Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, and one of the hallmarks of the season – at least for Oklahomans – is for families to bundle up and visit homes in the area that have made lighting their homes a yearly tradition.
So often, however, homeowners don’t know where to begin when creating landmark landscape and lighting designs that can make their homes destination spots. At GreenPro, our specialty includes making homes and landscapes that are compelling for homeowners, guests, and passers-by alike. We thought we’d share a few principles that can make your home stand out!
Don’t forget the power of a gorgeous front door. Consider decking yours out with a magnolia leaf wreath and garland. Bright ornaments in red, silver, and gold tones add a pop of color to décor, and then be sure to light the porch with a soft overhead glow that emphasizes the door and the greenery and color!
Cranberry luminarias are an inexpensive outdoor Christmas idea, and a cinch to execute. Simply layer a stocky glass vase with faux snow and real cranberries (or fake, if you have critters on your property). Tuck in a pillar candle and align on your walkway with fir bundles topped with your pretty luminarias.
Homeowners looking to emphasize some greenery amidst the white snow might want to consider adding seasonal greenery to their outdoor planters for a festive and bright entrance. Even a mixture of pinecones, berries, clementines, and evergreen sprigs can work together to create an extraordinary winter effect.
A great way to light up your Christmas nights is through a “burning bush” effect. Lay coiled Christmas light strands on top of the soil, then insert branches and dried weeds to create a bush-like appearance.
Benches can also be spruced up to create the feeling of the holiday! Give your porch bench some holiday spirit with an arrangement of greenery, pinecones, gazing balls, and ornaments. Spray the arrangement with a light dusting of fake snow for extra winter flair.
Looking to create a warm holiday glow? Glowing frosted globes (available in large and small sizes from most home-improvement stores) take the edge off a chilly winter twilight. Scatter the spheres around your property to create an ethereal winter landscape, or group them in a birdbath or other outdoor winter container for maximum impact. Just be sure to plug the outdoor-rated power cord into a ground fault interrupter (GFI) outlet or a circuit with a GFI outlet on it.
Make your porch inviting by adding an impressive – and easy – display of candles and greenery. Top a small table with a patterned holiday towel, assorted candles, and pinecones. A festive holiday wreath and bucket of birch branches complete the look.
These are just a few ideas to get you in the festive holiday landscape design mentality. Curious about more ideas? Call GreenPro; we’d love to help you make sure your home captures the spirit of the season!