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Front Porch Ideas

Create a Warm Welcome with a Pretty Front Porch

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Front Porch Ideas

A french settee looks divine on a shabby chic front porch

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Whether your front porch is a large area where you relax and entertain or a tiny space that is just an entrance to your home, there are plenty of things that can be done to make it pretty and welcoming in the spring and summer months. Remember to incorporate some front porch ideas when decorating your home for summer.

Front Porch Seating
  • If space allows create a comfortable sitting area. Furniture covered in outdoor fabrics (such as Sunbrella) won't fade in the sun and will make the porch feel like an extension of the house. Arrange the furniture as you would inside. Create a conversation area, establish a focal point, and include table surfaces for setting down drinks.

Think About Privacy
  • If your porch allows for it, hang curtains or blinds to help filter light and create privacy. Curtains that can be tied back, and blinds that can be rolled up offer the best of both worlds.
  • Another way to create some additional privacy is to install a lattice up one side of the porch. Grow plants or ivy up the lattice and you'll get some lovely greenery along with privacy.
Plants and Flowers
  • Place an urn (or two – one on each side of the front door – if you've got the space) on the porch filled with flowers. In the winter you can exchange summer greenery for winter displays.
  • Use hanging baskets full of summer flowers to add a burst of color.
  • Dot the porch with potted plants and flowers. Use a variety of container and plant sizes to create visual interest. Be sure not to overdo it and clutter things up though. Choose containers that blend in with the surroundings.
  • Attach flower boxes to windows and railings and fill them with vibrant flowers.
Front Porch Accessories
  • Place lanterns or galvanized pails with candles in them on the steps to welcome guest as they come on to the porch.
  • Add an outdoor rug to make the space feel cozy.
  • Toss a few throws onto furniture so you can wrap yourself up on cool evenings.
  • Use accent pillows on furniture for added color and comfort.
  • Display some artwork. Vintage flea market finds can be charming when displayed on a front porch. Just don't include anything too costly that could be damaged in bad weather or stolen.
  • A wall-mounted water feature is charming and helps mask noise coming from the street or neighbors.
The Front Door
  • The front door is usually the focal point of the front porch so dress it up. Give it a new coat of paint or add a new decorative door knocker. Wreaths are also just as great for summer as they are for fall and winter so add one filled with summer flowers and greenery.
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