Do you have the “winter blues?” I do, but it’s not such a bad thing! Creating a cozy winter home with touches of blue decor can liven up our nests during the dreary winter months, especially when mixed in with greens and winter whites.
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Today I am excited to be hosting the annual Cozy Winter Homes Blog Hop, where several blogging friends and I are sharing winter decorating inspiration. You will find links to each beautiful blog at the end of this post.
Touches of Winter Blue Inspiration from Nature
I always tend to think of months in colors, and for some reason light blue represents January in my mind. Perhaps it’s the way the sky looks on a snowy day when there is a little bit of sunshine or the thoughts of ice and snow on a crystal blue lake.
Bluebirds hang around in Eastern, KY during the winter months and I always love seeing their beautiful feathers “pop” when they perch on snowy branches.
Seeing juniper berries and evergreen foliage covered in snow is one of my favorite winter joys.
Bringing the Outdoor Winter Blues In
The little touches of blue I find outdoors have inspired me to mix in touches of blue indoors when decorating for winter.
By this time in January I am ready to pack away a lot of the greenery garlands, but I continue to decorate with my realistic faux juniper throughout winter.
I think the juniper looks so pretty used as candle ring or tucked down into blue transferware pitchers.
Blue transferware or chinoiserie dishes are beautiful year round, but they look especially lovely when filled with winter greenery or winter flowers.
Even after Christmas, this kitchen vignette with an antique blue transferware pitcher filled with a mix of winter evergeens and herbs works for winter alongside indgredients for a cozy and delicious smelling winter simmer.
Blue chinoiserie vases or pots are perfect for holding paperwhites from winter through spring. My faux paperwhites fit perfectly in this little thrifted chinoiserie pot.
I love how my friend Kelly of The Tattered Pew uses paperwhites in winter decor by forcing them in her large Chinoiserie bowl. She always uses touches of blue decor that inspire me.
In addition to paperwhites, my realistic faux amaryllis brings in tiny touch of blue with a little bird nest with blue eggs tied around the stems. A French blue toile pillow brightens up the window nook bench.
I remove the wreaths from my glass cabinet doors after Christmas, but keep the faux cedar garlands draped around the windows throughout January. Green is still my favorite color for decorating year round, and I really love it in winter.
The vintage blue transferware platter behind the cloche is one of the easiest ways to bring a touch of blue into my winter kitchen.
Of course you can never go wrong with neutrals for a cozy winter home. Green is a neutral in my decorating book!
As you may know, we are moving in late spring so I needed to clear the excess winter clutter and keep the living room winter decor very simple. To easily change things up, a blue and tan plaid throw on my recliner is an easy switch from my Christmas plaids and different from my usual green and ivory winter textiles.
A blue velvet pillow cover and equestrian lumbar pillow work beautifully with the plaid colors on the Scottish wool blanket. I am loving blue, brown, tan and warm whites right now.
My friend Shelley of Calypso in the Country used a simlar combo of darker brown, navy and winter whites in her gorgeous Cozy Winter Tablecape.
I love this newer equestrian pillow because it really is non-seasonal. There aren’t any trees with leaves in the background or bare winter trees either, so I can keep it out year round. Expect to see much more English country cottage styling and touches of blue decor in our new home. I have always loved it!
I also just plan to use more blue in general in our new home year round. Next winter I would love to create a tablescape similar to this Elegant Woodland Winter Tablescape by Rooms for Rent. The blue glasses with the greenery and little lights are so pretty and remind me of icy January days.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing how easy it is to add touches of blue to your cozy winter home. For additional swoonworthy ideas for decorating with blue, check out these posts:
Now it’s time to continue with the beautiful winter decorating inspiration over at A Stroll Thru Life. You are sure to love Marty’s cozy winter home! Don’t forget to check out all the other cozy winter homes via the links below.
Have a cozy winter!
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