Note from the host:  I gotta tell ya, I’ve gotten to the point where I read (OK, at least skim) all the press releases I receive.  This is especially true for the communications I receive from this firm . . . especially around this time of year.  Last year we did Holiday Window Decorating (Do’s and Dont’s). So this year let’s take a look instead at the curb appeal welcome of a front door, a post courtesy of Therma-Tru Doors.  Oh and if you have some pins or some pic(k)s, please comment or send our way.  Thanks and enjoy these tips on front door decorating for the holidays! ~jb

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Homeowners can help their families and guests get in the holiday spirit right at the front door. Since many people view their entryway as a sign of the quality of their home, and the holidays are the ideal time to show it off.  A festive holiday entry can be the home’s focal point and serve as a first impression for both its interior and exterior.

Door Decorating For Christmas image via interiorking.comExperts at Therma-Tru® Corp. offer tips for creating a warm and inviting entryway during the holidays:

Hanging Seasonal Decorations:

  • Consider a twig wreath adorned with greens, gourds or berries
  • Design a heart-shaped wreath with miniature pine cones and dye them a brilliant shade of red
  • Mount an evergreen wreath or swag with glass ornaments or silver bells
  • Create a wreath with magnolia leaves and fresh fruit such as pears, apples and pomegranates
  • If you have a rustic style home, consider adding antlers, a cowboy hat or rope to your wreath
  • For a coastal home, consider a wreath of woven sea grass with sea shells or a brightly painted life preserver with lights and decorative glass floats
  • If your door doesn’t merit all the attention, consider wrapping it in bright paper with a large bow or framing it in lights
  • Hang a set of sleigh bells on the door knob, which will give a festive jingle every time guests pass through

Accessorizing Your Doorway:

  • Frame your entryway with a garland and lights – add bows or pine cones for more decorative detail
  • Place pots or urns planted with seasonal greenery, poinsettias and lights on either side of the doorway
  • Put out a welcome mat designed with holiday accents
  • Add new brass or nickel accents such as a kick plate, porch lights and a door knocker to dress up your door
  • Hang matching wreaths in all of the windows

Painting Your Door:

  • If it’s not yet too cold to paint outdoors, brighten up your door with a fresh coat of red paint or a strong color that provides contrast to your current color scheme. Made especially to accept paint, Therma-Tru® Classic-Craft® Canvas Collectionentry doors feature a smooth surface that’s ideal for adding custom color to the home.

Some Additional Do’s & Dont’s:

When decorating, be careful to protect your door.  Avoid putting a nail in the face of the door, as this can lead to damage in the future and/or could void your door warranty from the original manufacturer.  Instead, use a door hanger to hang the wreath from the door knocker, or place a tack on the top of the door frame and use clear fishing line to hang the wreath.

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In addition to these simple design tips, you may also want to consider taking advantage of this opportunity to update your entryway with a new, energy-efficient door. Fiberglass continues to grow in popularity with homeowners because the doors are easy to maintain and will withstand a wide range of temperatures and weather elements such as strong winds, high-humidity and frequent rain. To read more about exterior and entry doors, please see our category – Exterior Doors. ~jb