A fantastic way to add curb-appeal and enjoyment to your home is to freshen up your front porch and give it a facelift. A front porch is one of the first things that people notice about your home. Is your front porch welcoming and attractive? Is it a comfortable and inviting place where you can spend time with friends and family? Or maybe it’s a quiet retreat for reading a great book or listening to music?
Whether your porch is large or small, beautiful or lackluster, it makes a statement about your home. With a small investment, a little effort and some creativity, your porch can become a very appealing entrance to your home. How? Try these ideas…
Freshen up the scene
Paint your front door, porch flooring and railings in a good quality exterior paint. Ever notice how great a home looks with a boldly painted front door? Choose rich colors that complement your home. Think outside the box. A beautiful striking color on your front door can be just the “pop” that makes all the difference.
How about a new doorbell, house numbers and welcoming door mat? Look at your local nursery or home store for some tasteful decorations for your porch like hanging planters or crocks for seasonal flowers. Upgrade your porch’s light fixtures.
Change with the seasons
Isn’t it fun to see a great front porch that reflects the season? Beautiful seasonal wreaths on your front door are one easy way to instantly update your porch for the season. Flags and banners are fun and are available not only with seasonal themes, but also for holidays like Valentine’s, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the 4th of July. There are even birthday banners and baby announcement banners.
Personalize your porch
Add a little personality to your porch by showing off your family name, your heritage, or your personal style. If you’re a fisherman, maybe some fishing nets, poles and hand-painted wooden fish on your walls. If you’re a quilter, how about a couple quilts draped over your porch swing or a wall hanging? Whether you love country or contemporary design, there’s plenty of ways to decorate to your style.
Roll out the welcome mat
No matter if your porch is large or small; it’s easy to make it a welcoming spot. From a comfortable porch swing to a few porch rockers or a simple bench – they all extend a warm welcome to your guests. Comfort is king; everyone loves to be in a comfortable spot. So invest in cushions, pillows and great chairs that you and your guests will enjoy.
Porches are as popular as ever. They are places for families and neighbors to shoot the breeze and build relationships. Renew yourself on your front porch. Pull out the checkers game and invite a neighbor over to play. Squeeze some fresh lemons and make a refreshing pitcher of lemonade to enjoy on the porch. Come and sit a while. It’s great therapy for your soul.