Dreaming of a Farmhouse Christmas?

Try These Front Door Decorating Ideas.

Do you love farmhouse decorating? Make it a farmhouse Christmas this year starting at your front door! Galvanized metals, plaid and buffalo check ribbon and rustic accents capture the cozy warmth of a country Christmas. Decorate a front door Christmas tree, add a rocking chair and make your front door merry and bright.

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DECORATE A FRONT DOOR CHRISTMAS TREE

Christmas trees aren’t just for inside. Why not decorate a tree for your front porch? Use oversized ribbon and ornaments to add larger scale for the outdoors. Make sure ornaments are shatterproof. Consider collecting natural elements like pinecones and berries which are already weatherproof. Floral wire can be used to securely fix decorations so they withstand wind gusts and jostling. Don’t forget lights!

ADD FURNITURE

Furniture around a front door is a warm welcome. Salvage older pieces and embrace their imperfections for a rustic look. Or add a coat of paint!

Hint: Have an old upholstered chair or couch? This is a great opportunity to paint the fabric. Yes–you can paint fabric. Painting fabric does change the texture which is actually good for outdoors. Use a chalk or milk paint. Spritz the fabric with water before painting. This helps the paint absorb into the fibers and keep the fabric flexible. Spray with a sealant when done. The fabric will be stiffer. The more you paint it, the more it starts to feel like vinyl. Use stencils for a pattern. Have fun and be creative!

LAYER MATS

Having trouble choosing a rug or mat? Layer them! And think big. Approach your porch like a room and measure it for an area rug. Many outdoor safe rugs come in larger sizes. Use this to anchor your decorating. Make it solid or a simple pattern in a color that compliments your house and décor style. Ideally, this would be a one-time purchase. Then buy seasonal mats to layer in front of the door.

Layering mats and rugs is on trend and creates depth, visual interest and a cozy welcome.

INVEST IN A VERSATILE DECORATING PIECE

Sometimes spending more money on one item pays off in the end. Pieces like large planters, topiaries and pots that will be used again and again are worth a bigger investment. Take your time making these purchases. Shop around and find the pieces you really love. Investing in quality is never a bad idea. Especially if the item is going to be used year after year.

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