Simple Christmas Porch Ideas

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Use these simple Christmas porch ideas to add a welcoming touch to your home. Includes touches of red, tiny wreaths, and a layered doormat.

blue front door with christmas wreath

Welcome to our Christmas porch! Did you have to look twice?

Yes…this is the Sugar Maple porch. One of the things I love most about this house is the fact that the front porch is very similar to the house on Sutton Place. It’s missing a few things the OSP porch had, like porch lights and a mailbox…but the door and white railing made me feel like I was coming home the first time I approached the door.

christmas porch ideas evergreen trees in planters

With the exception of the wreath and doormat, nothing new was purchased for this Christmas porch. I had a brand new space to work with, and I wanted to see what I could put together from things I already had.

In the past, I have always used the door wreath as the inspiration for the rest of the porch decor. This year was a bit different. I added the red pillows (which I’ve had for years) to pull out the red in the layered doormat, and everything else just fell into place.

christmas porch ideas

In almost every situation, using your existing decor in different ways can give your space an entirely new look. Don’t be afraid to mix things up, and try fresh combinations. Something old, like my red pillow covers, can look updated and original just by using them in an unexpected place.

red and green christmas porch ideas

How to Refresh Outdoor Christmas Decorations

It’s sometimes a challenge to look at your old outdoor Christmas decor, and see ways to refresh it. Here are a few tips that will get you started.

  • Add something new. You may think this is defeating the purpose, but there’s no harm in updating your things by adding new accessories. Even a couple of new bolts of ribbon would brighten any space. Don’t start from scratch…but keep an open mind about purchasing a few, well-chosen decor items. The only items that were newly purchased for this porch are the wreath and doormat. I’m not sure you’ll see the doormat again, but I can guarantee you will see that lovely wreath for years to come!
  • Switch things around and bring the inside out. Use something outside that you normally use inside. If you always hang the same wreath over your mantel, use it on your front door instead. Bring your stairway garland outdoors and use it around your front door. If you collect snowmen or Santas, bring some of them outside.
  • Add fresh greenery. Even if you don’t have any outdoor Christmas decorations at all, start with fresh pine cuttings. Put them in a bucket or basket beside your front door. If you don’t have pine trees, look around and see if a friend or family member has some. You can buy fresh pine for a great price at places like Costco or Sam’s Club. It’s pricier at nurseries and garden centers, but many times you can find small bunches for a reasonable cost.
blue front door with tree planters

A New Blue for the Front Door

Here is the story of how we picked the front door color. I really, really, really wanted to paint the new front door the same color as the door on Sutton Place, which was Sherwin Williams Naval. However, when we tried it, Naval was just too dark. From the street, it looked black.

christmas wreath on blue door

So we went back to the paint store and got more samples. I didn’t consider any color other than blue, so that helped narrow down the options. In the end, we decided on Sherwin Williams Distance…and we love it. It’s a bit lighter than Naval, and it looks lovely with the brown stone. It also looks great from the street, which is a very important factor for me.

christmas doormat on plaid rug

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Christmas Porch Ideas Shopping Guide

white rockers | red pillow covers | small wreaths | red striped ribbon | lanterns | evergreen tree candles | red plaid rug | evergreen doormat | white planters | small trees with lights | frosted berry stems on wreath (similar)

*The Norfolk pine wreath is sold out everywhere. I will try to let you know when it comes back in stock.

christmas porch ideas red pillows

With each passing day, the Sugar Maple house feels more like home. All the little adjustments are working themselves out, and I’m just about ready to pound the first nail in the wall and hang a picture! I’ll be talking more about the move, and all the lessons learned along the way, in the new year. I’ve been organizing my thoughts, and am very much looking forward to sharing it all with you.

See this front porch dressed for fall!

christmas porch ideas wreaths on chairs

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  1. So pretty as always! You have such a knack for creating outdoor spaces that make you want to sit down with a favorite beverage. As we plan our downsize next year a priority for me is a small front porch. Hoping our dream for that comes through.


