Tips for Decorating Your Front Porch
Just like you change your interior decorations based on the season, trends and upcoming holidays, your front porch deserves the same treatment. From changing out porch furniture, signs, light fixtures, and outdoor décor, we will help you understand how each piece can add that extra wow factor to your home's exterior.
Light It Up
Lighting is one of the most important aspects of your front porch décor. It not only creates a safer home, lights also add warmth and a visual appeal boost. Porch lights can illuminate your exterior to highlight the unique architecture. With various lighting types to choose from, you can add colors, shapes, and materials that fit your overall style. Consider adding new sconces, in-ground solar lights along your walkway, hanging up string lights, wrapping lights around the porch columns, or even putting out small lamps if your porch has outlets. You can also play around with cool-toned or warm-toned light bulbs. You can even change out the light bulbs for holiday-themed colors!
The simplest way to spice up your front porch without spending a lot of time or money is by adding a doormat and a wreath. Doormats help give a glimpse of the people who live inside. You can have a simple "Welcome" or "Home Sweet Home" or add one with a funny saying to start a conversation with your guests the moment they walk in. Remember that materials matter - rubber is ideal for snowy areas while natural fiber helps scrub off mud and other debris.
Decorative wreaths are a fun and great way to draw attention to your entryway and are easy to change based on the season and holiday. These wreaths can be store-bought or even handmade with few materials and patience. Add pastel flowers and greenery for spring and play around with adding small props into your Halloween wreath.
Plants and Pots
We all love plants - whether they're inside your home or in your outdoor garden - they add extra beauty to any location. If you're not a plant expert, check out your local greenhouse for recommendations on what plants are native to help pollinators or ones that will do well with the natural light levels of your porch. Select pots that complement the colors on your exterior, but don't be afraid to add those with decorative patterns. You can also play around with the placement of the pots to create symmetry and asymmetry and the mixture of plant heights.
House numbers aren't just for people to find your home; they also add a slight touch of decoration to your front porch. You can mount the numbers to read top to bottom on your porch column or mount them directly onto your siding next to your front door. Add focus to the number by incorporating other elements, like a simple frame, mounted flower box, or even wood panel behind the numbers. The number color and font style should complement your overall style; for example: If your home is modern, add black and sleek numbers, but if your home is rustic, go for brushed bronze and thicker numbers.
Make It A Hang-out Spot
Porch furniture is a great way to add additional décor while making a cozy hang-out spot if you have the space. Add in a table, a few porch chairs, and maybe a swing or bench, and you've got yourself the perfect setup to enjoy time outside with friends and family. Plus, you can add seasonal-themed cushions to your porch furniture and a few small decorations on the table.
Seasonal Porch Decor
Are you a seasonal decorator and want to impress your neighbors every time a leaf falls or a new flower blooms? Change out your wreath, add a pumpkin or two, switch out your doormat for something more festive, and put out decorative pillows on any porch furniture. You can even add holiday signage and additional props, like a nutcracker or giant turkey for Thanksgiving. The possibilities are endless, but keep simplicity in mind; you don't want to clutter your front porch and make it overwhelming.