Saturday, December 3, 2011

Decorating Your Front Porch for the Holidays

A Festive Look Is Created From the Walkway to the Front Door - Source

Where should you start decorating your home for the holidays?  Why not start on your front porch?  It will take you less time to put a few things on the porch than it will  to dress your interior and you'll give the impression that you are ready for  the holidays.  Let’s take a look at some ideas for creating a festive front porch.    

Group lanterns or glass hurricane lamps along the front steps or porch ledges to welcome guests by candlelight.

Lanterns Light the Way to This Home - Pinterest
Change things up with an asymmetrical  look.  In other words, don’t make everything on the right of your door the same as what’s on the left.  In the picture below, the homeowner placed the taller branches  on the left of the front door and the chair and wreath on the right.

An Asymmetrical Arrangement of Holiday Decor Gives an Unexpected Look - The Inspired Room 

Incorporate some natural elements in your decorations such as grapevine garland, fruit, pine cones, etc. as pictured below. Hang something on the diagonal on your door for a different look.  I love the metal container with the greenery and fruit.

Notice All of the Different Textures Present in This Holiday Decorating Scheme - My Home Ideas
Swap your doormat for one that has a festive color or holiday theme.  This homeowner has a lime green and red color scheme which is popular this year. Likewise,  lime green and purple combinations are  also a trend for holiday decorating this season. Make sure the color scheme you choose complements the colors on your exterior. 

A Lime Green/Red Color Scheme Enhances This Black Front Door - Pinterest

Hang two or three wreaths on the front door, securing them with a wide ribbon or sleigh bells on a leather strap. Notice how these red wreaths pop against the royal blue front door.

Christmas Front Door 5
Three Red Wreaths Pop Against This Royal Blue Door -BHG

Door alternative: Hang a stocking filled with fresh greens, branches, pine cones or candy canes.

Christmas Front Door Picture
A Stocking Filled With Greenery and a Bow Proclaim a Holiday Message -BHG

Instead of putting a wreath on your front door, accent your door knocker with a festive picture frame. Dress it up with small red berries, holiday ribbon and more of your favorite Christmas decorations.

Christmas Front Door Idea Picture - BHG
 A Festive Frame Coordinates Well With This Door Knocker - BHG

A pair of vintage ice skates filled with tiny wrapped gift boxes makes a fun and creative front door decoration. Put the look together in a wintry blue color scheme, pictured, or use a more traditional red and green combination. Again consider the colors you have in your exterior.

Christmas Front Door 3
Ice Skates Filled With Wrapped Packages Beckon Visitors to a Winter Wonderland Inside - BHG

Similarly, you could fill the skates with greenery and attach them to your front door.

Two Pairs of Greenery-Laden Ice Skates Adorn This Front Door - HGTV
Create a unified color scheme by repeating the colors in your wreath, in your garland and other decorating accessories. 

Lime Green and Red Colors Appear in the Packages, Wreath and Garland - Google Images
Tie a pair of ice skates to a sled and prop it up next to your front door to capture a winter holiday look even if you live in a place where it doesn’t snow.…Pretend!

Ice Skates Attached to a Sled Create a Winter Holiday Feel - Between Naps on the Porch

Use  burlap garland  and twigs sprayed white and glued together in the shape of  stars as ornaments  to decorate a tree on your front porch. What a natural look!  This homeowner introduced another natural texture by placing the tree into a wicker basket.

Use Natural Elements in Your Holiday Decorating - HGTV
Think about coordinating your holiday exterior  decorating with your interior holiday decorating to really make a statement.  If you have a nautical theme outside, carry it inside.

I hope you found these ideas helpful in getting your front porch dressed for the holidays. Which one are you going to try?  Drop me a line and let me know.  Have fun!


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