Make a good first impression this holiday season by adding festive decor to your entryway. Guests will instantly feel welcomed when greeted by such touches as wreaths, garlands, and luminaries. You’ll also boost your home’s curb appeal in the process.

A festive wreath hung on the front door is always a staple for a well-decorated holiday entryway. Whether you make a wreath yourself or buy a pre-decorated or, even better, a fresh evergreen wreath, you should choose a style that matches well with your home’s exterior as well as other holiday decor outside and inside the home. You can even get creative with how you hang your wreath, opting for a ribbon instead of the traditional door hanger.

As we mentioned with the wreaths, natural decor is always a classic choice. You can begin by being sure to trim your hedges and fixing any other landscaping issues. Trimming hedges is not only visually pleasing, but also helps protect your home from intruders by eliminating a place for them to hide. Other natural touches to add include festive potted plants such as sculptural topiaries.

Having a holiday party? Make a big design statement by lining the walkway to your front door with luminaries. All you have to do is fill paper bags partially with sand and place votive candles inside to add a wonderful ambiance to your entryway.

Consider adding some bold pops of color inside your entryway to create a warming effect on those chilly holiday nights. Bright colors can go beyond red and green and include blue, orange, yellow and more. Rugs, lamps and accessories are great choices for adding a pop of color to your entryway.

Going back to outdoor holiday decor, you can really highlight your home’s architecture by strategically placing decor. Begin by flanking your door with potted ferns. These can be simple greens or dressed up with holiday accessories. Adding traditional garland and bows to windows and fencing, as seen on this classically decorated home, can have a dramatic effect when seen from the road.

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