Want to bring the festive spirit to your neighbourhood without turning your house into a bright, brash eyesore? Try these simple and chic ideas..
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So maybe you can't help but be wowed by those houses that go all out for Christmas decorating – we're talking giant inflatable festive figures and thousands of lights – but while they may be a great sight to see at Christmas, they're not something we'd necessarily choose to have on our own homes.
There are ways, of course, to have your house sing with festive cheer, all the while ensuring its in keeping with your stylish sensibilities.
Here's our hit list for turning your home's exterior into a welcoming winter wonderland.
Tidy up your house front
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Kick off your festive decorating scheme at the front door. Brush down paintwork, polish brass and clean your glass to make sure it looks its best.
Clear clutter so your porch or entryway looks tidy and inviting. Chuck shoes and boots into baskets to keep them out of the way.
Decorate your door
No door is complete without a Christmas wreath. Fresh foliage might be the most stylish, but it won't necessarily look its best all the season. Why not opt for a super realistic artificial foliage wreath?
Illuminate with festive lights
Christmas lights can split opinions, but used sparingly they really can add that 'wow-factor' when guests arrive at your home. We love this outdoors festive star trio from Lights4fun - three different sizes, making them super easy to style up into an attractive display.
Buy a welcoming door mat
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Why not add a festive door mat into your Christmas decorating rituals? You can use this year after year, and it instantly adds a welcoming touch to your home. This design from Not on the Hgh Street can even be customised with your family name.
Showcase a second tree
Image: Mini potted Christmas trees, Dobbies
Mini potted Christmas trees are a great addition for your front garden. Decorate with outdoor lights for easy festive ambience, then plant them up in th egarden after Christmas, so that you can use them year after year.
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