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Decorate Your Doorway, Staircase and Foyer

Welcome friends and family during the holiday season by dressing up your entryway with warmth and color. Find tips and decorating ideas to give your home a festive holiday theme.

red double doors adorned with wreaths, flanked with hoilday topiaries

Decorate Your Doorway

evergreen wreath on a hardwood door
  • Use natural elements to enhance your front door, like hanging tree branches from the eaves above your porch.
  • Hang a natural holiday wreath made of berries, dried fruit or pinecones on the front door.
  • Decorate with a wreath made of ornaments or greenery with blinking lights.
  • Dangle oversized ornaments from heavy-duty twine to add some interest above your doorway.
  • Wrap columns with loops of garland, and add Christmas lights for some extra sparkle.
  • Add a reindeer or Santa Clause door hanger for guests to knock with as an alternative to using the doorbell.

Garnish Your Staircase

adorned pine garlands hung on a white staircase above lanterns
  • Intertwine your banister with boughs of fresh or faux garland.
  • Tie red bows along the rails of your staircase or alternate green and red for a true touch of Christmas.
  • Wrap glowing Christmas lights along the railing, or add them to garland.
  • Place small gifts wrapped in bright colors on the steps.
  • Hang ornaments in the empty spaces between stair rails using fishing wire or string.
  • Set festive pillows and stuffed animals along the staircase.

Embellish Your Foyer

a dimly lit foyer with a lit wreath, stockings, pillows and statuary set a holiday mood
  • Group scented candles or votives on a side table for some soft lighting and cheer.
  • String Christmas cards around a mirror or tuck them in a frame.
  • Fill glass vases or jars with ornaments or pinecones and faux snow for a wintery feel.
  • Set up miniature Christmas trees, and have fun decorating them with different themes. Continue the main theme from the family tree into the rest of your home.

Add Some Greenery

red poinsettia in front of a lit Christmas tree
  • Frame the front door, inside or out, with potted poinsettias. Add shimmering, shatterproof ornaments to create a cheerful mural to welcome guests.
  • Hang a small swag on the inside of the door. You want to say goodbye to your guests in style, too.
  • Evergreen plants, such as ivy, can double as holiday greenery. For extra ambiance, add string lights.