    Ann, your front porch is decorated so beautifully! I know it was fun for you getting your porch ready for Christmas. The color you painted your front door is nice and goes so well with your stone. Your home looks beautiful and we look forward to seeing all your personal touches to your home — so fun for you! Have a wonderful week! Bless you, Ann!

  3. Wonderfully perfect!!!

  4. My front porch is enclosed and a perfect quiet place in the summer, but not heated, so no access in the winter. My enclosed back porch and main entry, also not heated, transition from a summer sitting place to a bird food and shovel/salt storage place. And Ann, your style and posts are tempting me, encouraging me to decorate the back space where I had not thought of doing so. I have a wooden doll sleigh that my dad made for me, ancient skates from my in laws and old quilts I could group together, I think, to make the space more welcoming even with the seeds, salt and shovel. Thank you!

  5. It looks beautiful Ann. I know you are having fun decorating. Merry Christmas.

  6. Congratulations on your new home! It looks cozy already.

  7. Sharon Horkey says:

    Your new front porch looks so welcoming. I can’t wait to see what you do inside. Merry Christmas 🎄

  8. What a pretty front porch 🎄. Congratulations again on your beautiful home!!!

    Free fresh greenery can always be gleaned at the Lowe’s tree lot. Depending on the tree sales that day they should have plenty of fresh cuttings.

    Thank you for the post…I really relate because I’m always trying to use mostly things I own and either re purpose or move to different spaces in my home. ❤️

  9. Love your new porch. And that door color….wow! Have fun decorating your new abode! ;)

  10. I absolutely had to look twice!! Lovely as always!! ❤️

  11. Your new porch is so very cheerful and welcoming! The two spruce trees compliment the new door color perfectly. Enjoy the holidays in your new home!

    p.s. I noticed the striped ribbon that was shared in a recent Wednesday Wishlist-very cute!

  12. Ann, it looks so beautiful, and I, too, did a double take! It looks so much like OSP and it so very you!! Just perfect!

  13. Mary Brubaker says:

    Ann, Thank you so much for your inspiration! Your decor is always so beautiful. I have not decorated, or really celebrated, since my Mom died 9 years ago, the week before Christmas. But this year, thanks in great part to you, I have pulled out the old, purchased some new, and decorated inside and out. It has brought such joy and peace into my home, and I can never thank you enough. Happy Holidays from a faithful reader!

  14. If you are looking for some “free” greens try stopping buy your local Home Depot or Lowe’s or Tractor Supply. Usually when trimming the branches off the bottom of trees for customers they end up in the discard pile and if you ask they will let you just take them for free. They can be used to make a garland or wreath or whatever you wish.

  15. Of course it is lovely – it’s you! I really like the door color and agree it is the perfect complement to the stone. I may copy the layered doormat as I have nearly the same tree one.

  16. Your porch looks lovely, good choice for the door color.I have the same lantern and small wreaths hanging in my home.Can’t wait to see more of your new home.

  17. Very nice Anne, I am missing Sutton Place right now but I can tell your new home will be exciting to decorate and less maintenance, a great choice!

  18. Nancy Sharp says:

    Your porch is lovely. I also like the color of your door.

  19. Sue Daugherty says:

    I am looking forward to hearing more about your move and your decorating. We are downsizing ( building) next year to a home with an open floor plan very similar to yours but on a smaller scale. It is so different from my current 1980s home so I am hoping to gather inspiration from you. Your front porch is lovely as usual.

  20. Paula@SweetPea says:

    I so much enjoyed seeing how you decorated your new home’s porch for Christmas.

  21. Dianne Gingrich says:

    So cozy and festive!

  22. Beautifully done! Love the new door color and the touches of red! Have fun hanging art work, that really helps it look like home! 💕

  23. Looks lovely and I’m especially happy to see that red striped ribbon!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours in your new home

  24. Sheila DelCharco says:

    Yes, I did a double take! Correct me if I’m wrong but this porch is to the right of the door but the old porch was to the left? So it’s a mirror image!

  25. Lovely! …As usual! 😊 You have a beautiful classic style.