Well, friends, we made it! That’s right. The holiday season is here! Can you believe it?
Speaking of which, have you started decorating yet? Many of us have been busy decorating our trees, our mantels, and various other parts of the inside of our homes, but do you decorate the exterior of your home as well?
Maintaining a festive curb appeal during the holidays isn’t just fun for us; it keeps neighbors and those who happen to drive by happy throughout the season!
It’s been a rough year, and I don’t know about you, but I am all about decorating and boosting spirits this year. It just seems like the right thing to do. It’s not just for Christmas either.
You can keep a festive front yard for any holiday, and regardless of what holiday we are talking about, you can brighten up your space, you can celebrate, you can keep your front yard festive throughout the year with these tips (even if your house is on the market)!
Start with your front door
Your front door is like the focal point of your entire exterior, so it’s a good idea to start decorating here. A holiday wreath is a must – it will immediately turn your entrance festive.
You can buy or make beautiful wreaths for any holiday. Change these wreaths throughout the year, and your home will always be festive for the holidays.
Wreaths are fun to make, and they can also be very inexpensive to buy, which makes wreaths perhaps the easiest way for you to enhance the festive curb appeal of your home.
Besides adding a wreath, you can also swap your doormat for a festive one, preferably one that’s matching your wreath, and your front door is ready for the holidays.
Lights, Lights and More Lights
Regardless of what holiday you are decorating for, lights are a must-have for a festive front yard! You can use lights to brighten your home to give you something to smile about when you get home when you step out into your yard.
Most importantly, though, a brightly decorated home for the holidays can help to brighten the days of others. You can bring a smile to the faces of your neighbors or those who may walk or drive by your home just by keeping it brightly decorated.
If you want to stay on the classy side, go for single color lights, such as white, gold, or blue, instead of multicolored ones.
You can use string lights for this (Christmas lights for Christmas, garden lights for any other holiday).
In addition to string lights, you can use light up, blow up figures in your yard. Most big box and home improvement stores sell these yard displays for multiple holidays.
Speaking of blow-up figures, we have one of Joie Domi's fun inflatables in our front yard right now!
They bring joy and happiness to everyone who sees them, but what we love most is their easy setup. You simply plug them in, and with no effort at all, they fully inflate and light up.
Let's face it, decking out your house in Christmas lights is a chore. Thankfully, Joie Domi allows those of us who rather not be climbing ladders to have a festive front yard too!
The colors are nice and bright, so it can be seen from quite a distance in the dark because of their bright, internal LEDs.
All of Joie Domi's inflatables come with ground stakes and string to firmly secure them from the wind. Not just any string either—nice strong string with clips!
You can also place your holiday décor in the spotlight with a strategically placed lamp to give it extra focus, we don't think these inflatables need that!
Focus on Your Walkway
Your walkway is the welcoming that your guests receive when they arrive at your home. Start your festive decorating by cleaning up the area.
Pull weeds around any rocks or bricks, pick up any dead leaves, etc.
Next up, you can add holiday-themed stake lights or decorative pieces along your walkway.
One fun decorating trick I have learned for Christmas is to use solar lanterns that you can buy at the dollar store but place battery-powered Christmas lights inside of them. Talk about cute!
Manage Your Garden
It does not mean that you don’t have to think about your plants just because it's winter. Sure, most of them are dormant right now, but you can still beautify your garden with a bit of maintenance.
First off, if you want your front yard to appear neat, do something about dead plants. Some plants need to be removed, while others only need to be trimmed – make sure you check which rule applies to your plants.
If your garden looks bare after this step, you should consider adding some evergreens that will make your front yard more colorful even during the cold days.
Besides your flower beds, you should also take a look at your trees and bushes. It would be best if you trimmed overgrown plants, both for safety and aesthetic reasons.
Your Christmas lights will look much better on nicely trimmed shrubbery!
Don't for the Planters
Planters are a fabulous addition to your front yard and your porch throughout the year, and any holiday is a great time to decide to update them and enhance them for the occasion.
You can put new plants in for the current season and weather. New foliage will help loads!
Additionally, you can add special pieces of decoration inside your planters for each holiday and change them throughout the year.
For example, for Christmas and Valentine’s Day, you can add red ribbons to your plants. For Thanksgiving or throughout autumn, you can add orange, yellow and brown ribbons, etc.
Make the porch cozy
If you have a porch, it gives you the perfect opportunity to add a bit more interest to the entrance.
First of all, make sure it is not all bare. Adding some festive greenery in pots or urns is a great way to make your porch festive.
You can also add a garland to the railing or around your windows or front door – whichever needs a bit of life. Still, even if you don’t want to decorate your windows from the outside, there are many different ways to spice them up from the inside!
When it comes to other holidays, you can still use garland! You can often find non-traditional colors of garland for different times of the year.
Another fantastic addition to your porch would be a cozy sitting area with some decoration. A bench or even just a chair with some pillows will make your home look warm and welcoming!Stumped about how to make your home stand out at the holidays for all the right reasons? A few tips can take it from plain to just plain amazing!Click To Tweet
Keep it tasteful if you're moving soon
If you’re already looking at house and land packages, you probably want to sell your home as soon as possible. In this case, it’s a good idea to stay on the minimalistic side with the decoration.
You don’t want to distract or even deter your potential buyers with extravagant décor.
Minimalistic decoration will allow buyers to envision what the house would look like decorated in their style, which is just what you want. Keep this in mind while decorating, and you should have no problems!