Design Tips for the Front Porch
Whether your porch is a small entry area or a roomy wrap-around, we'll show you how to create style, curb appeal and comfort in your home's welcome center.
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Alison Gelb Pincus, co-founder of One Kings Lane, a home decor and accessories website, advises going vertical on a small porch. "Since you don't have floor space, make the most of the walls and ceiling," she advises. Her top three improvements include:
If you're lucky enough to have a roomy front porch or screened-in bonus room that doubles as living space, feel free to give it a separate look like you would any other room in your house, Salk says, as long as the furnishings and décor complement the outside of your home.
Salk recommends starting with a fresh coat of paint. "There's nothing worse than a peeling floor or railing. Attend to that first, and then add furniture and layers of accessories," she advises.
What's the best way to arrange furniture on a roomy porch? If you're buying new, Salk suggests a loveseat or sofa that can hold at least two people, an ottoman that can double as seating space and a coffee table, and at least one more solo chair. The largest piece of furniture should face outwards, with smaller pieces grouped like a living room set.
Sticking with the furniture you've already got? Accessories will give the space real personality without costing a fortune. "Don't just throw your wicker chairs outside and call it a day. Small touches will really make the porch pop. Just be careful not to clutter it up with too much stuff," Salk says. "The space shouldn't be fussy, but should have a feeling of ease and comfort about it."
Salk's top five accessories include:
As with a small porch, a brightly-painted door, new house numbers and a door knocker can make a big statement, Gelb Pincus says.
Finally, don't forget seasonal touches. In fall, use pumpkins and a harvest-themed wreath on the front door; in winter, hang an evergreen wreath. Come spring and summer, all you need are pretty container gardens to lure people in.
Get tips and strategies for planning your outdoor space from the experts at HGTV.com.