For some, winter can be dreary. Today I want to take you from gloomy to glowing and share some realistic winter decor tips to brighten your mood! In this post, we’ll go beyond Pinterest perfection, helping you weave cozy magic into your space and lift your mood, one simple touch at a time.

Who doesn’t love simple, right??

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Embrace Natural Light

Forget expensive renovations or trendy light fixtures. Don’t underestimate the windows in your home. They will help you embrace natural light and feel the shift from drab to vibrant, sluggish to energized. This is a no cost change or at the most, budget-friendly!

From Gloomy to Glowing: Winter Decor Tips to Brighten Your Mood - Light coming in the window in the she room.

The view above is my she room. It’s the place a spend a lot of time writing and creating. I moved the chase in front of the window so when I’m reading or writing I can take in all the light.

You can see my whole space in my post How to Create a She Shed in a Room.

Check out my other natural light ideas below:

“Winter sunlight is a warm old soul, spreading love in the bitter cold.” Angie Weiland-Crosby

  • Clean windows: If the weather in your neck of the woods allows, clean your windows. Let the sunshine flood in! Sparkling windows will instantly lift your mood. I know it does mine!
  • Move furniture: Optimize seating positions to catch some rays during daylight hours is an easy and effective option. There’s nothing like sitting in a comfy space and soaking in the sunshine.
  • Mirror magic: Place mirrors strategically to reflect light and brighten spaces. This change will make a huge difference in your space!
  • Open curtains: Many of us use heavier weight drapery in the cold months. My suggestion, remove your heavy drapes for sheer or light-filtering options.

Warm Up Your Atmosphere

Banish the winter chills! Layer your living spaces with plush textures. Swap out those thin throws for a few chunky blankets and feel the chill melt away like snowflakes on a warm palm. I believe you can never have enough blankets, quilts and throws! Scatter some soft pillows, light a candle and bask in the comfort.

  • Layer textures: Plush throws, chunky knit blankets, and faux fur pillows add cozy comfort.
  • Candlelight glow: Scatter candles for soft, warming light (battery-operated is a great option).
  • Fireside focus: Arrange seating around a fireplace.
  • Warm color accents: Opt for throws, pillows, or artwork in rich hues.

“Home is the nicest word there is.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

From Gloomy to Glowing: Winter Decor Tips to Brighten Your Mood - The best chunky throw for the winter months.
Remote controlled candles to soften your space and make it feel cozy.

Bring Nature Indoors

After a long pause, last year, I added a few real plants into my home. My rattle snake plant is my favorite! I also use faux stems, dried flowers, and various fruits as decor, depending on the season.

Using nature inspired art is another great way to bring the outdoors inside.

  • Foliage fiesta: Fill vases with branches, dried flowers, or evergreen boughs.
  • Houseplant haven: Add low-maintenance plants like succulents or snake plants.
  • Citrus cheer: Display bowls of oranges, lemons, or limes for a pop of color and fresh scent.
  • Nature-inspired art: Hang nature-themed prints, photographs, or woven tapestries.
From Gloomy to Glowing: Winter Decor Tips to Brighten Your Mood - Faux stems to use this winter.
New Threshold artwork from Target. Perfect for the winter and spring months!

Add Your Personal Touch

I believe, it’s important that the place you call home be a reflection of you and the things you love or treasure. Sure, there are some amazing design trends to follow, but make sure you are true to what you enjoy before making a purchase. From your favorite books, to special photos and DIY’s, make sure to add them to your home decor.

Below is a personal DIY that I keep out most of the year. You can make your own if you follow my tutorial How to Build an Easy Stone Birdhouse.

From Gloomy to Glowing: Winter Decor Tips to Brighten Your Mood - Showcasing my DIY stone birdhouse.
  • Display cherished items: Showcase photos, souvenirs, or meaningful keepsakes.
  • Wreaths: Get crafty with winter-themed wreaths.
  • Aromatherapy boost: Diffuse uplifting essential oils like citrus, peppermint, or rosemary.
  • Add books: Create a display with your favorite books.

My Bonus Tips!

Organized spaces are less mentally draining and more inviting. Cleaning out a closet or a overcrowded cupboard can help tremendously.

I definitely get tired of looking at the same thing over and over. I suggest occasionally switching seasonal decor to avoid visual fatigue.

From Gloomy to Glowing: Winter Decor Tips to Brighten Your Mood

Remember, the key is to choose elements that evoke positive emotions and make you feel comfortable, snuggled down for the winter months and happy. Never be afraid to experiment and personalize your space. It’s your space and you can change it however you please!

Enjoy creating your mood-boosting winter wonderland!

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6 Comments

  1. Wonderful tips, Kim. Especially the one about changing out the draperies. I agree with you let the light shine in! It’s the time of year that we need it the most.

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