Winter White Decorating Ideas to Start the New Year

Do you struggle with your decor once you pack away all the holiday accessories?  Even though I feel inspired by a fresh, clean slate in January, I still like to add a few wintery touches around my home.  This year (like previous years), I stuck with whites and neutrals.  So, if you are looking for some inspiration, here are some of my winter white decorating ideas to start the new year!

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Winter White Decorating Ideas:

Here are a few ideas to give you a fresh start for the new year…

White farmhouse style chairs with winter white centerpiece on table

Simple White Centerpiece for the Table:

Most of us have at least a few white accessories in our decorating stash…

Since I like to keep my kitchen table decorated each season, I just filled one of my white pitchers with some leftover faux greenery from Christmas.  

White candles and white pitcher with greenery

similar white pitchersimilar candleholdersimilar table runner

From there, I added two white candles, a burlap runner and I was done.  Super easy and I can leave it this way for months.

White pitcher and candles on burlap table runner

Mix Woods and Seagrass Baskets with the Winter Whites:

Continue with some more neutrals…

On my console table, I also kept out a few neutral Christmas items.  (Gee, it sounds like I didn’t put anything away, doesn’t it?!)  Since the wood trees and galvanized houses are pretty neutral, I thought they worked with my January decorating.  Of course, you can’t go wrong with seagrass baskets in any season…

winter whites and neutral accessories on wood console table

seagrass baskets

For a subtle January refresh, I swapped out my red Christmas cookbooks for a stack of white ones.  Then I rearranged my cloth napkin supply so the red and black ones were on top.  Basically, I just traded any red accessories for winter whites and neutrals.  Yes, another free and easy change.

Clear Out and Clean Up:

A clean slate for a new year…

Ok, so now you can see that I actually did remove most of my Christmas decor from the kitchen.  At first, I was a little sad taking down all the mini wreaths and ornaments but there’s nothing like a clean kitchen!  If you want to see the contrast, see how I decorated my kitchen for Christmas.

White kitchen with wood table decorated for winter

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the sun is shining today.  Don’t you just love the morning sun this time of year?

Add Some Soft Wintery Accessories:

Continue with the winter whites…

Obviously, I had to make the switch from red kitchen towels to some wintery white ones.  Also, I brought in a new rug by the sink.  Even thought the indoor-outdoor rug I previously had was probably more practical, this one is so soft and cushy.  Plus, it’s a smaller version of my family room rug!

White kitchen with rug by stove

area rug (mine is 2’5″ x 4′)

Add a Few Simple Black and White Vignettes:

As always, I updated my island vignette and my vignette in the corner.  Lanterns, pine cones and winter white accessories again…

Kitchen window in white kitchen decorated for winter

And I kept my stove mantel clean and uncluttered with a couple white accessories.

White kitchen decorated for winter

Hopefully, I inspired you with some simple decorating ideas using neutrals and winter whites.  To see my latest winter decor, read – Simple Ideas to Create a Cozy Winter Home.

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    1. Thanks so much, Paula! I’m still moving things around like I always do…Enjoy your weekend!

  1. Gorgeous Shelley! It all looks so warm! Love the seagrass baskets too! I’ll be pinning all night!

  2. 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

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