Here are some easy outdoor Christmas decorating ideas to add a little holiday seasoning spice to the exterior of your house.
This Christmas, bring brilliant holiday décor to the great outdoors. Wow your neighborhood and grin from ear-to-ear every time you approach your humble abode. The threshold to your cozy home has tons of potential for creativity! Here are some easy outdoor Christmas decorating ideas to add a little holiday seasoning spice to the exterior of your house.
How Can I Decorate The Front Of My House For Christmas?
First, take a walk around the perimeter of your house. What features of your house are just begging for a holiday makeover? There are the doors, (front, back, and garage), the windows, and the mailbox. Maybe you have a porch with pillars or planters. Do you have trees in your yard or a very long driveway? Nothing is off the table! Then, take stock of your own tastes. What parts of the interior of your home do you love, and how can you translate that to the outdoors? Remember you can play with color, texture, and pattern. Dream big!
Christmas Decoration Colors
We all know and love the classic red and green. There’s something immediately cheery and welcoming about seeing lush greens against deep, vibrant reds. You can incorporate these colors through live or artificial plants, bows, and accessories. You can also accentuate these classic colors with complementary Christmas tones like white, gold, or silver. If you’re more of a minimalist, try a polished modern monochromatic black and white look.
One easy trend is to go au naturel with raw wood and pinecone palette you could find from the trees around you. If you’re feeling a little wild this year, try a completely new color palette to stand out. Who says you can’t have a pink Christmas? There are endless ways to incorporate color. As you read on, remember that you can use your palette in any type of holiday décor you choose.
Shining, shimmering, splendid. Lights really make all holiday décor come to life. There are so many different types of lights you can use outside: whimsical icicle-shaped lights or rows of romantically draped rope lights. You can choose big C-9 bulbs or tiny rice lights. Explore what works best with your color palette: multi-colored, white, or yellow lights. Many of these lights have timers and patterns that you can select from. You can control when they come on and off and, depending on what lights you chose, what animation they display. Hang lights from the eavestroughs, step railings, or wrap them around trees for an enchanted forest feeling.
Another way you can use lights is by staking some lanterns into the ground if it’s not too frozen. It’s a fun way to line a driveway or walking path. For a soft and cozy vibe, try battery-operated flameless candles clustered around your entranceway.
Winter-Blooming Plants and Greenery
Whether you choose to DIY or buy fresh—incorporating greenery and winter-blooming plants into your holiday exterior can add a touch of magic. While the classic Christmas wreath may come to mind, don’t forget about garlands, swags, and outdoor planters. You can fill any pot or vase with some fresh cut evergreen branches or sprigs of winter berries and stick it outside for a chic and inviting look.
You could also go on a scavenger hunt and gather pine cones. Fill a glass vase or arrange them along an outdoor ledge. Incorporate winter greenery by framing your doorway or porch, or give your mailbox or birdfeeder a festive makeover. Line your steps (safely) with greenery and porch pots.
Hang mistletoe and blow a kiss to your UPS driver from a safe distance! If you’re looking for a few hardy green options for your patio, consider Boxwood, Yew, and Cypress. They will likely survive some time in slightly colder temperatures. Make sure you select plants that suit your family and home.
Holiday Décor and Outdoor Ornaments
Outdoor ornaments are a wonderful opportunity to bring your holiday décor together and express your unique style. Look around for items you could use to decorate outside from your existing collection of Christmas swag. Think spare ribbons, lights, or tree ornaments. One adorable trend is to dot your lawn and garden with whimsical winter gnomes. If tiny, wrinkly men don’t do it for you, showcase your favorite majestic wintery creatures through your décor choices.
There are light displays shaped like reindeer, bears, and even… crabs? Oh my! There are so many ways to add your personal flair to your home’s exterior this Christmas. Don’t be shy when it comes to creating your own extravagant exterior. If you’re looking for more inspiration, come visit us at the Greenhouse. We have two interior designers on staff to help you find everything you need!