Winter has here, which means you’re probably reacquainting yourself with the great indoors. But just because you’ll be curled up at home for the foreseeable future doesn’t mean your space’s appearance has to suffer. In actuality, the situation is the polar opposite. Whether you’re throwing a Christmas party or getting a lot of shipments, your home’s exterior is the first thing visitors will see when they arrive. So, if you’ve already adorned the halls of your home with holly boughs, you might want to consider moving your focus outward.
Dressing up your home’s exterior may appear formulaic at first glance, but it’s a simple task that can be completed with carefully placed wreaths, garland, and glittering lights. However, with so many textures and color palettes to pick from, your home’s exterior may be as distinctive as the rest of your room. Scroll through these beautiful outdoor Christmas decorating ideas for inspiration. Whether you want to keep it classic or go large with vibrant colors, there’s something for everyone here.
OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS DECORATING IDEAS
1 CHIC CHALET
As Emily Henderson did here, transform your front entrance into a stylish ski lodge. Thanks to the abstract wreath, geometric lights, and sleek wooden ski set, this front porch has a futuristic feel. The best part? You can leave this arrangement up all winter because it isn’t very Christmas-y.
2 A FOREST IN FASHION
Thanks to Emily Henderson, create your winter paradise, with or without snow. The combination of lush garland, a little tree, and a bouquet of leafy greens is charming without overbearing.
3 KEEP IT COMFORTABLE
“Because of COVID, my family had to enjoy Christmas outside last year, and sheepskins and throw blankets were extremely handy,” designer Allison Babcock says. “A table set with sheepskins on each chair and a large plaid wool throw on the back of each seat, together with lots of garlands and candlelight, can make even the coldest December day feel warm and cheery.”
4 LAYER UP
Because the holidays don’t come around every day, why not go all out with the accessories? Poinsettia plants and gilded trees were among the festive fripperies used by Chicago-based designer Joy Williams. Ribbons and decorations on the topiaries complete the appearance.
5 REMEMBER TO KEEP IT SIMPLE
Anyone who thinks Christmas outdoor décor has to be all about lush, leafy greens has to see this display from Summer Loftin Antiques and Design. The Atlanta-based business keeps things simple with wooden trees of varying heights and strands of twinkling lights.
6 GET A SEAT
Do you want to admire your amazing work? As Sugar & Charm’s Eden Passante did here, add a chair to your outdoor Christmas décor.
7 ADD COLOR TO YOUR PORCH
Allow light to shine! Citrine Living’s Tamara Anka lit up her front porch by putting a light-strung garland around the outside of her entrance. The room is finished well with a brilliant white wreath and trendy lamps.
8 PICK UP A PLANTER
Contrary to popular opinion, Christmas trees aren’t simply for the great indoors. Take a hint from blogger Liz Marie Galvan, who teamed two lush trees with rustic wood planters for an outside edge.
9 BRILLIANT AND FROZEN
Dimples and Tangles glammed up her front porch with flocked décor and a riot of multicolored decorations, making it feel cheerful and inviting.
10 GET SYMMETRICAL
If you want a symmetrical effect, make sure each side of your porch is decorated in the same way. Don’t forget to get two of anything, whether it’s wreaths, garlands, or trees!
11 CHOOSE COLORS FROM THE TROPICAL WORLD
Are you sick of the same old red-and-green color scheme? Think outside the box with these salmon-pink doors from Sugar & Cloth. Spray-painted toy soldiers and freestanding sisal trees–echoing the smaller ones within the wreaths–complete the effect framed by funky colored bulbs.
12 GET RUSTIC WITH IT
Even though Sarah Joy Blog’s porch isn’t overly decked out for the holidays, it nonetheless exudes festive happiness. Sarah Joy keeps the old wagon on hand all year and decorates it with seasonal décor.
13 LOOK FOR A REINDEER FAMILY
These lit-up reindeer would be the ideal accent to the front of your house if it still seems a bit sparse after you’ve strung all of your Christmas lights.
14 ETHEREAL BRANCHES
You might go for a simpler, more natural Christmas appearance if you don’t want to go all out on holiday decor. To frame your entryway, attach little lights to some tall branches—this look will endure the entire winter season.
15 DRAPE THOSE GREEN THINGS
Georgia Grace went all out with her motif, hanging two wreaths on her front entrance. Outside, use garlands to mix and match different types of foliage.
16 TRY A BLACK AND WHITE COLOR COMBINATION
Jordan Jean Blog’s neutral holiday scene is both stylish and inviting. She used a black and white color scheme with earth tones as accents. A charming touch is the hanging wicker basket on the entryway, packed with fresh greenery.
17 CREATE A FOREST ON THE FRONT PORCH
A Christmas tree—or three of them—speaks volumes about the season. French Country Cottage has the cutest collection of small trees in mismatched pots and even a super-casual bucket outside of her property.
18 EXPAND THE SIZE OF YOUR ORNAMENTS
Sugar & Cloth’s striking outdoor Christmas design—complete with huge wooden decorations and eccentric potted trees—makes it tough to ignore the festive mood.
19 DRAFT AN OUTLINE FOR YOUR DOOR
This outdoor setting glows for the holidays, from the string-lit gateway to the glowing crimson wreath.
20 THINGS TO SLIM DOWN
Julie Banner’s needle-pine garland and wreath have a slim form draped in a new snow dusting—but flocking can suffice.