How to Create a Cozy Winter Atmosphere

Cue the candle lighting

16 December 2021 -

As we’re settling in for the winter…

and getting ready for the busy holiday season approaching, we’re thinking about how we can add layers to our spaces and create experiences in our environments to encourage warmth for ourselves and our guests.

When it comes to curating our spaces during colder months, it’s not just about hanging the stockings or decorating the tree but also about creating moments that feel inviting and last all winter long. Today, we’re sharing a few simple ways to create a cozy atmosphere that can carry through into the new year once the tinsel is down from the tree and the holiday leftovers are gone.

Add layers of textiles  

Adding layers of textiles is a simple way to add coziness to your space, and we love switching out our pillows and throws with each new season to tell a new story with our styling and bring in fresh elements of color and texture. We add more layers than usual during the winter months to ensure there are throws in grabbing-distance for everyone and pillows to add warmth to our material palettes.

From our McGee & Co. 2020 Winter Catalogue

From one of our McGee & Co. collections

Light a seasonal candle  

There’s nothing like burning a candle (or two) to set the mood and create ambiance, especially when the days are shorter and colder. Candles bring so much warmth to a space, and the right scent can transform the entire experience of your home. We love lighting warm scents that feel inviting and fill the room for hours of conversation in the wintertime.

From our McGee & Co. 2021 Holiday Collection

Bring in textural elements  

We love going heavy on textural elements in the wintertime to bring more character and dimension to our homes. Foraged greenery or wintery branches, vintage decor, and imperfect natural materials made from ceramic or wood can add depth and warmth wherever they are placed.

From our McGee & Co. 2021 Winter Catalogue

Consider your lighting levels  

So much of creating a cozy, welcoming environment is about considering your lighting and adding levels to bring ambiance to your space. In darker, colder months, lighting is even more important, and we like to think high and low when it comes to overhead, lamp, and sconce lighting. Sometimes, turning off your overhead lighting and adding a few floor and table lamps to add new levels is all you need to create a cozier atmosphere.

From our McGee & Co. 2021 Winter Catalogue

From one of our McGee & Co. collections

From our SM Ranch House

Bake your favorite treats 

There’s nothing like baking your favorite treats to bring the feeling of coziness to your home, and it’s a great way to carry through the joy of the holidays in the cold winter months. At The McGee Home, we’re always baking something with the girls, and this year, we’re making these cookies, featured in our McGee & Co. Winter 2021 Catalogue, on repeat.

See more details of our annual pie & soup night here. 

Explore our favorite Holiday dishes here.

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16 December 2021