The Best Holiday Decorations For Outside The Home
The holidays are a special time of year, so it's only fitting that you make your home look special, too. There are so many outdoor holiday decorations available now that it's difficult to know where to begin. Fortunately, this helpful guide will lead you through the process from choosing decorations to setting them up at your home.
Where Can I Find Decorations?
The good news is that, no matter what type of outdoor holiday decorations you choose, it’s not too hard to find what you want. These days, many stores are setting out their holiday items well in advance of Halloween. The following are a few of the top places for outdoor holiday decoration shopping:
- Home Improvement Stores: Go to a large home improvement store like Lowe’s or Home Depot, and you’ll find tons of great holiday decoration options. These stores tend to carry larger items like pre-lit trees and light-up lawn ornaments.
- Major Retailers: Walmart and Target are just a couple examples of the types of places where you can find affordable holiday decorations. This is a great place to stock up on thing like holiday lights and garland.
- Upscale Stores: High quality wreaths and other outdoor holiday decorations can be found at slightly more expensive retailers, such as Pottery Barn and Macy’s.
- Online: Search the web and you’ll find numerous options for buying outdoor holiday decorations that can be shipped to your home. Some top choices include HSN and Amazon.
Find Your Decorating Style
With lights, wreaths, garlands and other holiday decorating options aplenty, the best way to figure out which outdoor holiday decorations you should use is to think about how you like to decorate. Here are a few common options for those who want to make their home a little more festive for the holidays:
Do You Have A Classic Style?
Wreaths are a traditional and simple choice that really makes your home look festive. Hang one on your front door or on a window for the best exposure. This Faux Pin Oak Wreath showcases fall foliage with multicolored leaves and twigs, but can still easily serve as a winter wreath with additional touches like red bows and small ornaments.
Do You Have A Whimsical Style?
Try wrapping shiny, glittery garland around staircases, gates or fences. It has a dreamy look you’ll love.
Want To Delight The Kids?
Children love to see a home all lit up with holiday lights. The more you use, the more the kids will think it’s a magical winter wonderland. Stock up on string lights, icicle lights, rope lights, decorative 3D lights and pathway lights to earn the title of brightest house on the block. This Christmas light set comes with 100 clear mini-lights and is a classic choice, while these colorful light strings give off shades of blue, green, red and yellow in a multitude of light modes.
Want To Make Your House A Spectacle?
Every year, there are those few houses that are so fantastically decorated that you have to see it to believe it. If that’s what you crave to be, invest in some of the light-up holiday lawn ornaments, the next level up from traditional holiday lights. You can get everything from Santa Clause and his reindeer to a Hanukkah menorah. Some of these lawn ornaments even move or make music.
Do You Want Something Fast And Easy?
There are plenty of pre-lit trees and wreaths with built in door hangers for those who want something that can be set up and taken down in a matter of minutes. For example, if you prefer a sun kissed palm tree to the traditional evergreen tree and you would like it to be already decorated, try a light-up palm tree.
Accentuate Your Home's Features
Now that you have an idea of the types of decorations you want to buy and where to get them, create a plan for how you’ll arrange your new décor. This is helpful for making sure you have enough of the decorations you want and to ensure that you don’t overdo it. Here are some tips you can use based on the features of your home:
Do You Have A Lamppost, Fence Or Porch Railing?
Make these borders look great by wrapping shiny garland around them. If you prefer to use lights, hook them up in regular spots along the rail and let them drape down slightly in between.
Do You Have Peaks In The Roof?
Certain decorations really accentuate these peaks well. Place a wreath just under the peak, or string lights along the edge of the peak for a beautiful look.
Do You Have A Large Roof?
Take advantage of that space by placing light-up holiday lawn ornaments in the yard. If you want something more subtle, string holiday lights through the tree branches or place a pre-lit tree out front.
Use these tips to make sure that your home looks great for the holidays. Remember to find a dry, cool place to store these items during the year so that you can reuse them again in the future.