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7 ideas for a bright and seasonal home in January

A room wallpapered in bright turquoise wallpaper with an eye pattern. There's a grey sofa, pampas grass and a side table decorated with jugs.

Taking Christmas decorations down might just be one of the most bittersweet things you can do on a grey January day. Your home has just gone from cosy and colourful to clean and fresh - a blank slate. Except now, it feels sort of bare and boring. There’s not even anything to look forward to!

So what now? We like updating our decor for every season, and winter is no different - you can keep all the cosiness of Christmas without it being festive. Discover our ideas.

1. keep the greenery.
Three pinecones in a wooden bowl on a wooden surface

Not all of your Christmas decorations need to be packed away on Twelfth Night. Sure, put away Santa, the stockings and the snowmen, but the greenery can stay. Keep it wintery and not Christmassy by making sure that there isn’t any glitter or baubles attached. 

Natural elements like pine cones, bare branches and even red berries can stay out too. Place garlands on the mantle, the tablescape or on shelves for a wintery touch. You could even keep simple wreaths on the wall or front door for a simple, evergreen take on winter decor.

2. add in colour.
a room with brightly coloured cushions, throws and furniture
credit: @hilaryscolourfulhome

Colour is a tonic for all seasons and all moods. If you’re feeling a little blah, then think about how you can perk up your space. Is it the soothing wintery tones of whites, blues and cool purples that you need? Or do you prefer the more vibrant tones of Pantone’s colour of the year, viva magenta? 

Pops of colour are easy to add in through cushions, throws and decor accessories. Check out our guide to using the colours of the year in your home

3. (some) festive scents can stay.
an orange lit candle and reed diffuser on a white desk with a woman's hands around a white mug.
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There’s no need to get rid of all your favourite Christmas scents! While you might put away the vanilla cookie or gingerbread candles, the fresh pine or warm spiced orange scents can stay. Their warmth and cosy vibes will be all you need for a night in, snuggled on the sofa. 

Home fragrance comes in all sorts of forms, but the cosiest has to be the candle. Perfect for creating a cosy glow and setting the tone for your day. 

4. layer up on the cosy textures.
a layered up, cosy bed with a linen duvet, a textured through and plenty of cushions
credit: @its_all_about_the_house

After the Christmas decorations have all been put away, your home can feel bare and cold - especially when it’s grey out. Luckily, texture can do all the work for you. Layers of sumptuous faux fur, distinctive boucle, cosy cable knit and soft fleece will make any room feel welcoming and warm. 

Go tonal with your colours and any room will feel glamorous and put together. Pair complementary colours together and you’ll have more of a boho vibe. 

5. hold on to winter patterns.
a black and white bedding set with a woodland pattern in a monochrome bedroom

Santa and his friends are long gone, but that doesn’t mean all patterns have to be banished too. You can still keep seasonal patterns like tartan and woodland animals if the rest of your decor doesn’t feel too festive. 

Keep it rustic with raw wood and leather accents, or go all in and mix patterns for a wintery, maximalist effect. 

6. ramp up the cosy with ambient lighting.
a glossy ceramic lamp base with a grey shade sitting on a book, on a red tufted fabric surface.

When it’s cold and snowy outside, you need all the cosy, comfy vibes inside. Adding ambient lighting is a great way to help encourage that fuzzy feeling. Everyone knows that the big light only goes on when it’s really necessary - it’s the table lampsfloor lamps and candles that make a house a home. 

Use lamps to brighten up dark corners of your room, make the space feel bigger and to replace the big light in the evenings. Light fabric shades create a soft look, whereas a darker fabric will focus the light for more of a contrast. When it comes to candles, the more the merrier!

7. include wintery elements.
a beige cushion with a scandi inspired drawing of a stag in yellow with stylised tree designs in the background

Just like autumn, you can add seasonal elements to your home in winter by using nature. Instead of pumpkins, think bare branches and silvery birch logs. Change up your art for snowy scenes and make sure your floral bouquets are in-season. Think white roses, freesias, thistles and heather. Don’t forget pine cones too for a lovely wintery feel. 

You could even add in winter animals too - stags, robins, hedgehogs, foxes and more. Our Evans Lichfield and Wylder cushion collections have lots of animal designs to choose from, both more traditional and modern in style. 

8. embrace dopamine decor for your walls.
a bedroom with a pink, floral wallpaper with brightly coloured details, there's a bed and bedside table

Got the January blues? Then maybe your space needs a complete overhaul. One of the most transformative things you can do for your space - and your mood - is to embrace the colour and patterns that bring you joy. A bright colour, sumptuous pattern or delicious colour palette could make all the difference for a space that might have felt a bit dated or faded before. 

So dive into the world of pattern and colour. Whether that’s through coral tiger print wallpaper, pink slogan artwork or novelty tchotchkes for your display shelf - you won’t regret it.