Isn’t the time between Christmas and spring so strange to decorate? How exactly should you decorate for January and February? All of your Christmas is over and your house looks so bare, but it’s just too early to introduce spring flowers. In recent years, I have been thinking carefully about what the decor for January and February should look like. It took some time to get used to it, but when you think about it, it makes total sense. Decorate with what you see outside. I will soon no longer see flowers, but I see beautiful trees and bushes covered with perfect snow dust. And because January and February are usually so bleak and the days are shorter, it’s good to bring bright, neutral colors! Don’t live in a dark cave during these dark winter months 🙂
I usually take my Christmas things down in early January. I found out this year that the 12 days of Christmas are actually AFTER Christmas and not before. I may have been hiding under a rock, but I didn’t know that. So it’s actually an old tradition to cut down your tree on January 6th. This is helpful for all of us who are wondering when exactly to miss Christmas. Of course, everyone has their own 🙂 but there is a good guideline!
To end my Christmas and leave winter, I try to take down everything I think of as Christmas … like obvious Christmas stuff. Things that say “Jolly”, “Santa”, “Noel”, ect. I then remove all the red, glitter and glitter. The stockings and ornaments from the trees are gone. Christmas countdowns are cleared away. I usually have a fairly neutral scheme along with greens. Some greens are flocked, others are not. This is winter for me.
Last year I took care of my big trees almost all of January and until February. I thought that was too long. Sometimes the magic of Christmas is because it is so volatile and only lasts for a short time. Even though all “Christmas” was gone, the big trees reminded me of it too much. So this year I felled my big trees and only left the small ones behind.
Together with smaller trees, I cared for a lot of garland. The garland I chose has no red berries or too much shine. I chose the ones that seemed the most natural to me. Those who looked like they could totally belong outside.
Vintage wood card: DecorSteals
In most of my rooms I was also completely neutral and let the green of the trees and the garland burst.
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Along with every other season, textures are so important. This is a great way to stage the neutral color scheme or any color scheme. Bring textures through organic materials like wood and pine cones. The garlands and trees bring texture all by themselves. Add texture through quilts and pillows.
And of course shifts are sooo important in the cold winter months. Layers add to your wellbeing, especially the baldness you feel when all the Christmas stuff is gone. I add layers through simple things like window treatments, carpets, pillows and blankets.
Layers can also simply add more to things like garlands between these candle holders and the runner.
The addition of trays on benches, beds or coffee tables provides additional comfort. I like to fill my trays with books, lots of greenery and little extras.
It used to be so strange for me to keep small trees outside after December. But like I said, if you think about it, it makes sense to leave it out! I like to think that nature dictates how to decorate (mostly … at least those of us that have 4 hard seasons). Spring flowers. Pumpkins and fall colors in autumn. Summer brings many bright colors with green. And winter … well, snow-covered trees and branches.
What are you doing for your facility in the bleak months of January and February?
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