When trees are bare and daylight is limited, bringing nature inside is what makes the holiday season – and dreary months to follow – sparkle! Looking to get in on the festive spirit? Check out five of our favorite flower arrangements and nature-inspired decorations to brighten your home this winter.

1. Ilex berries

Also known as winterberries, ilex berries go hand-in-hand with holiday season decorations. We love mixing these bright red berries into simple arrangements for a colorful pop just as much as putting several branches together for a bigger statement. Try pairing these with other winter branches like evergreens, or for a softer look, mix with festive flowers. For more on that, see below!

Another pretty winter berry to look out for is white tallow berries. Unlike ilex berries which need to be placed in water (lest they shrivel up and fall off), tallow berries can be dried and enjoyed for many seasons.

Winter Flowers - Ilex Berries

2. Natural elements: cedar tips, cotton & birch

When it comes to naturally beautiful winter decorations, doesn’t get more classic than evergreen. Between wreaths, garlands and Christmas trees, there are so many varieties of evergreen to choose from. For festive touches around the home, like fireplaces, as table runners and even place settings, cedar tips always look great.

Pair naturals like cedar tips with elegant birch or even cotton – a southern favorite – for a beautifully crisp winter palette.

Winter Flowers - Cedar Cotton

Winter isn’t all dreary – in fact, it’s peak season for citrus! Take advantage and incorporate some bright fruit into your decorations – kumquats work well because they’re tiny enough to give you just enough of a pop without overwhelming your display.

Fireplace-Decor

3. Festive Flowers

If you prefer a floral look, opt for red or white ranunculus or anemones. Both are readily available in the wintertime and offer plenty of wow-factor. With gorgeous blooms like this, sometimes less is more – you can easily get away with a single stem or trio in the right container.

Even more stunning? Add some of those ilex berries or even seeded eucalyptus to diversify the shapes a bit.

Winter Flowers - Festive Colors

4. Soft & wintry flowers

Don’t want to go all red-and-green for the holidays, but still want a simple arrangement that impresses? A soft color palette paired with deeper reds is the way to go. In this arrangement: seeded eucalyptus, anemone, ranunculus, chocolate cosmos, scabiosa and garden roses.

Try putting your stems in a few pretty little bottles and clustering them together on a table. You get a looser, somewhat deconstructed look this way.  and plus, once your meal is over, you can easily scatter the mini arrangements all throughout your house! Instant cheer: check.

Winter Flowers - Soft Palette

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How are you brightening your home this holiday season? Comment your tips below!