10 EASY TIPS TO TRANSITION FROM CHRISTMAS TO WINTER DÉCOR

10 Easy tips to transition from Christmas to winter décor

Do you feel sad when Christmas is over? I always do, and have for as long as I can remember. Luckily for me, it doesn’t last long because the urge to clean up and decorate for the next season is a stronger feeling. For this reason, I had to share my 10 easy tips to transition from Christmas to winter décor. If you don’t decorate after Christmas for winter, I hope you’ll give it a try this year!

Christmas is special for so many reasons, the obvious being to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but it’s also special, like birthdays, because it comes around just once a year. A lot of work and energy are put in during this time of year, and even with all the hustle and bustle, there’s joy and excitement. There are actually a lot of emotions to process this time of year which makes decorating for it even more important to me. My surroundings often affect how I feel, and I also want our daughters to have long-lasting happy memories surrounding this time of year too. And once it’s over, it is sad, but I hope we can also enjoy what’s next – and for me, it’s a home decorated for the winter months ahead.

10 Easy Tips to Transition from Christmas to Winter Décor


I have brainstormed my annual routine, and I’ve come up with 10 easy tips to transition from Christmas to winter décor. I’m not encouraging you to implement all 10 of these possibilities, but I hope you’ll consider a few. There is so much to enjoy about winter décor, especially if you’re cooped up inside and you want to enjoy your surroundings like I do.


10 Easy Tips to Transition from Christmas to Winter Decor

#1 Remove Christmas themed items. This is a given, but don’t forget the front-door wreath or hand soap dispenser. It’s often the little things that are forgotten and stay up until April! Removing and storing all Christmas décor is essential to have that fresh transition into the rest of winter. I like to use all red storage containers because that signifies it’s all stuff for Christmas.

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#2 Collect any Christmas décor that you no longer want – offer to friends/family or sell on FB Marketplace. Why store stuff you’ve outgrown or no longer have the space for? Before you box it up and forget about it until next year, set it aside, take a quick pic, and see if you have any takers. One man’s trash…


#3 Remove red – an exception is winter berries and year-round furniture. But red just screams Christmas during the late fall and winter months. So, if you want a fresh transition to winter after Christmas, consider putting away all the red, just for a season. And when you bring it back out, it will feel fresh again!


#4 Bring out the white. White decorative bowls, vases, pillows, throws, containers, florals, etc. White is neutral, fresh, and bright especially when the days are shorter and darker out. And if it doesn’t snow in your area, you can bring that color inside.


#5 Highlight accessories with neutrals and nature. Using earth tones is a way to bring the outdoors inside. When it’s too cold to be out, we can still have greens, browns, and blues to reflect the outside colors during these cold months. The evergreen trees stick around through the winter and their color is rich and vibrant. The cool blue grey sky is ever present, and can create the need to get cozy. Browns are rich and warm and perfectly neutral to warm up things inside. These colors will look amazing with all the white you’ve utilized and will soften and naturalize the white as well.

Add some natural elements such as birch logs, cotton stems, pine cones, moss, dry branches/twigs, faux furs, and wooden accents.  Yarn pom-pom garlands and wooden beads garlands make great accents too.  Take a large vase and lightly fill with freshly cut or faux greens, then add some fresh flowers. The neutral tones with the natural elements are the perfect combo.

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#6 Keep the greenery and even trees with just lights, but remove the Christmas elements from them. I personally love this tip because it allows me to keep some Christmas décor out, without it looking like it. These are also the pieces that came out first, to transition from Thanksgiving.


#7 Print out some free winter printables to add to your existing frames. There are so many talented people out there and they’re willing to give away their creations for free! Check Pinterest to find some free printables to download and print. Even adding a winter image to just a few places will elevate your winter décor and did I say, it’s free!?


#8 Add some soft lighting with candles, fairy lights, soft light bulbs, and a fire in the fireplace. When a candle is out for décor purposes and isn’t lit, it still adds a coziness factor. I think candles are amazing in the winter months because I just don’t spend as much time outside, smelling the outdoors, so a candle can liven up that sense and when lit they’re just so darn pretty aren’t they?

10 Easy Tips to Transition from Christmas to Winter Décor

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#9 Mix your metals. This will add warmth to the coolness that comes with metal items. Wherever you display decorative items, consider adding a few different tones of metal together. It’s not only beautiful, but it will add a casual feeling and the various colors warm each other up when together.

10 Easy Tips to Transition from Christmas to Winter Décor

#10 Simplify and declutter. There will always be the minimal Christmas décor people out there (which is such a lovely style), but for those of you who like to layer and ‘bring it on’ to decorate for the Christmas season, transitioning into winter is a great time to remove the bulk, simplify, and store a few more extra things. I think having less around helps me to have a clear mind and to feel relaxed (and it’s less to dust for a bit). Plus, when you add a few more pillows and some throw blankets for snuggling, it’s nice to have less around elsewhere to balance the additional textiles.


After I write a post like this, I always want to get busy doing it. Most of my posts are written after I’ve created or decorated something, but when it comes to decorating tips like these, I’m pretty much ready to get started. It’s like a self-pep talk! Good thing too because it’s almost time for me to start packing up this apartment.

I really wish I could see all your homes transitioned to winter – even if it’s just a few small touches like a candle or a throw blanket, it’s the little cozy things that count. I hope you’re inspired and motivated to try a few of the tips mentioned, and I’d love you to follow my Instagram account if you haven’t already. It’s a great way for me to see into your world too. If you have any favorite tips to transition from Christmas to winter, please leave it in a comment below. Be sure to subscribe for weekly updates, and thanks so much for reading this post.
Stay cozy~

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6 Comments
  • Tara

    January 20, 2021 at 6:53 pm Reply

    Great ideas

    • Amy

      January 27, 2021 at 2:06 pm Reply

      Thanks so much, Tara!

  • Shelly

    January 7, 2021 at 5:06 am Reply

    Very helpful……
    I was on the right track, I leave the Tree’s and winter decor up thru March..
    Thank you for sharing the other great idea’s….

    • Amy

      January 27, 2021 at 2:08 pm Reply

      It’s awesome that you enjoy your winter decor through March! Enjoy the entire season~

  • Ingrid Knudson

    January 6, 2021 at 3:30 pm Reply

    Love your ideas, Amy! Thanks for sharing your talent with us all!

    • Amy

      January 6, 2021 at 9:38 pm Reply

      Thank you so much, Ingrid! You have always been such an encouragement to me.

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