How early is too early to decorate for the holidays? In any other year, Christmas decor tends to go up right around the end of Thanksgiving. But this is 2020, and we’ve all been looking for ways to bring some happiness to our lives amid the coronavirus pandemic and a contentious political season. So for some people, this means decking the halls early—like, way early.
If you’ve found yourself pondering pulling out your holiday decorations, even though it’s not even winter yet, you’re not alone. According to Pinterest’s Holiday 2020 report, searches for “holiday-themed door decorations” are currently up 125% this year. But why door decorations, specifically?
“This year we’re seeing front door decor as a bigger focal point than in previous years,” says Katie Fischer, divisional merchandising manager for entertaining, textiles, and accessories at Crate & Barrel. “While extended family and friends may not see your beautiful mantel, tree, or tablescape this year, adding extra touches like a decked-out front door or patio is a simple way to create joy and holiday cheer this season.”
For many, 2020 has earned a spot on Santa’s naughty list, and the holidays can’t come soon enough. Plus, experts say decorating early can make you happier.
So if you’re ready to spread a little joy, here are some tips on how to create holiday curb appeal right on your own front door.
1. Adorn your entry with a garland
Garlands are typically used inside, on mantels or dining tables. But they can add a beautiful touch of holiday spirit to your front door, too.
“Using a garland to frame your entryway or front door is a great place to start when it comes to pulling together your outdoor decorations,” says Fischer. “Bring festive forest vibes front and center at your home.”
“It’s the perfect way to light up your front door and will be a versatile addition to your holiday decor for years to come,” says Fischer.
2. Illuminate your entryway
Brighten your entryway or highlight your home with an assortment of light choices, without going overboard like Clark Griswold in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”
“The best way to elevate your outdoor decor is by mixing several different light sources,” says Fischer.
Go for a soft glow with twinkle gold string lights ($29.95, Crate & Barrel). Or line your patio or front stairs with brass lanterns (starting at $28, Terrain). You can also just go full Christmas mode with a set of three red lanterns ($159, Amazon).
3. Stylize with wreaths
Nothing says “Merry Christmas to all” like an eye-catching wreath.
“Think of the wreath on your front door like the centerpiece of your holiday table setting. It should draw the eye in and show a little bit of your personality and aesthetic,” says Fischer.
Go more traditional with a pine cone and berry wreath ($61.99, Wayfair), elevate your entrance with a hoop wreath that has a modern edge ($69.95, Crate & Barrel), or consider a peppermint wreath ($69.99, Michaels) with red and white accents.
“It is an expression of your style right on the door and literally can be hung in just seconds. It can elevate your home and immediately gives an impression of what to expect to those who enter,” says Gia Lewis, category manager at Michaels.
4. Focus on your favorites
“The secret to nailing your home’s holiday door decor is finding those added accessories that make it your own,” says Fischer. That means picking a doormat, small trees, or other accessories that correspond with your design indoors.
If you love typography, consider a wooden “Merry Christmas” sign ($23.49, Michaels). Punctuate your front door with a bold, yet welcoming Fair Isle–print doormat ($29.95, Crate & Barrel). You can also add jingle bell door hangers ($14.99, Amazon) and a wintry LED birch tree ($149, Crate & Barrel) to complete your front door vignette.
“Pulling together multiple elements—a seasonal door mat—only enhances your story,” says Lewis. “Adding elements like lanterns and seasonally appropriate accents makes the welcome even more inviting.”