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5 Ways to Deck Your Door for the Holidays

Nov. 27, 2017 at midnight

We all know that while Santa Claus still prefers to come into your home via the chimney, the rest of your guests probably will opt for your front door. As such, your home’s main entry point is your best chance to make a great first impression – not to mention the fact that it’s the first thing most people will see when they are driving through your neighborhood to take in the holiday decorations.

Here are a few elf-approved ways to make sure that your front door stands out:

1. Up your hardware game. It’s easy to give your door a distinctive flair that lasts long after the holidays with a few simple additions. Consider a kick plate and doorknocker in a matching finish that complements your door’s style and color. While polished brass is the tried and true choice, don’t be afraid to experiment with stainless steel, satin nickel, brass or myriad powder coated finishes that can kick your style up a notch. Speaking of powder coated pieces, we’ve seen words like “Welcome,” “Home Sweet Home” or “Home for the holidays” available as either temporary decals or in laser-cut metal versions that can bring a spark of personality to your door.

2. Add a wreath. Sure, wreaths are the traditional holiday embellishment of choice, but there’s nothing that says yours has to follow the rules. One outside-of-the-box favorite of designers this year is painting a frame in a bright color and decking it with an odd number of weatherproof ornaments dangling from contrasting ribbons. You can go traditional with a gold or silver frame and ornaments, spice things up with splashes of red and green, break the rules with a hot pink or sky blue frame and contrasting ornaments, or even go collegiate with your favorite team’s colors. Just remember to keep décor in scale; a 24” wreath or decorative piece is a perfect fit for a standard 36” door.

3. Consider a replacement. If your door needs more than a few cosmetic touches, particularly if you see warping, cracking or chipping, it’s probably time to consider a replacement. It’s also time to think new if you see mold or moisture between any panes of glass. While the National Association of Home Builders says exterior fiberglass, steel and wood doors should theoretically last as long as an overhang is in place, exposure to the elements can dramatically shorten a door’s lifespan. Plus, newer doors are likely to be more energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing.

4. Put it in the spotlight. The holidays are all about lights, and perhaps nowhere is that more the case than when it comes to your front door. A simple spotlight hidden from the street but with its light directed toward your door creates a simple, inviting look that friends and family will relish coming home to. For more flair that lasts past the holidays, upgrade exterior sconces and porch lights.

5. Gather a supporting cast. Your decorating should include your front door, but it should never stop at it. Consider a bright and cheery holiday welcome mat, add a holiday-themed topiary on both or either side of the door, and consider a colorful display that continues down any front porch steps to meet visitors as they approach.

No matter what your holiday decorating style, you can carry it through to your front door and welcome guests home for the holidays.


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