WEL­COME IN THE FES­TIVE FUN

LET YOUR GUESTS AR­RIVE TO A BEAU­TI­FULLY DEC­O­RATED FRONT EN­TRY THIS CHRIST­MAS

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WORDS: DANNI MOR­RI­SON For more in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, visit www.de­sign­by­danni.com

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.

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