The holidays are just around the corner, and it’s time to start breaking out the ornaments and stockings from storage to scheme up plans to decorate our homes for Christmas. While living rooms and dining tables may be the first spaces we think of in terms of holiday decorating, the front porch is equally as important, as it sets the tone for party guests, family members, and dearest friends arriving for your festive fêtes. Whether you live in an apartment building or on a sprawling estate, it’s important to thoughtfully decorate your home’s entrance to spread holiday cheer to passersby and exude the festivity happening on the inside.
We’ve sourced Christmas porch decorating ideas from the people who know best: designers and tastemakers. Their ideas are elegant and elevated, yet simple and accessible to help spruce up our own front porches with ease this holiday season. Between the gifting, party planning, and feast preparations, this spot on your to-do list will now become one of the easiest tasks to check off this Christmas! Here are designers’ favorite Christmas porch decoration ideas for 2022.
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Designer Suzanne Rheinstein blends her southern roots with her Los Angeles lifestyle in this crisp, elegant porch design scheme for her family’s holiday at home. A punchy red door is the perfect backdrop for a generous wreath filled with multiple types of aromatic greenery for a classic, cozy entrance for all her Christmas soirees.
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“One can’t have enough greenery for the holidays,” says designer Young Huh. “We recently moved into an 1820s home and, before we started renovations, decided to gather there for the holidays. We went really big with draped garlands, potted juniper trees, and wreaths with earthy-colored bows.
Huh says that she brought this organically festive feel into her interior decorating scheme as well for a nice flow that would make all her family and friends feel welcome. We love how the cheery yellow door color pairs with the greenery for a nontraditional holiday look.
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Designer Tammy Connor created a spectacular holiday front porch by festooning the entrance with a show-stopping magnolia leaf garland and bringing in boxwoods in elegant planters for an extra pop of color and texture. Her Christmas tree is aptly placed to be framed by the garland, creating a winter wonderland without the snow. This display served as an idyllic entrance to a holiday gathering at her design atelier.
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Photographer, tastemaker, and shop owner Lucy Cuneo loves to decorate for the holidays. She created quite the entrance for family and friends. An assortment of faux Christmas trees, local greenery, and lanterns pave the way along the natural fiber runner to the pièce de résistance: a gorgeous wreath framed by an oversized garland that will have guests clamoring to see what’s behind the front door.
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If you’re seeking something a bit outside the box, consider modeling your front porch after designer Darryl Carter. His Washington, D.C. townhouse looks rendezvous-ready without screaming “Christmastime,” thanks to minimalist-yet-thoughtful decoration. Wreaths hung over the upstairs windows and on the front door feel festive without taking away from the architectural grandeur of the home, while a bright sculpture created by the designer brings in a pop of holiday red in the chicest of ways.
This picturesque front porch is the entrance to Jeffry Weisman and Andrew Fisher’s historic home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The couple’s Christmas decor includes a blend of locally made candles, baubles, and decor with plenty of greenery, and we love the low-key elegance of this festive front door display that speaks to the well-edited decoration style filling the rest of their abode.
Designer Alessandra Branca’s Chicago townhouse is full of pedigree and architectural prominence, but she likes to keep her holiday decorations inviting, comfortable, and, above all, classically festive. Leaning on the Christmas traditions of her Roman upbringing and relying on the traditional pairing of crimson and forest green, Branca creates an ambient entrance that is sure to warm guests’ hearts as they enter her decked-out home.
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Lucy Cuneo’s family has a holly farm in the Pacific Northwest, so using fresh-cut greenery at the holidays is a must for the photographer and tastemaker. She weaves delicate twinkle lights through oversize garlands, around wreaths, and over miniature Christmas trees to achieve a warm and cozy glow. Cuneo suggests replacing fresh greenery halfway through the month and keeping several extra pieces outdoors that can be swapped in just before your guests arrive.
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