how to fake winter in warm climates
Photography by FRANCESCO LAGNESE

by Liz Thompson

Feel you are missing out on comfy cold weather decor? There are simple ways to add a cozy feel to your home without the snow, wind, or sleet. Kick off those flip-flops and get ready to add serious snuggle factor to your space.

how to fake winter in warm climates
Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Green your scene

It may already be green outdoors, but don’t let that stop you from adding more. Lush wreaths and garlands fit in anywhere. You can never have too much of this good thing.


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how to fake winter in warm climates
Photography by mydomaine.com

All warmth, no heat

When an actual fire is overkill, candles light up the room and add the feel of warmth without the heat. Cluster a variety of types and sizes in a fireplace, on a table, or windowsill. And you know what they say about candlelight being the most flattering…

how to fake winter in warm climates
Photography by MAX KIM-BEE Graphics by Madeline Montoya

Throw some shade

Where candles are unsuitable, try swapping out lamp shades for something warmer. Gold or even plaid spice up your scene and add natural glow.

how to fake winter in warm climates
Photography by MIKKEL VANG

All that glitters

If you dwell in a truly tropical enviro, you may want to (understandably) skip the cozy factor altogether. Think sparkle instead! Silver, gold, crystal, and mercury glass decorations usher in a holiday mood in uber cool style.

how to fake winter in warm climates

Fur sure

What says cozy like curling up on a sheepskin rug by the fire? Not just for freezing temps, this look totally works lake or beach side too.


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how to fake winter in warm climates
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Trim a tiny tree

Beachy vibe goes on holiday with nontraditional “trees”. Pine branches in large sea glass inspired bottles are ripe for the decorating.

how to fake winter in warm climates
Photography by apartmenttherapy

Sweet sweater stuff

So maybe you aren’t wearing sweaters, but they can still cozy up your space. How heavenly do wooly pillows, throws, and poofs look adorning a room?

how to fake winter in warm climates
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Faux snow

No flurries doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the beauty of snow-glazed branches. A flocked tree says winter and mixes beautifully with minimalist interiors.

how to fake winter in warm climates
Photography by ruffled blog

Fruitful adornments

Decorate with seasonal fruits for a fresh, festive vibe. Think pears, pomegranates, and citrus. Pair with gold or silver vases for autumn or holiday flair.


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how to fake winter in warm climates
Photography by YUKO SHIMIZU Photography by Fredrika Stjärne; Graphic by Madeline Montoya

Floral furnishings

Fresh flowers aren’t only for spring and summer. Use seasonal flowers –paperwhites, poinsettias, and amaryllis—to add a touch of natural cheer.

how to fake winter in warm climates

Branch out

Position autumnal or winter branches in large vases around your home to create a dramatic seasonal look. Magnolia and willow are perfect for fall. Try pine and winterberry for the holidays.

how to fake winter in warm climates
Photography by Pen and Paper Flowers

Hot toddy

Forget lemonade and mojitos for the moment, and set up a hot chocolate bar for your next gathering. Make it kid and adult-friendly with flavored syrups, liqueurs, and fun accoutrements.

how to fake winter in warm climates
Photography by Rayan Turner

Low key mantel

Earthy colors and natural textures make for a light and breezy palette. Mix holiday decorations with simple pieces, like driftwood and seagrass.


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Pink Living room
Photography by APARTMENT THERAPY

Deck the floors

A super easy way to add a warm and comfy feel to your room is by

layering rugs

. Toss a fuzzy flokati on top of your everyday rug or bare floor.

how to fake winter in warm climates
Photography by apieceofrainbow

Icy luminaries

To get your holiday vibe on with serious chill factor, display ice luminaries at your next party. Seasonal flowers, fruits, and greenery make for pretty table décor.

how to fake winter in warm climates
Photography by CNP ARCHIVES

Tartan inspo

Plaid is the pattern of the season. Everything from pillows to dinnerware is adorned with the design. The perfect way to add instant coziness without piling it on too thick.


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how to fake winter in warm climates
Photography by Nicole Balch Photography by Taylor Kitto

Pretty in pink

Get your holiday decor on in an all new way. Holiday decor in nontraditional colors take on a modern look.

how to fake winter in warm climates
Photography by Instagram @amberinteriors Photography by Andy Nissinboim

Merry boho

Nothing says easy breezy like boho chic. Throw a lively serape blanket under your tree instead of a traditional skirt—and don’t skimp on the color.

how to fake winter in warm climates
Photography by coastal living

Celebrate outdoors

Bring the festivities poolside? Absolutely! Go all out with the decorations in vibrant green and blue hues made to match your surroundings.