First impression lasts and this is especially true when it comes to your home. The front porch is the first thing that greets visitors before they enter your home and winter is the best time to make it cozy and inviting.
If you want to create a lasting impression, consider decorating the space so that it becomes more welcoming. You don't need to do a complete make-over or chip away at your life savings to accomplish this task. Here are a few ideas:
As beautiful as your Christmas decor may be, you have to take them down at some point. You can leave the wreath and garlands, however, and tweak them a little to make them less Christmas-y. If you have a plain evergreen wreath, you can use it as it is or lightly dust it with Epsom salt to achieve a snowy effect.
Bring out your thick, plaid blankets and throw them over chairs or porch swing. The effect not only creates an aesthetic appeal; you and your guests can actually use them when you're out on the porch for after-dinner coffee or drinks.
Embellish your snow shovel by using faux berries tied to colorful ribbons. When not in use, set it near the door and it instantly becomes as a part of your winter theme.
If you know how to quilt, make your own wall hanging with a winter theme by incorporating pine cones, red cardinals or snowflakes into the design. Forget about going to the department store to buy expensive cushion covers. You can make your own if you have the necessary skill.
Putting some decorative banners can instantly add beauty to your front porch during winter. You can simply display flags with the text "Welcome Winter" and those with various designs like pine trees, pine cones, snowmen or sleds. Turn this into an art project that you can make with the kids.
Check your yard for dried sticks, twigs and branches. Tie them up in a bunch or stack them in one corner of the porch.
Get a thick and decorative outdoor floor mat and set it near the front door. Red is a great color during this season and adds warmth to the front porch.
Winter calls for a warmer ambiance and candles are the easiest way to achieve this. If you have empty mason jars, fill them with berries or acorn (or both) and place the candles inside. You can either hang them with the help of wires or line them up by the window or on top of the railings. This gives a very charming and welcoming approach that improves the overall atmosphere of your home.
If you have pair of old gas lamps lying around, scrub them clean and use them to illuminate your porch. You can either use tealight candles or low-wattage incandescent bulbs to get that soft, mellow glow.
There is no need to hire an interior designer or spend hundreds of dollars for a winter-themed front porch. Decorating is easy (and inexpensive!) as long as you are resourceful and creative. Happy decorating!
Jessica Phan is a designer for "Balsamhill.com" purveyor of high-end "artificial Christmas Trees" . Living in the San Francisco Bay Area is perfect for her because she has a wide range of interests, including Art & Design, Fashion, Photography, Painting and Thrift Store Shopping.
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