Christmas Decor Front Porch Ideas and Tips From Designers
Whether you’re working with a sprawling, wrap-around patio or a small stoop in front of the door, coming up with front porch Christmas decor ideas can be a challenge. After all, it’s the part of your home you present to the world—like a holiday style thesis statement. To help you nail the art of the chic, festive front porch (and hopefully save you a bit of money), we’ve gathered top-tier inspiration and expert input to guide you on your merry way.
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6 Front Porch Christmas Decor Ideas For a Festive Exterior
When it comes to front porch Christmas decor ideas, the vibe in 2023 is less is more. And in keeping with our natural, earthy vibe here at Camille Styles, we’ll be opting for an organic and understated approach. From the designers we spoke with—Samantha Stathis-Lynch of Hoboken-based Samantha Ware Designs and Olivia Wahler of Santa Barbara-based Hearth Homes Interiors—it seems we’re all in agreement. This year, we’re all decking the halls with an aesthetic that puts natural elements front and center.
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Ditch Bright Lights for More Natural Holiday Decor
For Samantha Stathis-Lynch, the 2023 festive season is all about “natural holiday decor.”
“Instead of bright lights and figurines, consider lacing your front porch or stoop rail with a mixture of pine, magnolia, and berry garlands,” Stathis-Lynch explains. “Add crushed velvet ribbons in soft sage, greens, and burnt golds for that wow factor.”
Add an Earthy Pop of Color
If you want to go beyond evergreen, consider adding a pop of color. Last year, Camille enlisted Elle Worsham, owner of Gracious Garlands, to craft something unique for her front porch. Worsham’s answer: winterberry. The bright red berry still felt organic and natural, but added a bit more visual interest for a head-turning holiday look.
Mix Metals and Textures
Metallic, gold, velvet, greenery, twinkle lights, lanterns… it can all be in play according to Olivia Wahler of Santa Barbara-based Hearth Homes Interiors.
’Tis the season after all. “Real garland, pinecones, and small trees add a very welcoming feel, and they smell amazing as you walk up to the front door,” says Wahler.
Achieve the Effortless Look
“For a simple and effortless front door, match your wreath with your rail by incorporating the same types of greenery, but add dried orange and lemon slices and top it off with a beautiful and floppy bow,” shares Stathis-Lynch.
“If you want to elevate it a step further, use your remaining foliage and add simple swags underneath your windows. You’ll have a show-stopping yet elegant facade where nature’s beauty shines!”
Streamline Your Scene
If you’re dealing with a larger porch or front door, like Camille, it can be difficult to make an impact.
“I’ve found that little knick knacks often get lost,” Styles notes. “But when I can streamline it to just a few elements and go really big with them, that’s what makes the most impact. It’s really about leaning into that scale.”
A Vintage Touch
Craft an old-world feel with antique accents. Inherited some glittery baubles or a stately Nutcracker? Now’s the time to let them shine.
“We love tying vintage brass bells into our wreaths or onto stair rails for a festive flair,” addes Wahler.
Less Is More
In keeping with Styles’ idea to streamline your décor, Wahler warns not to overdo it. “While it can be fun to deck the halls, you don’t want to overwhelm the space,” the designer notes.