5 Foolproof Winter Decorating Tips From Nate Berkus

The designer shares his best advice, and gives a sneak peek at his new collection for Target.

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Everyone wants a cozy home during those long, cold winter months, but not everyone has the time (or the budget) for a complete overhaul. Enter Nate Berkus. For his latest collection at Target, the superstar designer was inspired by texture and details—he wanted to create pieces that would make a home feel well-traveled, collected, and lived-in, (not stark and minimal). Berkus’s designs feature cozy textiles, fringe details, neutrals paired with metallics, and woven materials—elements that are guaranteed to bring some warmth into your home.

We chatted with Berkus to get his best tips for decorating this season. You can check out his new collection in stores and online now.

  1. Refine Your Space
    “The winter months are all about creating cozy spaces that feel polished,” Berkus says. In addition to the endless cozy throw blankets and pillows, plus glowy candles, you can pull a space together with some classic neutral colors and warm metallics.
  2. Think About Texture
    “This season I’ve been reaching for cable-knit pillows and throws, wool and tweed, boucle, leather, and mineral accents,” he says. “They add so much texture and warmth to a space.”
  3. Make Small Changes
    You don’t have to completely redecorate each season. “Add a bold piece of wall art or a set of woven stools for a well-traveled feel,” Berkus says. “I’m also loving all the fringe elements in my winter collection at Target. It could be as simple as bringing some greenery in, too, like a fiddle leaf fig or a vase with eucalyptus branches.”
  4. Remember: It’s All About the Details
    A layered, collected look just screams “cozy.” But for those of us who haven’t lived in our homes for that long or who might not be able to put together the perfect layered vignette without it looking cluttered, Berkus has a couple of solutions. “It’s all about mixing different materials, finishes, and textures,” he says. “Choose natural materials and objects that feel well-worn or have patina. Antique and vintage furniture are great for this, and also metallics, geodes, and wood.”
  5. Beat the Winter Blues With Decor
    We’re all prone to some form of the winter doldrums. Combat them with some strategic decorating choices: “You want your decor to feel light and airy—think wovens, seagrass, and jute materials,” Berkus says. “For my winter collection, I took inspiration from my travels to places like Peru and Mexico. It’s amazing the power the objects in your home can have to make you feel happy, and remind you of special (and sunnier!) times.”

To buy: 1. Fabric Lamp Shade in Navy, $15, and Woven Wrapped Lamp Base, $40; 2. Taper Candle Holders in Gold, $13-15; 3. Textured Woven Pillow in Light Blue and Natural, $25; 4. Ceramic Marble Ring Dish, $8, and Ceramic Marble Canister, $10; 5. Fringed Table Runner in Silver, $25; 6. Textured Ceramic Vases in White, $15-20; 7. Woven Hyacinth Basket, $35, and Soft Woven Fringe Basket, $35.