Dress up your front door with a display that offers warm holiday greetings, as well as a hint of what they will find inside.

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Your front door is the first things guests see when they come to your home. Dress it up with a display that offers warm holiday greetings, as well as a hint of what they will find inside.

Bring the inside out

The décor on your door should be an extension of the look you’ve created inside your home.

How have you decorated your tree and fireplace mantel? Does your tree have a snowman or Santa theme? Is your garland dotted with pine cones? Maybe plaid ribbons twist their way down your banister and through the garland on your mantel.

Pick three elements from your displays — such as ornaments, floral picks, colors or ribbons — and use them to create your door display. A simple seasonal bouquet can be made by tying together a bare twig, some pine cones and evergreen picks, and finishing it off with a plaid bow.

Proper proportions

When creating a floor plan for your home, it’s essential that everything in the space is on the same scale. The same is true for your front-door design.

If you have a small door, you need a smaller, simpler door treatment. Those who have large doors and dramatic entries will need to ramp up the size of their wreath. Just make sure to leave plenty of the door showing.

Do you have a glass outer door? Try placing your display next to the door instead of squishing it between the door and storm door.

Coordinate your porch

One common mistake is to mix together too many dissimilar objects on doors and front porches. The elements may be nice individually, but they lack enough connection to work together as a group, and end up looking chaotic.

The door’s décor should set the theme, while other items on the porch reflect those colors and objects used on the door.

For example, if you decorate your door with a basket full of greens, you might want to put a Christmas tree in an urn by your door and decorate the tree with the same ribbons, pine cones and berry picks.