Beautiful Outdoor Decorating Ideas That Aren’t the Least Bit Tacky

published Dec 8, 2017
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(Image credit: Camp Wandawega)

Your neighbor’s yard is home to a community of inflatable snowmen, but you’d like to celebrate the season in a slightly more understated way. If you’d prefer for your exterior decorations to be as minimal and tasteful as your interior ones, look no further than these ideas that will have your home looking festive and holiday-ready, with nary a snowman (or even a reindeer) in sight.

Above: Wouldn’t you just love to come home to a place like this? The door, eaves, and even the window boxes of this little home from Camp Wandawega (via their Instagram) are decked with greenery, for maximum holiday cheer.

(Image credit: The Faux Martha)

This gorgeous modern farmhouse from The Faux Martha, via their Instagram, is beautifully decorated with a single garland. (If your house doesn’t happen to be white, or you would just prefer for your decorations to be visible at night, add a string of lights to the garland.)

(Image credit: In the Fields)

A garland of greenery hanging around the door, as seen in this photo from In the Fields, will be a welcome sight (and smell!) for holiday guests.

This image has been popping up all over social (originally from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ Instagram), and for good reason. Have you ever seen a dreamier display, or one more quintessentially Christmas? While your house might not be so grand, you can still borrow inspiration from this chateau. Our favorite touch? The wreaths over the windows (probably easier to do on a one-story home, though).

(Image credit: Park & Oak)

Wreaths aren’t just for doors — and Christmas trees aren’t just for inside your house, as seen on Park & Oak. (Even better, get a tree that can be planted in your yard when the season ends.)

(Image credit: Made in Persbo)

Double doors, each decked with their own wreath, feel festive in this image from Made in Persbo.

(Image credit: Shady Lane Greenhouses)

Use swags of greenery adorned with holly and pinecones to elevate the look of outdoor light fixtures, as seen in this image from Shady Lane Greenhouses.

(Image credit: Liv Sandvik Jakobsen)

Here’s another outdoor Christmas tree, from Liv Sandvik Jakobsen. The lantern with candles is another lovely touch.

(Image credit: Drinking with Chickens)

I love how this wreath from Drinking with Chickens, via Domino, combines greenery, air plants (very modern), and lights into one display. It appears to be hung on an exterior wall with wood siding, but it’d be just as lovely on a front door.

(Image credit: Femina)

This image from Femina shows multiple circlets from different species hanging indoors, but the display would be particularly nice (and more visible from the outdoors) if lit.