When you think about a house with good curb appeal, you probably think of attractive and well-maintained landscaping in the front yard, a driveway free from cracks and debris, a new exterior paint job and neighbors with similarly manicured spaces — but most of all, you think about the front porch.
The front porch is a guest’s first impression of your home. It offers an introduction to your design aesthetic, and it shows the guest what kind of comforts they can expect once inside.
Because the front porch has such an outsized impact, not only on the appeal of your home but on the outlook of those who visit it, you need to devote time, energy and some money into making your front porch as welcoming as possible.
Fortunately, that is about as easily said as done. Here are a few quick ideas for improving the look, feel and function of your front porch:
A. Consider Your Color Scheme
Most likely, the walls of your front porch should stay the same color as the rest of your home’s exterior, to ensure a cohesive look to your home from the street.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t play with color in this space. Some places where you might add color include:
- The front door
- Exterior shutters
- Columns and railings
- Porch décor, like planters, rugs and wall art
The color you choose will depend largely on your existing exterior palette as well as your design aesthetic in general.
If you enjoy using bright color in your interior spaces, you shouldn’t shy away from bright colors like turquoise or orange on your front porch.
However, if you prefer a more serene color scheme, you might opt for navy blue or charcoal gray in this space.
B. Fully Furnish Your Front Porch
If you have a larger front porch space, you might consider transforming it into an outdoor living space. A trend taking exterior design by storm, outdoor living helps to maximize the functionality of a property.
If you can expand your relaxing and entertaining opportunities to a beautiful outdoor environment, you can gain greater enjoyment from your home.
You should try to make your front porch living space as comfortable as possible, which not only makes the space more inviting but also makes it more likely that you will spend time there.
Installing outdoor ceiling fans and laying rugs in addition to placing furniture like couches and chairs go a long way toward improving the feel of the space.
If your front porch is on the smaller side, you might offer a rocking chair or front porch swing — something to show that you expect your guests to get comfortable during their visit.
C. Don’t Forget About the Details
Regardless of how large or small your front porch is, you can make a statement with the decorative details.
Here are a few important details you can’t forget to include in your front porch design:
Your front porch should have plenty of illumination. This ensures that both you and your guests can see their surroundings, improving the safety of the space.
A dramatic chandelier can be fun if your front porch has high ceilings; otherwise, well-placed wall sconces work wonders.
As an exterior space, your front porch should blend the outdoors and the indoors through the use of living plants. Your landscaping should work with the design of your front porch, either providing privacy or allowing visibility as you desire.
You should also integrate planters on the porch itself, which makes your home feel lively and inviting.
3. Mats and rugs
An outdoor rug placed underneath furniture helps to make a living space feel more finished. You should choose a rug made of materials that will better withstand the elements, especially synthetic fibers like polyester or nylon.
Then, you should consider swapping out your doormat every season or so, which is a small, inexpensive way to refresh your front porch look.
4. Signs and artwork
Many homeowners don’t consider adoring their exterior walls with art — but you should, especially in your front porch space.
Signs with your family name or “Welcome!” make the space feel more like home, but you can also select other types of wall art, like metal, wood or ceramic sculptural pieces that suit your aesthetic.
Your front porch could be among the most important spaces on your property, so it probably deserves more time and attention than you have given it thus far.
Improving the look and feel of your front porch doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but it will improve the value of your home significantly.