What makes the porch such a special part of the home? Perhaps because it belongs to no particular person or activity; it welcomes everyone and is made for relaxing. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a front porch, but if you have one, then you should make it as welcoming as possible. In the summer, you should be taking advantage of all your outdoor space, and that includes the front of your home. Since it’s the perfect time of year to spend your weekend afternoons lounging on a wicker chair while flipping through the pages of a book, sipping on a cup of coffee and greeting your neighbors as they go about their days. You can easily transform your front porch into a welcoming space with a few key improvements.
Outdoor Living Room:
You should treat your front porch as if it is an outdoor living room. There should be comfortable seating and accessories. For the seating areas, don’t just have a single chair looking out into the street. That’s what intimidating front porches have. At the very least, have two-seater bench style seating. Ideally, you can seat four people in a comfortable way.
Casual feels more welcoming than formal furnishing. Keep on the lookout for hand-me-down furniture and re purposed pieces; paint them in your chosen base color and group them for relaxed conversation around a low table. The vintage prison bed is transformed in a comfortable daybed on this California porch. Building some DIY furniture is a great way to add a personal touch to your front porch. Some pretty great ideas, including using cinder blocks for planters, use black and white stripes and zebra patterns as a backdrop then add bright flowers to create a bold statement, tree stumps as tables, and wood pallets and painted tires as seating and a comfy new mattress and pillows makes your front porch more appealing to the guest and makes them to spend 20-to-life here.
It’s important to strike a balance with the amount of plants on your front porch. Old furniture comes in handy when you want to create a small herb garden. If you don’t have any, it’s okay, but you can definitely benefit from a planter or two. If you have too many plants, then you become that house on the street that people are afraid to approach or you become known as the weird jungle house.
Your home probably has a front porch light, but sometimes one light isn’t enough! More lighting enhances your home and makes them more appealing to look inside. If you live on a street where kids and neighbors stay out late on a summer evening, then the more lighting you have, the more welcoming your home will be! Try using string lights or battery operated candles in terrariums or jars.
For the door, you can craft a summer wreath out of simple items like colorful ribbons, paper pinwheels, felt cut-outs or fake flowers. You can also make several DIY window boxes to place under your new upgrades and then fill them with seasonal flowers, draping green plants or fragrant herbs. Decorate with antique artifacts or natural objects – an old wagon wheel or beautifully gnarled piece of wood – something lovely that you wouldn’t necessarily want in your living room – can make your porch feel country-style friendly.
Rocking Chairs and Swing:
Rocking chairs are something of a cliche, but they pack a big punch in terms of evocative design detail. If you can find one or preferably a pair, go for it! You’ll be surprised how much they delight visitors. Then, by all means, hang a wooden swing from it. Rocking away an evening is a great way to relax. Add a few pillows, make a pitcher of lemonade and invite the neighbors.