5 Secrets For Creating A Cozy Christmas Porch – Even When It’s Cold Outside

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If you want your front porch to be a cozy and inviting space to welcome your guests, use these 5 secrets – even when it’s cold outside!

After an unseasonably warm start to fall, if’s finally starting to feel more like Christmas here in central North Carolina!  Even though the chilly weather adds a festive vibe to the air, I don’t want guests arriving at my home to have to wait until they come inside to feel like they’ve been enveloped in warmth.  I want to extend the promise of welcoming coziness as soon guests arrive on my decorated front porch!

Vintage sled and small christmas tree on the front porch.

By the way, if you’d like to take of full tour and get a closer look at my Urban Farmhouse Christmas Front Porch, you do that right HERE.


I’m teeming up with a small group of my blogging buds today for a Christmas On The Porch bloghop put together my sweet friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew!  You’ll want to check out their inspiration too, so be sure to scroll down to the bottom for links to the other four ladies.

My large front porch is deep and wide, which is nice, but all that space is difficult to turn into a welcoming spot instead of just a place to put some chairs.  So….I kept the idea of creating an inviting, cozy porch, in the back of my mind the entire time that I was decorating it for Christmas.  Here are the five decorating tricks that I used to create a cozy, welcoming front porch, even though it’s cold outside!

ARRANGE FURNITURE IN COZY GROUPS

Since my porch is so wide, I created an intimate conversation area on each side with chairs are angled toward one another instead of facing straight out toward the yard.  This gives the idea of being able to sit close together and be able to carry on a conversation with someone.

Front porch with farmhouse Christmas decorations.

Place small tables and holiday accessories close to larger pieces of furniture.  Instant cozy!

There is a white wicker rocking chair with a plaid pillow on the front porch.

LAYER LOTS OF PATTERN, TEXTURE AND TEXTILES

I didn’t just put pillows in the chairs and on the bench.  I layered them.  Pillows in front of pillows!  Who wouldn’t want to nestle down into a soft bed of cozy pillows when it’s chilly outside?!?

There is a red star on the side of the house on the porch.

A poof, covered with nubby, patterned fabric and topped with a wicker tray is a good example of layering soft textiles, pattern and texture together.

A fabric ottoman holding a wicker tray with reindeers is on the porch.

INCLUDE THROW BLANKETS

If you do happen to actually enjoy a cup of steaming hot cocoa out on the front porch, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to snuggle up in a throw for added warmth?  Thick, sherpa lined blankets are perfect for outdoor warmth and throwing them over the back of a seat makes them easy to grab.

There are throw blankets in a plaid pattern on the chairs.

ADD CANDLELIGHT

Everyone knows about the wonderful ambiance of soft candlelight, so make sure to add a lantern or three and actually light those candles!  Better yet, use battery operated candles that are on a timer so that they will automatically turn on in the evening for a few hours.

A white neutral reindeer pillow is on the wicker white chair.

USE GREENERY – AND LOTS OF IT

Greenery, whether real or faux, helps to fill in all those empty, cold looking spaces with lovely warmth!

DIY wood planters filled with Christmas greenery and lanterns.

I even put an old Christmas tree out on the front porch to help fill up what would have been an empty, uninviting place.  It’s very simply decorated with inexpensive, shatterproof ornaments and ribbon.

Front porch Christmas tree with red and white ribbon on it.

Worthing Court Blog

 

How to decorate a front porch for Christmas graphic.

Visit These Beautiful Christmas Porches

Christmas on the Porch tour.

Stone Gable  /  White Arrows HomeSanctuary Home Decor

Christmas on the porch.

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29 Comments

  1. Oh how I LOVE your porch! I love the shape and that amazing brick floor. And your tips are so perfect —along with your decor. You have so many amazing accessories put together so beautifully. It’s definitely a coze-fest on your front porch. Thanks so much for sharing ~ Happy Holidays from Susie at The Chelsea Project

  2. Your porch is so inviting that I could just sit down and enjoy even though it is cold outside. Great use of red.

  3. oh suzy- just fabulous. what a great space to sit and to welcome your guests. love love that pouff. is it indoor/outdoor?

    1. Hi Laura. That pouf is just a regular indoor one that I picked up at Target last year. 😀

  4. Marychris says:

    Beautiful job. Very welcoming.

  5. Linda York says:

    Suzy,
    As usual everything you do is so inviting and beautiful. Your family is so lucky to have you and your loving ways with not only holidays but all of your entertaining. You make it so special.
    Linda

  6. Carol Elkins says:

    I love, love, love your porch!

  7. Your porch is amazing and so big! You always style your home beautifully. It looks like a wonderful place to sit no matter what the weather. I bet it is a perfect place to sit on a rainy day, too.

  8. Very nice ! I wish we could put up some cold season decoration outside but it rains or snows almost every day in Vancouver so nothing stays pretty.

  9. Your front porch looks so cozy and comfortable with all of the pillows and throws.

  10. Barbara Garrett says:

    My friend you have completely outdone yourself on your porch this year. Those wooden boxes on each side of the door are amazing! Did Pookie make those? 🙂 I just wanna come over and we can fix some coffee and sit and talk and talk and talk. Maybe soon. xxoo

    1. Hi, my friend. Yep, Pookie built those for me. And I’m definitely ready for a visit!

  11. Pamela wilson says:

    I’m so glad I discovered your blog . You have such good ideas.

  12. Charity Kiser says:

    I love it! Great job!

  13. Your front porch looks really cozy.

  14. Wonderful look! Makes me want to snuggle in with a hot cocoa and stay! And I really love how you are bringing some color punches into the neutrals you love…makes everything so fresh and welcoming while staying soothing and calm.

  15. Looks just as inviting as the inside of the house.

  16. Wow! This is great! I think your porch is one of my fave showings this year! I barely have a landing to do anything with. My Wee Abode is going to need some creative design next year!

  17. It is beautiful porch – I love all the blankets and cozy pillows. I would love to do something like that, but we are located near Buffalo, NY. Our porch would also have to include about 2 feet of snow right now, high winds, and a high of 12 degrees this week!!! We will have to focus on incorporating some of those things in our entryway maybe 🙂

  18. Great job! !SUPER CUTE !!!

  19. Kelly Middleton says:

    Love the star planters!

  20. Your porch is soooo inviting! ! It doesn’t look too cold though ?. It’s been below zero here in Wisconsin. Thanks for a great blog.

  21. I love our front porch. Our last home had one similar to yours but I wasn’t so imaginative as you. I wish we still lived there.

  22. I love your porch for Christmas Suzy! Your tips are spot on and you have shown how to decorate it perfectly! I would love to sit there and enjoy coffee with you! I love the box full of greenery and all your seating arrangements! All so lovely! Fun to Hop with you!!

  23. So festive and cozy looking – love it!

  24. Gorgeous Suzy! And how lucky are you to have room for a decorated tree on your porch!

  25. Suzy your porch is just beautiful! I am loving that you put a Christmas tree on your porch. So cozy, beautiful and welcoming. Thanks for joining me on this tour! Hugs!

  26. Tell me about the wire piece!

    1. If you’re asking about the lanterns in the wooden planters, they came from At Home a few years ago. 😀