Five Ways to Enhance Your Entryway This Season

Here's how to create a warm and inviting entrance for holiday guests.

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, holiday decorating will be kicked into high gear—which means it’s time to pry open some boxes of decorations. While you’re making sure those bows of holly are perfectly arranged on the inside of your home, try not to skimp on attention to the outside.

Aside from draping string lights galore around front yard shrubs and trees, the entryway calls for a little something extra. To figure out the best way to festoon the front door, we’ve tapped Stephanie Vanderbilt, co-owner of Beverly-based Coastal Windows & Exteriors, for a few tips. Ahead, find five ways to create a warm and inviting entrance for your holiday guests.

1. Light up your address.

If you’re hosting folks who’ve never been to your home—or loved ones who haven’t visited in a while—the last thing you want is for them to drive slowly past your house, squinting at your neighbors’ house numbers. Vanderbilt suggests investing in a light-up number sign, or getting crafty by creating a custom marquee sign.

2. Finally install that doorbell.

A decades-old door knocker won’t do this year, especially with a house full of merrymaking. To ensure no guest will be left out in the cold for too long, stop putting off getting a doorbell at last.

“The holidays are the perfect time to install one in your home,” says Vanderbilt. “This is especially a great idea if you plan on having a large holiday party.”

3. A little glitter never hurts.

Potted plants are a front steps staple. Jazz up containers of evergreen with ribbon, wrapping paper, glitter, and other festive touches.

4. Tighten your doorknobs.

While it doesn’t sound like much of a holiday season activity, fixing loose doorknobs will go a long way. Twisting and turning a loose doorknob in the cold is probably not how your guests envisioned their start to New Year’s Eve.

“It’s certainly functional and will make for a hassle-free experience when guests enter your home,” says Vanderbilt, adding that breaking out your trusty screwdriver will also improve your entryway’s security.

5. Create a door aglow.

A brightly lit door isn’t just inviting—it helps to prevent slips on the steps on icy nights. In addition to a lighted address, Vanderbilt suggests improving visibility in other ways.

“Lanterns offer a cozy glow that are perfect for the holiday season,” she says. “You can also consider swapping out your traditional porch light with a colorful red or green light bulb.”