We all love adding the glitz and glam of the festive season to our homes in the run up to Christmas.
But the decorations and celebrations aren’t just restricted to the inside – despite the wintery weather! Adding that festive joy to your outdoor space will help you create a stylish winter wonderland which brings the inside, out.
Follow our top tips on how to bring the festivities to your garden for the whole family to enjoy.
Nothing quite says “winter wonderland” like the festive glow of some seasonal lighting! But we’re not talking about those completely OTT lighting bonanzas which will blow your yearly electricity bill in one day – it’s all about getting it just right to add to the festive feel.
Opting for a chic white light garland works for both your front and back doors, bringing simple style that doesn’t overpower, and combine it with a set of stringed fairy lights – these are perfect for throwing atop any plants and bushes, or perhaps a shed. Traditionalists might prefer a mixture of green and red bulbs to give that outdoor space a classic festive look.
To give that real wintery aesthetic, a subtle falling snowflake projector is a great addition to bring light to the outside of your home. Or opt for some hanging solar-powered jar lights, adding that Christmas market feel to your garden.
Winter warmers for outdoor entertaining
If you’re doing any entertaining outside this Christmas, it’s best to have some warmers on hand to keep your guests feeling toasty.
One way to bring that “chestnuts roasting over an open fire” vibe to your outdoor space is, well, to invest in an open fire! This black and brass chimenea from MADE.com oozes sophistication and brings effortless glitz to your outdoor space, and for a more traditional feel, an open log burning pit from Wayfair will allow you toast and roast whatever you like the most! Whichever type you go for, it’s the perfect feature to cosy by the side of and enjoy the brisk winter’s eve.
Having a few festive-inspired throws and blankets to keep warm too is well worthwhile – especially as the temperature starts to drop! Bring neutral tones to your outdoor space with a white and cream blanket from The White Company, go for a nativity-inspired sheep pattern throw from John Lewis or go full Santa Claus styling with a royal red Sherpa throw.
Florals for the festivities
Your outdoor space is made for planting, so add seasonal plants to bring the sights and scents of this time of year. Winter honeysuckle is a beautiful choice, with its white flowers and lemon scent, whilst the bold bravura of witch hazel adds bright pops of colour to your flowerbed.
If you’re looking for the authentic hues of Christmas, choose a little robin red photinia with its exuberant leaves and elongated trunk.
Those luxurious extras
Looking to create an alpine-inspired retreat? Well, a hot tub is a must! Nowadays, buying a hot tub doesn’t have to set you back a fortune, nor does it have to stay inflated all year round (although we’re guessing once you’ve been in once, it’ll stay in place until next Christmas). This portable hot tub from B&Q comes complete with a fitted lid to keep those unwanted items out of your water when not in use, or for something a little more high end, try this Osaka foam tub.*
For your outdoor entertainment, stick on the Christmas classics in your very own backyard cinema – a movie night in front of the firepit and being wrapped up in blankets makes for a cosy, chilled vibe. If you’ve got guests coming round for a festive tipple, why not set up your very own home bar and rustle up some Snowball cocktails or Hot Toddys.
Don’t neglect the classic decorations either when it comes to your outdoor winter wonderland. Festive wreaths, glitzy ribbons and bold baubles can all be moved from inside to out, giving you a continuous feel of Christmas style throughout.
How are you spending your winter homecation? We want to see! Show us your outdoor winter wonderlands by tagging @AvantHomes or using #AvantHomes in your post to be in with a chance of appearing on our feed!
*Did you know hot tubs can be purchased as an optional extra as part of your Avant Homes reservation? To find out more please contact our sales team.