10 Tips for a Welcoming Outdoor Entry

These easy, inexpensive touches welcome your guests in style.

Photo By: Red Arrow Industries

Photo By: Red Arrow Industries

Photo By: Red Arrow Industries

Photo By: Red Arrow Industries

Photo By: Red Arrow Industries

Photo By: Red Arrow Industries

Photo By: Red Arrow Industries

Photo By: Red Arrow Industries

Photo By: Red Arrow Industries

Photo By: Red Arrow Industries

Photo By: Red Arrow Industries

Say Hello With Design

Plenty of comfortable places to sit, an open, easy-to-negotiate placement of furniture and plenty of plants make this front porch a place you want to linger.

1. Go Vertical

Don't neglect the potential of vertical decor to add an unexpected, whimsical element to your outdoor entry. These green topiary balls in interesting metal cages are both graphic and warm.

2: Ample Seating Is Key

Porches are for sitting, so there need to be plenty of places for guests to linger with a cocktail or a cup of coffee. A few well-placed pillows make things extra comfortable.

3: Add Color

Use rich jewel tones to add texture and warmth to your porchscape. Piling on the pillows and a cozy throw for chilly nights sends a welcoming message.

4: Create a Glow

Whether with candles or solar lanterns, adding soft lighting to your porch makes it a beacon and destination.

5: Side Tables for Design and Utility

Accessories including plants and candles bring your inside style to outside tables. And just as in inside, plenty of tables provide surfaces for people to rest drinks or a snack.

6: Green Is Good

Nothing seamlessly blurs the indoors and the outdoors and adds gorgeous natural color to your outdoor design like plants.

7: Factor in a Rug

Rugs break up the space on your porch, help define the area for socializing and add a dose of comfort and interest to your porch design scheme.

8: Vary Your Heights

Placing objects at different heights in groups helps fill out your porch design scheme.

9: Variety Is the Spice of Life

Placing plants at different heights and arranging them in thoughtful groupings ensures that adding green doesn't look like an after thought.

10: Pile on the Comfort

A basket or bin or wooden box heaped with pillows or warm throws signals to your guests that they'll be well taken care of when there's a chill in the air.