15 Christmas door decorations that make you feel like you’re at home during the holidays: That neighbour with the 12-foot-tall inflatable Santa, the LED snowflake projectors, and, of course, enough string lights to light up the Las Vegas Strip? We’ve all seen them around the holidays. There will definitely be a lot of oohs and aahs over this, but we think that when it comes to Christmas decorations, you can say more with less. A great deal less. And pretty Christmas door decorations are one of the best ways to make your outside look better for the holidays.
15 Christmas door decorations that make you feel like you’re at home during the holidays
1. LET IT GROW
Adding a lot of different plants to your front porch, especially evergreen ones, is often the best way to make it feel more holiday-like. A-Lister for ELLE DECOR Putting some fresh sprigs on the doors of Young Huh’s new 1820s home gave it a Christmas feel. Huh says, “We put garlands over the front porch and planted juniper trees and other evergreens in planters.” “Work with what you have and make the best of things!”
2. LUSH LEAVES
We love how a garland put just right can completely change the look of a front door, especially when red ribbons are used. When making your front porch garland, keep size and shape in mind, says Christina Gore, an interior designer who planned this doorway. “It’s amazing how full and fresh, lush greens swooped with architectural lines can turn the front of your house into something magical.”
3. STRIKING BERRIES AND RIBBON
Think about your canvas before you decorate your door. This door is hundreds of years old and has simple, bevelled panels and a rough, antique bell. Todd Carr, a master gardener and the founder of Hort and Pott, a botanical paradise in upstate New York, made a tiny circlet to go with it. “The heavy architectural panelling needed something soft to lighten the mood for the holidays, and there’s no better way than to add a classic touch like a ribbon—this time in black to even things out,” he says. “Not all of the decorations have to be blatantly “holiday.”
4. HEAVENLY ASYMMETRY
Carr chose simple, elegant wreaths and bouquets to go with the simple wooden double doors in a church-style entrance in upstate New York. “We wanted to bring out the unique geometric symmetry of this classic architecture, and scale was important,” he says. The two wreaths that match but aren’t symmetrical work well together, and the hanging flower swags helped to loosen up the precise carpentry.
5. SINGULAR SWAG
This house is in Durham, New York, but it looks like it came from the English countryside because of its wooden roof and bright red door. To match, Carr made a wreath out of red berries and hung it at an odd angle. “The architecture is naturally organic, so the vertical movement of the wreath feels more like a part of the style than an arbitrary ornament,” he says.
6. POINSETTIA PERFECTION
This may be the plant of the season, but we love how dramatic the red of the poinsettias is. Mercedes Feller of Balsam Hill says, “If you have a big porch, go all out and hang matching wreaths, garlands, and hanging baskets,” Stack a few flower pots next to each other on the porch steps or to the sides of the front door. A wreath and greenery that match will also work if you only have a stoop.
7.BRING SOME SPRING
Most of the time, only red, white, and green are used for Christmas, which means that most houses and front doors have almost the same colour scheme. Add a bit of a brighter colour, like this Annie Sloan yellow Chalk Paint, to make your space stand out. Sloan adds, “I try to make Christmas look a little different.” “Putting together the usual and the strange makes you look twice.”
8. MAGNOLIA MARVEL
Instead of holly bushes, thick magnolia wreaths around your front door will make it look both festive and fancy. Magnolia and evergreen branches can be seen in the wreath, garland and planters that line the path in this beautiful look from the Enchanted Home. This makes it possible for guests (and maybe even Mr. Claus) to make the grandest of entrances.
9. HANDSOME TRANSOM
Use plants to draw attention to any beautiful features on your front door, like a transom or sidelights. This idea, which also comes from Balsam Hill, uses symmetrical garlands and potted plants to make an already grand arrival even more holiday-like. Extra points for the huge Christmas decorations outside.
10. FLORAL FA-LA-LA
If you live somewhere warmer, you can use flowers instead of evergreens, like this big hydrangea wreath. Use holiday-themed colours to keep things in season, like this homeowner did with the similar poinsettias. It shows that there are lots of ways to spread Christmas cheer.
11. PERFECT PINECONES
Not enough plants? Don’t worry—a pine cone wreath will do the trick just as well, and it will make you feel like fall all year long. This one from Hudson Grace goes great with the round plants that are all around it.
12. EMERALD ENTRY
Bright green evergreens against a snowy background are the most beautiful sight. With wreaths on the door and windows, potted evergreens on either side, and swags in the window sills, this holiday look really brought out the bright green colour of the front door. There’s always enough of a good thing.
13.LET THE LIGHT IN
For Christmas, everyone wants to look like they belong in the Alps, but if you’re somewhere warmer, it’s better to go for a lighter, airier look. Interior designer Roger Higgins gave this project a softer holiday look by putting together glass doors, a big wreath, and other green touches. If you live in California or Florida, this might be just what you need.
14. GO GREEN
Putting plants around your entryway is one of those tried-and-true ways that works every once in a while. “I love to frame the front door with fresh winter greens,” says Bunny Williams, an interior designer, of her Christmas door. “I use a mix of magnolia and pine trees. I cut them down here or buy them at a Christmas tree farm or florist.”
15. WORK WITH ARCHITECTURE
Some people are lucky enough to have a beautiful front door like Chandos Dodson Epley’s in Houston. If you’re one of those people, plan your Christmas decorations so they complement the building instead of clashing with it. Dodson Epley put together magnolia leaves and ribbon to frame the double doors and porch in this way, making a subtle but strong holiday statement.