Warming Trend: 5 Ways to Cozy Up Your Home When It’s Cold Outside

This just in: A winter wonderland of décor inside and outside your home isn’t just for the holidays. When winter is in full swing, celebrate it with elegant accents that speak to the season. (Insider tip: If you’re selling your home in the winter and your agent is holding an open house or private tours, these things will add a lot of seasonal ambience — which will make your home feel even more warm and welcoming.)

1. Wreaths and garlands

Evergreen and boxwood wreaths and garlands are the perfect holiday-agnostic winter décor to have out until spring has sprung. The rich greens add a natural element to your home — both indoors and out — and help breathe a bit of life into the otherwise cold and barren winter months. The best part about wreaths and garlands? They are timeless symbols of a warm welcome.

winter wreaths and garlands

2. Candles

During the holidays, candles are the perfect way to add a touch of ambience and infuse your space with scents, especially the scrumptious ones such as peppermint and cinnamon. But, once winter has really settled in, opt for scents that speak to the whole season: Notes of cedarwood, patchouli and fig perfectly recall the cozy warmth of the winter. Be sure to choose candles in neutral colors and neutral metallics, to avoid any overtly holiday feel.

3. Table linens

Opt for a look that will give your tablescapes a winter-wonderland aesthetic — minus any colors that signal popular holidays. Creamy ivory linens, burnished metallic accents and pops of sage or forest green are the perfect ways to make your dining spaces feel stylishly seasonal. For centerpieces, try a big bowl of metallic baubles or a little forest of bottlebrush trees, on wooden stands, in off-pastels such as corals, pinks and soft greens. Either idea will complement your winter-white linens, superbly.

4. Throw pillows and blankets

Throw pillows and blankets are perhaps the easiest way to add real coziness to your home during the cold winter months. Instead of colors, though, play with textures and patterns. Fuzzy faux-fur pillows mixed with sweater-like knit pillows — all in neutral winter shades such as whites, creams and beiges — are ideal options. Chunky knit blankets on sofas and beds are other snuggle-up accents that complement the season. Try shades such as caramel, forest green and heather gray. These versatile options will easily blend with — or perfectly contrast — the rest of your décor.

winter twinkle lights

5. Twinkle lights

Using these holiday staples inside rather than outside is a great way to add some warmth to your spaces. Instead of stringing them along doorways or winding them around stair rails, as you might at the holidays, reimagine how you can use their soothing glow. Drape them across a mirror or over a bar cabinet. At your windows, hang special strings of cascading twinkle lights made like curtains, just for that purpose. Fill a clear glass vase with a strand of battery-powered twinkle lights: It’s an instant, gleaming centerpiece. The glow of twinkle lights here and there will add some wonderful coziness to those cold, dark winter nights.

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