A Guide to Designing Better Holiday Decor Inside and Out with Porte + Hall

A Guide to Designing Better Holiday Decor Inside and Out with Porte + Hall

When it comes to achieving your ideal seasonal aesthetic, decorating for the holidays can be challenging. We’ve put together a few tips to help you elevate your holiday decor by finding that balance between chic and kitsch, cozy and luxury. Be sure to check out the photo gallery at the end of this article for even more inspiration!

 The Front Porch or Stoop

Decorating for the holidays on the front porch. We recommend simple pieces that invoke the Christmas spirit and items that complement your already existing building materials. A luxurious green garland draped around the door. Matching miniature trees on either side. A beautiful wreath (preferably made from natural materials). These are a few of our favorite things.

For a more sophisticated look, opt for lanterns over string lights. Stick with a more neutral black or gray or capitalize on bright holiday colors that pop, like red and green. During the day, the lanterns’ interesting architecture is on display, but it’s at night when they really shine, casting pleasing rays of flickering light across your front stoop. All without any wires.

Lastly, tie it all together with a doormat, making your welcome mat part of your overall design rather than an afterthought. Don’t settle for a lesser quality doormat with a cute quote on it that you will throw away in January. Your welcome mat is the centerpiece, so give it the respect it deserves. 

The Outlier by Porte + Hall is a perfect pairing for the holidays. It is designed to tie your decor into your existing door color and building materials, functioning as the bridge from Christmas to home. As something that will be a part of your front door year-round, you need a doormat that not only looks and functions great but can stand up to daily abuse and weather every day of the year. Porte + Hall mats are built to last.

Creating a Warm Welcome Inside

The holidays already provide a color palette, but you can still make the choice of whether to lean into the reds and greens or go for a more neutral approach. For bright, easy holiday cheer we recommend The Insider in Maze Red or Fans Green. Depending on the size and shape of your entryway choose either an indoor doormat, area mat, or runner. For a more neutral but festive approach opt for the Insider in Bark Creme or Wild Side Dove.

From there, you can begin decorating your console table for the holidays. Select simple decorations that pair with your palette. Bottle brush trees come in a variety of colors, making them a perfect addition to your entryway decor. Here, we’ve opted for green trees and wicker reindeer for a natural holiday console table aesthetic.

Deck the Halls and Kitchens, Too

Runners and area mats don’t have to stay at the entryway. Easily spread the holiday cheer throughout your home from your hallways to your kitchens. The Insider is slip- and water-resistant, and it’s easy to clean. It’s designed to fit in any space, making it the perfect pop of color for a white living room or kitchen.

Define a Space for Presents with an Area Mat

When designing for Christmas it’s important to define a space for placing presents, whether it’s under the tree or somewhere else. The easiest and best way to do this is to use an area mat. We recommend the Innerweave because of its natural-looking, easy-to-clean fibers. Its neutral, earthy tones pair well with a tree and provide the perfect backdrop for stacks of gifts wrapped in festive colors. Plus, this indoor-outdoor mat is stain-resistant, helping to protect your floor if you’re a natural tree household.