WELCOME IN THE FESTIVE FUN
LET YOUR GUESTS ARRIVE TO A BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED FRONT ENTRY THIS CHRISTMAS
For all the Christmas Grinches out there, I promise this is my second-last article about decorating for Christmas. Then I will have technically covered all bases from the tree and gifts, to the front porch and, lastly, the dining table. Whether you’ve got a simple front door leading into a studio apartment, or a grand front entrance worthy of housing the Kardashian family, decorating your entry is a beautiful way to greet visitors over the festive season. Choose a colour scheme that is cohesive to your surrounding environment and harmonises with your exterior colours. If you’re more of a traditionalist, pulling out the ole green and reds will never go out of style, considering they are the epitome of Christmas. Starting with large statement pieces of décor (normally garland and wreaths), keep décor symmetrical using your walkway as a guiding point. Be mindful of the size of your wreath relevant to your entry and ensure the Christmas garland overhangs each side of your door, not just styled along the top. This year, I have chosen silver, grey and white and teamed it with soft, muted-green foliage to complement our gloss black front doors and Hamptons-style exterior. TIP: Tartan fabric or scarfs in any colour always looks delightful tied around and hung off front door wreaths. If you have stairs leading up to your front entrance, styling festive décor on the treads is a lovely way to add interest to your Christmas display. Fill lanterns with shiny ornaments for a unique and understated pop of cheer or line your entry with outdoor candelabras with seasonal candles. A chair stacked with gifts, large statement reindeers or Santa’s sleigh filled with presents make beautiful and interesting hero pieces for the entrance. Hang baubles using colour co-ordinated ribbon under verandas and terraces to bring height into your space and balance low lying decor. Strategically wrap columns, posts or balustrading with Christmas lights and garland to add depth. The reflection of the lights on to the garland will create a stunning, moody ambience and for extra sparkle, incorporate baubles into your garland. If you’ve got time on your hands, there are plenty of super-easy and cost-effective DIY hacks available on Pinterest and websites such as Better Homes and Gardens and Home Beautiful.