Photo Gallery: Winter Decorating Finds Under $50
Quick and cosy updates!
Flor’s versatile carpet squares go menswear in looped tweed (left) and soft, heathered felt (right). Plus, 80% post-consumer fibres and a great price tag makes going green easy and affordable. Arrange a few carpet tiles in one solid colour, or choose two colours for a punchy checked pattern. Come spring, you can lift them up and store them away if you prefer to showcase bare floors in warmer weather.
With a design inspired by ocean waves, corals and sand dunes, this rug would add a nautical, summer vibe with a dark and cosy colour that is perfect for winter. Keep it around all year long for the best of both seasons.
Ferle rug. $40. At Ikea.
Everyday Essentials’ cosy woven throw is a perfect soft cream hue reminiscent of snow. And all net proceeds are donated to Habitat for Humanity Canada, so every time you pull it over your legs, you’ll feel good about your purchase.
Everyday Essentials woven throw. $19. At Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstores.
This cosy throw from EQ3 is a soft shade of grey that will look right at home on a sofa through winter and spring. The ribbed square pattern would add a hit of texture to a layered sofa with plush pillows.
Ski throw in Light Grey. $50. At EQ3.
West Elm’s Sunset Throws come in nine punchy colours. They’re dip-dyed to create a faded ombre look. Layer one over the back of a sofa or armchair for cosy reading.
Sunset throw. $50. At West Elm.
Swap the florals of summer and paisleys of fall for throw cushions in geometric prints that will add interest to your sofa come winter. This affordable version from Ikea even has a zipper so you can machine wash it.
Lappljung Ruta cushion cover. $10. At Ikea.
This oversized 23″ throw pillow from CB2 comes in a juicy orange that would brighten up long winter days. Plus, it’s made from a velvety cotton that would add fuzzy warmth to a sofa or bed. All CB2 pillows come with a feather-down insert, too.
Leisure Burnt Orange 23″ pillow. $45. At CB2.
Talk about a trompe l’foil. The cable knit effect on this metallic pillow would add a hit of texture to a sofa or armchair, and the shiny fabric reflects light and makes a room seem brighter. Don’t stop at cushions — bring in an extra full-length mirror and metallic accessories for dark winter months.
Metallic Faux Knit Pattern pillow cover. $30. At West Elm.
Lighten up a room with caged covers and exposed bulbs. They’re brighter and usually cheaper, too. Hang a few in a row over a kitchen island for an industrial edge.
Trouble-Light Cage. $25 each. At Union Wood Company.
This affordable pendant lamp from Ikea features a matte black powder-coated steel shade that would add drama to a kitchen or dining room come winter.
Hektar pendant lamp. $25. At Ikea.
When the days get shorter, pick up a couple of extra table lamps to keep your evenings a-glow. A couple of these simple white lamps from EQ3 would look great on side tables in a living room, bedroom or home office. Also available in black, we like this fresh white version for winter. The fabric shade lets plenty of light through, and it even comes with a glass diffuser, all for $20.
Lunar table lamp. $20. At EQ3.
There’s something about winter that calls for rough wood accents in our interiors. (Maybe it’s all that firewood stacked beside the fireplace.) Pick up a few crates from your local vintage shop, flip them around so the open side is face-down, and stack two or three to create a DIY side table. Or arrange them two boxes high along a wall for a low-profile bookcase. (Be sure to keep it low if they’re not bolted to the wall.) These berry crates from Union Wood Company have an organic, raw texture that would add interest to any space.
Berry Crates. $45. At Union Wood Company.
Add more hanging space to an entryway with a flexible hook system like this one from Umbra. The trellis-like pattern keeps everyday storage stylish.
Expansia wall hook. $35. At Umbra.
Introduce a few metal accents for warmth and glamour. These brass bowls would be perfect for keys by the front door, candles in the living room, or jewelry on top of a dresser. Their reflective sheen would brighten up a tired room in a snap.
Brass Ballerina bowls. $50 for set of three small bowls. At Mjölk.
Available in gold frost, rose gold, amber and mercury glass, these candleholders from West Elm are a budget-friendly way to add ambiance this winter. Group several together on a table, mantel or dresser to show everything in its best light.
Gold Mercury candleholders. $5 each. At West Elm.
Bring some warm, unfinished wood accents into the kitchen with this modern salt and pepper set, split with a hatchet from solid maple. Plus, they’re crafted in Canada.
Hatchet Salt & Pepper. $45 per set. At Made.
Rotating or replacing inexpensive art prints each season is an easy way to update a space. This map of Canada is silkscreened with bright pops of blue and red, and geography is cool any time of year.
Canada Map silkscreen print in seafoam and red. $40. At Smash Salvage.