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Winter Decorating with Paperwhites

Beautiful ideas for decorating with paperwhites from winter through spring

Hello dear readers! It’s only January and for those of us who love flowers and gardening, spring seems painfully far away! That doesn’t mean we can’t bring the outdoors in and add a little bit of garden style to our homes during the dreary winter months. Decorating with paperwhites is a great way to add a bit of garden style from winter through spring. Today I am sharing some inspiration for winter decorating with fresh or faux paperwhites.


Christmas paperwhites

In December I bring out my faux paperwhites to use in my Christmas decor. Once Christmas is over they easily transition to winter and early spring too.


via Magnolia


Joanna's Home | The Magnolia Mom

via Magnolia


Paperwhites have long been used as traditional Christmas flowers, but they can be also be lovely indoors from winter through early spring. No green thumb? No problem! Paperwhites are super easy to grow, and there are also many realistic faux paperwhites available these days.


winter decor paperwhites, antlers, natural textures

A few winters ago I purchased some gorgeous faux paperwhites from Pottery Barn on clearance after Christmas. I think they are just so pretty!  I continually move them around my dining room, kitchen and living room. I love them everywhere!


Farmhouse winter decorating ideas Paperwhites black and white winter kitchen

I loved how my faux paperwhites brightened up in our corner breakfast nook the last couple of  winters (this year we have a new kitchen nook which you can see here.) I “planted” them down in vintage ironstone pieces and added a bit more moss to make them look even more realistic.


beautiful faux paperwhites in vintage ironstone bowl with moss Pottery Barn faux paperwhites

When I last checked the Pottery Barn website they had just sold out of the paperwhites online, although some are still available in stores. I did find these lovely faux paperwhites on Amazon (affiliate link):







I absolutely fell in love with this gorgeous, handmade paperwhites farmhouse sign by my talented friend, Laney of @pine.and.birch  Instagram. The sign turned out to be my inspiration for incorporating paperwhites in my “Keeping It Cozy” Winter Home Tour post from 2019 and A Wintergreen Home Tour from last year.


This year I used a pot of realistic faux paperwhites on the little bistro table in our “new and improved” corner kitchen nook.




farmhouse kitchen Farmhouse Christmas kitchen cottage Christmas space filled above cabients

As it got closer to Christmas, I used a live poinsettia on the bistro table and moved the paperwhites to the kitchen counter along with the paperwhites sign. Now that Christmas is over, the paperwhites are back on the bistro table!


Beautiful winter decorating ideas paperwhites and blue juniper, neutral decor

In addition to the kitchen and dining room, I have also used faux paperwhites in a chippy urn on a styled tray in the living room.


winter decorating with paperwhites neutral winter decor ideas


Beautiful Faux paperwhites Pottery Barn


More Inspiring Ideas for Winter Decorating with Paperwhites from Pinterest:



What do you do when your paperwhites start to droop? I used a blue ribbon to support mine! . . . #flowerstagram #flowers #kitchen #whitekitchen

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4,430 отметок «Нравится», 89 комментариев — Lucy Rose (@birdie_farm) в Instagram: «Hope everyone is having a great day! Paperwhites in my grandmas dough bowl 😊💚💚💚»

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pretty little paperwhites planted in china :)




.paper whites set in old iron with a bit of moss cover



How To Grow Paperwhites Paperwhite garden

via Celebrate-Creativity



This low, wooden tray works great for forced bulbs. A bit of moss helps soften the edges. Image credit: Gardenista

via Gardenista


Dear Lillie via Beneath My Heart



Winter Narcissus Flower: Everything You Need to Know about Potting Paperwhites

via Julie Blanner



Paperwhites are so lovely!



Decorating with paperwhite flowers.

How to Grow and Use Paperwhites In Your Winter Decor~The Tattered Pew



via Celebrate-Creativity



#Paperwhites & #hyacinth in #vintage #Fenton #milk #glass

via Home Stories A-Z


Grapevine used to add texture to potted plant in antique urn.

via Common Ground


common ground : Paperwhites, Fresh or Faux?



Rita Ceramic Cachepot #potterybarn

via Pottery Barn


Paperwhite 'Ariel' Kit in Glass Vase

via White Flower Farm



More green to love. This white-and-green living room gives a festive addition during the holidays with a large helping of potted Paperwhites displayed around the room. (Photo: Tom McWilliam)



Aren’t all of these images so lovely? The paperwhites seem to work well with any decor style. I am perfectly happy with my faux paperwhites, but many people enjoy growing real paperwhites indoors by forcing the bulbs. Here is a little more info about the plant:



Narcissus papyraceus (from papyrus and aceus; meaning paper-like[1]), one of a few species known as paperwhite, is a perennial bulbous plant native to the Mediterranean region, from Greece to Portugal plus Morocco and Algeria. The species is considered naturalized in the Azores, Corsica, Texas, California and Louisiana. The white flowers are borne in bunches and are strongly fragrant. It is frequently grown as a house plant, often forced to flower at Christmas.



via Botanic Bleu


tree in urn with paperwhites





Paperwhites are part of the genus Narcissus which includes plants known as daffodils.

