After The Holidays: Ideas To Make Your Outdoor Decor Lively
It doesn't take long after the last bit of wrapping paper is thrown away for the post-holiday blues to set in. With the bleakest months ahead of us, we want our outdoor decor to lift our spirits the same way it did over the holidays--only without the hints of holly and Santa. But you can put up a fight with Old Man Winter and his gray skies with a few ideas. Here are 4 ideas to make your outdoor decor lively this winter.
Just because the holidays are over, it doesn't mean you have to take down all of your holiday lights. You can put away any mixed colored lights that light up your lawn during the holidays, but leave the white lights, or use one solid color for illuminating your home during the dark days of January and February. Leave a few string lights on the porch and LED candles in your windows to give your house a twinkle when the weather is making us feel less than sparkly. If your house needs an extra push, line your walkways with solar stakes to light the way to your front door.
Welcoming guests on a dreary day is a tall order, but if you start by adding cheer to your door, then you can give your guests a good feeling before they set foot in your house. Though we traditionally use wreaths during the holidays, you can put up a wreath that has nothing to do with Christmas. They can be handmade or you can get year-round wreaths or put up wreaths with interchangeable elements to match each season. Wreaths add extra character and a pop of color when we need it most.
While we must wait until the last frost to start planting our spring gardens, we don't have to wait to put planters on the porch! They're an easy fix for a porch that looks drab under gray skies. You can easily paint terra cotta planters to add extra color to your front steps -- and it makes a fun crafting project for snow days. If you're concerned about having empty pots sitting there, you can dress up the planters with carefully curated pine cones and evergreen branches to add a little zest.
With trees stripped of leaves and lawns buried under a thick layer of snow, there isn't much life to be found outside the house during the winter. However, there are a few flowers that thrive when it's cold and snowy. Cyclamens are vibrant and hardy enough to survive harsh weather, along with camellia and flowering quince. Sub-zero temperatures don't mean we can't benefit from colorful plant life and blossoms in the winter.