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Quick & Easy Guide to Christmas Door Decoration!

The most obvious decorations that come to mind when thinking about sprucing up the exterior of our homes for Christmas are lights. We know that some people are in the mindset of "go big or go home" but small and simple arrangements can give the same magical effect as a huge display. The important thing to remember is to carefully select each piece so that they will complement each other. Mixing and matching doesn't really work and what you'll end up with will be less elegant and homely and more Christmas outlet store on Boxing Day. To really draw attention to your exterior decor at all times, the pieces you choose should be a combination of illuminated and non-illuminated ornaments. A simple way to achieve this is to hang some simple icicle lights or other types of LEDs around your door, and position an ornament or decoration on the door. Additionally the positioning of your lighting can bring on a whole new effect and really enhance the look by highlighting the key features of the display. For example, if you have any plants or topiary already around your home entrance, draw attention to them by adding some lights to give a nice Christmassy glow. We've put together a quick guide to decorating your door, to show you what's available!

Christmas Lights

Lighting is not only a feature in itself but helps to bring together all elements of your decor. This means it's important to match your lighting to your colour scheme and theme, which should blend with and follow through to your interior decor. This makes for a more enchanting experience for your guests as the continuity of your decor from outside to in will really complete your home's look.

christmas lights above doorThese LED icicle lights from Tesco are a great example of simple decor that adds a touch of beauty. They would look great hung around your porch or door canopy and will add a nice, subtle glow to your home entrance. White lights are more classic and will go with almost any theme or colour scheme. For a more modern look try blue lights or for a more traditional Christmas feel choose red.

Aside from hanging lights like these, there are a number of pre-lit figures and ornaments you can use instead. If you would like to use both, try placing a ornament on the floor next to your door. As with any lighting or electricals, it's important to ensure that anything you places outdoors is suitable for outside use. If you don't do subtle, go crazy and put those lights wherever you feel like it! Just remember to make sure the theme and placement of each one flows together nicely.

[caption id="attachment_2303" align="alignleft" width="162"]Colour Changing Snowflake - £35.99 Colour Changing Snowflake - £35.99[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2304" align="alignleft" width="162"]John Lewis Acrylic Light Star Decoration - £50 John Lewis Acrylic Light Star Decoration - £50[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2305" align="alignleft" width="162"]Linea Hanging Green Topiary Ball With Light - £42 Linea Hanging Green Topiary Ball With Light - £42[/caption]             [caption id="attachment_2310" align="alignleft" width="162"]John Lewis Outdoor LED Standing Reindeer Light - £65 John Lewis Outdoor LED Standing Reindeer Light - £65[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2311" align="alignleft" width="162"]Linea LED Acrylic Pyramid - £22.40 - £56 Linea LED Acrylic Pyramid - £22.40 - £56[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2312" align="alignleft" width="162"]Linea Topiary Ball Leaf Effect With Lights - £56 Linea Topiary Ball Leaf Effect With Lights - £56[/caption]             [caption id="attachment_2317" align="alignleft" width="162"]Dobbies Blossom Tree - £175 Dobbies Blossom Tree - £175[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2318" align="alignleft" width="162"]Dobbies White Metal LED Decorated Tree - £17.50 Dobbies White Metal LED Decorated Tree - £17.50[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2319" align="alignleft" width="162"]6ft Light Up Outdoor Christmas Tree - £99 6ft Light Up Outdoor Christmas Tree - £99[/caption]            

Wreathes

A wreath is the classic Christmas door decoration and there are many available to suit all budgets. For a more natural, earthy and traditional Christmas look, go for green wreathes made from ivy, poinsettia or holly. Plain vine and rattan wreathes can also look stunning if you would like to create your own custom design. [caption id="attachment_2329" align="alignleft" width="162"]John Lewis Wicker and Moss Wreath - £12 John Lewis Wicker and Moss Wreath - £12[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2330" align="alignleft" width="162"]John Lewis Frosted Ivy Wreath - £30 John Lewis Frosted Ivy Wreath - £30[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2331" align="alignleft" width="162"]John Lewis Vine Star Wreath - £8 John Lewis Vine Star Wreath - £8[/caption]             [caption id="attachment_2333" align="alignleft" width="162"]M&S Wreath - £25 M&S Wreath - £25[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2334" align="alignleft" width="162"]Gisela Graham Peacock Feather Wreath - £49.95 Gisela Graham Peacock Feather Wreath - £49.95[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2335" align="alignleft" width="162"]Linea Silver Rattan Wreath - £14 Linea Silver Rattan Wreath - £14[/caption]            

Signs, Figures & Other Ornaments

So your house doesn't look like a part of Blackpool Illuminations, it's a good idea to mix in some non-illuminated ornaments or figures. Use your lights to highlight them so that they don't fade into the background and you'll have a perfectly balanced outdoor display that is sure to make your neighbours envious. [caption id="attachment_2345" align="alignleft" width="162"]Santa Please Stop Here Sign - £2.95 Santa Please Stop Here Sign - £2.95[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2346" align="alignleft" width="162"]Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Sign - £17.50 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Sign - £17.50[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2347" align="alignleft" width="162"]Santa Welcome Sign - £2 Santa Welcome Sign - £2[/caption]             [caption id="attachment_2349" align="alignleft" width="162"]Reindeer Design Coir Doormat - £14.99 Reindeer Design Coir Doormat - £14.99[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2350" align="alignleft" width="162"]Snowflake Design Christmas Coir Doormat - £14.99 Snowflake Design Christmas Coir Doormat - £14.99[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2351" align="alignleft" width="162"]Christmas Tree Design Coir Doormat - £14.99 Christmas Tree Design Coir Doormat - £14.99[/caption]             [caption id="attachment_2353" align="alignleft" width="162"]Giant Elf Gnome - £20 Giant Elf Gnome - £20[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2354" align="alignleft" width="162"]Giant Santa Gnome - £25 Giant Santa Gnome - £25[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2355" align="alignleft" width="162"]Linea Large Snowflake Decoration - £12 Linea Large Snowflake Decoration - £12[/caption]             We hope you're as excited about Christmas as we are! Be sure to leave us a comment below and Tweet us with your photos of your decorations @InternalDoorsCo!
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