In this post: A tiny front porch can seem impossible to decorate for the holidays. These easy outdoor Christmas decorating ideas will add cheer to your small space.⇒
Do you ever drive around the neighborhood looking for inspiration for your holiday entryway?
And, inevitably, you spend the most time stopped in front of the vastest properties in town. Yep, it looks beautiful.
But what happens if you only have a tiny front porch?
Unless you live in an apartment, I’m pretty sure your front porch is bigger than mine. But you’d be surprised what you can do with a tiny space.
In fact, in some ways, decorating a small space is easier than trying to make an impact in a larger area. Let’s look at some easy outdoor Christmas decorating ideas for a tiny front porch.
Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas
A couple of years ago when my kids got their own apartments, we moved into a townhouse. It’s quite spacious on the inside, but our front entry is little more than a narrow stairway and a landing by the front door. On one side of the door there’s just enough space for a small garden bench.
I was initially uncertain whether to use this precious bit of real estate for a piece of furniture, because it meant we couldn’t flank the door with planters. But I actually like having a place to sit and it’s a convenient spot to have packages or deliveries waiting for us when we return home.
My whitewashed bench is the perfect backdrop for a winter seating vignette. Wool and faux fur are the fabrics of choice as they promote a warm and cozy feel. A fabric mix of tartan with tiger print and white fur makes a lush, rich holiday statement. There’s an overhang protecting this area, so while I wouldn’t leave these out during a winter storm, I’m not afraid for them to stay put on a nice chilly day.
Our hunter green door happens to work well with this seasonal scene and is a wonderful place to host a holiday wreath. I could add colorful berries or ornaments to the greenery, but I was really enjoying the understated presentation. In a tiny space, less is more.
We keep a pretty patterned rug by the entryway to catch dirt before entering the house. It adds a note of sophistication to the front entrance but is dark enough to hide the dirt.
I took a break from my usual soft color palette and embraced claret and moss and winter white tones.
I love the look of lanterns at the entry and these LED pillar candles are a brilliant and safe option for leaving unattended.
On the opposite side of our tiny porch I keep a vintage milk box, which became a terrific place to perch my cherub garden statue. A bling-y crown, a few tossed ornaments and some sprigs of juniper are all it takes to dress it up nicely.
And what’s a winter scene without some well placed pine cones? With lights on or off, the entry is festive.
The front steps are actually not that narrow, but the way our railing is placed it feels pretty tight. To widen the space and take advantage of the full steps, I used a pair of entryway trees placed outside the railing. The flocking and berries lend that holiday touch and balance nicely with the greens on the door.
I wanted the front porch to signal the season and do so in an understated but elegant way. Despite the limited size of the space I had to work with, I think it communicates what I wanted it to say. It welcomes visitors to come and celebrate and you don’t need a wrap around veranda to extend such an invitation.
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