Make a great impression this Christmas


Your front entrance creates a first and lasting impression and is one of the easiest and most impactful areas to decorate when moving home or simply having a refresh.

As it is nearing Christmas I thought along with some simple pointers on how to care for your front entrance, I thought it would be nice to give you some ideas on how to welcome the magic and fragrance of the Christmas period.

Nothing echoes a Yuletide tradition or radiates the beauty of this heartwarming season more than an inviting, festive wreath on your front door. Wreaths were used symbolically for centuries. The circle or ring shape signifies eternal life, with the shape having no beginning or end. In ancient Rome, this symbol became so powerful that people used decorative wreaths as a sign of victory. Wreaths and other decorations during long winters were often made of whatever natural materials that looked good during this bleak time of year candles, firs, evergreens, holly, berries, and forced blossoms. Below are lovely ideas for your wreaths along with other simple but effective ways of celebrating Christmas in your porch area.

  • Falling snowflakes cascading down the windows made using cotton wool and fishing wire
  • Glow lights in the tree made from scrunched up chicken wire and then threaded with lights
  • Seasonal Star made of twigs with a touch of evergreen or lit with battery operated lights
  • Festive stickers on the window panes
  • Or unusual containers filled with evergreen foliage or a lovely Christmas tree in a galvanized container with lights or simple outdoor decorations

Photos (above) by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

In the new year, as the dust settles after Christmas do start to think about the all important first impressions!

Planting – Your hanging baskets, planters and window boxes can be filled with winter flowering pansies, hardy and brave enough to bloom at this time of year with they sunny colours.  Flowers, shrubs and greenery can really lift the entrance to a home and complement the colour and style of the front door. Make sure you water and feed them regularly to keep them in tip-top condition and they can be changed seasonally.

Clean and Tidy – Keep your door, pathway, steps and open porches free from leaves, dust, dirt, cobwebs and other debris.  If you have a front door mat make sure it’s kept clean and looks appealing.  Don’t forget the windows too!  As a rule I am out there once or twice a week with a damp cloth and broom and it certainly makes the job quick and easy and also reminds me to water the plants, dead head my flowers, fill my bird feeders etc

Lighting – Drive down any street, and I bet your eye is instantly drawn to the house with the inviting, well-lit front door. Done right, exterior entry lighting makes the most of what you’ve got, complements your home’s architecture, increases security, and helps visitors and guests navigate their way to your front door.  Consider either a hanging light if you have a porch or wall lights either side of the front door.