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Once you've trimmed the tree, head outside to deck your front door for Christmas. Our ideas for front door decorations range from traditional to modern, but all are easy to put together. Using Christmas wreaths, lights, and garlands, you'll have the prettiest house on the block.
Go all out this year and create a winter wonderland at your front door. Enlist the kids to cut snowflakes, and hang them from strings of lights. Spray faux trees white and plant them in galvanizd buckets on each side of the door. For the final touch, spray-paint wire baskets white, hang, and fill each with sparkling silver orbs.
If matching isn't your style, funky forms are a wonderful way to add visual interest to a holiday front door. Here, distinctive topiaries play against a gathering of bright berries and the soft white of the wreath.
Bring your front door back to basics with red and silver ornaments nestled in fresh greenery. This look is sophisticated and works on a traditional or contemporary home.
The deep jewel tones common during Christmas aren't right for every home. If you're looking for a change, try a pastel palette, like the white, sea green, and butter yellow shown here.
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If you live in a temperate climate, you might be able to make front door decorations with seasonal flower displays, such as poinsettias. To dress up the arrangement, try selections in an accent color -- here, white adds a pop of bright against the brick. If your weather isn't so mild, go for faux flowers that you can reuse year after year.
Most seasonal displays are fairly static, but small elements can help you add a bit more personality to your front door decor. Here, a tiny chalkboard allows the homeowners to add a changing message on the front door wreath. Other ideas: a countdown to Christmas, or ribbon or wreaths that change weekly.
When in doubt, a symmetrical arrangement of Christmas decorations always looks polished. Spiral topiaries welcome guests onto the landing, where an evergreen arch accents existing architecture.
This large, leafy garland and matching front door decorations are made from evergreen branches, pinecones, berries, apples, magnolia leaves, and festive holiday ribbon. At nighttime, the intertwined lights add a cozy, cheery glow. Use it as inspiration for your front door, or add your favorite festive elements.
Editor's Tip: Purchase a long evergreen garland to serve as the base, then use florist's pins and hot glue to secure embellishments.
Instead of simply accenting your front door, try integrating the rest of the front yard into your design. Here, simple lit orbs add unexpected brilliance to the large tree. The lights also make the house as attractive by night as it is by day.
Wreaths are a lovely addition to nearly every front entryway. But there are other items that can add seasonal interest to your door. Here, ice skates -- tied with a bit of greenery and ribbon -- dress up the traditional entry.
If you have a large front entryway, you're lucky: You have more room to add pretty holiday accents. One way to unify them is to choose just a few materials to repeat, such as the grapevine and fir shown here.
Ornate doors and wide front entryways need little decoration. Instead, add accents to the surrounding areas to create the perfect holiday look. Two containers flank this wide entry, playing off the elegant front porch's symmetry. Bright silver and red ornaments accent both the containers and the evergreen wreath.
Sparkle and shine are synonymous with the season. Use this pretty silver front door decoration as inspiration to create your own glittering welcome. Purchase a silver wreath, or paint a grapevine wreath using metallic spray paint; add a sparkling ribbon, and weave in silver and blue ornaments. For another sparkling color scheme, use gold and bronze decorations to glam up your Christmas door.
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Play up the traditional Christmas red-and-green color scheme with a modern spin. If you have a green door, accent it with an all-red wreath and place bright red flowers on the front porch. Don't have a green door? Play around with other color schemes, such as white and blue (good for lighter doors) or silver and gold (good for darker doors).
You can decorate a door for Christmas in a way that's both classic and fresh with traditional accents. Hang a medium-size boxwood wreath with a bright red bow in the middle for pretty texture and style. Add symmetrical accents on either side of the door to complete the look, such as the shaped topiaries shown here.
There is a surprising array of diversity in the green color spectrum, from deep and rich to light and bright. These simple and traditional Christmas door decorations focus on color variations to add visual interest. A green ribbon adds luster to an evergreen wreath, while tiny lights brighten the garland around the front door.
It's easy to customize an ordinary garland for extraordinary impact. Small holiday ornaments secured with hot glue coordinate with this red front door and add bright pops of color to a premade pinecone garland. Tall lanterns, adorned with small sprigs of berries, lead the way to Christmas celebrations.