Looking for creative ideas on how to decorate your home during the winter months? I’ll show you some simple ideas for adding a coastal look to your seasonal decor while keeping the cozy warmth of a traditional winter space.
The Christmas decorations and tree ornaments are packed away and the holiday season is officially over. For many, the time of year between the winter holidays and the start of spring can be challenging. Our creativity can become a bit drained.
I decorate the same after Christmas year after year.
Some bare Christmas trees, evergreen garlands, and wreaths are left out through January. I also mix pine cones into every winter vignette.
But every once in a while, I need a little extra something mixed in, 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.
Combining Coastal and Cozy Winter Décor Ideas
It’s no secret that I’ve always decorated my beach house with a coastal cottage style every summer. But I put away the sea shells, vintage wooden oars, and anything else that has a beachy feel during the other three seasons.
Is there a rule that says I can’t enjoy the coastal elements and beachy ambiance when it’s cold and gloomy? This decorating style seems like the perfect way to perk me up during these long winter months.
Because of the time of year, I try not to overdo it with the nautical accents. The goal is 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 materials, 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 vision 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 add 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, 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 charming 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. 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.
Bowls of sea shells throughout the room are simple touches that make a big impact when decorating with a coastal style.
Not only do these seaside 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:
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.
Read more about how to force flowering branches to bloom in my blog post.
Another great idea is to mix both winter and coastal elements. 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.
And let’s not forget my favorite vanilla bean candles.
So layer up your cozy living room with coastal style this winter season and enjoy all the warmth it brings into the season.
I hope these cozy winter decor ideas with a mix of coastal styles have inspired you to try something a little different this season.
If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may find these winter coastal decor ideas useful.
Until next time,
Happy Winter Decorating!
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