If the eyes are truly the windows to the soul, then doors are the windows to your house – err, that’s not quite right. What we mean to say is, the way you decorate a door for your house says a lot about you and the home you keep. Is your door traditional or trendy, loud or understated? Use this quick guide as a reference to make your door decorations look warm and welcoming this holiday season.
By this, we mean take advantage of holiday decorations made from fresh evergreen clippings. Artificial wreaths may be really popular, but we think they lack character, plus they can get misshapen when stored in a box all year. Our Christmas wreathes are made by hand on a family evergreen farm in the Pacific Northwest. We think that makes them really special, and every one will be unique.
We also love the fresh garland we source from that same family farm. String it around your doorframe for a little extra holiday magic. Maybe even sneak a little piece of mistletoe up there. Garland works really well indoors as well as outdoors, so you can order several strands and use it as a theme for your doorways, banisters or mantel.
A good door mat serves a couple purposes. First, it’s a way of welcoming folks to your home. Whether yours literally says “welcome” on it or it simply sets a welcoming tone with a friendly color, a good doormat will set the tone your guests can expect to find upon entering your home. Doormats also make a place for guests to slough off the wintery mix from their snow boots before entering your clean home. A good door mat says, “Welcome to our home – kindly don’t bring your mud and slush with you.”
Remember that the door itself isn’t the whole picture, but just an element of the scene you’re building. Hang up some lights, of course, and maybe string up some more garland while you’re at it. If you have a porch swing or rocking chair, consider a couple outdoor throw pillows that you can add here and there. A throw pillow that’s suitable for outdoor use will have water-repellent fabric and weatherproof fill. The outdoor throw pillows we offer at Lands’ End are also fade-resistant, so you’ll be able to use them for years.
In this guide we’ve focused primarily on external doors, like your front door. But don’t forget, internal doors can have some fun too! Hang a wreath or Christmas decorations here or there, and string some garland around doorframes that don’t have doors. The merriment can flow through your whole house, but it always helps to get that best first impression.