10 Festive, Holiday Front Doors to Inspire

Few things kick off the holiday season more than a wreath on the front door and some twinkle lights. We love seeing how our neighbors and friends get in the spirit with different wreaths and bows and ways to doll up their homes, so we thought we’d share a few ideas of our own.

1. Make It Standout

Our number one rule for decorating your home for the holidays is to express your home’s own unique personality. Which characteristics are unique to your home? Highlight them with colors and shapes, then add your own personal flair.

For this classic, tudor home, we wanted our garland to stand out against the red brick so we chose a flocked garland. The light color echoes the sage green door and is more noticeable against brick than a plain garland would have been.

To echo the icy feel of the garland, we added silvers and golds in ribbon and large ornament finials for just enough glimmer to make everything feel festive.

2. Lead with Color

An easy place to start with holiday decor? Consider the colors of your home — do you have a painted door, flowers that bloom during the holidays, an unusual trim color. Let the color palette already established in your home guide your decor choices.

For this timeless white brick home, we played up the cherry red color of the door by using garland with red berries and burlap ribbon with a red trim.

3. Break the Mold

Unexpected elements bring personality to your front door, especially if you want to set your home apart from the others on your street. To play off the gleaming brass finish of our Script Metal Wreath, we added brass lanterns filled with ornaments.

4. Sparkle & Shine

Of course if there’s ever a time to embrace glimmer and glam, it’s the holidays. We used Bunny Williams Gold and Silver Ornament Wreath in an unexpected way – over the door instead of on the door. Then we added a cluster of metallic ornaments at the door knocker for an extra accent.

5. Try a Trio

Of course there are plenty of ways to mix up your holiday day using the same pieces. Instead of just one wreath, hang a trio. They’ll make more of an impact and set your home apart from your neighbors.

6. Pick a Pattern

Ribbon is an easy way to change up your holiday look from year to year. Find something festive and colorful and weave it through all of your holiday decor. For this door, we choose Suzanne Kasler’s 3″ Plaid Ribbon which has deep greens, navy, yellow, and red. The color palette perfectly echoes the navy and green craftsman home. Wrap the ribbon around your garland, tie a big bow, then bring accents of that ribbon inside as well.

7. Blue & White Beauty

Blue and white chinoiserie porcelain is timeless, and we love using it in heavy doses around the house. There’s no reason you can’t take your own collection and bring it outside, or at least find ways to bring the spirit outside. Ornaments, colors, and accents inspired by your own favorite collection are a great way to bring personality to your front door.

Designer Doors

Of course we couldn’t let our three favorite designers miss out on all the fun. We asked Suzanne Kasler, Bunny Williams, and Miles Redd to dream up their own perfect front doors. Here are their tips:

Interior designer Suzanne Kasler shares her holiday front door inspiration Suzanne Kasler

“I love to use red during the holidays, especially when paired with classic Christmas elements like a vintage sleigh. Layers help give your front door shape and draw you in. We used small trees to pull you up the stone steps, then accented everything with hits of cherry red. If this front door doesn’t get you in the Christmas spirit, I don’t know what will!”


Miles Redd

Interior designer Miles Redd shares his holiday door inspiration

“I am a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas, and I like things to look like the Nutcracker Suite. Since I’m from Atlanta, magnolia leaves from our yard were a staple for holiday decorating, especially on our mantle, so I am naturally drawn to it. I love those shiny green leaves. And who can resits a red tassel? It lends a festive attitude and punctuates things — like an exclamation point that says come on in and have cup egg nog!”


Interior designer Bunny Williams shares her holiday front door inspiration

Bunny Williams

“I prefer a classic look for my holiday door. I always use magnolia garland around the front door and hang a pine wreath with a pretty burlap or red bow. Urns filled with pine and magnolia cuttings add more shape and create a focal point for curb appeal. A few playful, nostalgic touches like a deer or lantern complete the look.”







Find more holiday decorating and entertaining ideas, or visit our Pinterest Holiday board.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    November 9, 2022

    Wow! These are all so stunning! Do you happen to know the paint color of the door in the third picture titled “Break the Mold”?

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      Kelley Bostian

      November 18, 2022

      Happy to hear you love these 10 Front Door concepts just as much as we do! The HEX Code for the front door paint color you’re referencing is #4F818C. Hope you have a happy holidays decorating!

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    October 18, 2017

    Wow! All the front door festive designs look very pretty. Thanks for sharing such awesome ideas.

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      November 4, 2018

      Is the small flocked Christmas tree in the photo under the title “Designer Doors” the same flocked tree that Ballard Designs is selling for $119? The tree in your photo looks like it is fuller and has a heavier flock than the one on the Ballard website.

      • Caroline McDonald

        November 6, 2018

        Yep, it is the one for $119. It’s Suzanne Kasler’s Flocked Tree. SO glad you like it. It may look slightly different depending on how we’ve fluffed it for the photograph.
        Hopefully that helps. So glad you like it.