15 Festive Christmas Door Decoration Ideas for Every Style

published Nov 28, 2022
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When it comes to Christmas decorations, the interior often takes first priority over the outside of your home. However, scheming up a beautiful front door is important for making guests feel right at home from the second they arrive. Whether you prefer a farmhouse look or you are all about sleek, modern style, these festive Christmas door decorations will inspire every type of design style to help you create the ultimate holiday welcome for family and friends. Plus, there are plenty of budget-friendly and time-consuming options for whatever you’re in the mood for. 

1. Create (or buy) a wreath that will last.

Take a page out of designer Elizabeth Hayt’s playbook and opt for holiday decorations that are both elegant and long-lasting. This piece is so beautiful that you won’t need much (or any more) adornment to make a statement. 

“For this year’s upcoming holiday season, we were inspired to create enchanting hand-sewn wreaths with materials such as fur and feathers, dip-dyed silk chiffon ribbon, vintage textiles, and millinery berries,” says Hayt. “The more you look at the wreaths, the more there is to see.”

2. Bring in fragrant fruit.

I simply can’t get enough of the rustic beauty of this festive home entrance by British floral designer Miss Pickering. Sumptuous greenery peppered with vibrant, aromatic fruit is the perfect welcome to friends and family arriving for holiday parties and doesn’t have to blow your decorating budget.

3. Expand your inventory of Christmas trees.

I’m in the camp that there’s no such thing as too many holiday trees, and they are the perfect accents to a cheery front door, as shown by Lisa Wells of @nottooshabbymama. The addition of twinkle lights creates even more holiday magic. 

4. Embrace cozy farmhouse vibes.

Plants, reclaimed wood, and mixed metals — gang’s all here! I love this farmhouse-inspired front door shared by @christmaswinternight that can be recreated with a little DIY projects or Etsy finds. This design scheme is sure to become a new go-to for years to come.

5. Lean on lush greenery.

This understated yet elegant front door scene is postcard-perfect. Created by designer Chrissie Anthony Haim, she believes that less is more when it comes to holiday decorating — except when cedar garland is involved! The addition of wooden deer makes a charming addition to this traditional design scheme.

Credit: @renbal

6. Give your door the present treatment.

Don’t want to deal with the fuss of fresh greenery? Try @renbal’s brilliant hack and transform your front door into a giant gift. Purchase or make your own beautiful bows and adorn the doorway with faux garland filled with ornaments, if you wish.

Credit: @stagerroz

7. Go all-out with ornaments.

Here’s a lovely happy medium for those who would prefer to work with faux greenery. Hanging festively colored bulbs from top to bottom will really make a lovely statement, and adding a personalized door hanger is just the cherry on top, as shown here by @stagerroz. Just be sure to carefully preserve the garland so you won’t have to recreate it again next year.

Credit: @homebykmb

8. Get traditional with topiaries.

Already have a beautiful front door design? Play up its best elements, as shown by @homebykmb. Adorning topiaries with festive accents and layering front door mats with a festive pick are a few easy ways to transition into the new season. Plus, a wreath and extra-long garland are always welcome additions!

Credit: Curbly

9. Welcome the holidays with a nontraditional color palette.

Who says red, green, and gold are the only colors you can decorate with for Christmas? This DIY pom pom wreath from Curbly is full of texture and color. It will be a welcome surprise from the rest of the neighborhood’s designs, and it looks especially lovely atop a funky front door.

10. Simplify with greenery.

There’s something about an all-white house that makes lush greenery pop (especially when there’s a fresh layer of snow on the ground). The gals at The Merrythought created this minimal yet gorgeous front door design with affordable greenery from Home Depot, Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, and Lowe’s. Simply round up your favorite glass jars, metal canisters, or anything that can serve as a pot for tiny trees, and you have yourself a gorgeous scene.

11. Keep things elegantly understated with black.

Black may feel like a bold choice for a Christmas front door design, but Laura Giuliani shows us how it’s done. This sleek, modern design still features the traditional elements of a festive porch: greenery, ribbon, and twinkle lights, while having a personality of its own.

12. Don’t forget the tinsel.

Another great pick for those who don’t want to deal with live greenery, this tinsel-filled design by Sarah Symonds of @graceinmyspace still feels plenty festive. Plus, the lit tinsel trees bring low-key glamour to a home’s entrance.

13. Invest in a personalized door sign.

Sometimes all you need to dress up a front door is a beautiful, personalized sign that can stick around year after year. I love this Etsy find from Craft Cut Monogram that brings some elegant holiday cheer — and doesn’t it look especially gorgeous atop a red door?

14. Light it up.

While a spectacular home light display is always a good idea, there’s something to be said for a more laid-back scene, such as this beautiful front door design by Rebecca Heart of @imrebeccaheart. A lit wreath and two twinkly trees flanking the entrance creates a warm and cozy scene that will make all guests feel welcome this holiday season.

15. Go for gold.

Let your glam, maximalist design personality shine with a glittering front door design. I love this beauty by British event and floral brand, The Whole Sch-bang, which brilliantly mixes plants, ribbons, ornaments, and holiday trinkets to create a whimsical yet refined front door for the Christmas season.