How to Put the “Win” in Winter Décor

Wide angle shot of apartment with cream walls, white woodwork, cabinetry and furnishings accented with silver mirror and vases on dinette table

With shorter days and colder temps, we tend to hibernate in New England winters whenever we can.  Why not update your home with a palette to brighten your mood?

For many years, we chose winter white, a yellowy white color used in both fashion and home décor but, while still popular, it has been joined by bright whites as a popular seasonal pick. As I look around my own house, I certainly prefer the latter.

By changing a few accessories, it is easy to introduce new décor items in any season.  Here are a few suggestions for winter. Place a white nubby bouclé table runner in your foyer, inexpensive faux fur throws on your furniture, and snowflake-shaped placemats on your dining table under solid white dinner plates.  This year I splurged on four new white-on-white sofa pillow covers with textured snowflakes and I really love them, but my favorite white accessory is an extra-large DIY wreath with a silver glitter bow made from four white feather boas wrapped around a wreath form. Finally, I am certainly enjoying the aromatherapy of a white Martha Stewart candle with a cedar and balsam wood scent.

If white isn’t your color – or just isn’t practical with children or pets – try silver and/or icy blue to spice up your winter palette.  Or if you get the “winter blues,” go bold with turquoise or hot pink splashes of color to brighten both your spirits and your décor.

Usher in the new year with new life in the form of new house plants. Or add some fairy lights to existing plants and turn them on every night for some added shimmer.

Though the weather outside is frightful, make your interior décor dreamy with bright whites, bold colors, or sparkling silvers to put the “win” in winter décor.

Barbara Graceffa owns and operates Secretary of the Interior in Quincy, MA offering creative solutions at reasonable rates.

Learn more about her decorating, downsizing, decluttering and home décor sewing services, decorating workshops, and quilt programs and shows at and enjoy her art quilts on Instagram @secretaryinteriordecorating.

You can reach her at 617.921.6033.

By Barbara Graceffa

Barbara Graceffa, CEO of Secretary of the Interior, serves decorating clients; assists with professional organizing, home staging and moving assistance; teaches on these subjects; and delivers quilt lectures and trunk shows.

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