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Front Porch Ideas

Embrace the front porch lifestyle by giving yours an update. It’s easy to slap a fresh coat of paint on your front door and swap out your house numbers for a new set, but there are plenty more things you could be doing. Read on to find some of the best front porch ideas out there to create a space you’ll want to spend all day in.

Liven It Up

Even the smallest of front porches can handle a bit of greenery. Plants do double duty by infusing life and color into the space. Flank the front door with matching planters, or line the windows with low boxes filled with foliage. Use decorative floor vases throughout to break up the monotony of a long porch and define different areas if needed. If you have a covered porch, put those beams to good use and hang some lush greens and flowing flowers overhead. Fill in a blank stretch of wall with a trellis topped with climbing vines. For a seasonal approach, hang a fresh wreath on the door and change it up every month according to the time of year.

Fun with Flooring

It may not be the first thing you think of, but flooring is a great way to change up a front porch design. Top off an existing space with a fun patterned tile or a simple shape laid in a unique way. Freshen up a wooden porch with a coat of paint or a new stain. You can even elevate a boring concrete porch with etching, special coloring or stamping to give it the appearance of a more expensive material. All of these can benefit from the addition of a colorful outdoor rug that will soften the look as well as give your feet a cushy spot to land.

Light the Way

To make your home appear as inviting as possible, you’ll need to keep the entry well lit. You can do so with a variety of different outdoor lighting options that will also serve as front porch decor. Wall sconces on one or two sides of the front door light a clear path for visitors and provide a sense of safety. If you have a big enough porch, consider hanging lights, such as evenly-spaced pendants, a statement chandelier, or delicate string lights. Floor lanterns are another great way to bring a warm glow along with a bit of style to the space. For warmer climates, a lighted ceiling fan to keep the air circulating is a must.

Sit and Relax

For those lucky enough to have the space, good front porch chairs are a must. Ideally, you have enough space for a porch swing, either a hanging model or one that glides on its own frame. If that’s not an option for you, a rocking chair will surely help you sway and relax on those summer nights. Add a small side table so you have somewhere to rest your drink or book while lounging. A small bistro set is perfect for sharing a meal and good conversation with a friend. Furniture is also an excellent way to incorporate some color into your porch design. Look for chairs that add a pop of color or that complement existing materials.


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