How To Decorate Your Porch For The Christmas Season
Your porch is what sets the tone for your home, so it is worth making the effort to perfect your Christmas porch decor. You only get one chance to make a first impression, right?
Christmas decor can get pricey and storing it all year can be a chore, so we help you crack the formula for creating an inviting front porch and selecting pieces that pack a punch in this space.
Christmas Porch Decor: Greenery
We think there are few things as magical as a beautifully lit Christmas tree around this time of year. Depending on the space you have to work with, you can put a single large tree on your porch, or a few smaller trees in a grouping. We love the idea of using olive buckets to house smaller trees as seen below. If you have limited space outside, consider placing a tree indoors in front of a window so people passing by can enjoy the sight of it from the outside!
Instead of or in addition to a tree, wreaths are a Christmas mainstay, and the front porch is a prime location for them. Hang them on your front door, around your existing lighting or in front of your windows. Wreaths come in all shapes, styles and sizes and you can’t have too many. You can even use a year round boxwood wreath with the simple addition of some red ribbon to dress it up for the season.
Christmas Garland Decor
We haven’t met a garland we haven’t liked, but we especially love garlands at Christmas time. These are a super versatile piece, as they can be hung in many ways to suit your space. Drape them over a door, wrap them around a column, twist them around a railing. If you use artificial garland, you can even buy them pre-lit, which makes decorating that much easier. Many garlands are simply greenery, or greenery with lighting, but you certainly can incorporate ribbon, pine cones, ornaments and more.
Christmas Porch Lighting
May all be merry and BRIGHT! Cozy lighting is synonymous with Christmas, especially since December is often a dark time of year in many places. We love the combination of greenery and lighting, but you can also add lighting as a stand alone decoration. String lights of any shape and size look amazing and instantly make a space extra inviting. We also love seeing lanterns with candles or fairy lights incorporated to glow up a space.
Holiday Door Mat
Every porch needs a door, and every door needs a door mat (or two, depending on who you ask). A door mat is a very easy way to give your porch a bit of a makeover. We love the look of layering a door mat with another small rug, so if you do too, you can replace the top or bottom mat (or both) with something holiday oriented. Another option we like is a customized door mat with your family name on it. Christmas time is for families, so make that statement at the door!
Seating & Textiles for your Porch
If you have the space to accommodate it, we love the look of incorporating seating on your porch. While it may be too cold to spend much time out there this time of year, it is very inviting to have a bench or some rocking chairs still on display. To winterize the look, make sure to include some casually draped textiles (think plaid throw pillows or cozy blankets).
Christmas Porch Decor: Sizing and Color
If you want your decor to be visible from a distance, keep in mind the scale of the Christmas decor you put on your porch. Small ornaments and figurines will get lost, so aim for things that are a little over-sized. We also like how red decor pops, even from afar. If a red front door is too bold of a choice for you, stick with neutrals there and weave in red elsewhere (like with some gorgeous poinsettias, a big sign or a vintage mailbox)! Also, you CANNOT go wrong with an adorable pup in boots!
Vintage Charm Christmas Decor
Children, toys, the good old days and simpler times. Vintage items such as sleds, wagons, and ice skates bring back fond memories and childlike wonder to your decor. These are all great options for decorating your porch as they are outdoorsy items and also relatively big. Nutcrackers, skis, snowshoes, trains and vintage trucks are fair game too! We love that this wagon adds a bit of height to the display– alternatively you could stack some rustic Christmas crates for height too!
Christmas Decor Beyond the Door
Now that we have a game plan for your Christmas porch decor, feel free to take a look at some of our earlier tips for indoor holiday decorating! As always, we love your comments, questions and photos. Comment below or tag us on Instagram with @decorsteals or #decorstealsaddict!