Friday, May 1, 2015

Front Porch Design: 6 Ways to Jazz Up Your Entry

I have a fun guest post for you today by Jane Blanchard from Modernize.  She is sharing some great tips to spruce up your front porch.  And when you have a minute stop by their site its full of beautiful photos and articles that will inspire your home decorating projects.  

Front Porch Design: 6 Ways to Jazz Up Your Entry

Are you tired of the entryway to your house? Want to jazz it up to make it more welcoming for your guests?  Here are our 6 favorite ways to transform your porch.

Invest in a functional, but fun seating arrangement

People like to linger when they either arrive or exit a home. Often times, small talk and conversations occur on the porch; your guests may look for a place to sit comfortably to chat. Try to arrange your seating so that it faces in different directions – one toward the house, the other facing the yard and two seats opposite of one another. Make certain that your seats are comfortable and weatherproof. You can also purchase new pieces, like a wicker chair , patio chairs or hammock, to make your space welcoming and functional. Try to hit sales in January for better deals on outdoor furniture.

Add a table

People like to sip their coffee or read a book on the front porch. Why not create an inviting space to relax? A table can set the tone of your entryway, depending on your intended use. If you want to entertain guests , you may consider buying a sturdier, more durable table, while for day to day use, a simpler option will work. Add a lamp or decorative accessories to give it further emphasis.

Try easy fixes

Want to do something with your porch, but don’t want to spend too much money? Add new throw pillows to your couch or accessorize the front with some plants. You can even buy new accent pieces, like a vase or trunk storage, to give your porch a lift. It doesn’t have to be expensive to make an impression.


Repaint your porch

Painting an old space with a different color offers an immediate facelift to any space. Determine the color scheme that will work with your overall exterior and then complement your porch with the right paint. Within a few days, you will have a new and fresh entry to enjoy.

Via Modernize

Spruce up your curb appeal

The outside landscaping of your property will influence how your porch appears to visitors. Keep shrubs, flowers and trees trimmed. Make certain your lawn is mowed and the pathway to your entryway is clear. Also, if your mailbox is in the front of your house, update with paint . You can also retouch the numbers outside of your home so they look fresh. 

Experiment with colors and textures

To keep your porch from looking too boring, combine different colors, textures and patterns. Mismatched chairs with wicker accents can appear complementary if you add pillows that will bring out the colors of both. Adding wicker, different types of fabric to your chairs and even an accent rug creates a presentation that offers a fun variety.

Sprucing up your porch is a great investment for you, as well as your guests. You can opt for a simple fix or be more elaborate, but whatever you decide your porch will definitely be more inviting and get more use.

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Thank you Jane!  I can't wait to try some of these ideas on my front porch.

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