Inviting Door Decor Welcomes the Holiday Spirit
Your front door Christmas decorations offer a preview of what lush festive decor awaits discovery inside your home. You can go with an elaborate decoration or keep it simple. Need a little help deciding on the best Christmas card worthy front door decorations? These inspiring examples can guide your decision to create a special portal into your abode.
This door design greets all who knock with warmth, and it's an ideal choice for a double door entrance. Two matching wreaths made from pine boughs don't have ribbons. This shifts the focus onto the draped effect of the lighted cedar garland framing of the doors. The no frills approach of this design is in keeping with the naturally cozy and inviting porch decorations. If you choose to use this design, be sure to drape the garland evenly over the doors. You may decide to add a pillow or two to the porch bench.
Woodland Door Decorations
The greenery framing the doorway is anchored by a red bow in each corner. The bows match the wreath bow that is placed to the middle side of the wreath, allowing the ribbon to trail over the wreath. Pine cones and small apple decorations give a natural appeal to the wreath for this very woodsy door design.
The Colonial Look
This door decor features the fruit found in the living historical recreation of Colonial Williamsburg. Known as the Williamsburg Christmas Look (circ 1939), this motif uses the now famous fruited designs.
The triangle design above the double doors displays seasonal fruits, lemons and apples, and the centerpiece that's truly a symbol of Southern hospitality - the pineapple. Boxwood is used as a background filler, and leaves polish off the outer edges.
A simple garland outlines the doors with a wreath of greenery gracing each. Greenery swags cascade from the coach lantern style lights. Red ribbons are the singular standout decoration for the wreaths and swags.
Silver and White Wreath
This stunning door decoration is perfect for any door with a bold color. The wreath is a mix of vine, dried foliage and/or moss. This stark wintry look is created by the white spray of twigs bursting from the top of the wreath.
The eye-catching cluster of ornaments boasts glossy and matte finishes, and is shaped like a bunch of grapes. Be sure to add a silver bow at the top of the cluster so it ruffles over the bulbs like leaves. Add dramatic flair with four to five different lengths of long, white ribbon.
This door takes advantage of the gold stained glass transom window, side panels, and half-door glass. The garland streams past the door stoop to the grill mesh railing. The upper portion of the garland is trimmed with several ribbons and red poinsettias.
Above the lighted wreath ring a pair of gold-colored bells. The lighted wreath is a mix of golden apples and red berries topped by a gold mesh bow. The lights used throughout are a mixture of gold and red.
You can also use this design for a more typical banister and railing leading to the front door.
This door design incorporates several elements to create a complete vignette. The door's window is covered with white paper taped to the inside pane. A wreath is then centered over the white backdrop. The pine wreath features a large red bow with a "Merry Christmas" greeting. The bow fills the center open space of the wreath.
Three large poinsettias are equally spaced around the wreath along with three gold bell ornaments. The unique porch columns are wrapped with pine and pinecone garlands. Colorful ornament balls are then added. Above the cute snowman doorman is a gold ribbon ball (another is placed on the porch floor).
The lazy Santa lounging on the floor behind the snowman is almost obscured by two large gourds that resemble pumpkins. You may prefer to swap these Thanksgiving leftovers for beautifully wrapped gifts for a more festive display. Recreate the snow effect by using spray-painted Spanish moss above the doorway and along the roofline.
Ribbons and Poinsettias
This design foregoes the door wreath, opting instead for a long ribbon streamer draped from a large red bow placed at the top of the door garland. The lighted garland is wrapped with metallic red ribbon that's trimmed with gold. The gold trim picks up the brass metal hardware of the door. Potted poinsettias and white hydrangeas grace either side of the doorway.
Mardi Gras Christmas
The vibrant, fun colors of this Christmas door decor take a page out of a Mardi Gras color palette. The wreath features purple, pink and green ornament balls with a deco mesh bow and ribbon. Unusual colored pale poinsettias offer a fun contrast to the wreath and garland. Colorful finials hang from the garland, and one is suspended from the wreath bow.
An array of various decorative Mardi Gras colored ornaments are suspended from the top door frame for an added mystical and festive touch.
This simple boxwood and apple wreath is striking, with its large full bow streaming from the top. Set against this black painted door, the texture of the wreath is highlighted and makes a bold design statement that is unexpected.
The finishing touch is a set of miniature trees in matching planters. The sole decor for the trees is clear Christmas lights.
Snowy & Scenic Reflection
The wreath is placed on the lower portion of this door, as not to obscure the scenic reflection of snow in the window. The reflection becomes part of the daytime door decoration.
This design works since the wreath has a companion that's the same height - a present-loaded sleigh with pine boughs fanning around it. Another clever choice is the suspended Christmas tree decorated with red ornament balls.
You can take this idea and create an identical version, or be inspired to design your own customized door vignette.
Wisps of Christmas Fairyland
This white willow and lights door decoration is whimsical and airy, like a touch of fairyland. The wreath and garland as well as the spiral topiary trees feature LED white sprigs of garland. The railing is decorated with white strings of light.
