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Simple winter table decor can spruce up your bare dining room, adding warmth and a touch of the outdoors with items you already have. 

The Christmas tree is finally down and the last remaining holiday decorations have been lovingly packed away.  

Winter can be a tricky decorating season once the festive holiday celebrations are over. You find yourself caught up in a flurry of decluttering, leaving your home a sad, empty void.  

Monochromatic tablescape with shades of white and blue for winter

Resist the calling of a décor hibernation! Just because Christmas is over, doesn’t mean your home has to take a break from looking its best. Transitioning from Christmas to winter decor doesn’t have to be a challenge. There are simple ways to achieve a soft, pretty winter scape that won’t chill your mood or leave your dining room looking barren!

Winter Tablescape

Using some post-holiday items already on hand, with a few edits, you can create a fresh, post-holiday vibe and a seamless transition to January. 

Take a look at my simple winter table decor that I’ve put together below. You’ll never know, at first glance, that some are leftovers from my holiday collection! This is perfect for an Apres-Ski themed dinner party or a gorgeous winter tablescape for your family.

Light gray dining room with a dark wood table with a winter themed table setting

Christmas can be overwhelming. You shouldn’t feel guilty about wanting to get rid of the Christmas decor and start with a clean slate. Embrace it! You can create a bright and airy look to your dining room with minimal effort.

Tall green evergreen centerpiece in a glass vase as part of a winter tablescape

Make Your Winter Decor Appeal to the Senses

This winter table décor is simple but still leaves an impression. And the pieces were easy to find. I took some holiday greenery from the entryway and placed them in a light, oversized vase.  

Choose a container that does not cast shadows or obstruct your view of your dinner companions. I complemented this centerpiece with white candles and brass candlesticks that I found on clearance at H&M. 

The pine cones from my Christmas Tablescape are brought to life here, showcased against the soft white placemats and blue napkins. 

Pine cone on a white plate with a soft blue napkin
A complete look - pine cones, greenery, soft accents complete the winter tablescape

You might think that a monochromatic look in the wintertime could be flat and uninspired but the natural elements such as the greenery and pinecones add huge visual appeal and charm.  

To me, this room evokes brisk walk on a snowy winter day. And that’s a good thing! 

A collection of items on a dining table for a simple winter tablescape

Paint Yourself a New Year

If you’re really in need of a change, consider a new paint color to brighten the room.

I repainted my dining room from Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray to a very light gray, Benjamin Moore Paper White. I adore this new shade – it was exactly what I had in mind for this space. 

If you’re looking for other paint ideas, check out my post about the best greige paint colors that are perfect to update your home for the New Year! 

Non red Christmas items can be incorporated into winter table decor

I’m excited to keep this simple winter decor here for the remainder of the season and I hope it inspires you as you figure out your decor post-holidays.

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  1. Blue and white is my happy place and I love that you’ve embraced the winter chill factor here! So beautiful!

  2. Love this clean, cool look so much! The pinecones and blue touches are perfect for the season!

  3. So beautiful! Your tablescape is simply stunning!

  4. I’ve been feeling the simplicity in my decor too since taking down Christmas! This is so beautiful. Where did you get those blue napkins, I love them!

    1. Hi Kati! They are from Serena & Lily!

    1. Thank you so much, Wanda!