Monday, November 5, 2012

Special Post from Balsam Hill - Decorating Your Front Porch

Happy Monday!! I was asked a little while ago if I was interested in a post by the people at Balsam Hill - they are probably the only company that has ever tempted me to get an artificial Christmas Tree! I remember perusing their site last year but unfortunately, I found the shipping to be a little hefty as we are in Canada, but the trees are seriously gorgeous.

Anyways - I usually say no to the posts that are written by someone else but this one I was actually interested in so I thought I'd go for it. I am not getting paid or anything - I just thought that if I could use the info, maybe you guys could too. I would LOVE to spend a little time and $$ decorating my front porch this year...

Decorating for Winter: Inviting Front Porches

Home decorating is something I never get tired of and the nature of my work allows me to practice this passion regularly. I have met many people who also enjoy decorating their homes. Some use their creativity to execute a design and there are some who find difficulty getting inspiration to revamp their homes.

So how do you know if you're on the right track in home decorating? Better start with your front porch. Here are easy-to-follow tips from our Balsam design experts:

1. Define the spot. Clear your porch of anything superfluous. Retain your whites and neutral-colored furniture such as your settee and coffee table. Defining your area is important to effectively show your winter theme.

2. Bend the rules. Who says you can't use other special occasion decors for Christmas? You can recycle Thanksgiving decorations by adding some Christmas embellishments. This requires a keen eye for detail and creativity. Your holiday evergreen garlands and ornamental front door wreath are good examples. By spicing them up with faux snowflakes or spray painting them with white or silver and incorporating fresh or artificial berries and pine cones, you can transform them to an eye-catching winter statement. The same rule applies to an artificial Christmas tree, which can be converted into a winter tree.

3. Colours of Winter. Winter is essentially white and evokes a cold feel due to the frosty weather. For decorations, bold tones like wine-red, dark browns, deep blues and elegant black are hues that can emulate an inviting atmosphere in your home. These colours when incorporated to a winter-coloured rug, quilts, and thick blankets may give your home a touch of warmth. While wool, velvet, and other bulkier and heavier textiles bring a luxurious ambiance to your area. Other decorative pieces like warm-coloured throws, jars, lamps, and berries can also liven up your space to achieve a cozy feel.

4. Metallic Bursts. You can put some dazzling silver, gold, or bronze pieces to add a majestic impression in your area. Metallic ornamental pieces will look alluring against a warm red, maroon or chocolate brown environment. A sparkling silver vase on top of a claret table suggests a spectacular winter accent.

5. Create a dramatic focal point. You can also add stylish winter flags or banners for a more fascinating look in your front porch. Pine trees, sleds, ice skates, and a snowman may be incorporated to create a remarkable focal spot in your space.

6. Light up your area. Be sure to bring in the best possible illumination your front porch during winter nights. Your porch lights can be used as an accent or a practical fixture. Recently, there were various models of electric rope lights launched in the market that can be used to achieve a brilliant nighttime look.

We hope that these simple tips kindle your artistic mojo and inspire you to come up with an inviting front porch that showcases your style and taste in home decorating.

Jessica Phan is a designer for a purveyor of high-end artificial Christmas Trees. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area is perfect for her because she has a wide range of interests, including Art & Design, Fashion, Photography, Painting and Thrift Store Shopping.

Hope you guys found that one helpful. I would LOVE to have a front porch like that one day!



Tasha said...

Absolutely adore the pictures - the white wicker looks incredible with the greens and reds surrounding it. Can't wait to begin decorating my porch for the holidays.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

One more reason I need an outlet on our front porch!

Keira O'Donnell said...

That last picture looks a lot like one of my neighbour's front porch. They too have an indoor lamp outside. I always thought it looked so cozy. Great ideas here, thanks!