How to Decorate Your Vacation Home for Winter
If you’re planning your big yearly trip out to your cabin or vacation home, you’re going to want to start thinking about how you want to decorate this year. Winter usually makes us want to settle down in a comfortable environment—but comfortable doesn’t have to mean un-stylish. Whether your vacation home, rental, or cabin is in a warm climate or whether it’s out in the cold, decorating can be a great way to make it feel like home, even if you’re only staying for a few days or weeks.
Maximize Sleeping Space
Don’t suck up all of the room in your house trying to find places for everyone to sleep. Instead, turn one room into a bunk room and fill it with as many beds as possible. While it might feel like close quarters for the first night, it will be more fun to have the rest of the house to roam around in and consolidate the sleeping area.
Along with this idea, make sure you have lots of warm blankets and pillows for the sleeping room. Even if your spot is relatively warm during the day, it can still get cold at night and nothing says “winter” like lots of big, fluffy blankets.
Keep It Light
While you do want the place to feel warm and cozy, consider lightening up the paint or wood in your rooms, so the entire cabin doesn’t start to feel too claustrophobic. Dark colors can make the rooms seem smaller and because the space is likely already smaller than what you’re used to, you don’t want to make it feel any smaller than it already is.
Switch out dark accents like tables and chairs for natural, light wood ones or paint your walls a clean white. These will be the perfect backdrop of cozier touches like dark, plush rugs, blankets, and furniture. While plain white walls might feel a little too sterile at first, with the right furniture, they can be extremely welcoming and help fight cabin fever.
If your place wasn’t built with a fireplace—you’re in luck. You can easily install a fireplace, no chimney required. There wall-mounted heaters that look just like fireplaces that can make any room in your home or cabin feel much homier and much more like the winter getaway that it is.
These fireplaces put out real heat, too, so you can stay cozy and warm, without even turning on your central heating. Even if the fire isn’t real, the heat will be, so you can gather around the fire and talk about your days and how nice it is to have a beautiful, warm fireplace in your cabin.
Bring the Outside In
If your cabin or rental is out in the woods, there’s nothing better than bringing some of the outdoors inside. Real wood accents are a must and you can never go wrong with rustic, real wood. Whether it’s in the form furniture, wall paneling, or other decorative touches, making the outside part of the inside is a great way to add some Adirondack flair to your place.
Make Sure You’re Well Lit
The best way to stave off cabin fever and the bad mood that sometimes comes along with shorter winter days, is to make sure you have plenty of lighting in your cabin. Make sure you have at least one room that is well lit, so if you ever just need some light, even if it’s already dark outside, you can always find it. This could be your library, you kitchen, or even the sleeping space
Open the Windows
It might be tempting to make your rooms look and feel more like home by adding heavy drapes to the window—but then you’ll be trapping out the beautiful winter vistas! Consider leaving your windows uncovered. If you’re out in the woods, you’ll have plenty of privacy (except for the odd deer wandering past), and you’ll be able to take in the majesty of trees and the snow.
Utilize Outdoor Space
Just because it’s chilly outside doesn’t mean you can’t take full advantage of the outdoors. Set up a fire pit and bundle up around it to roast some marshmallows and tell ghost stories.
Go for a Country Vibe
Winter is the perfect time to bring in bold, rustic colors and elements, from southwestern print blankets, to mounted animal heads above your fireplace. They’ll look great with the natural wood and they will make your vacation home feel like a real winter cabin.