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Home decor: make your outdoor area festive for winter

Bringing festive cheer to your home is about more than just decorating the tree – it's as much about making your house eye-catching and welcoming both inside and out.

Make your outdoor area festive for winter

Creating Christmas outdoor decorations for your property can become a wonderful family activity to share, and also has a positive visual impact on your neighbourhood. If you're selling your home during the winter season, giving your house a touch of festive charm can help your potential buyers to imagine their own future Christmases under the same roof.

With such positive outcomes in mind, let's get started with some imaginative Christmas outdoor decoration ideas.

The classic wreath

You don't need a large front garden and ample outdoor space to add some cheerful DIY winter accessories to your property. Even street front townhouses can bring a little festivity to the neighbourhood with a classic, homemade wreath.

Most wreaths start out as either one or a pair of metal coat hangers, twisted into a circle. You can then begin building your wreath up with layers of freshly picked holly branches, winter greenery, berries and ribbons. Some people prefer to make wreaths using synthetic materials so they can be reused year after year. While these are more durable, they do lack the festive scent associated with the winter season. Either way, wreaths are best made at home to add a personal touch, and to get the whole family involved.

Festive lanterns

Candles and lanterns add both heat and a soft, warm light to your home, whether they sit in your living room, on your window sills or around your front door. Making your own lanterns can be as simple as placing tea lights inside old jam jars, or you can go that extra step by painting the glass and decorating them with leftover ribbons and holly from your wreath.

A seasonal window box

It may be winter, but your Christmas outdoor decoration can easily make use of the evergreen plant life already found in your garden. Or, if outdoor space is hard to come by, it's easy to inject some festive greenery into your external decorations by adding a seasonal window box or two to your external facade.

Christmas window box ideas vary in size and contents, but there are a few absolute must-haves. Ivy is both easy to grow and incredibly festive, and red berries provide a nice Christmas charm and an injection of bold colour.

Finishing touches

With Christmas outdoor decoration, the key is to add seasonal details without going too far. A few simple finishing touches can make your property stand out in your neighbourhood, and really catch the eyes of any potential buyers.

Consider using white spray paint to create a light dusting of fake snow over your decorations, wrap your fencing in a festive green or red ribbon, or simply line your windows with some gold fairy lights for a homely touch.

Engel & Völkers are industry leaders in the world of luxury real estate, operating in 32 countries across four continents. Check out the Engel & Völkers website for more tips on home décor.

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