With the temperatures dropping and the holidays upon us, it’s time to transition to cozy winter décor. Here are some ways to warm up your home.

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With the temperatures dropping and the holidays upon us, it’s time to transition to cozy winter décor.

Here are some ways to warm up your home, with an eye toward festivity and winter themes.

COZY COLORS

Warm tones do just what it sounds like — they add warmth to your home. Look for chocolate browns, deep oranges, rich reds, mustard yellows and strong greens. Cool colors can serve to cool a room, so swap out icy white or blue colors where you can.

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RICH PATTERNS

Plaid is back in fashion and is a timeless symbol of cozy comfort. Menswear fabrics are also perfect for the cold-weather months, with rich tweeds and herringbone styles fitting in on pillows and upholstered pieces. Try layering paisley, checks and stripes for a rich, complex look.

WARM ACCENTS

Pier 1 Imports Woven Plaid Pillow, $25 at pier1.com; Pendleton Yakima Camp Throw, $89.50 at pendleton-usa.com
Pier 1 Imports Woven Plaid Pillow, $25 at pier1.com; Pendleton Yakima Camp Throw, $89.50 at pendleton-usa.com

Now is the time to pull out your favorite throws, fuzzy pillows and candles. When looking for accent pieces, don’t forget show stoppers such as faux fur or interesting uses of traditional materials such as wool or cotton.

Look for pillows in heavier-weight fabrics and richer colors. Have at least one blanket on the arm of a sofa or tossed over the back of a chair, and keep a basket filled with throws in the living room.

Add a textured area rug; this will instantly help to warm and cozy up your space.

Also consider placing candles in groupings on a tray, adding candle wall sconces or setting out a centerpiece of large, oversized lanterns with real or flameless candles inside.

Add natural elements such as wood. Wood furniture and accents will help warm your space.

Hollis Runner, $78 at Anthropologie
Hollis Runner, $78 at Anthropologie

SIMPLE TABLES

Make clean-up after impromptu holiday parties easier by using fabric runners instead of a tablecloth, which is harder to launder. Use up to two runners on the table, and use placemats under the table settings if you need additional coverage.

A centerpiece can be as easy as a potted plant from the grocery store flanked by two hurricane lamps.

Try using ticking napkins or dish towels with a generous size. They launder better than formal napkins and often come in red for an instant holiday look.