The holidays are approaching, and it’s time to start unpacking the decorations and stockings to planning 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 just as important, as it sets the tone for the party guests, family members, and dear friends arriving at the holiday parties. Whether you live in an apartment building or on a sprawling estate, it’s important to carefully decorate the entrance to your home to spread holiday cheer to passers-by and spark the festivities happening inside.
We’ve got Christmas porch decorating ideas from the people who know best: designers and connoisseurs. Their ideas are elegant and soaring, yet simple and accessible to help easily beautify our front porches this holiday season. Between gifting, party planning and holiday preparations, this spot on your to-do list will now become one of the easiest to-dos to check out this Christmas! Here are our designers’ favorite Christmas porch decorating ideas for 2022.
Designer Susan Reinstein blends her Southern roots with her L.A. lifestyle in this chic and elegant porch layout scheme for her family’s vacation home. The perforated red door is the perfect backdrop for a generous wreath filled with multiple types of aromatic greenery for a classic and relaxing entryway for all Christmas evenings.
One can never have enough greenery for the holidays. We recently moved into a house from the 1820s, and before we even started the renovation, we decided to gather there for the holidays. We went big with draped garlands, and potted juniper trees, and earthen-colored arched wreaths.
Huh says she brought that organic, festive feel to her interior décor scheme as well as a gentle flow that would make all her family and friends feel welcome. We love how the cheery yellow door color coordinates with the greenery for a funky holiday look.
Faux Bois Planter, Birch Paper
Designer Tami Connor created a gorgeous front porch for the holidays by decorating the entryway with a show-stopping magnolia leaf wreath and bringing in elegant planting boxwoods for added color and texture. Her Christmas tree is suitably positioned to be framed by a garland, creating a snowless winter wonderland. This show was the perfect entryway to a holiday gathering at her design atelier.
The original magnolia garland
Photographer, tastemaker, and shop owner Lucy Cuneo loves holiday decorating. You have created a wonderful entryway for family and friends. An assortment of fake Christmas trees, native greenery, and lanterns pave the way along the natural fiber runner to the pièce de résistance: a gorgeous wreath surrounded by an oversized wreath will have guests screaming to see beyond the front door.
Serena and Lily
SERENA & LILY Shasta rug
If you’re looking for something out of the box, consider designing a front porch modeled after designer Daryl Carter. His home in Washington, D.C., looks ready to meet without screaming “Christmas” thanks to the simple, thoughtful décor. Wreaths hang over upstairs windows and on the front door to feel festive without taking away from the home’s architectural grandeur, while the designer’s bright figurine lends a touch of holiday red in the finest way.
This picturesque front porch is the entrance to Jeffrey Weisman’s home and Andrew Fisher’s historic home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The couple’s Christmas decor includes a mix of homemade candles, mugs, and decor with plenty of greenery, and we love the low-key elegance of this festive front door display that speaks to the well-adjusted decorating style that fills the rest of their dwelling.
Alessandra Branca’s designer Chicago home is full of architectural pedigree and fame, but she loves to keep her holiday décor inviting, relaxing, and above all festive and classic. Drawing on the Christmas traditions of her Roman upbringing and drawing on the traditional pairing of crimson and forest green, Branca creates a framed entryway that is sure to warm guests’ hearts as they enter her decorated home outside.
BENING large outdoor wall sconce
Lucy Cuneo’s family owns a sacred ranch in the Pacific Northwest, so using fresh greenery for the holidays is a must for the photographer and tastemaker. They weave delicate twinkling lights through huge wreaths, around wreaths, and on miniature Christmas trees to achieve a warm, cozy glow. Cuneo suggests replacing fresh greenery in the middle of the month and keeping several extra outdoor pieces that can be swapped out right before your guests arrive.