5 ways to decorate your porch for the holidays

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Decorating for the holiday season is an incredibly exciting way to embellish your stylish taste in home decor. So, when you’re preparing your setup of unique, festive touches, don’t forget to deck out your front porch in order to really make it feel like a home for the holidays. Shake things up by mixing in a few natural elements in with your lighthearted, jolly Christmas accents and make the front of your home is a heartwarming invitation for all your joyous guests. That being said, you have the rest of December to take advantage of these decorating tips and to let the holiday cheer spill out of your home by making your front porch extra merry and bright.

Decorate an outdoor Christmas tree

Although your holiday resources, such as ornaments and tinsel, are most likely all used up after decorating your meticulous, indoor Christmas tree, if you have any left over, a second tree on your front porch would be an easy way to embellish the outdoor of your home. Not only does an outdoor Christmas tree curb the appeal of twinkling lights, but it also adds to the festive spirit and draws attention to your beautifully decorated home.

Now, if you don’t want the hassle of dragging out a secondary tree, perhaps consider decorating the trees directly in front of your porch instead in order to provide a contrasting balance of lights and decorations.

Use symmetry to your advantage

To achieve an element of cohesive style, decorate your porch considering the use of symmetry. Match the wreaths and garlands on each side so that spectators can easily follow a visual pathway through your outdoor design.

Fill the outside of your home with warm lighting

Directional lighting is one of the best additions that you can add to any outdoor illumination project. You can use it as a way to direct light from your home into the darker corners of your property or simply allow it to up light a garden feature. Directional lighting would work well to highlight all of your Christmas decorations that you have spread across your porch and lawn. While path and area lighting would also be a good addition to brighten up your outdoor walkways. After all, how are your guests supposed to make their way to your beautifully illuminated porch if they can’t see where they are stepping in the first place. Outdoor lighting plays a huge role in decorating for the upcoming winter season and for the holidays.

Get crafty with your decor

A decorative lantern can serve as a perfect centerpiece to your outdoor porch decor. Fill the lantern(s) with some shiny ornaments and bulbs and top it off with a little greenery, a bow or some ribbons. This is a fun, easy and unique way to add a pop of cheer to your front door.

Wrap Christmas lights tastefully

Swaddle your porch with some added Christmas glee when you wrap Christmas lights around the banister or the outline of your front door and windows. Not only does it provide an aesthetic visual framework, but it also lights up your outdoor area so it can be seen from further away. How cool is that?

How do you plan to use Christmas decorations and directional lighting to dress up your front porch for the holidays? Tell us in the comments section below.

Must-have lights to winterize your home

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Depending on where you live, the temperatures of wintertime can start to encompass you before the season has even had a chance to set in. That’s why it’s incredibly important to be prepared, especially when it comes to your outdoor lighting.

Upgrading your outdoor lighting is one of the best ways that you can winterize your home. After all, the chilling months ahead are only going to bring longer periods of nightfall, bitter weather conditions and maybe even a few huge snowfalls.

With these conditions on the horizon, you should start your upgrades rather quickly. Let us help you make your illumination upgrades!

Install some garden lighting

During winter, garden lighting offers homeowners numerous benefits — it’s beautiful to look at, it provides security throughout your property and it accents different garden elements (tree, hedge or statue). Although garden lighting is more of a decorative feature, many people enjoy getting creative with its placement and position within the garden space. Without the appropriate lighting, your garden is merely an inaccessible, black space that disappears as soon as the sun goes down.

Grab a few flood lights

Flood lights are the most versatile form of outdoor lighting. They can be placed in front of your home, alongside a path leading into your backyard, or creatively aimed in various directions throughout your garden. These lights are often use for an aesthetic appeal, so that when you glance through your window into your backyard, you’re able to catch a glimpse of the scenery. Needless to say, they are also used for security purposes. Homeowners often place flood lights on the side of their homes pointing into the darkest corner of their property so that they have a full scope of the area.

Distribute some path lighting along your walkways

Probably one of the most recommended forms of outdoor lighting that is encouraged during the winter months is path lighting. Mainly because it enables your guests to see their way to your doorstep, but also since daylight is becoming scarcer, path lighting will provide you with a little extra illumination as you make your way up the driveway to locate your home’s entrance.  

Submerge some pond lighting

This suggestion probably sounds strange right? The reality is that if your backyard has a pond or even an outdoor pool, pond lighting should be an essential purchase before the winter months. It’s incredibly dangerous to venture into your backyard in the dark, or even on snowy days, especially if you’re unable to see where your water source is situated. By illuminating your underwater feature, you’re not only lighting up the backyard with a gorgeous, warm, glowing glow, but you’re taking the proper precautions to ensure that you can be safe in your outdoor space. Just remember to get ahead of the game by installing these top-of-the-line lights before the water starts to freeze.

Do you know of any other way that outdoor lighting installation can help to winterize your home? Tell us in the comments section below.

How to create a welcoming entrance for your home

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When considering a home renovation most people look to update their bathrooms, kitchens or living room spaces. Although it seems more economic to renew these extensions of your everyday living, it’s equally as important to create a welcoming entry. As the first thing your guests see, your porch and entrance way should reflect the same beautiful, warm and welcoming atmosphere that the inside of your home does. The front entrance to your household should not only be approachable, but it should also be intuitive, alluring and refined. Needless to say, we have a few ways that you can create the most sublime home front.   

Pump up your foliage

Most people have an emotional connection to plants. Maybe it’s because flowers, cacti and shrubs are organic instead of mechanical? Needless to say, plants have the ability to brighten up any outdoor space by harnessing their beauty in a dramatic way. Try dangling a few floral creations around your porch, making use of your planters or extra buckets to scatter around some herbs or simply placing your favorite succulents and cacti in rainbow-colored containers and delicately distributing them along your steps. Then take a few steps back, all the way to the road if you can and consider how it looks from a distance. After all, first impressions usually happen from further away.

Include accessories and seating

Outdoor decorating can be a fun way to get artsy with your home, especially if you’re using it as a way to complement your front entry. Sometimes an elegant stone statue or a simple trickling fountain can really add a gratifying look when placed on your front porch. Although it’s best to keep in mind that the type of accessories you add should embellish the vibe of your neighborhood. You wouldn’t want pink flamingos in the lawn with garden gnomes if your home resides on an older, more charming block. Furniture is also another way to glam up your entrance if you have the room for a little bench. It’s important to not only make your porch pleasant for your guests, but also for yourself. Your porch is your outdoor living room, which means you want it to be a comfy enough ambiance to enjoy the first sips of your morning coffee.

Add some outdoor lighting

The benefits of outdoor lighting are endless and range from safety and security to a stunning night time display. Although most homes possess a single, boring porch light, your home could be glammed up with a little extra illumination. Step-deck lights are an ideal upgrade choice when you consider your guests, as they allow them to see front your steps easily. Path lighting is another must-have suggestion, because you’re able can to use almost like a map to layout the most ideal walking path. Needless to say, directional lighting has the most advantages when it comes to creating a big welcome with lighting. Directional lighting can be placed in your entrance as decoration, beaming into the sky, or as a way to accent the darker areas of your front yard. Outdoor lighting really adds the perfect drama to the exterior of your home.

How do you plan to upgrade your entry space? Tell us in the comments section below.