Front Porch Refresh - 5 Ideas
Updated: Nov 2, 2021
Tips for freshening up your front porch area to make the first impression of your home, the best impression!
Much more than just a drop-zone for packages, your front porch is the first area guests see and signals your personal style to neighbors and passersby. Make your porch a curb appeal all-star by kicking up the color and piling on the plants.
1 - Create a Warm Welcome
Fall equals friends, family and festivities so don't stop at just decking out the front door. Weather and space permitting (our front porch is deep and covered) make your front porch a seasonal show-stopper with rustic containers filled with dried hydrangeas, assorted lanterns, mums and piles of pumpkins.
2 - Focus on the Front Door
Graciously greet fall friends with a front door wreath or basket, filled with autumn's bountiful blooms. Really wow them by surrounding the door with other fall touches, like dried hydrangeas, sunflowers and pumpkins.
3 - Plants in Pots
Planter Perfection: Thriller, Filler + Spiller
A can't-miss combo for any container, thriller, filler and spiller refer to the three types of plant habits or shapes to include for a full, eye-catching planter. So, you’ll need a central knockout plant/plants for the thriller (I used a single purple salvia surrounded by a pair of Persian shield plants), filler plants that grow in to give the planter a lush look (I used pale purple lantana) and a spiller, or a trailing plant that will spill over the container’s edge (I used lobelia).
4 - Sit a Spell
Front porches are a natural gathering spot for chatting with neighbors or just relaxing with a warm cup of coffee while soaking in the season's shifting hues. It's hard to create a farmhouse-style porch without at least one quintessential rocking chair. Add a comfy pillow or cushion and give plenty of room for the runners to rock. Make furniture extra comfy by piling on quilts and cushy pillows. To minimize maintenance, opt for fabrics that are easy to throw into the washer and dryer.
If you have the space to hang one, a porch swing is a must. Nothing says "sit and stay a while" quite like a porch swing cozied up with plump pillows.
4. Sweep and remove cobwebs.
Nothing is worse than those nasty cobwebs hanging out on your porch. Remove cobwebs, leaves and dirt for a tidy clean look. White exteriors show every little thing, so keeping up with this maintenance chore is key to a tidy look.
5. Change up your lighting.
Swapped out the old lights for new outdoor sconces to helped modernize this spot a bit. Adding string lights is a nice touch. String lights are easily found now and they add such an ambience at night when the sun goes down.
Your a fortunate if you have room on your front porch to sit, Your Front porch is a great place to slow down in today's fast paced world; have a conversation with you family or neighbors, or enjoy some quiet time and reflect on the day. Your front porch can be a conforting place to just be present and enjoy life!