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10 Christmas Decorating Ideas for Your Front Porch
By Freshome.com - Interior Design & Architecture Magazine on Dec 10, 2012
Christmas is always a magical time of unequaled joy and frenziness, especially when it comes to decorating our homes.
Every year we try to outdo ourselves in decorating trees, windows, homes and yards that would instantly bring oh’s and ah’s from our guests.
Because front porches welcome guests and may be the first impression that visitors have of your home, celebrate the season with a splash of Christmas decor on your front porch to delight the senses and spread holiday cheer.
1. Twinkle, twinkle little… lights
Nothing says winter holidays like bright lights, and no decoration is complete without them. They are the first choice in Christmas decorations, whether you decide to outline the front-facing windows or wrap porch posts or deck the entire porch with lights.
2. Stay green with evergreens
Usually made from evergreens, wreaths symbolize strength, as evergreens last even throughout the harshest winters. So what better way to welcome your guests than with some nice Christmas wreaths hung on your front porch door?
3. The puny poinsettia is hanging his bloom…
Poinsettia plants are beautiful and in ample supply during the Christmas season, whether real or faux. Natural poinsettia won’t survive a cold winter on a porch, but you may choose to display them at the front-facing windows. Artificial flowers, however, will offer the same appearance with the ability to withstand the cold, so choose artificial poinsettias to add to decorative flower pots and create a floral arrangement that will look great on your porch.
4. Welcoming doormats
A doormat may be seen as an insignificant detail in the overall Christmas decor but a welcome mat on your porch serves three purposes: visitors can wipe their feet and keep them clean before entering your home; a Christmas mat offers a touch of color; and preserves the consistency of the entire decoration. Choose a mat that is sturdy to stand up to traffic but is attractive and suitable in appearance.
5. Let the garlands of Christmas be evergreen
Wrap pine garlands around pillars, posts, and handrails. They have the advantage of looking very good with a variety of other decorations. You may wrap them together with lights or top them off with festive red bows. You can also drape garlands on railings and from underneath the porch ceiling for a classic look.
6. Merry Christmas, everyone…
If you have a swing or some type of seat on your porch, look for a "porch sitter". A stuffed reindeer, Santa Claus, snowman or some other type of porch sitter can add a bit of whimsy to your porch decor. You can always add a personal touch by including a written welcome message, be it on a chalkboard surface or readymade ornaments.
7. Let the snow fall
Add fake snow, snowflakes, or a stuffed snowman to your porch for a touch of whimsy. A snow shovel positioned on the porch adds a bit of fun and practicality. Go a step further by adding spray snow to the windows. Snowflakes are always pretty and may come in different shapes and colors. They may be hung or taped to the door or windows.
8. Santa Claus is coming to town…
Santa Claus, his reindeers, Frosty the Snowman, the Grinch and many other such concepts make a great theme-based front porch design. Place a few different three-dimensional figures strategically on the porch to welcome guests and complete the look with colored lights or special accents that match your chosen theme.
9. Light Christmas candles
Candles are an emblem of Christmas and are everywhere during this season, so why not have them on your porch? Although there are some drawbacks in using them outside (they need protection from the wind and to be placed out of the reach of children and pets), real candles have a lovely authentic feel which can hardly be replaced by electric Christmas candles.
10. Oh, Christmas tree!
We definitely shouldn’t relegate Christmas trees to the living room. A brightly lit outdoor tree, be it a cut tree that fits under your porch ceiling or a live tree in a pot. These can invite added interest to any decorative front porch display. Decorate the tree with outdoor lights and ornaments, and add wrapped faux presents under the tree for a complete display package.
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