Festive Front Door Decorations for the Holiday Season
From marble wreaths to mini bells and beyond, interior designers share their favorite seasonal motifs for the focal point of your porch.
Your front door is teeming with holiday design potential—you just need the right décor items to make this area of your home pop. "The front door is the celebratory beacon of every home," says interior designer John McClain. "It creates a first impression to guests and gawkers alike, while signaling the style and sensibilities of its occupants." And whether you prefer to create a simple holiday front door display or an over-the-top scene, interior designer Marie Flanigan says there's a good chance you're already sitting on all the décor you'll need. "There's no need to purchase all new items to decorate your front door for the holidays," she says. "Utilize what you already have, and sprinkle in new items to create a jolly look."
However, with all the holiday decorations available, deciding which ones will look best on or around your front door can be difficult. But here's a good place to start: "Always [dress up] your door with a wreath," says interior designer Becky Shea. "Layer it with evergreen, pinecones, linen ribbon, and dried florals. Also, integrate natural elements, like evergreen and wintergreen plants, that are available this time of year. It's important to stick to the true essence of the season to create a timeless holiday aesthetic."
Once you've determined what items you'll be using to decorate your front door for the holidays, Allison Petty of Hyphen & Co. says to remember that consistency is key. "For example, if you use lights throughout your whole exterior, make sure you incorporate some sort of lighting around your door," she explains. "Balance ensures your design feels deliberate." Looking for some festive front door decorations to dress up the exterior of your home for the holidays? We asked a handful of interior designers to share their favorites.
If you want to go all out with porch décor this holiday season, McClain recommends placing a dazzling artificial tree near your front door. "Stunning enough to stand on its own sans decorations, but sturdy enough to stand sentry at your holiday door, this champagne-colored tinsel tree is chic, classic, and full of charm," he says.
Shop Now: Vickerman Champagne Fir Artificial Christmas Tree, $119.78, amazon.com.
Glittery Gold Garland
According to Shea, a gorgeous holiday wreath is a spirited way to welcome guests at your door regardless of what your aesthetic style may be. "This simple wreath has so much depth and color to it," she says. "I love that dried fruits were mixed in to give a breath of deep burgundy and red tones which are relatable to the season."
Shop Now: Terrain Fresh Evergreen + Dried Citrus Wreath, $148, shopterrain.com.
Few things evoke the holiday spirit faster than the sound of jingling sleigh bells. "There is something so nostalgic about sleigh bells," says Anna Kroesser of Kroesser + Strat Design. "Hang them on your front door to create a simple, but festive look that spreads holiday cheer every time someone walks through the door."
Shop Now: Meus Mini Bells, $25, meusshop.com.
Never underestimate the impact of sparkling string lights when decorating your front door for the holidays. "String light spheres are a sleek yet festive way to light up the area around your door," Petty explains. "Place them in vessels to create a layered look on your front porch."
Shop Now: Terrain Stargazer Nature Effects Illuminated Vine Sphere, $58, shopterrain.com.
In the market for a chic holiday wreath that will make a statement on your front door? Consider one that's shaped like a peace sign. "We could all use a little more peace in our lives and we love that this marble bone china wreath says it all," Kroesser says.
Shop Now: CB2 Marble Bone China Wreath, $79.95, cb2.com.
A little garland can go a long way on a front doorway. "I love holiday décor made from nontraditional greenery, like eucalyptus and magnolia leaves," Flanigan says. "This garland would be stunning hung on a doorframe or lining an entryway."
Shop Now: Arhaus Faux Eucalyptus Garland, $349, arhaus.com.
To create a sophisticated porch display with a dash of drama, Petty suggests placing evergreen and wintergreen plants potted in metallic planters around your front door. "You can easily incorporate ribbons, ornaments, or lights into these plants to enhance the holiday look," she says.
Shop Now: Burke Décor Rosen Planter, $77.50, burkedecor.com.
If you ask Shea, a holiday-friendly doormat is a functional way to bring holiday cheer front and center this season. "Look for ones with a seasonal pattern or motif, such as buffalo check, plaid, or a simple wreath design," she advises. "You can also layer doormats by using one that is a bit larger underneath, that allows the smaller piece to sit centered."
Shop Now: McGee & Co Simple Wreath Doormat, $88, mcgeeandco.com.
Sparkling Snowflake Lights
You can always count on sparkling snowflakes to hit that festive note. Instead of lanterns, hang a few wire snowflakes with microlights around your front door or porch to create an ambient winter-themed scene.
Shop Now: Grandin Road Snowflakes with Micro Lights, $69.50, grandinroad.com.