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12 Best Front Porch Ideas For Every Home

Erin Gobler6 minute read
March 26, 2018

When visitors come to your home, your front porch is the first thing they see. And as the old cliche goes, first impressions are important.

Your front porch also affects your family’s experience of living in the home. A beautiful and inviting space can be one that your family and friends will enjoy for years to come. Keep reading to learn 12 favorite front porch ideas to add functionality and flair to your home.

12 Front Porch Decorating Ideas

No matter how big or small your front porch is, there are many ways to style it to add curb appeal to your home and make it a space your family loves. Below we’ll talk about 12 ways to style your front porch, including a few ideas for smaller front porch spaces.

1. Fresh Paint And Color

Victorian home with large ornate porch.

Adding fresh paint or vibrant color to your front porch is an easy way to freshen it up, add curb appeal, or create a particular atmosphere. Depending on the style and color scheme of your home, you can paint the porch itself, your door frame, or any other features of the porch.

When you’re adding paint to your front porch, you can add any color that suits your style. However, a vibrant color especially can make your porch a focal point of the home that immediately draws the attention of visitors and passersby.

2. Functional Furniture And Seating

White deck furniture in a cozy arrangement on covered porch.

While this isn’t an option at every home, adding functional furniture and seating to your front porch can really turn it into an expansion of your home and a space that your family and friends can enjoy.

The size of your front porch will greatly impact the furniture and seating options available to you. Some of the options include seating such as rocking chairs, benches, swings and dining furniture. You could also add side and coffee tables, lighting and other furniture accents. For larger porches, a full seating set could be an option. Even if you have only a small porch, you could still add a piece of accent furniture to add some character to the space.

3. Flowers And Greenery

Lush green plants adorn contemporary minimalist entryway to home.

Planting flowers and adding other greenery around your front porch can enhance the appearance and ambiance of your home. Adding these accents to your porch can help to add life to the space and make it a pleasant place to be. It can also help to add some color and visual appeal.

As with other decor items, the amount you can incorporate depends largely on the size and style of your porch. You might include a flower bed in front of your home, climbing greenery going up the side of your porch, and more.

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4. Railings And Other Accents

Blue Cape Cod with large covered porch featuring black iron railings and white columns.

Adding railings to your front porch can have multiple benefits. First, they can enhance the functionality of your front porch and make it a safer space to spend time, especially with small children. Railings and other similar accents can also add curb appeal to your front porch.

Railings also aren’t the only structural accents you can add to your home. You might also consider accent pieces like an awning, gate, columns and more.

5. Decorative Pathways

Contemporary modern white home with outdoor lighting and floating pathways featuring striking creative minimalist landscaping.

Another great option for styling your front porch is adding a decorative pathway up to it. Not only does a path create more curb appeal to your home, but it can also create more living space for your family to enjoy. For example, a decorative pathway could also be used as a garden area for your family to enjoy. Some elements you can incorporate include steppingstones, mosaic tiles, mulch, gravel and more.

6. Potted Plants

Classic American home with white siding, black shutters and wooden door flanked by large potted ferns.

We’ve already talked about planting flowers and other greenery around your front porch. But you can also add potted plants to liven the space up. For some homeowners, just a single flowerpot might be enough. You may also include hanging plants and window flower boxes, which can enhance the ambiance of your front porch. Others want to include lots of greenery on their porch to create a true outdoor oasis.

Depending on where you live, potted plants may only be an option during the spring, summer, and fall months. If you get snow or cold weather in your area, your plants may either die during the winter, or you can simply bring them inside for the winter months.

7. Hanging Features

Covered front porch with hanging flowering pants.

One of the benefits of a front porch — especially a spacious one — is that you can have plenty of space to hang various decor items. Some examples include bird feeders, wind chimes, string lights and more. Some of the items you can use will simply add curb appeal to your home. Others will add functionality and make it a more usable space. For example, a porch with string lights might be a place your family is more likely to spend time together in the evenings.

8. Screened-In Space

Bungalow with large screened in front porch.

Depending on where you live, you might even decide screen in your front porch. Adding a screen to your porch can help you make the most of the space for more of the year rather than just the summer months. You also have the added benefit of creating protection from bugs and other pests that might make it less appealing to be outside. Finally, depending on where you live, creating a screened-in space in your home may also increase the value.

And remember that when it comes to closing off your porch, screen isn’t necessarily your only option. There may be other options as well, depending on how much you want to invest. You may also add an enclosure that’s temporary that you can open up — either fully or partially — during certain months of the year.

9. Technology And Entertainment

Woman ringing Nest door bell.

For some people, their front porch is far more than just a visual element of their home. It may also be a living space where your family spends much of your time. In that case, you could add outdoor technology to make it a fun place to be. For example, you might consider an outdoor television or a screen and projector set so your family can enjoy movies together.

In addition to technology for the purposes of entertainment, you can also use it for the purpose of safety. Many families now install home security systems on their homes, including video doorbells that allow you to see who is coming and going from your home.

10. Water- And Weatherproof Furnishings

Pergola with outdoor furniture in wood and natural tones underneath it's semi-enclosed canopy.

Depending on where you live, it might make sense to add waterproof furnishings to your front porch. The good news is that many outdoor furnishings — including furniture, rugs and other decor items — are designed to withstand rain and other weather.

If your home is in an area that gets more extreme weather, you may want to consider that as well. For example, homeowners who expect snowfall might make other arrangements for their outdoor furniture during the winter, such as storing it away somewhere or buying covers for it. You may also simply buy pieces that can withstand the winter months without damage.

When you’re shopping for outdoor furniture and decor, it’s easy enough to find water and weatherproof items. Simply use that search term and you’ll find more than enough options.

11. Eco-Friendly Elements

Home with solar panels and porch refurbished with repurposed materials.

It’s become increasingly common for people to add eco-friendly options to many areas of their homes, and your front porch is no exception. For example, you could add solar panels to your front porch to add sustainability and help to add value to the home.

Adding eco-friendly elements to your home doesn’t have to mean opting for green energy. Other ways to do so include using refurbished and secondhand items for your furniture, decor, or even the structural elements of the porch.

12. Seasonal Decor Themes

Porch with various sizes and shades of gourds and pumpkins along the stairs leading up to the front door.

The Bottom Line

You may not give your front porch much thought when you’re styling your home. But adding furniture, plants, decor and other items to it can help add curb appeal to the home and make the porch a more pleasant space for your family to spend time. For more about styling your home’s outdoor space, check out some backyard design trends for your home.

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Erin Gobler

Erin Gobler is a freelance personal finance expert and writer who has been publishing content online for nearly a decade. She specializes in financial topics like mortgages, investing, and credit cards. Erin's work has appeared in publications like Fox Business, NextAdvisor, Credit Karma, and more.