Winter is such a romantic time, filled with clear, crisp nights, twinkling lights and cozy fireside gatherings.
By Laura Betancourt
When looking for winter wonderland decor ideas there are so many resources to draw from. Snowflakes, Christmas ornaments, reindeer, fresh pine, bare tree branches, twinkling lights and, of course, candlelight.
Let favorite winter memories or scenes set the direction for a wondrous celebration. In Southern California it is unlikely there will be snow, but a sleigh could set the stage for a dreamy, Currier and Ives style event. Winter lends itself to to a vast array of styles, from traditional through modern, playful and whimsical to formal and opulent.
Choose a Color Combination
Color options go far beyond the traditional red and green or blue and white that are associated with the winter season. Icy blues, silvers and whites work well. For a country feel, consider incorporating a red and green plaid. Gold and cranberry make an elegant combination. Midnight blue or deep purple and silver evoke a winter night. Go modern with whimsical reindeer, frosty blue and white stripes or fanciful snowflakes. Incorporate shiny glass ornaments into bouquets, add touches of gold and crystal, or envelope guests in soft, pastel colors.
Whatever the direction, adding winter touches helps to evoke the mood. The rich, warm scents of cinnamon, gingerbread, spiced cider and pine add to the winter feel. Firelight and candlelight create a warm, inviting atmosphere. In Southern California, even winter events can be held out of doors, so consider fire pits surrounded by comfortable seating or propane heaters to keep things comfortable when the temperature fall after dark.
With so much wonderful winter imagery, the challenge becomes narrowing down the options to create the perfect style. Let the inspiring designs in these images get the creative juices flowing.
Images provided by:Ambiance Lighting Pros, Inc., French Buckets Floral Design, Kevin Covey Wedding and Event Design, Bleu Cotton Photography, White Lilac Event Design, Square Root Floral Design, Studio EMP