Set Up a Cozy Winter Porch with These Simple Decorating Tips
With winter right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about how to freshen up your porch for the new season. Since colder months mean bare trees and a lack of the natural beauty we get during the rest of the year, it's even more important to make sure your porch is cozy and cheery. Aside from the ever-popular wreath (which we love and can't get enough of), there are tons of beautiful and creative options to keep the exterior of your home looking thoughtfully decorated and put together.
For starters, since many of the plants and potted flowers you have in your yard may be seasonal (or need to come indoors during the winter months), adding a little greenery can keep your porch looking lively. Nicole Gibbons, designer and founder of Clare, says not to be scared of using fake greenery. "I love adding a faux topiary for a few reasons," she says. "I always go faux because it will last through the winter and has the ability to work all year round—it's seasonless! Plus, it transitions well into holiday décor—just add some twinkle lights to your topiary to make it feel more festive."
Since winter is the season of garlands, Gibbons suggests draping your doorframe with one made of magnolia leaves. "A magnolia leaf garland really brings up the level of sophistication to your décor and it doesn't feel overly holiday," she says. She also suggests switching out your doormat to enliven the entire space. Not only is it an inexpensive way to revamp things, but it's quick and easy—and requires very little effort on your part. "I love a classic greek key doormat," Gibbons says. "It's timeless."
Looking for more ideas to help give your porch a winter refresh? Read on for more expert-approved ideas.
This easy-to-install sconce (read: there's nothing electrical to worry about) is essentially a blank slate you can get creative with. We love the idea of filling it with twinkle lights, as seen here here, for a quick but impactful addition to your porch.
Shop Now: Terrain Slim Wall Lantern Sconce, $128, shopterrain.com.
Wrap a warm blanket around yourself and cozy up on a bench, chair, or your front stoop with your morning coffee or to take in the winter views. This plaid option speaks to the season.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Winter Plaid Throw, $120, macys.com.
Eucalyptus feels both classic and wintery without leaning too holiday, which means you can keep it draped over your doorway or stair rails for more than just a month or so. This version is faux, so you can use it for years, but check your local garden center for fresh options in case you want all the aromatic benefits of real eucalyptus.
Shop Now: Jamali Garden Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Garland, $26, jamaligarden.com.
Brass House Numbers
For smaller homes that don't have much room excess room for bigger décor pieces, try switching out your house numbers. It may seem like a small swap, but trading out your barely noticeable or generic house numbers for something a little more special will make a huge difference.
Shop Now: Rejuvenation "Rock Creek" Modern House Numbers, 4", starting at $40, rejuvenation.com.
Although you may not be spending a lot of time outside in the winter, a versatile wooden bench like this one works for all seasons and adds interest to your porch. Make it seasonally appropriate by changing out your summer or fall outdoor pillows for a set that feels more wintery.
Shop Now: Rosecliff Heights "Nora" Wooden Picnic Bench, $169.99, wayfair.com.
There's nothing like a gorgeous wreath to welcome you home. This striking one is made up of three kinds of eucalyptus leaves, nigella flowers, and sculptural lotus pods. The best part: It smells amazing and will instantly put you in a good mood as you walk in the door.
Shop Now: Creekside Farms Fragrant Pod Wreath, $81, food52.com.
Pot your outdoor faux or real topiary a chic planter. The best part this elegant planter has a drainage hole so your plant can nestle right in without the plastic pot sticking out.
Shop Now: Pottery Barn "Macron Urn Planter," $109, potterybarn.com.
Switch out your summer rattan lanterns for these metallic string lights. They'll add a cozy feel to your outside décor—even if you're only seeing it from the inside.
Shop Now: West Elm Simple String Lights, $49, westelm.com.
Refresh your doormat for the season with one of Martha's favorites, Cape Cod Doormats. Handcrafted on Cape Cod, these durable mats can withstand the heaviest dirt, mud, snow, and more. Plus, they come in just about every color imaginable.
Shop Now: Cape Cod Welcome Doormats, $45.95, hayneedle.com.
Add some rustic charm to your porch with a log holder—this one is both functional and stylish.
Shop Now: Williams Sonoma Log Hoops, 36", $195, williams-sonoma.com.