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Three Trending Ways To Decorate Home Exteriors To Spread Holiday Cheer This Year

Wouldn’t it be nice if this year more of us were able to wrap our neighborhoods and city with that Christmas cheer and spirit? A festive home can be a reminder that all the good things about the holidays—love, family, hope, faith and giving—are still worth celebrating. When dressing up your home’s exterior, let your personality shine through in your choice of holiday lights, garlands, accents and colors. Presented here are three trending ways to decorate for the holidays and info from the experts at Shack Shine St. Louis on what the professionals do to give it the extra merry touch.

Natural and Nostalgic
For those who favor the classic look of rooflines and windows trimmed in warm white lights, the investment in a quality light-string product is worth it because timeless will always be on-trend.

“The professional touches we offer, including custom-cut lights to each individual home and installation of commercial-grade products and clips, deliver a tailored look year-after-year that turns heads,” informs Lee Cagle, owner of Shack Shine St. Louis. “Our LED lights shine brighter, last longer and use less energy than typical retail Christmas lights.”

After lights are hung for this simple yet sophisticated backdrop, opt for natural elements to elevate the look. Hang garland and wreaths to reflect nature. Baskets filled with birch logs add warmth while mixing textures that complement each other. Fabric can soften the look and add a cozy aspect to designs; look for something in burlap or white to follow the monochromatic color scheme.

So how do you advance this look from common to custom? Find ways to make it personal! Take that old pair of ice skates from Nana out of the attic and set them on the porch. If you have cherished memories of sled riding, find a vintage wooden sled to lean against the porch or mailbox. Pick up pine cones from your yard or favorite park to fill vintage crates. Designers today are consistently showing their take on mixing old and new pieces. These smaller accents most often bring the biggest smiles; they allow you to reminisce and share stories of their meaning with others which is one of the truest meanings of the holidays.

Merry and Bright
There's an increasing number of Influencers and designers using bold colors for interior paint and furniture. If you’re the kind of person who loves incorporating color, such as making a statement with a front door, why stop there? Bring that brightness into color choices for Christmas decorations.

“We can change up light colors by swapping bulbs on a customer’s strands, so it’s easy to customize,” Lee shares. Anyone wanting to try something new or trendy can feel good about the investment because making changes later doesn’t mean buying all new equipment.

Remember to think outside the box:  Don’t limit lights to just the house. Colorful tree wraps act as bright accessories, mimicking the way interiors use color on bookshelves, draperies or accent pillows. Spheres can be hung in trees around the yard or lined along a driveway or path.

When it comes to deciding which colors you want to go with, decorators say there’s no wrong choice. It’s not just red and green that make something look like Christmas, but rather how you use the colors to represent the holidays; think bows, ornaments, tree lights and wrapped boxes. But there are ways to keep things looking chic rather than chaotic. The professionals say sticking with the Rule of Three is a no-fail strategy for any space, including the outdoors. Try selecting your three colors from a master pattern or inspiration piece in the design; for the exterior this could be a porch rug or ribbon on a wreath. Also, don’t get caught up in keeping things even; the tried-and-true decorating ratio of 60-30-10 ensures your three colors are balanced but still give a pop for interest.

Using bright and unexpected colors for exterior Christmas decorations can make your home stand out and bring a bit of joy to the world, or at least your neighborhood.

Cozy Porch
While this year we may not be inviting as many people inside, the front porch still sets the tone when greeting guests. For those who choose to only decorate here, try these ways to make it warm and welcoming—even if only for the Amazon and DoorDash drivers.

The trends seem to be all about layering, meaning finding a balance of different sizes and textures. Start by putting down a larger, patterned rug with a festive holiday mat on top. The porch is a great place to incorporate fresh elements, such as poinsettia plants or small evergreen trees in planters for height. Set lanterns filled with candles or ornaments at the base of planters. Then position special holiday artwork with uplifting messages or a favorite Christmas song lyric nearby. One trend that seems to be decking more halls (and front doors) in place of a wreath is a hanging basket. Some great fillers to help achieve a contrast of textures and heights besides traditional greenery are winter berries, metallic painted sticks, pinecones and fabric bows or curls. Finally, soften things up by adding cozy elements such as holiday pillows and blankets.

Remember that no matter what lights or colors chosen for this year's decorations, it’s the people we love who truly brighten our homes for the holidays.

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