How to update your front door for the holidays.

The holidays are right around the corner, and your front door is a great place to add holiday inspired curb appeal. Whether your style is trad, modern or somewhere in between (that's me!) here's how you can step into the season with a front door refresh.  Simple holiday inspired touches create a festive and wintry welcome that will look good long after the holiday season.  I've partnered with Schlage Canada in this sponsored post to create a mood board, and share some tips and ideas about how to add some festive cheer to your front door for the holidays.

Here are 7 easy ways to update your front door for the holidays.

Lay out the welcome mat.

Set a merry mood as your guests walk through your front door with a festive doormat. The cute greeting sets the tone, provides a place to wipe their shoes, and because it's not too Christmasy, you can use it all winter long. Want to DIY your own doormat? It's easy. All you need is a stencil, outdoor acrylic paint, foam paint daubers and a blank coir mat.

Hang a wreath.

Whether you choose fresh or faux, adding a wreath to your front door is one of the easiest ways to add a little holiday cheer to your front entry. DIY a wreath with fresh greenery from your local greengrocer or garden centre, or buy a ready-made wreath and add some velvet ribbon or vintage looking bells. Then, add a little sparkle with battery-powered twinkly lights. Hang the wreath with a standard wreath hanger that suspends from the top of your door, or try a removable, self-adhesive hook or magnetic wreath hook. Fishing wire helps to discreetly hang the wreath.

Update your entry door with a new handle-set and lock.

Although paint is a nice way to refresh a door, it's not the right season for exterior paint, so that will have to be put on hold until spring - however, adding new smart lock and handle-set to your door, is an easy update you can tackle now.  It's like jewelry for your door.

I love the ease of Schlage's Sense Smart Deadbolt system. It's keyless and digital. I'm always fumbling for my keys so I love the idea of using an access code instead. I'm curious about the Bluetooth Smart Technology that lets you pair it with a smartphone. Does that mean I can ask Alexa to answer the door? Apparently, it does! The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and Wi-Fi Adapter are easy to install using a screwdriver and doesn't need to be hardwired, because it's battery operated. I like that too.

Dress your planter in something seasonal.

Whether you prefer to buy a premade planter that you can drop inside a decorative urn, or you like to flex your floral design skills and do-it-yourself, a seasonal planter filled with aromatic cedar, boughs of pine, and sprigs of boxwood brighten any entrance. Ready to go planters can be picked up at almost any grocery store or garden centre, as can the materials to make one.

I like to design my own, it's usually less expensive and it's fun to put together. I start with heavier boughs of greenery such as spruce, in the middle, to create a base to hold everything together, then I add something tall such as birch in the centre. Next, I add in spiller branches such as cedar and pine, that spill over the sides, and layer in boxwood and sometimes magnolia leaves. Finally, I finish it off with something sparkly. I recently saw Carson Arthur share a great tip on Cityline about building planters. He suggests using mulch, instead of soil or floral foam as the base for your planter. I'm going to try that this year.

Drape your door with something green.

Frame an entry with a garland of seasonal greenery. I prefer something fresh and aromatic as you walk through the door, however, like wreaths, there are so many great faux varieties available to buy. We have small finishing nails around the frame of our door so it's easy to hang a garland. I usually use fishing wire. Jennifer at Rambling Renovators recently shared some great tips on gadgets for hanging holiday decor including garlands.

Add some sparkle.

Is there anything prettier than the twinkle of holiday lights? Whether it's a string of fairy lights or the glow of lanterns, try to incorporate energy saving LED bulbs in your outdoor lighting plan. It's better for the environment and your wallet. A new light fixture is also a great way to update your front door. I love the look of a barn light. It works with so many styles.

A pop of colour helps you stand out from the crowd.

Colourful accessories such as house numbers or a chic red mailbox are a great way to add a little personality to your doorstep.

Disclosure: I've partnered with Schlage Canada in this sponsored post. All opinions and text are my own.

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