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January Decorations: Ideas for Winter & After Christmas Style

January decorations and winter decor ideas go hand-in-hand. Learn how to style after Christmas with rustic textures and crisp white décor.

1. Cozy Glamour

Mix comfy layers with silver details for perfect January elegance and winter home decor. Tip: Winter decorations (not Christmas) are all about colors; include an overall palette of fresh whites, tinted metallics and frosty blues!

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Nothing embraces a fresh January spirit like a warm and inviting atmosphere – so offset bright, high-gloss surfaces with copper or gold winter table décor in soft, distressed finishes.

For winter bedroom decor, give mermaid sequin accent pillows a winter glow with sophisticated silver and gold.

Bring the splendor of a starry night indoors with a burst of enchanting silver light.

Use a small branch of a seasonal plant to freshen the air with a sweet fragrance – and incorporate new January cheer in unexpected places.

2. First Snow

Mimic the look of an actual winter landscape with soft white "snowy" floors and warm "woodsy" furniture.

In the dining room above, dark wood furniture, leafy greenery and crisp white floors come together to recreate the look of an enchanted forest – at first snowfall.

To boost the brightness of a winter-white tablescape, remember: there's nothing like a flood of natural light to invigorate and refresh.

Organic materials, rustic finishes and brown-and-white décor enhance a 'snowy forest' motif.
Champagne gold coasters and wine bottles, plus winter wall decor, add a subtle pop of January color – and prove you don't have to splurge on fancy décor to create an elegant winter ambiance.

3. Sparkle + Shine

For winter decor after Christmas, top off cabin-in-the-woods comfort with a dash of dazzling shine.

Set a tray of sparkling ornaments against a distressed wood coffee table for rustic January elegance.
An "after Christmas" tree shimmer offers a subtle glow – but nothing will light up your winter interior quite like a room-defining lamp. Look for one made of warming wood, like rich oak, to keep a cozy holiday ambiance.
Pillows and throws with a 'barely-there' sheen will let you catch a beam of winter radiance – even when you're curled up in full hibernation mode!
Note the subtle use of metallics in the bookshelf and fireplace décor above: silver-wrapped presents (an after Christmas recyclable!) and gold decorative boxes add a touch of elegance to an otherwise rustic winter living room decor aesthetic.

Winter Porch Decor

Creating a winterscape starts outdoors. Welcome guests and delight neighbors with hanging white, gold or light-blue wreaths, white welcome mats and hanging sconces or lanterns. Paint the front door blue or white to usher in the new season and tie the aesthetic together!

Winter Decorating Ideas After Christmas

After Christmas, keep the tree, ditch the ornaments. Winter-thriving greens like firs (which is the Christmas tree type!) make a home feel cozy and seasonal long into winter. If you want, you can even replace the festive ornaments with neutral, evergreen ornaments, such as non-holiday snowflakes, hanging stars and acorns.

More Winter Home Decor Ideas

If you're like us, you want to dive head-first into the winter aesthetic, so to help make sure your creativity is sparked in every possible direction, here is a 'last call' batch of even more decorating ideas:

  • Non-Christmas Decor garland. String white or green garland around banisters, mantels and cabinetry. As long as it's plain and free from holly berries or other kitch, it will feel wintry, without feeling Christmasy.
  • Ornaments on mantels. Bulb or bauble ornaments in gold and silver (not green and red!) make an elegant aesthetic without feeling festive. Perfect for arranging over fireplaces.
  • Snowy wall art. Hang up wall art of snowy hills or frozen lakes for a burrrrrr-fect winter feel!

What Do You Decorate for In January?

January is thrilling for interior decorators: it’s an open frontier, moldable in any direction. Use this month to focus on the bright whites and fluffy warm textures of winter. Or, anticipate Valentine’s Day with pinks, reds and fresh candles ahead of February.

How Do You Decorate a Table in January?

Decorate a table in January by tying in winter’s colors and themes. A warm wood table with a white runner, silver candlesticks and fern plants celebrate the coldest season. Move away from reds - you want this month to be distinguished from the overhaul that are Christmas colors.

How Do You Decorate a Mantel in January?

Decorate a mantel in January by sticking to a white, silver and neutral color palette. It’s the metals that will shine, literally, this month! Early morning light peeping through frosty windows will reflect off silver candlesticks and polished figurines. This bold yet simple aesthetic will stand on its own in the new year, giving your living room a fresh feel.

How Do You Decorate a Front Door in January?

A front door in January can keep the wreath, ditch the holly. Exit festive decor, enter fresh, neutral colors and lots of nature. Take inspiration from the forests this time of year: birch branches and even pinecone-laden twigs are perfect.

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