The holidays are right around the corner. Many people enjoy decorating their homes as a way to celebrate the various holidays that occur during the months of November and December. Although people love to decorate their homes during this time of year, they often forget about their decks and other outdoor living spaces. Even if you live in a cold climate, it is fun to include your outdoor living space in your holiday decorating. Following are some great holiday porch decorating ideas you can easily duplicate at your home.
Create an Outdoor Holiday Scene
Use your deck to create a picturesque outdoor holiday scene. Use holiday cards for inspiration if you cannot come up with an idea yourself. Your scene does not need to be elaborate. It just needs to be festive. Put up a small evergreen tree and adorn it with white lights. The tree can be the basis for any holiday setting. If you celebrate Christmas, hang some weather-resistant ornaments and place a stone or wooden nativity scene underneath it. If your family celebrates Hanukkah, decorate the tree with Stars of David and blue lights. If you celebrate another holiday, decorate the tree in any way you see fit to celebrate the way you choose. If you live in a climate that allows it, set up some wicker chairs and tables around your holiday tree so people can gather around it to enjoy its seasonal splendor.
The deck is the ideal place to hang holiday lanterns. Lanterns come in many shapes and sizes. So, it is easy to find some to fit your tastes and spatial requirements. If you are unable to find red lanterns, opt for ones that are silver or gray. Lanterns are easy to paint, so you can transform them to red, or any other color you like, with relative ease. Arrange your lanterns around your deck in attractive groupings. Place flameless candles inside the lanterns for an easy way to illuminate them. Try to avoid using traditional pillars that must be lit, as it can easily create a fire hazard.
Few decorations scream, “It’s the holiday season,” more than twinkling lights do. Twinkling lights can bring just as much sparkle and wonder to your deck as they can to your living room. If your deck is covered, hang the lights from the top of the deck and let them stream downward. They will twinkle and glisten just like new fallen snow. If you are not fortunate enough to have a covered deck or patio, simply wrap the lights around the deck rail or other sturdy feature. Regardless of where you place the twinkling lights, they will be a fabulous sight for you to view through a window from the cozy warmth of your living room.
Treat Your Deck Railing Like a Fireplace Mantle
Fireplace mantles are one of the most-often decorated features of a house. When you decorate your deck for the holidays, look at your deck railing just as you would the mantle. Drape a colored garland around it, so it stands out against the starkness of the winter. If you do not care for colored garland, faux evergreen garland complements the natural hue of a wood deck as well. The railing is also a great place to hang the kids’ stockings as an added touch of outdoor decor. If you decide to go this route, be sure to treat the stockings with a weather-resistant spray to protect them from the outdoor elements.
Include your wicker outdoor deck furniture in your decorating scheme. The high back of a wicker chair is the perfect place to tie a colorful holiday bow. If you are not into the “large bow” look, you can take a different route. Simply tie ribbon around the base of the chair and add some colorful accouterments such as large pheasant feathers for a more dramatic look. You can carry the theme throughout the inside of your house by dressing your indoor chairs in the same fashion.
Decorating a home is part of the fun of the holiday season. It helps to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Since your deck is part of your home, it should not be overlooked this holiday season. Deck out your deck for the season and enjoy all that your outdoor living space has to offer. If you are in need of new wicker furniture for your deck this season, Design Furnishings has a wide variety of styles from which to choose. Treat yourself to new wicker outdoor deck furniture this holiday season.
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