The gifts have been given, the turkey is long gone, and Christmas is over for another year. However, the end of the holiday season shouldn’t mean the end of interior winter design.
Packing away the strings of glittering tinsel and fairy lights may seem like a gloomy affair, but with the new year comes a fresh new beginning. Embrace rustic home design with some repurposed accessories and keep the January chill at bay with some cosy home décor choices.
Here are our top tips to give you some rustic winter décor inspiration for the new year.
1. Repurpose some Christmas cheer
The loveable chaos of Christmas brings with it a whole host of miscellaneous items and decorations. Come January, your home is likely to be strewn with the evidence of merriment, from wreaths and wrapping paper to lights and candles. Instead of packing it all away for next year, pick certain festive items to stay out as part of your winter design theme.
Keep out your gold or silver fairy lights and coil them inside of a large round vase for a contemporary ornament and a bright addition to your living or dining area. If any of your beloved Christmas decorations broke during those crowded family gatherings, this is the perfect time to use the pieces to make DIY mosaics. And rather than throwing out those empty wine bottles, give them a second life as elegant candle holders on your mantlepiece.
2. Swap rich tones for pale, fresh ones
Deep reds and forest greens belong to the opulent days of December, while the new year is all about fresh beginnings. Swap those darker festive colours for off-whites, creams and greys to bring a clean, bright look to your rustic home design. Rather than opting for any drastic interior décor changes, simply switch your cushions, pillows, bedding and tableware for a noticeable update. Pair matte white shades with earthy and wood accents, such woven baskets for blankets and twigs bundled together with subtle LED lights.
3. Embrace winter design
Use the stark beauty of the season to your advantage by bringing natural winter design into your home. Rustic home design can be as simple as filling bowls with pine cones or fir branches, while those evergreen wreaths continue to work as a rustic centrepiece placed on a mantel or wrapped around a staircase bannister.
4. The right light
Turning out the Christmas lights shouldn’t mean the end of those warm glowing lamps and candles. Swap the holiday sparkle for plain, soft tones with romantic lanterns and cream candles dotted around your fireplace to keep those January frosts at bay.
5. Comforting accents
With still some of the coldest days of winter yet to come, your home needs some cosy warm additional accents as part of your rustic home design. Gather together a hoard of soft throws, blankets and pillows and scatter them about your house – cable-knit and faux fur provide the perfect balance between countryside charm and sophisticated chic. The glow of candles and warm-toned lamps add to a warm yet minimalist Scandinavian-inspired rustic home design, so your house can remain in good cheer until the blossoms of spring roll around.
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