Designer David Bromstad

Homeowners looking for design inspiration for the holidays should focus on enhancing their windows and doors. That’s the recommendation of designer David Bromstad of HGTV’s Design Star, Color Splash and The White Room Challenge television shows.

“A home’s windows and doors are a natural backdrop for encouraging holiday design elements,” said Bromstad, president of David Bromstad Designs. “Especially during the evening, you get a warm glow coming from a home’s interior that reaches out as an invitation to guests. I always recommend making that invitation go a bit further by decorating windows and doors as part of a family’s holiday festivities.”

Bromstad recommended that homeowners are careful with how they adhere decorations to key aspects of the home — especially windows and doors — that are used for exiting in case of an emergency. He suggested taking the advice of manufacturers, such as Simonton Windows and Therma-Tru Doors, regarding the proper way to decorate windows and doors in the home. Both manufacturers recommend using removable hangers or attaching decorations from above the frames.

Known for his “out of the box” design ideas, Bromstad recommended the following holiday decorating tips for the home:


• Drape live garland around window and door frame interiors and exteriors. Add something whimsical to the simple greenery such as snowball ornaments, clothes pins that hold up brass jingle bells, miniature wrapped presents or handmade ornaments made by family members.

• Welcome the sounds of the holidays by attaching an old-fashioned leather strap with jingle bells on the front door of the home. Instead of nailing decorations to the door, use Command™ Clear Hooks from 3M™ that can easily be removed after the holidays without damaging the door.

• Create a winter wonderland inside the home by having the family create dozens of paper snowflakes. Hang them from the ceiling in the entryway and from curtain rods on windows with fishing line to create a snowy climate for the entire holiday season.

The experts at Simonton Windows also recommend these ideas for enhancing windows during the holiday season:

• Affix suction cups on the window glass to hang glass ornaments, plastic snowflakes or glass icicles so that light can come through the windows to enhance the decorations.


• Hang small wreaths on the inside of a double or single hung window by using suction cups with hooks. Use clear fishing line to loop the wreath gently over the window hardware.

The experts at Therma-Tru Doors offer these tips for creating a warm and inviting entryway during the holidays:

• Consider a twig wreath adorned with greens, gourds or berries.

•Accessorize your doorway with pots or urns of poinsettias or seasonal greenery accented with lights.

This article is courtesy of Home Improvement News and Information Center.