The Best Front Porch Decorating Ideas for Every Month of the Year
Your front porch is the very first thing that guests see when they arrive at your home, but it can be hard to make that essential space feel cohesive with the rest of your living quarters. It's worth thinking of your porch as more than just a space to breeze through—it can be a relaxing haven in the warmer months, even serving as a spot to host friends and family if your front yard is private enough. The bitter cold months warrant some decorative touches, too, and there are plenty of ways to make the space feel welcoming from November through February.
If you decide to forgo furniture, a simple coat of paint can be surprisingly transformative. Lorna Aragon, Living's home editor, believes that painting a front porch in a neutral shade that doesn't necessarily match but complements the rest of your home's exterior can make the space feel more inviting than ever. "Most people don't really consider neutrals to be anything beyond just beige. There are so many different ways to use neutral colors in a home—and certain hues of most colors can be considered a neutral," Aragon says.
Another way to bring a bit of your home's interior style out onto your front porch? With flowers and plants, which can be both visually pleasing and provide a bit of aromatherapy for guests on the way in. And, whether sourced from an antique shop or made by hand, furniture also serves as engaging design elements both indoors and out. Your porch should be an extension of interior décor elements, and seasonal holiday decorations are a great way to extend the holiday spirit outdoors.
Read on for styling tips and DIY projects to make your porch an outdoor sanctuary all year round.
If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace inside your home, keep toasty in front of a warm hearth all month long by stockpiling fire essentials on your porch. When it's time to get a fire crackling, just pop outside for some dry wood and kindling—this also helps keep your living room free of any woodland debris. Best of all, stacked wood is a surprisingly decorative touch, especially when paired with other seasonal motifs, like an evergreen wreath and pine cones.
Nothing says Valentine's Day like a bouquet of fresh roses—if you're going all out to celebrate a day of love, why not take the concept to your front porch? This rose wreath best conveys a message of love by simply intertwining single buds, preferably in lush tones of red and pink, for a special occasion. Hang one on your door to usher in the holiday.
Welcome the beginning of spring by planting fresh annuals or perennials on your porch; dressing windows up with astilbe, violas, and petunias (pictured here) is easy when paired with leafy greens like coleus. Transplant a few potted perennials found at local home centers, or head online to purchase seeds that you can plant yourself.
Save yourself from sand-filled headaches by using a peg rail to string beach towels, chairs, and other beach accessories outside of the house.
Who says your July 4th decorations have to be red, white, and blue? A porch is the focal point of any neighborhood block party—here, handmade ornaments made from inexpensive brass strips are created to make celestial shapes.
If you have a wrap around porch with enough space, you can create multiple sitting areas for larger crowds to gather in the shade. Try installing a wide porch swing that incorporates soft, plush outdoor pillows—they can be made using the same kind of durable canvas found on weatherproof outdoor seat coverings.
For a simple and affordable way to personalize your outdoor space, try painting your front door in a sunny hue. Here, a bright yellow and green livens up an otherwise all-gray exterior.
Pumpkins and gourds are a fall staple for nearly any home across the country, even in warmer climates. Add some to your outdoor seating area and drape chairs with comfy blankets for the ultimate late-fall setup. To take your pumpkins to the next level, consider incorporating low-maintenance succulents, which you can plant inside white pumpkins. Sun-loving varieties, like echeveria, haworthia, or jade, are good options.
While there's almost endless amount opportunity adorn your door with wreaths throughout the year, a festive wreath is synonymous with the holiday season. Making one at home is simple; wire your materials to your metal form, and then apply them to a rounded straw or foam base.