Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Front Porch

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Christmas Decorating Ideas for a Front Porch
Use Christmas lights to create festive decor. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

With a flash of colour and bit of sparkle, Christmas decorations can brighten up your home in a festive array of lights and holiday decor. The front porch welcomes guests and may be the first impression that visitors have of your home. Celebrate the season with a splash of Christmas decor on your front porch to delight the senses and spread holiday cheer.

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Christmas Colors

Whether you have a vibrantly painted front door or a more simple hue, traditional red and green Christmas colours adds a special flare to any front porch space. Use real or faux pine garland as your green colouring. Hang the garland around the front entry door, porch windows or even around supports and columns. Tie in a touch of red with crimson ribbons or red flicker lights wrapped around the garland. Secure red and green lights around windows or near the porch roof for a greater Christmas colour effect. Finish the look with potted poinsettias in holiday-themed containers or baskets and a mock red berry wreath on the door.

Christmas Trees

Don't relegate the Christmas tree to the living room space. A brightly lit outdoor tree can invite added interest to a decorative front porch display. Look for a cut tree that fits under your porch ceiling. Set up the tree near the front door, leaving plenty of space for guests to enter. Make sure that the tree is secure and will not blow over or fall during a winter storm or strong, gusting wind. Decorate the tree with outdoor lights and a prominent star on the top. Add wrapped faux presents under the tree for a complete display package.

Lights

Brighten the neighbourhood with a festive blend of twinkling lights on your front porch. Hang icicle lights from eaves or architectural features, framing your porch in dangling beauty. Another option is to outline specific sections of your porch in different colours of lights. For example, line the windows with blue, the roof with green, columns or supports in white and the door in red. if you are going for a more simplistic look, opt for a single colour of non-blinking lights. White will make a fresh, clean statement, while a more vibrant colour such as red can spice up a simple exterior.

Themes and Figures

Use sculptures or plastic figures to create a theme-based front porch holiday design. Choose from concepts such as Santa Claus, reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, the Grinch or a religious scene. Place a few different three-dimensional figures strategically on the porch to welcome guests. Add a blow-up Santa Claus secured next to the front door to welcome visitors or place a snowman figure on the top of the front steps. Complete the look with coloured lights or special accents that match your chosen theme. For example, dress up your front door in red and white to mimic Santa's suit or use green lights for a Grinch-inspired look.

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