Decorate your outdoor space for that special holiday

One of the best parts of the holiday season is how festive everything looks. All of the lights and decorations that are on display can make passage through even the […]

One of the best parts of the holiday season is how festive everything looks. All of the lights and decorations that are on display can make passage through even the most nondescript neighborhoods a magical and inspiring journey. In fact, neighborhood competitions and community bulletins that list the ‘best of’ holiday displays in December are an annual tradition for many families.

If you have deck on your outdoor surfaces, you have a beautiful deck or balcony to start with… but there are many options to decorate your outdoor space for that special holiday display. It just takes a little time and creativity to make your deck or balcony stand out and bring a little holiday joy to everyone around.

Decorating your porch or balcony starts with knowing your space. Whether you are working with a small front porch or an expansive deck, by measuring the available space you will know exactly how much room you have to work with. You will avoid buying more decorations than will fit in your space or alternately have a too small display that looks like you only partially decorated.

Taking note of available electrical outlets or sources is also important so you know whatever length of lighting you buy for your perimeter, that there is enough length to reach the outlet as well to keep your lighting display balanced. If you need to run power from inside, you can prevent accidents by using a ground fault interrupter and an outdoor extension cord.

If you live in an apartment or townhouse community, check if your complex has rules or restrictions regarding outdoor displays.

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