5 Festive Front Door Ideas to Welcome the Holidays

The holiday season is all about keeping the door open. And for those who host during the holidays, it’s important to create a welcoming first impression for family, friends, and out of town guests. Luckily, it’s easy to transform your front door into an inviting entryway with just a few key pieces. To help get the creative juices flowing, we’re sharing five festive front door decorating tips to inspire your holiday facade this year.

1. Grab some greenery

Nothing sets the holiday mood like festive greenery. You can’t go wrong with a classic garland draped around the doorframe or wreath hung on the door. For an elevated look, try out greenery that’s flocked, prelit, or with a gold leaf accent.

2. Turn on the sparkle

When it comes to a holiday glow, you can’t have too many twinkle lights. Instead of the traditional string lights lining the frame of the house, add lights in other forms and shapes to your front porch. Opt for outdoor-safe LEDs so there’s no risk of blowing out the power grid like the Griswalds.

3. Don’t forget a doormat

“Outdoor mats are a fun piece to update and switch out based on the season,” says designer Suzanne Kasler. This holiday, set out a doormat that’s equal parts festive and functional. Take the holiday spirit one step further and match your doormat with gift wrap and an indoor pillow.

4. Refresh your planters

If you find yourself with an annual empty-holiday-planter decorating dilemma, a festive filler is the answer. For a no-fuss arrangement, look for a prelit bundle that mixes lush greenery with natural elements like pinecones or berries. This classic combination of texture and color is always a hit!

5. Sprinkle in accessories

For the finishing touches, add in a few accessories that speak to you. We love a novelty door knocker or a playful statue for a bit of whimsy. This is where you can really unleash your inner decorator and create a festive front door that just feels right.

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Mallory Thomas

Mallory is a content marketing specialist at Ballard Designs, sharing decorating tips and tricks for everything from paint colors to finishing touches. When she’s not creating content for the blog, email, and Tik Tok, you can find her walking her basset hound or needlepointing.


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    November 22, 2021