The holiday season is about to ramp up in a big way – is your front entryway ready?
During the holiday season, an inviting entrance to your home is a wonderful way to make a first impression. It’s also a smart way to add value to your property if you’re planning on putting your house on the market.
A well-kept entryway that is designed to work in harmony with your home’s architectural elements will boost curb appeal and set the stage for a lovely visit.
Here are our top five tips on how to successfully decorate a seasonal front entryway:
1. Choose a focal point: Visual interest can be created by layering different shapes and sizes without overpowering your space. To make your design pop, make sure a few items are big and colorful enough to be seen from the street. Choose colors that complement the exterior color pallet of your home.
2. Use natural materials: Not only are natural materials inherently seasonal, they offer a rich array of colors, shapes and textures. From wreaths to garland, timeless designs can incorporate natural materials such as pine cones, bark, magnolia leaves and holly.
3. Make use of empty containers: Flower pots, wheel barrows and window boxes may seem useless during the colder months once their seasonal occupants are gone. However, these can become an indispensable part of your winter landscape. Consider filling the containers with dwarf evergreens, lighted wire frames, hearty greenery with ribbons, or other design elements that fit within your decorative theme.
4. For outdoor use only: When buying décor for the exterior of your home, make sure it’s been designed for outdoor use. Even if your porch is covered, the elements can quickly take a toll on decorations not made to withstand moisture, wind and extreme temperature fluctuations.
5. Avoid slip and trip hazards: Keep a clear pathway to the front door easily accessible. This is especially important during the holidays, as people are more likely to be carrying bags and packages this time of year. Make sure extension cords for seasonal lighting are not slip and trip hazards. Fasten seasonal outdoor lighting securely to trees, porch or other firm supports to keep cords dry and off the ground. This also helps protect the lights from wind damage.
A clean, beautifully maintained landscape is the perfect canvas for your outdoor seasonal décor. It all comes together to create a welcoming atmosphere and a holiday season to remember.