Christmas door decorating ideas - make your home festive right from the start

The most wonderful Christmas door decorating ideas to ensure your home is full of cheer

Christmas door decorating ideas
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Christmas door decorating ideas are a surefire way to feel festive. Hanging a Christmas wreath on the front door is as much about Christmas as the turkey or presents, and anything goes. It started way back with the Romans and laurel wreaths but it was the Victorians who popularised them with natural holly and fir versions, but now anything goes - from pompoms, to feathers to coloured baubles, as influencers try do a better version each year. Here’s a few that made us smile.

In the pink

Christmas door decorating ideas

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A pretty look with a fresh foliage wreath and pink roses to match the door. Instagrammer Lisa Looker has stuck gold stars on the door and a ho ho ho message then dressed the step with a wooden sled, wrapped presents decorated with more stars, a fake sheepskin rug, paper stars and a small, real Christmas tree. Then small lights around the door entrance and on the tree give it all a lovely glow.

Star Christmas door and wall decals, £7.50, Christmas gift stickers, £7.50, from The Paper Parry Company. Buy them here

Natural Beauty

Christmas door decorating ideas

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If you’ve got an arched door entrance, it’s a great starting point for foliage. Drape fir branches, silvery leaves, ferns, anything you can lay your hands on, the fuller the better then add outdoor pin lights. Place a pot either side of the door with an evergreen plant to continue the shape, then make a wreath for the door with leftover bits of foliage and pine cones. Lanterns with LED candles are the finishing touch.

Lanterns from a selection, and all plants, from Dobbies

Go For Glamour

Christmas door decorating ideas

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For a Las Vegas showgirl vibe like Cassandra King's front door, create a stunning display using big fern and palm leaves, pampas grass, all sprayed in different colours and make it big for impact.

Then spray paint a large wicker wreath in black and add more coloured leaves, and choose baubles in animal sprints on one side. That’s what you call a showstopper.

Winter frost

Christmas door decorating ideas

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For a sophisticated look, use frosted branches, twisted wood and copper glitter cones to make the wreath shape, which gives it an almost fairytale look, then fill in with fake snowberries, keep adding until it’s really full for opulence. And as its all faux, you won’t find berries all over the doorstep.

Snowy branches, twisted wood and snowberry wreath, £338 rtfactflowers.co.uk

Star Quality

Christmas door decorating ideas

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If you are short on time, make life easy on yourself and dress the door with a cluster of hanging stars. They could be cardboard or metal and add a lit one for a bit of a twinkle. Gold, silver, anything goes, then place oversized black and white baubles piled up in the corner – and a cute dog, obviously…..

Colour Pop

Christmas door decorating ideas

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Dark doors suit bold colour, so choose a large wispy wreath and add white baubles, red berries and pine cones. Place a black urn either side of the door with faux Christmas trees in them and add red and white baubles, then add red and white lanterns with frosted pine cones inside. A Christmas door mat is an easy addition. This was designed by Instagrammer @homehydrangea. An afficionado on all things Christmas.  

Candy Cane

Christmas door decorating ideas

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OK, you may not have pillars outside your house like this, but isn’t it fabulous? You could try something similar with poles wrapped in ribbon maybe with lanterns on hooks at the top of each one. The idea of three wreaths on the door is a great one, and easy to do. And check out those penguins! You could choose light up versions and light up stars can be dotted about, find them at lights4fun.co.uk

EXPERT ADVICE

George Miller, Home Designer at Neptune Fulham says “A favourite trick of ours is to hang a small cluster of bells from a handle on the front door so they gently chime each time the door’s opened. Don’t forget to consider your windows too, they’re just as important in making a warm welcome, so hang lights and place candles inside so they can be glimpsed through the glass, or even adorn each window with a wreath of its own.”

The designer Emily Dawe, of Emily Dawe Design, says "If you have lights either side of the front door, attach a swag of fresh foliage or remnants of the Christmas tree, add red berries, fresh or fake then red and white striped ribbon and leave it long, or choose wired ribbon so it curls. You could add baubles or small decorations too if you wish."

Christmas door decorating ideas

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Keep the festive spirit alive

Christmas door decorating ideas

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And why should Christmas door decorating ideas stop on the big day? Keep the party spirit going - no matter if you're not actually hosting a party this year - by dressing the door for New Year. Such a lovely idea it makes us wonder if we should we start thinking about Valentines and Easter door ideas, too?