Make your wreath more lush
Although we love a classic green wreath as much as the next person, we’re especially fond of those that overflow with abundance. This one is particularly sumptuous, with stone fruits and berries woven throughout. It’s also wise to choose an accent color that will update your traditional Christmas decor without clashing. We love pops of sky blue in this living room decorated for the holidays by Matthew Bees.
Incorporate winter motifs
If you don’t have the bandwidth to hang Christmas decor in every nook and cranny, build on the winter accents you already have. This living room designed by Liliane Heart features a repeating snowflake motif and lots of plush materials. In other words, it oozes He will come.
Start strong on the balcony
Start accentuating the cozy vibe right away by framing the front door with string lights and a garland, laying out a modern patterned door mat, and hanging a bunch of greenery—a wreath works too, but we love this hands-off approach to entry designed by Emily Henderson. Bonus points if you choose to hang something with a calming scent, like eucalyptus.
Match your existing color palette
Coordinate gift wrapping to complement the color scheme in your living room. Use the same techniques on your ornaments to get a cohesive whole, as Rachel Barrett did in her Birmingham home. This will ensure a relaxed Christmas mood without clashing with the existing aesthetic.
Reminds you of Kate Winslet’s quaint English country home Holiday? This Hudson Valley stone home dates back three centuries, so homeowners and designers Philip Smith and Robert Rufino have embraced the nostalgic simplicity found throughout their antiques and personal items. Accent pieces, like an old-fashioned banner and branches of berries, set a great tone for Christmas, but they’re also neutral enough to keep up post-holidays and keep that cozy aesthetic all winter long.
Make use of a two-tiered shelf by dedicating one level with Christmas cards and then placing some mini wreaths and candles on top. It’s literally that easy when you have a designated spot that actually displays them instead of just letting them gather dust in a pile.
Texture layers are key to comfort. In this living room designed by Cathy Chapman, a rough stone wall provides a historic backdrop while a thick rug warms it up. A sheepskin rug under your tree smells like fresh snow while timeless motifs bring neutral hues and rustic bones to an existing space.
Use the found items and make a fire
Gather some pinecones from your garden and place them in a bowl on your coffee table or dining room table for a seasonal centerpiece. It’s Christmas, so literally anything and everything can get away with some extra sparkle. In this case, Elizabeth Bache brought in an extra dose of glamor with copper mugs and a roaring fire.
Display of homemade crafts
Nothing says “cozy Christmas aesthetic” quite like freshly laundered but loose and muted linens, displays of homemade crafts, twinkling candles, twinkling lights, and antique furnishings. Just add hot cocoa and a good book.
Did we mention the sheepskin?
In this contemporary mountain chalet, designer Kylee Shintaffer has optimized every single room for winter comfort, including the home office. A simple sheepskin covered chair does the trick as a winter wonderland.
Pay attention to the details
Love attention to detail makes everything so much more comfortable. “The plants in our entryway change with the seasons. In winter, I incorporate moss, princess pine, and berries—I want my guests to feel like they’ve been transported,” Charlotte Moss says of this holiday entryway setting.
There is no rom-com like a holiday rom-com and there is no holiday rom-com without miseltoe. Hang some mistletoe above the entryway (or several) to brighten every room. Designer and homeowner Alfredo Paredes matched the red ribbon with the ladder wreath and florals on the entry table.
Rustic staples and farmhouse-style interiors are practically made to achieve a cozy Christmas aesthetic. Be sure to warm up more industrial or natural items with softer things, like throws and rugs. The most and the merrier! Then give it a healthy dose of Scandinavian cheer with glowing candles, chikens, and pared down classics.
Upgrade the guest room
Sometimes all it takes is a simple wreath to liven up a room for the Christmas season. And it’s especially important to remember to stir up festive vibes in the guest room if you’re hosting during the holiday season, so take note of this simple upgrade in a space bedroom designed by Eddie Ross: a single wreath hung with matte ribbon is the accent color!
Every room, from the bedroom to the bathroom and even the mudroom, can become cozier with the help of some handmade accents and greenery. This galvanized metal planter with mini pine tree is the perfect thing to recreate when you just don’t have enough space. To make her feel festive for the holidays, decorate her with a patterned bow. Who even needs a big Christmas tree?