Decorating ideas that’ll make your exteriors merry and bright

‘Tis the season of festive décor—inside and out. There’s a chill in the air and Christmas is only a few weeks away. In between your shopping and merriment, take some time to amp up your garden game. The following ideas will help you prepare your exteriors for Christmas, and ensure a worthy display to welcome Santa.

Place a wreath on your door: Hanging a wreath on your front door is a simple way to add Christmas cheer to your exteriors. It immediately warms the look of your home. Work with the colours of your house and find a complimentary wreath. Greens, ribbons, and winter florals are traditional staples, and complement most houses. For a fresh take, try a bauble wreath, a colourful pom pom wreath, or even a wreath made of bells!


Paint your door a warm colour: It’s so easy to paint your door—and so fun, too! The simplicity makes it possible to change door colours frequently, and the Christmas season just begs for a warm and inviting front entrance. We love the classical red all year round, and it’s especially perfect in the winter.  With a narrow window for drying at this time of year use Sandtex Rapid Dry Plus.


String lights on trees: Stringing outdoor lights on trees in your garden is a simple way to make your exteriors really pop! Everyone loves the glow from magical fairy lights, and these really create an ambiance in the lead up to Christmas. Opt for colourful lights for a playful scene, or keep things chic with the usual white lights. Switching these on come nightfall will give neighbours and passers-by something interesting to look at, and provide a wonderful glow throughout your garden.


Frame your front door with garlands: Your front entrance is the ideal place to decorate, because it’s something everyone sees, whether they’re driving past or lucky enough to enter! We love the idea of using garlands to frame your entryway and provide a major dose of festive cheer in the process. Many places sell ready-made garlands with either real or plastic elements. These can always be embellished with whatever other touches you’d like to add! It’s a beautiful way to make your home look welcoming and set the tone for what is sure to be a warm and cosy interior!


Create a pathway through your garden: With the darkness of winter upon us, it’s a good idea to illuminate your garden for those who will be walking to and from your house. Thankfully, you can do this while adding to your seasonal décor! Use outdoor lights to frame a safe passageway from the road to your home, and/or the drive to your front door. This time of year, replace your usual bulbs with red and green bulbs for added interest, and/or wrap ribbons and greens around the lights.


Create seasonal planters: Whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or autumn, planters are a great way to celebrate the season outdoors. Large planters by the doorway, or placed strategically in the garden, become fabulous focal points that can easily help set the tone for a stylish abode. During Christmastime, try filling planters with mini Christmas trees (don’t forget the decorations!), embellished topiaries (consider thick, patterned ribbon) or a customised arrangement of greens, branches, pine cones, ribbons, etc.

This season, your exteriors are just as important as your interiors. The above recommendations will ensure your home is well dressed, from the outside in! For even more advice and inspiration, call into your local Sandtex stockist or visit us on the web. Wishing you and yours a very happy and safe Christmas, from all the team here at Sandtex

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