Fall and Holiday Window Décor: Ideas & Tips to Bring Magic to Your Home’s Exterior

When it comes to outdoor décor for autumn and Christmas, we often think of decorating the front door as a warm welcome to guests. But what about our windows?

Windows can be overlooked when it comes to décor, but they are a wonderful place to add a bit of the season. These spaces outside your home provide another opportunity to sprinkle your magic and style around. Today we are talking about fall and holiday window décor ideas and tips. And the best part is, whether you have just a few or many windows to decorate, you can use these same techniques to get the look.

Use Outdoor-Safe Foliage

Tip: Use outdoor-safe foliage to decorate your home’s exteriors all year long.

Featured: Outdoor Autumn Traditions Wreath and Garland

There are many beautiful foliage options to choose from at Balsam Hill. But when it comes to decorating outside, you will want to use outdoor-safe foliage that is made to be used indoors and outdoors. It has the same quality and attention to detail and will stay beautiful even when exposed to the elements outdoors.

Start with a Festive Wreath for Your Fall Window Décor

Tip: Start with a wreath and center it on your window for beautiful symmetry.

Featured: Outdoor Autumn Traditions Wreath and Garland

This window is right near our front entry door and is a perfect place to add a bit of warmth with fall foliage like this Outdoor Autumn Traditions Wreath.

Choose a wreath that is the right size for your window and the look you would like. A larger wreath will give more visual impact but should be balanced so that it fits the width of the window. A beautiful fall or holiday window décor idea is to have the wreath reach both sides of the window for fullness. Or, if you prefer, you can allow 4″-6″ on either side.

Decorate Below Your Windows

A garland is a perfect way to add a beautiful bit of pizazz to your window at the top and also at the bottom. And you can do either one or both if you like. There are no rules.

Featured: Outdoor Autumn Traditions Wreath and Garland

Below the window is an area that is often overlooked and a missed opportunity when it comes to decorating.

Featured: Outdoor Autumn Traditions Wreath and Garland

Since we have window boxes on almost every window of our house, I love to fill those boxes with beautiful outdoor décor even when spring and summer flowers aren’t blooming. You can drape garland under your windows just the same as above as well. For this autumn look, I placed a single garland on the window box and doubled it back for a full, lush look.

Drape a Garland Above Your Window

Tip: Match your garland to your wreath and other foliage decorations for a coordinated look.

Featured: Outdoor Red Berry Pine Wreath and Garland

Switching your outdoor garlands and wreaths is an easy way to transition your home décor from fall to holiday. A garland above your window is just as beautiful as a garland above your door. It ties the whole look together and frames your window to create a beautiful polished look. I used Balsam Hill’s Outdoor Red Berry Pine for this traditional look and it was perfect.

Featured: Outdoor Red Berry Pine Wreath and Garland

You might also notice that I placed a garland below when decorating the Christmas window as well.

Illuminate Your Holiday Window Décor from the Inside

Tip: Use twinkling trees inside your home in front of a window for year-round magic.

Featured: Outdoor Red Berry Pine Wreath and Garland and Lit Champagne Glitter Trees

At night when the lights are glowing and the house lights up with all that beautiful holiday magic, it creates the most lovely charm and ambiance. For this look, Balsam Hill’s Lit Champagne Glitter trees created the perfect amount of twinkle light ambiance in the background.

Add Charm with a Window Candle

Tip: Add LED candles on your window sills to safely add a warm glow all year long.

Featured: Miracle Flame LED Chamberstick Candles, Set of 2

For a lovely classic décor that touches on Christmases past and traditions we love, place a candle in your window on the sill. Balsam Hill’s Miracle Flame LED Chamberstick candles are a charming way to light up your windows all year long. They have a realistic flame and flicker, have a sensor that detects evening and morning light, and turn on and off on their own.

Dress Up Your Wreath for a Custom Look

Featured: Outdoor Red Berry Pine Wreath and Garland and Farmhouse Ribbon

Want something that is outdoor-safe and charming and also unique to your own home and style? Add a ribbon to your outdoor décor for a different look and to tie your indoor and outdoor decorations together. I added the Farmhouse Ribbon to this holiday wreath to add a French Farmhouse feeling.

Decorate Your Windows All Year Long

Featured: Outdoor Red Berry Pine Wreath and Garland

Wreaths and garlands for your windows are a perfect way to warm up the outside of your home during the holidays. You can use that same approach to decorating outside all year long. For spring and summer, you can choose floral-filled foliage to add that beauty to your windows and porch areas.

I hope this post inspires you to add a bit of seasonal charm to your fall and holiday window décor.

Happy decorating, all!

Courtney of French Country Cottage

As the founder of lifestyle blog French Country Cottage and editor of Romantic Homes magazine, Courtney is known for bringing chic aesthetics and vintage elegance to her designs. Courtney offers readers creative ideas and decorating tips inspired by the ongoing renovations of her 1940s cottage home.

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