It may be hard to believe, but Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. All over Oklahoma, families will soon be bundling up to drive all around the state, in search of one thing: the perfect Christmas display.
But you don’t have to go across town or across the state to witness the glory of Christmas; your own front yard can become a beautiful Christmas display, a destination point for anyone looking to celebrate the holiday!
As experts in landscape design and lighting, we here at GreenPro know what goes into great landscape design and décor. But how to design your property’s Christmas display for maximum impact? Many homeowners don’t know where to start; as a result, GreenPro thought we’d share a few principles that can help make your home’s Christmas décor stand out.
One crucial element to great lighting design comes from an unexpected location: your front door. Consider decorating yours with a magnolia leaf wreath and garland. Bright ornaments in red, silver, and gold tones add a pop of color; then light the porch with a soft overhead glow to emphasize the door, greenery and color!
Looking for an inexpensive way to decorate your home or property? Cranberry luminarias can be a cinch to execute. Simply layer a stocky glass vase with faux snow and real cranberries (or fake, if you have critters on your property). Tuck in a pillar candle and align it on your walkway with fir bundles topped with your pretty luminarias.
Should you be hoping to emphasize some greenery amidst the white snow, you might want to consider adding seasonal greenery to your outdoor planters for a festive and bright entrance. Similarly, a mixture of pinecones, berries, clementines, and evergreen sprigs can work together to create an extraordinary winter effect.
Benches can also be a great way to create a nostalgic sense of Christmas! If you don’t have one on your property, they are remarkably easy to pick up (second-hand stores often have them). A wooden bench or even a stone one can give your property a rustic, nostalgic feel. If you already have one, you can add some holiday spirit through an arrangement of greenery, pinecones, gazing balls, and ornaments. Setting the bench on your porch can create a welcoming, warm space for guests to sit or relax. Want to add some extra winter flair? Spray the arrangement with a light dusting of fake snow.
You should also consider adding an impressive – and easy to acquire – display of candles and greenery to make your porch more inviting. You can top a small table with a patterned holiday towel, assorted candles, and pinecones. A festive holiday wreath and bucket of birch branches completes the look.
Glowing frosted globes (available in large and small sizes from most home-improvement stores) take the edge off a chilly winter twilight as well, helping to create a magical effect. Scatter the spheres around your property to create an ethereal winter landscape, or group them in a birdbath or other outdoor winter container for maximum impact. (Just be sure to plug the outdoor-rated power cord into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet or a circuit with a GFCI outlet on it – it’s important to stay safe!)
These are just a few ideas to get you in the festive holiday landscape design mentality. Curious for more ideas? Call GreenPro; we’d love to help you make sure your home captures the spirit of the season!
(And don’t forget: our Christmas lighting services are up and running for this holiday season; just another way to make sure your Christmas décor really shines!)