Summery Front Porch Ideas to Spruce Up Your Stoop
The front porch is summer's perfect purgatory -- it's not the dreary, sunless indoors, but it's still protected from the relentless summer heat (and, for that matter, summer rainstorms.) Now is the time to take advantage of this "best of both worlds" spot. But if you're like most of us, the porch may be a little neglected. Patio furniture looking a little dusty? Hanging plants looking a little, well, dead? We've got some ideas to help you perk up your porch for summer activities.
Wrap it in Wreaths
Nothing is easier -- and more cheerful! -- than decorating the front porch with an elegant wreath. Wreaths aren't just for Christmas; use clam shells or succulents to create a summer-themed door medallion.
Get Herbal with It
Summer herbs like dill and basil can be decoration, too! Keep your herbs where you can see them in a hanging planter on your front porch.
All's Chair in Love and War
Patio furniture looking a little weary? Try an upgrade for summer! Sew a new seat with a seasonal print or re-paint your favorite patio chairs.
Look to the Cot
Maybe the reason you don't spend time on your porch is because you simply don't have anywhere to sit. Well, that's an easy fix -- this simple project uses an old cot to fashion an easygoing couch for your porch.
Give the Front Door a Refresher
Just a little coat of paint will do. Painting the front door is an easy project that will breathe new life into the appearance of your stoop.
Bring on the plants! This three-tiered plant hanger will cover your porch in greenery, giving a lush, jungle look.
Let the Towels Take a Break
...And decorate! Save yourself the sand-filled headache of sand in the house by stringing beach towels up next to the front door.
Better Than a Window Box
Summer is all about exposure and hands-free decorating. This window-box alternative places allows flower pots to dangle near the window, no box needed.
Have Fun with Flags
Flower pot flags, flags on the windows, flags on the front door -- we've never met a front porch flag we didn't like. As Fourth of July approaches, get patriotic on the front porch!
Doormat looking worse for wear? Winter can leave them muddied and scuffed from snow-filled activities. Summer calls for a fun, easygoing welcome mat like this elegant braided doormat.
Oh, Say Can You Step?
Why not get patriotic with the doormat? It's summer, which means there cannot be too much of our country's colors.
She Lights Seashells
Put your seashell collection to use with these festive string lights, which will cast a beachy glow upon the front porch.
Spiky desert succulents have the type of summery spunk you want on your front porch. Swap out the spring greenery for these low-maintenance plants for a front porch that's all about the heat!
Last of All, Add a Cocktail
The best way to enjoy your front porch this summer? Drink! Take a pitcher of margaritas or a lemonade shandy to the patio furniture and relax -- summer's finally here.