Seasonal Decor: White Branches

A thrifty but really elegant-looking decoration for winter is a grouping of white-painted branches. Birch or Aspen bark is probably the inspiration here, but white paint achieves a similar look if those species aren't available to you.

We did this ourselves one year with a walk in the park on a brisk autumn morning. We picked up our favorite branches/twigs, brought them home, painted them white and displayed them in a large red vase. It was instant winter elegance that was easy, inexpensive, and fun. Here are some sources of inspiration should you want to do the same:

1 A white branch jewelry tree by Centsational Girl
2 Joseph De Leo / Country Living
3 Combined with florals from Flower Council Holland
4 A white twig chandelier via The Adventures of Tartanscot
5 A wreath with white twig "snowflakes" from Good Housekeeping

For a related project by an Apartment Therapy reader replacing the typical Christmas tree with white branches, see How to: Get Out of the Christmas Tree Rut.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.