—tall ones will enhance the height of the mantel while still being visually appealing;
  • Add small trees and wreaths (the wreath makes it feel like Christmas);
  • Frame photos so that guests can see who lives in your home.

The focal point is important in any room because it draws attention and creates a mood.

Create a winter-themed centerpiece for your dining table

  • Use pine cones or other foraged items inside glass bottles.
  • Arrange candles to create a warm glow.
  • Use white twinkle lights to create a cozy atmosphere.
  • Arrange decorative pillows on the seating.

Fill glass bottles with pinecones or other foraged items

You can use pinecones, leaves, nuts, or other items you find in nature. Use a bottle or jar with a wide mouth for easy access. If you are using pinecones (or other objects), use a funnel to pour them into the bottle. If you would like to display anything inside an old jar, fill it with water and leave room at the top for your lid. When filling up the pot, place your cork or stopper on top of it so no animals can get inside!

Hang wreaths with ribbon over windows or from the ceiling in front of windows

Another great way to decorate any space is by hanging wreaths with ribbon. You can hang them over windows or as a roof for your little elves to live in! Hang fairy lights before the window and around the room’s edges. You can also add a wreath to your mounted mirror. Decorating your mirror with a garland can add to the holiday season feel as well.

Decorate with plenty of candles

Candles are perfect for adding warmth and coziness without taking up space. They also create a romantic, calming, festive, and relaxing atmosphere. 

Put white twinkle lights on your mantel, in trees, and around fences

  • White twinkle lights are a great way to decorate. They give off a warm glow and are easy to hang —use the adhesive on the back. You can even string them across your ceiling for an easily-accessible string light that will not get tangled!
  • This is a great place to buy bulk twinkle lights.

Use a tree skirt to pull your tree decorations together

  • A tree skirt is a fabric that sits underneath the tree, hiding the trunk and making your display look more finished. It can be a tablecloth or it can be any shape and size you want. You could even use an old quilt you no longer need or want.
  • If you are going to sew your tree skirt (which is way better than buying one), consider using something unique, like a piece of fabric from an old dress shirt or some fancy wallpaper.

Arrange decorative pillows on the seat

Decorating with a winter theme does not have to be complicated or expensive. A few touches of fabric and color can create the perfect winter wonderland in your home. Try using different materials, textures, and patterns for several pillows to tie together your decorating scheme.

Decorative pillows are a great way to add color and style to your home without breaking the bank! 

Use knitted throws on chairs and sofas

In the winter months, it is important to keep your home warm and inviting. Knitted throws are an excellent way to achieve this effect — they are friendly and cozy, and you can use the pillow on the sofa, chair, or bed. Various colors, sizes, and styles are available online or at local craft stores. If you are handy with yarn and needles yourself, consider making one yourself using wool, cotton, or acrylic yarn in your favorite colors! A metal-framed mirror would be ideal for adding a touch of style and setting the mood.

Hang large wooden letters to spell holiday words like joy, peace, and noel

  • Hang large wooden letters to spell holiday words like joy, peace, and noel.
  • Use the letters to spell out your family name or the name of your favorite holiday movie.

Hanging words on walls is a great way to add personality to a room without having to paint the space or change your furniture too much. A retro gold mirror can also add a touch of holiday cheer to your wooden letters.

Wrap everyday items like vases, books, and lamps with jute string or twine

We know what you’re thinking: “Hang on, isn’t jute string supposed to be used for making baskets and other crafts? How can I use it to decorate my home?”

We are happy to tell you that jute string is not just for crafting. It is also an excellent material for creating a winter wonderland in your home. The best part about using jute string is that it is easy to find and use. It is available at any craft store or hardware store. Plus, if you are feeling creative, there are plenty of ways that you can utilize this versatile material to bring some Christmas cheer into your home.

You can decorate your home in a winter wonderland style if you follow these steps

To create a winter wonderland style in your home, follow these steps:

  • Use a variety of textures and colors:
  • Use different types of materials to decorate your home. Wooden items will look great next to metal ones, which will look great next to fabric pieces — you get the idea! The more texture and contrast you have in your display, the better your space will look. 
  • Do not be afraid to think outside the box and use other decorations. For example, wooden spoons can be an alternative to table legs. You can even use items you already have around the house there is no need to buy anything new if it does not fit your budget or if there is not room for storage now!

I hope we have inspired you to create a winter wonderland in your home. The holidays can be a beautiful time of year, and there are many ways to bring that magic into our lives. From decorating with lights or creating a snowy scene in a vase, it is all about finding what works for you.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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