Source: Wikipedia






via Botanic Bleu


As a gardener, I often notice myself looking for ways to continue growing and enjoying beautiful blooms deep into the winter months. The perfect way to do this is by forcing bulbs indoors. Forcing bulbs is basically when you trick the bulb into flowerin

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Want a table top display of gorgeous paperwhite blooms for a special occasion? How about a giant amaryllis with giant, dazzling flowers? When it comes to forcing bulbs indoors, there's no guarantee your flowers will appear on time, but, with some simple planning, the odds are in your favour. Check out these handy bulb forcing calendars and get your blooms started.

via Empress of Dirt


Beautiful jardiniere - concrete inspiration



Fresh Paperwhite Bulbs




Beautiful ideas for decorating with paperwhites from winter through spring

I hope you have enjoyed learning a little more about paperwhites and seeing all of the beautiful ways to incorporate them in winter decor. After working on this post I think I may have a new winter flower and decor obsession! I am looking forward to decorating with paperwhites all through winter and into spring. Have you already discovered the beauty of using paperwhites in your home or garden? I love hearing from you dear readers!

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Amber Signature copyright 2018 Amber Ferguson


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  • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    Oh my…such beauty! Love all of the inspiration photos, and your new sign is wonderful!

    January 20, 2019 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    I love paper whites! The ones I planted for Christmas have just now died off, so I’m going to have to start some more. I love your faux ones, so pretty and they last forever;)

    January 20, 2019 at 11:14 pm
  • Reply Botanic Bleu

    What a wonderful post! I love paperwhites, both real and faux. Thank you for sharing some of my paperwhites’ photos as inspiration.

    I also love your paperwhites wood sign and went to the Etsy site, but none was there.


    January 20, 2019 at 11:35 pm
  • Reply Cheryl Lawson

    Hi Amber, I just love paperwhites and really enjoyed your post – beautiful photos and helpful information. We live in Maine (long winters) and paperwhites help me through until our belated Spring finally arrives. Thanks for sharing, Cheryl

    January 21, 2019 at 5:53 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Lovely collection, Amber! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    January 27, 2019 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Kippi

    Lovely post, I just planted dozens of paperwhite blubs. I hope they turn out as pretty as those in your post. Have a great week, Kippi #kippiathome

    January 27, 2019 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast

    Amber, glad I saw this post at #HomemakingParty. I love the look of paperwhites, but neither my husband nor I can tolerate the smell of them in our home. It didn’t occur to me to look for faux paperwhites!

    January 30, 2019 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Michele

    I would not have guessed that those were not real paperwhites. I love ho they add a bit of freshness to a winter landscape at a time when I am craving flowers. #Pitstop

    January 31, 2019 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply Karren Haller

    Love all the photos, spring is around the corner too, I guess the groundhog said so, I would love to have paper whites and looking at your planting schedule I might be able to pull it off. I need to head to the nursery.

    I would love to have you visit and share on my Friday Feature Linky Party. Have a great weekend!

    February 2, 2019 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

    January 11, 2020 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply Barbara at Mantel and Table

    Oh I love paperwhites! Thanks for all these great ideas and ways to use them! Makes the long gloomy winter much easier! 🙂 Happy End of January Amber! ????

    January 30, 2020 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Rachel Harper

    I love paper whites for winter. I’ve just started some more. I’m
    Sharing this beautiful post on Wednesday’s Charming Homes and Gardens Link!

    January 11, 2021 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    Thanks for sharing your lovely paperwhites inspiration at Vintage Charm!

    January 16, 2021 at 7:13 pm
  • Reply Marilyn

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    January 22, 2021 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Actually, I haven’t every grown paperwhite, Amber, but every year I see your posts… I shared this post at SYS #289 also (along with your cute Spaniel and Neutral Valentine’s post) and I think I am a convert! I checked Pottery Barn and no, they are sold out… 🙁 Might hop over to Hobby Lobby and see if they have anything available. It’d be fun to just put some in a pot for some indoor color now that the Christmas cactus is finished blooming. Two of my roses just put out some blooms, though! I hadn’t stripped their leaves so they kept going. They should go back dormant now; I cleaned them up today (they were the last to get cut back for winter).

    Happy early spring to you (we hope!),
    Barb 🙂

    January 30, 2021 at 2:54 pm
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