To recreate the wreath and garland, you can use white willow garland with battery operated LED lights. Use a white wire wreath form to wrap the garland around to create the wreath. Be sure to secure the strands to the wire frame with white wire ties. Tuck the battery control box behind the wreath form. Secure the garland on the door frame columns with white wire, tacks or hooks.
To create the spiral topiaries, spray paint a stick white and plant it into the urn. Use a firm but flexible wire to create the spiral twist. Attach the top of the wire spiral to the stick with white wire and bury the end in the urn. Then attach the strands of LED willow garland to the wire frame using white twist ties.
Finish with decorative lanterns placed next to the door.
This classic Christmas design ties great holiday elements together with pine garland. Poinsettias, gold ornament balls, red berries, and pinecones decorate the garland. The iconic red tartan plaid is interwoven through the garland with lots of twists and curls.
Tied and suspended from a gold loop, varying lengths of gold cord support golden bells. The red door makes this door decoration truly outstanding!
Candy Cane Column
This door treatment includes a short garland that travels up and over the door frame and back down the side light panel (blocked from view by column). The pine wreath is decorated with touches of red poinsettias, and small and large red ornament bulbs. The small bulbs are placed in an arrangement of three to resemble holly berries. A large bow is added to the bottom of the wreath.
Complementing the door decorations is the column wrapped with red ribbon and garland for a candy cane effect. The ribbon can be secured with small pieces of packing tape (be careful when removing, as not to peel paint). Small tacks may also be used. Small command hooks or picture hanging wire can be used to secure garland in place around the columns. Be sure to use weatherproof ribbon and garland.
Wonderland Door for the Young & Young at Heart
This door design completes a fun porch vignette. The door is framed with a green garland that features an intertwined red metallic cord. Miniature gold ornaments are added along the length of the garland. The wreath features poinsettias as well as red and gold ornament bulbs.
The rest of the porch display includes pine garlands wrapped around the columns. The garlands display large gold and red ornaments and bows. Don't forget to add the small decorated Christmas tree in the corner, and a couple of faux presents with streaming ribbons. Add a dash of faux snow, and your design is complete.
Once the door has been decorated, turn your attention to the family tree and explore great ideas for decorating a Christmas tree with ribbon.
Twice as Nice
Two wreaths are definitely better than one. You can create this amazing look when you use identical wreaths to emphasize your glass panel door. The wreaths also provide an element of privacy to an otherwise open view into your home. If you have blinds on the inside of the door, then two wreaths will distract attention from the other side of the glass door. This visual effect will keep the focus on your door decoration. The fluffy gauze bow adds dramatic flair to this holiday door design.
Regal Gold & Bronze
The gold and bronze colors of this Christmas garland and wreath complement the blonde finish of the wood door. The gauzy gold ribbon and bow create a nice bridge between the contrasting bronze Christmas bulbs and the door color to create a mesmerizing holiday door.
You can recreate this concept to suit the color of your front door. Choose a ribbon color that is close to the hue of your door and add a darker or lighter shade of Christmas balls to the wreath and garland. You'll end up with a unique and stunning door decoration for everyone to enjoy.
Bright Red Planters & Toy Soldier
Bright red oversized planters repeat the color of the front door. A large toy soldier stands guard at the door while drumming out Christmas songs. An arched pine garland of red berries, pinecones, and bright red ribbon hang above the door with a matching swag wreath that features a few sleigh bells suspended from red ribbons.
To recreate this look, make sure you add greenery to the planters so it cascades over the sides. The center planter decoration is a grapevine ball that is wrapped with red and orange colored miniature lights. You can use faux snow to emulate the snowy effect. What makes this door decoration so stunning is the crisp contrast of the white door casing and snow and the bright red door and planters.
Festive Snowy Porch
The lighted door garland is a simple strand of pine sprigs with pinecones and red berries. The wreath is full of texture and color. Different types of ribbons forming half bows are inserted among the greenery. Frosted cherries and clumps of red berries fill the space between white and red poinsettias. The final decorations are tiny gold presents and Christmas ball ornaments that offer a splash of reflective surfaces.
Instead of wrapping the porch rail with garland, a white pine garland spray is centered on the railing decorated with red berries, and long leaf pinecones. Faux snow completes the wintry display with white corded miniature lights wrapped around the top railing.
Colonial Fruit Alternative
This stunning Williamsburg door design is created using large and small apples with sprigs of berries that form the wreath and corner fruit arrangements. The wreath greenery is made from the traditional boxwood while the garland is made from pine boughs.
Unlike authentic Colonial Williamsburg fruit wreaths and door decor, it's best to use faux fruit that's designed specifically for outdoor use, to avoid rot and weather damage.
Choosing the Design That Brings the Most Joy
Before you start decorating your front door, consider the color of your door. What colors look best with it? Will the colors add depth and contrast? Once you decide on the color scheme, you need to choose a Christmas theme you'll enjoy. When you have all of these decisions out of the way, it's time to plan your design and have fun!
You may find other Christmas decorating ideas inspiring. When you explore all possibilties, you quickly begin to eliminate the design you don't want, so you can focus on your favorites.