Barren trees. Dormant plants. Frozen lawns. Winter can be a tough season to love when it dashes your home's curb appeal. Fortunately, decorating your front porch, particularly post-holidays, can make up for a sad yard during the drabbest days of the year. How do you take your entrance from boring to Instagram-worthy? Check out the best ways to style your porch for winter.
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Decorating a Small Porch
You might have everything you need to create a winter porch that beautifully reflects the season.
For instance, this charming stoop by Joanna at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs was created using stuff from her home accessories stash. When decorating, the blogger stuck to items in neutral colors that mirror the natural shades of the season, such as birch wood logs, weathered crates, and bare branches. The result is a rustically inspired entrance that's both soothing and inviting.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Pour on the Hygge
You don't need a lot of room to bring on the hygge. Decorative accessories including realistic LED candles, a faux fur-trimmed blanket, and a single accent pillow featuring a grizzly bear make a small outdoor bench super appealing.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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If you're looking for an easy and cost-effective way to spruce up your stoop for winter, behold this idea by Chris at Just a Girl Blog. She filled her porch pots for free using branches and pine cones plucked straight from her yard.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Vintage Ski Decor
An evergreen wreath by Caitlin at The Picket Fence Projects isn't just for the holidays. Because it hangs from a pair of vintage wooden skis, it makes a wintry statement that works for the entire season. Another decorating tip worthy of borrowing is dressing up outdoor furniture typically used during the summer for winter. An example is this wicker love seat outfitted with a knitted blanket and accent pillows.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Valentine's Day Decor
February doesn't have to be the grimmest month of the year with these colorful porch ideas by Jennifer at Tatertots and Jello.
The blogger behind the site refreshed her stoop with cheerful pink and red décor as soon as the holidays were over. A fringed heart accessory updates a boxwood wreath held over from Christmas. The bright, outdoor rug is a colorful touch that works 365 days a year. Another easy idea anyone can do is to tie ribbon bows around light fixtures.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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Front Door Winter Decorating Idea
Dress up your front door with this DIY winter wreath by the creative bloggers behind Coco Kelley. The project transforms a grapevine wreath form with cedar branches and for additional color, fresh florals that will dry out beautifully. The finishing touch? Woven throughout the design are gold wires for glitzy texture.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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In the U.S., fruit-laden winter décor was a thing in wealthy homes during the early twentieth century. This porch by Melinda at House 214 Design pays homage to old-school style with green apples.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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Greenery and Planters
Wood planters, lanterns, and of course fresh evergreens are the key ingredients that make this winter porch by Liz Fourez at Love Grows Wild very inviting. Notice the galvanized metal container on the left? It's an old olive bucket.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Transition Your Holiday Decor
How do you transition your holiday porch for winter? This porch by Taryn Whiteaker offers great ideas.
First, she removed all the holiday accents, most notably anything red. Then, she filled the empty spaces with decorative white branches and pine cones. Our favorite feature is the DIY scarf wreath designed to work for the entire winter season.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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Winter Window Box Ideas
The strawbales are dressed up with cozy throws. Don't you just love the rocking chairs? Another decoration worth mentioning is the window box filled with fresh-cut greenery from the backyard. Puffs of dried hydrangeas add interesting texture. Woven into the arrangement are soft white string lights for nighttime ambiance.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Winter Wreath for After Christmas
Decorate your front door with a hanging basket wreath you can refresh every season. Dinah Wulf at DIY Inspired offers a tutorial that explains how to update a door basket for winter using a mix of branches, feathers, and pine cones.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Winter Planter Ideas
Not sure how to fill your large porch planters for winter? Heather at Settings for Four shares the secret in a three-step technique called "thrill, fill, and spill."
In a nutshell, the "thrill" pieces add height to an arrangement, such as the birch branches shown here. See the pine cones, curly willow branches, and faux snowberries? They're filler pieces that add color and texture. Last, but hardly least, are the elements that spill over, such as the evergreen branches.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Winter Porch Urns
Making urn arrangements for winter can be cheaper than you think. These beautiful examples by Sarah Henderson Interiors combine inexpensive faux flowers with natural elements found in the yard. But here's the kicker: Instead of spending money on gravel or floral foam to keep the beautiful arrangements in place, Henderson used fallen leaves.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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Easy Winter Porch Arrangement
This idea by Kristi at Making it in the Mountains makes it a snap to whip up a cute display for your winter porch. Her arrangement of faux branches in an old milk can took minutes to create. Another idea worthy of stealing is using summer patio furniture, like the faux wicker sofa, used as winter porch décor.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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Container arrangements filled with natural elements that can withstand winter weather are an excellent way to spruce up your porch. These porch urns, artfully arranged by landscape designer Deborah Silver, feature resilient evergreens topped off with pine cones and decorative branches.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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Flannel Winter Door Wreath
If you could only pick one item to spruce up your porch this winter, this DIY wreath by Sadie Seasongoods is the winner. The project transforms an old straw wreath form with upcycled flannel shirts. Fabric strips were ironed and hemmed before pinning in place.