Outdoor Spaces

Dressing Up Your Front Porch for Summer

Greet guests the minute they arrive with décor that says “You’re welcome here!”

by Nancy Mattia

Decorating your front porch now that spring is finally here is a great way to underscore the season’s theme—a time of awakening and rebirth. From painting the front door a cheerful color to DIYing a flower container, there are easy ways to give this exterior focal point a makeover. Try some of these simple ideas to get your porch in shape for the season.

Front entrance of a home with blue door

For homeowners craving a splashy change that won’t break the bank, a fresh coat of modern paint on the front door can change the look of your home.

Clean the porch.

Start with the basics: Scrub the floor, wash the windows, and store snow shovels in the garage. The less cluttered the porch, the better it will look.

Set out pretty flower pots.

The classic way to dress up a front porch is with colorful, lush flowering plants in pots. For a spring feel, choose brightly colored containers that work nicely with your front door color, says Leah Gomberg, owner of Sweet Life By Design, a home-staging company in Maplewood, New Jersey. “For a more dramatic look, try a pedestal container,” she says. “Also, think about grouping containers and using plants in a variety of heights.”

Pick seasonal flowers.

There’s no shortage of spectacular spring blooms, including hydrangeas, tulips, peonies, Queen Anne’s lace, daffodils, daisies, magnolias, and geraniums. Choose by shape, color, and personality (magnolias are lush and romantic, daisies are perky and cute).

Choose fresh over faux.

While you could use artificial flowers to decorate, why not go with fresh blooms to better represent spring’s themes? To keep the flowers from drying out too quickly, stick stems in individual floral water tubes which, when filled with water, act like mini vases to keep flowers moist.

Paint the front door.

“If you want to make a big change,” says Gomberg, “give the door a new coat of paint in a spring color like aqua, lilac, or light green.” It’s an easy way to instantly boost your home’s curb appeal.

Paint a bench or rocker, too.

Give your porch’s bench or rocker a spring awakening by painting it a gorgeous new shade. “The color you use depends on the color of the door,” says Gomberg, who also suggests adding a colorful throw pillow or two to the bench and chair to make them even more inviting.

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Filling an umbrella with seasonal flowers makes for an eye-catching wreath, such as this one created by Random Thoughts Home

Hang an umbrella wreath on the door.

Got a colorful umbrella you’re not using anymore? Fill it with tulips, the quintessential spring flower, to underscore the saying “April showers bring May flowers.” Close the umbrella shut, position it upside-down (the handle should be pointed up), and arrange the flowers within. Tie a pretty ribbon around the middle of the umbrella and it’s ready to be hung on a nail on your front door.

Showcase rain boots.

Repurpose those yellow rain boots your kids have outgrown (or buy from a thrift shop), and set them on the porch filled with your favorite spring flowers. If using fresh blooms, put them in floral water tubes and stabilize them in the boots with newspaper or tissue paper.

Sunflowers in Wellingtons

Get a rug.

Make your porch feel like an extension of your living room when you place a brightly colored rug front and center. Get one that’s made for outdoor use. If a rug isn’t in your budget, consider a new entry mat.

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