Christmas door decor ideas – 10 ways to dress your doors for the holiday season

The best Christmas door decor ideas mix the natural world with the coziness you crave this season

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Christmas door decor ideas should be the starting point when dressing your home for the holiday season. After all, first impressions are everything, so make sure your door is a good one – outside and in – with our favorite Christmas door decor ideas. Whatever your space or budget, there are many ideas to make a difference to your own humble door.

For interior designers such as Monique Tollgard a beautifully decorated door at Christmas is also a prelude for the style that lies within: ‘The entrance is the first encounter for you, your guests and your home this season. The materials and colors we use allows us to introduce the "red thread" or guiding motif of the house immediately.’ 

Christmas door decor ideas

Our doors, that most practical but often overlooked element of our homes, is undergoing a festive transformation this year. For us, Christmas decorating ideas for the door are so important; it is the start of the story and first and last impressions are so important.

1. Dress your front door with a traditional wreath

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The humble wreath is one of the most versatile outdoor Christmas decoration ideas at your disposal during the holiday season, and more often than not, sometimes less is definitely more.

In this case, where the house is lucky enough to already have a swathe of glorious ivy framing the doorway, the simple addition of a classic wreath spiked with fragrant dried oranges, red roses and red berries is all that is required to give the space a fabulously festive feel.

2. Use symmetry when doorscaping

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Symmetry in interior design is a trick used by the experts to create smart-looking rooms – but it can also be used to create enchanting front door ideas for Christmas. 

The best way to use symmetry for your outdoor Christmas decor ideas is by having an architectural feature as a starting or center point, such as a door surround. If you don't have an architectural element, you can use another visual anchor, whether that's a pair of identical planters or twin wreaths hung on a door. 

Get symmetry right and you can create harmony to the front of your home – and make this space look like a picture-perfect scene.

3. Create you own minimalist wreath

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A DIY festive wreath can be made with just-picked flowers, but it’s also a great way to use up ones that are on their way out – blooms that are wilting but still have pliable stems can be braided and will dry nicely. 

Wreaths don’t always have to be laden with foliage either. For a delicate take on the tradition, choose a simple brass hoop adorned with a single sprig of fir. You can even throw in a faux candle for added glow.

4. Showcase a wreath on a kitchen cabinet door

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The classic Christmas wreath can often be far too beautiful to be left out in the cold, so if you decide to display one inside always consider how its foliage will work with your interiors. 

Are you a purist at heart? Eucalyptus, ivy, holly and box will bring a sense of tradition to your Christmas door decor ideas. Frankly, you can decorate your wreath with anything from flowers to seed heads, pinecones to cinnamon sticks. 

5. Display an advent calendar on your door

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Forgo the tradition of hanging a wreath on your door in favor of an advent calendar. Whether you take a minimalist or maximalist route, when shopping for ready-made advent calendar or making your own, you're sure to find a natural fit for your door.

The first advent calendar supposedly dates back to late 19th Century Germany, when a mother fixed 24 individual sweet treats to a sheet of numbered card so that her son, a boy called Gerhard Lang, would have something special to open every day in the run up to Christmas. These days, more and more are finding creative ways to display their countdown to the big day.

6. Take your wreath indoors 

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Be sure to incorporate a wealth of Christmas wreath ideas into your holiday decor to spread cheer and welcome guests – hanging one on your exterior door is a tradition that dates back centuries. 

But don’t stop there – do away with tradition by hanging one on an interior door. You'll be able to admire its beauty from the comfort of your sofa. 

‘There are the obvious, traditional spots like the front door or framed in a window,’ says Jen Derry, Balsam Hill (opens in new tab) Vice President of Product Merchandising. ‘But you can also add color to a bare entryway by hanging a wreath, or ribbons, on an interior door.'

7. Deck out the porch this Christmas

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Decorate a mini tree (real or artificial) with twinkling lights and sturdy baubles, fill vases or urns with festive foliage, and cluster groupings together with lanterns and votive holders. Vary the height and size of the objects in the display to create a well-balanced vignette and dress the Christmas front door with two coordinating wreaths for a cohesive and harmonious look.

8. Go all-out with your flora and fauna

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Christmas wreath ideas are often the most effective way to spruce up your outdoor space – but why should you stop there? Treat the front door as an extension of the home, and dress it for the holidays as you would your rooms inside. Here, a hanging basket filled with seasonal flowers and sparkling decorations adds real curb appeal. Plus dazzle guests by tying an oversized ribbon around the door. After all, your home, family and friends are the greatest gifts at Christmas.

9. Use festive props to set the scene

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A host of Christmas themed props – like ribbon wrapped boxes and festive red boots – raise this joyous look from great to gorgeous. Much like a stage set, together they tell a story, one of nostalgia and the longing of a less-complicated life. 

Small tealights in glass holders add a festive twinkle while, garlands made of fresh foliage and a simple wreath complete the look.

10. Decorate around a door with oversized bows

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Big bows are huge when it comes Christmas door decor trends. From front doors tied up in a single oversized ribbon to large red bows that pepper an entrance –framing garland, they take the act of decorating a doorway to a literal level. What's more, they serve to enhance the curb appeal, and never fail to raise a smile.

How do I decorate my front door for Christmas?

Looking to nature is the best way to create a truly atmospheric front door for Christmas. Holly, ivy and pinecones are among the more obvious pieces for your Christmas wreath ideas, but there are other beautiful winter florals and foliage out there too. Glaucous eucalyptus is a contemporary option for the minimalist at heart.

Although most festive foliage is off limits for pets or farmyard animals – holly, mistletoe, ivy and yew, for starters. Instead, keep it simple with dried oranges, edible apples or pears. You can also add a festive touch with the red berries of hawthorn and rosehip, which are not toxic to animals, unlike holly or yew berries.

Not just reserved for the front door, you could cover the interior doors in Christmas foliage

Jennifer Ebert
Deputy Editor (Digital)

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.