Winter is Coming: Snuggle Up with the Season’s Coziest Trends

Greenery, blankets, candles, lighting and rugs give home decor a much-needed cold-weather makeover.

As the seasons change, the leaves turn and the sun starts going down earlier, more time is spent indoors. Make the most of the chilly weather, while avoiding cabin fever, by adding a few well-placed winter accessories.

The obvious way to make your home a wonderland for the entire winter (not just the holidays) is by adding pops of warmth to your existing decor. No need to completely redo a room, just think about how you can functional pieces to what you already have.

“I encourage clients to update their decor each season, but not to completely overhaul,” said Chad Esslinger of Chad Esslinger Design. “Every day, core items can stay out year-round, but it is nice to add seasonal touches.”


Esslinger suggests adding evergreen topiaries to a bookshelf or tabletop display or an elegant seasonal wreath on the front door. He adds that sometimes it can feel like there is too much stuff all over the place and homeowners should feel free with taking down some everyday decor to make room for the seasonal.


While they may not provide any actual warmth, there’s a level of coziness that candles can provide. Don’t overdo the winter scents – by January, you (and your guests) will be tired of pine and cranberry. Focus on incorporating other, less common winter scents like balsam, clove and cedarwood into your home.

“Scents in a home are a tricky thing,” said Janine Callahan, owner of a Showhomes home staging franchise in the Fox Valley area of Illinois. “So many people have adverse reactions to artificial scents. Avoid scents plugged into the walls.”


Candles provide a nice ambience, but don’t offer much actual light. Overhead lights can be harsh, so turn them off and add a few cute but functional lamps around your main living spaces to add some extra warmth.


During the winter, rugs turn from “cute accessory” to “functional feet warming device.” Adding a fluffy rug over your carpet or lighter rug can find the perfect balance of form and function. Think sheepskin, shag or wool.


When it comes to blankets, the cozier the better. Many styles, from chenille to fur and everything in between, provide a pop of style and a dose of comfort to your sofa, bed or desk chair. Esslinger suggests using bold patterns in your decor, adding, “Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and colors to create an eclectic mix!”


From eggnog to hot cocoa to hot toddies, winter serves up a lot of delicious hot drinks to keep your hands and your soul warm all season. Upgrade your plain white mug with a few elegant mugs in winter hues like plum, cranberry or gold for a winter feel without the snowmen or angels.

This winter, remember to think beyond your holiday decor and make sure your home is ready for the colder months spent indoors. Adding just a few key pieces to your existing decor will make the winter fly by.