Flashy baubles and delicate garlands are carefully stowed away, promises of weekly holiday events and get-togethers have subsided, and endless hours of (fun!) baking projects are no longer at the top of your To-Do list. The holidays are over. A new year has begun!
After the excitement of the end-of-year holidays has calmed, and your layers upon layers of seasonal decor has been stored for the following year, the calm of a clean and simplified house can be a welcome respite from the visual chaos of the past few months. But after the novelty of a minimalist home dwindles, you might be left feeling like you're living in a sterile box.
My favorite way to decorate after the new year is by layering fresh greenery, adding texture with fuzzy blankets and pillows, and keeping things warm and inviting without all the glitz and glitter! Here's a few ideas to get you started!
Keep Those Greens!
I love fresh (and faux!) greenery all year long. Ferns, boxwood, pine, magnolia leaves, palms, you name it...all add life and interest to any home, and are easy to come by! Gently take apart the giant bows and ornaments incorporated into your holiday greenery and display the simplified winter greens in their own. It's a great way to add life to your home when the weather is cold and bleak.
Stick to Neutrals
As much as I love the warm tones of fall, and the vibrant hues of December holidays, I find that I'm ready for a palette cleanser at the start of the new year! Simplify your decor by removing excess colors (pillows, throws, holiday decor, tchotchkes, etc.) in favor of a more calming neutral theme. Your eyes will thank you!
And if you love color, don't worry! You'll be off and decorating for spring before you know it!
Reuse Your Red
Though your Elf on the Shelf may look a little out of place in February, if you love decorating with red for Christmas, why not keep the festive hue around for Valentine's Day?