16 Cozy Winter Decorating Ideas You Can Keep Up All Season Long

Fireplace with candles and plant
Photo: Stacy Goldberg

As temperatures drop outside, bring warmth into your home with cozy winter decorations. Use our collection of winter decor ideas to make your home feel warm and inviting this season. Showcasing plush fabrics, cool colors, and comfy furnishings, these wintry designs will last you all the way to spring.

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Cozy Winter Decorations

rustic dining table in room with lavender-gray walls
Jay Wilde

Sheepskin is the epitome of cozy winter home decor. It instantly brings warmth to any room. Place a sheepskin rug ($69-$99, Pottery Barn) on the floor, or toss one over an ottoman or a chaise to provide a toasty spot to tuck chilly toes while reading or relaxing. You can also drape sheepskin pelts over wood benches and dining chairs for added warmth and comfort.

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Winter Lighting Ideas

Living room with fireplace, stored wood, and seating
Brie Williams

With winter comes fewer hours of daylight, so it's important to make sure your space still feels bright and inviting throughout the season. Bring in floor lamps to illuminate dark corners, and place small fixtures atop side tables or the mantel. Consider installing wall sconces or a new pendant light overhead for a more permanent solution.

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Winter Mantel Ideas

Fireplace with candles and plant
Stacy Goldberg

When cold weather sets in, your focus will naturally shift toward the hearth. Give your fireplace a quick makeover to ensure it's ready for all that extra attention. A large mirror above the mantel instantly elevates this fireplace to focal-point status. Candlesticks provide simple winter decorations for the mantel, while a potted fern adds life. An antique stool provides a perch while tending to the fire.

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Natural Winter Home Decor

neutral-colored dining room with fiddle leaf fig tree
Jonny Valiant

The landscape outside might look bleak and lifeless during cold winter months, but your home doesn't have to. Incorporate plants into your winter decorating to make rooms appear livelier and more cheerful. Choose varieties with sculptural leaves, such as the popular fiddle leaf fig tree, for a naturally striking accent.

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Winter Fireplace Ideas

painted dark hearth in room with blue rug and leather chairs
Michael Garland

Rearranging your furniture can give rooms a fresh look for winter. If you have a fireplace, pull pieces in toward the center of the room and face them near the hearth to create a cozy gathering spot for winter entertaining. Plush fabrics and upholstery add warmth even without a roaring fire.

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Luxurious Winter Decorations

white bedroom with velvet throw, flokati stool and ornate silver frame
Ed Gohlich

Give your bedroom a quick style update and prepare it for the cold-weather season by layering in textured bedding, throws, and pillows. Winter room decor, like this luxurious velvet throw and soft faux fur bed pillows, turn a bedroom into a cozy refuge from harsh winter winds. These small accents are easy to swap out again when temperatures start to warm up again.

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Winter Decor Colors

Living room with colorful pillows and large wall art
John Bessler

Avoid the winter blues by infusing your spaces with pops of cheery color. A bright throw or a few boldly patterned pillows will help ensure your neutral spaces don't look stark and cold like the space outside your windows. Brightly colored elements can also last into the spring and summer, so this winter decorating idea makes a savvy investment.

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Bright Winter Decor Ideas

dark grey sofa below mirror
Ryann Ford

With the shorter days, it's time to maximize what natural light is still available. Hanging a large mirror on a blank stretch of wall or above a mantel display will reflect light throughout your space. Turn the mirror into a decorative display by painting the frame an eye-catching color, or opt for the simplicity of an aged metal finish.

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Winter Window Treatments

gray kitchen sink
Adam Albright

Even kitchens need a little TLC during the winter months. Adding bold window treatments to your kitchen windows, like this patterned Roman shade, will keep your workspace feeling merry and bright even after the holidays. Create your own simple curtains by purchasing a yard of fabric in the color or pattern of your choice, hemming the raw edges, and using clip-style curtain rings over rods.

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Winter Seating Ideas

neutral slipcovered chairs surrounding traditional dining table under pendant
Richard Leo Johnson

Similar to winter fashion, winter decorating is all about layering on the fabrics. Cozy your dining room up for the season by covering your chairs with simple slipcovers. Slipcovered chairs add warmth and winter style to this neutral dining room and can be easily taken off for a quick cleaning after a family dinner or gathering with friends.

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Easy Winter Decor Ideas

blue patterned pillows on velvet midcentury sofa with open shelving
Buff Stickland

Layer in a few extra throw pillows for a quick winter home decor update. Playful patterns stand out against dark wood flooring and a lush velvet sofa in this cozy living room. Choose accent pillows in colors and patterns that match your existing decor to ensure you don't have to make any more decor adjustments. A cozy throw draped over the side of the sofa completes the look.

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White Winter Home Decor

Shelf white and wood dishes
Robert Brinson

Collect a display of snow-white dishware to bring a hint of winter style into your home. Here, crisp white items stand out against a black-painted background of built-in shelves. Wood accents scattered throughout add texture and dimension to the display.

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Comforting Winter Accents

living room with neutral walls, teal painted mantel and cow-hide rug
Anthony Masterson

Although wood floors lend rooms sophisticated style year-round, you'll need to cozy them up for the cold winter months. A faux hide area rug sets off this living room's main seating area, adding warmth and texture underfoot. For a unique style statement, layer one rug on top of another to add more visual interest.

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Winter Decorating Ideas for Windows

blue bench in front of window with throw and geometric curtains
Steven McDonald

Block out chilly winter drafts by layering on window treatments. Thick draperies add volume and color in this pretty nook. Replace the thick curtains with sheer draperies during warmer months, or simply remove the extra treatments altogether until temperatures plunge again.

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Winter Reading Nook Decor

reading nook with window, neutral textiles and symmetric wall art
Jeff Herr

A window seat offers the perfect perch for an afternoon nap or a day spent lost in a good book. Keep your window seats cozy by bulking them up with fluffy seat cushions and pillows. If space permits, use under-seat storage to house blankets and other winter decorations for the season.

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Winter Home Fragrances

Basket near fireplace filled with pinecones
Peter Krumhardt

Although decor and accessories can go a long way toward cozying up your home, it's important to fill it with the smells of the season, too. A bowl of potpourri in a wintry fragrance, such pine needles or evergreen, or a basket of cinnamon-scented pinecones will instantly fill your home with seasonal cheer. Display the arrangement prominently on a mantel or as a casual winter table centerpiece.

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