Looking for some creative ideas on how to decorate your home for the winter season? I’ll show you some simple ideas for adding a coastal touch to your seasonal decor while keeping the cozy warmth of a traditional winter space.
The Christmas decorations are down and the holiday season is officially over. For many, this is the time of year, between the winter holidays and the start of spring, when our creativity can become a bit drained.
Every year I pretty much decorate the same after Christmas.
I leave some bare Christmas trees, evergreen garlands, and wreaths out. Pinecones are mixed in every winter vignette. And it’s always beautiful.
But I just felt like I needed a little extra something this year… a little pick-me-up during this very gloomy and rainy time in the Pacific Northwest.
Today I’m going to show you how I livened up my winter spaces by mixing in some coastal decor.
Winter Decor Blog Hop
My friend Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home is hosting a blog hop today with several creative blogging friends, ready to show you their winter decor ideas.
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A Little History of Our Forever Home
We live in a cozy 1920 beach cottage on the Puget Sound, about 60 miles S.W. of Seattle.
We’ve lived here for over 10 years and have literally touched every inch of this 1600-square-foot house. I mean, just about everything needed to be redone…
- the roof
- all the cosmetic things you could think of
- a new deck, greenhouse, and cut flower garden
Let’s just say we’ve been busy.
You can see more about why we chose our forever home HERE.
Combining Coastal and Cozy Winter Decor Ideas
I’ve always decorated with a coastal cottage style every summer. But I put away the seashells, vintage wooden oars, and anything else that has a beachy feel during the other 3 seasons.
And then I thought, “Why can’t I enjoy those coastal elements that remind me of living on the beach even if it’s cold and gloomy?” It might even perk me up.
Because of the time of year, it was important for me not to overdo it with the beach decor. I needed to be somewhat subtle in my approach.
Layer Up Your Living Room
First, let’s talk winter decor. From chunky knit throw blankets to natural wovens, adding layers of texture to create a cozy winter vibe is a must.
Add wicker baskets to your coastal-inspired winter home for texture. I purchased an oversized basket last fall that I absolutely love and have wicker picnic baskets in a few places sitting in my living room.
I not only created a cozy winter space but tried to embrace a coastal style at the same time. My goal was to try to mix in hints of coastal charm while keeping it warm and inviting during the colder months of the year.
My vintage wooden oars stay hung on my wall throughout most of the year. So they already added coastal cottage charm to our living room.
Choose a Color Palette that Says Winter at the Coast
When it comes to creating a coastal-style winter home, choosing the right colors is essential.
I chose coastal colors such as blues, grays, and neutral tones for my color palette this season. These cool tones will bring a subtle hint of coastal vibes while still embracing the cozy winter feel I’m looking for.
Using layers of texture like a cozy throw, pillows, and rugs with these coastal colors adds depth to any space. They give that extra touch of coziness that’s perfect for chilly days and gives you a warm feeling.
I added glass vases on top of this cabinet for a coastal feel.
Utilize Soft Lighting and Candles
Soft lighting is a great way to bring coastal vibes into your winter home decor.
We bought these swing arm wall lamps this month for both our boat and the window seat space.
Whether you opt for coastal-inspired table lamps, wall scones, or candles, warm and inviting light can create a cozy atmosphere in any room in the house.
You can also add texture to your lighting. Materials like bamboo or rattan will give you that extra hint of beachy charm.
I love this very simple lamp base I bought at Target. Just adding seashells inside the glass and buying a wicker lamp shade from HomeGoods changes the entire look of the lamp.
Embrace Nature by Accessorizing with Natural Elements
Coastal living is about embracing the beauty of nature. Decorate a winter vignette with natural elements like seashells, driftwood, sea glass, and starfish for an extra coastal touch.
Not only do these home decor items look great on their own, but they also provide texture and depth when used together.
I found this piece of driftwood along our beach last summer.
Here are some great examples of embracing nature and creating the perfect coastal winter haven in your home…
- Dried flowers
- fresh flowers
- faux plants and flowers
Force Blooming Forsythia Indoors
When I started taking pictures for this post I had dried eucalyptus in the oversized basket hanging on the wall. But a friend clipped some forsythia branches from her garden and I added those instead. They should be blooming by next week.
You can read more about how to force flowering branches to bloom inside HERE.
Another great idea is to mix both winter and coastal elements together. Use items from Christmas like fresh or faux evergreen garlands or a pine tree. Decorate them with starfish or sand dollars.
With the right winter decor combination, you’ll have everything you need to make your coastal home living space both cozy and inviting.
Coastal-inspired elements, cool colors, cozy textures, and warm lighting are perfect additions. You can add a personal touch like using a diffuser with essential oils to fill your home with a beautiful scent.
So layer up your cozy living room with coastal style this winter season and enjoy all the warmth it brings into the season.
Next up on the winter blog hop is my friend Cindy at County Road 407. She shares how you can have a charming cozy home for winter without using a lot of decor. Now that’s some smart and simple decorating I can get my head around!
Be sure to click on each picture below to see more winter inspiration from my blogging friends.
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Until next time,
Happy Winter Decorating!
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