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Liven Up Your Entryway with these Simple Christmas Decorating Ideas

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Cranberries displayed in cylinder vases are a simple and elegant holiday decoration.

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No matter what size home you have it's guaranteed that you have some sort of entryway. Whether it's a grand foyer or a door that opens directly into a studio apartment, if you've got a door you've got an entryway.

Since the entryway is the first area of your home that people see it's important to make it attractive and welcoming. During the Christmas season that means adding a few decorations without adding clutter.

Here are a few simple Christmas decorating ideas for entryways.
  • If you've followed my previous entryway decorating advice you've got a mirror in it. To add a little holiday flair, try hanging a wreath over it. Take a wreath (any style that suits your décor) then use a wide ribbon (silk or grosgrain is always nice) to hang it over the front of the mirror. You can tie the ribbon to the back of the mirror (the picture wire or nail) to secure it.
  • A hanging light fixture is an untapped resource for Christmas decorating. Take a simple garland of any material you choose (nothing flammable) and wrap it around the branches of a hanging chandelier. Crystal garlands, cranberry garlands, and sequined garlands look particularly nice. Try to avoid using anything too thick that will completely hide the light fixture.
  • Use ribbon to dress up lampshades on chandeliers, sconces and table lamps. It's a really subtle way to add holiday flair. Choose a color to match your Christmas decorating colors then use double-sided tape to mount it.
  • Find some tall, clear glass cylinder vases, fill them with some type of holiday decoration and then place them on the floor in the entryway (somewhere they won't get in the way). Examples of items you can put in them include pinecones, cranberries, nuts (naturally colored or spray painted) – the list goes on. To add even more interest, fill the vase about half or three quarters of the way up and then place a candle, evergreen pieces or some tall, thick flowers inside.
  • Replace your existing runner with one to suit your Christmas decorating color scheme.
  • Switch out any artwork you have hanging and replace it with pieces of framed wallpaper or fabric to suit your holiday decorating scheme.
  • Hang a wreath on the back of the door. While it's great to have them on the front of the door to welcome guests, it's also nice to have them inside so people in the house can enjoy them.

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