20 Finds to Freshen Up Your Front Porch for Spring

Embrace the season of new life by giving your home's entry a fresh, new look. Deck out your front porch with our favorite buys for spring.

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In the Swing of Things

This cushy swing is calling your name for a lazy afternoon spent with family and friends or a solo weekend nap. Made from eucalyptus so it's naturally moisture- and insect-repellant, the slat-rail swing comes in white or graywash. BUY IT: Ballard Designs, $899

Cozy Pop of Color

Have extra throw blankets at hand for crisp evenings when you're enjoying the fireflies and crickets. This striped yellow-and-white blanket adds cheery color to your outdoor space and is made with windproof material that'll keep you warm even on the coolest spring evening. BUY IT: Target, $24.99

Throw It Together

Always one of the easiest ways to freshen up your style, weather-resistant outdoor pillows are also key to cozying up a porch swing or pair of rocking chairs. Classic shades of blue and white go with any color scheme, and by mixing and matching different patterns — from Greek key and stripes to Ikat and solids — you'll create a casual, eclectic vibe. BUY IT: Williams Sonoma, $79 and up

Rocking the Day Away

It's the must-have for any front porch — a comfortable rocker where you can sip your morning coffee or sit to chat with friends. Made from sturdy eucalyptus wood and all-weather upholstery, this contemporary take on the classic rocker is a comfy addition to your outdoor space. Also, available with navy cushions, which will hide dirt and stains better if you have kiddos and pets running around. BUY IT: West Elm, $399

Essential Accents

Functionality and style go hand-in-hand in this fluted ceramic garden stool that's made of durable earthenware and has a hand-glazed finish. Pair it with a cozy chair for a handy spot to set a cocktail while relaxing outdoors. BUY IT: Pottery Barn, $224

Gardening Made Easy

Surprise: These planters may look like heavy-duty pottery but they're actually lightweight resin that's easier to move, but just as durable. Each pot comes with a self-watering insert so you don't have to worry about constantly tending to the flowers — perfect for those of us missing a green thumb. BUY IT: Gardener's Supply Company, $49.95

Bring the Inside Out

Create an outdoor living space that's just as welcoming and comfy as your interior abode. The flat-weave style of this olefin rug is easy to care for and comes in traditional patterns in rich blues and whites. Just as in indoor spaces, an outdoor rug adds pattern, color and softness underfoot while defining a seating area. BUY IT: Grandin Road, $69 and up

Blooms Aplenty

Hang beautiful plants all along your porch for a colorful and life-filled display. Available in four sizes, these sphere-shaped hanging baskets are handcrafted in California with a weathered patina that blends rustic and contemporary styles. Line the planters with moss or a hanging basket liner, then fill with your favorite flowers. BUY IT: Terrain, $38 and up

For the Love of Fur Babies

Don't forget your furry best friend as weather gets warmer — provide a stylish water bowl on the porch to quench their thirst. Crafted from renewable acacia wood, the bowls are designed with an inner stainless-steel liner for easy cleanup. BUY IT: Chewy, $20 and up

Serve It Up

Whether you're bringing out your morning toast and coffee or cocktails and appetizers for a crowd, a serving tray makes transporting drinks and food a cinch. This textured tray is crafted from bangkuang, a sustainable Asian water hyacinth, that's braided together, complete with handles. BUY IT: Crate & Barrel, $39.95

Drinks All Around

Accommodate your iced tea and cocktail needs with new glassware that's not actually glass. Opt for acrylic stemware in bright colors that's shatter-resistant so an accidental drop doesn't mean a major cleanup. BUY IT: Pier 1 Imports, $6.95 and up

Notes of Harmony

Bohemian style meets enchanting melodies in this pair of wind chimes. Each chime features seven strands made of brightly colored glass beads and an iron bell to bring a little musicality to your outdoor space. BUY IT: World Market, $29.98

Plant for Your Kitchen

Always have fresh herbs at hand with these small square planters that are perfect for growing basil, mint, thyme and other favorite flavorings. Made from galvanized steel so they can withstand the weather; the herb planters are topped with a pretty brass band. BUY IT: CB2, $13.95 and up

Light Up the Sky

Take your porch from day to night with string lights that illuminate the dark so you can keep your gatherings going well into the evening. Use a timer to make life easier. Set them once and you won't have to worry about turning them on and off all spring and summer. When choosing string lights, look for ones designed specifically for the outdoors so they stand up to wet weather and varied temperatures. BUY IT: Home Depot, $49.98

Multifunctional Pouf

Look for pieces that do double or triple duty — this outdoor pouf works as a foot stool, an extra seat or a place to set your tray of drinks and appetizers. Pick from four weather-friendly fabrics in shades of blue to complement any color palette. BUY IT: Hayneedle, $39.99

Well-Lit Entry

Light fixtures flanking the front door are an easy way to update your outdoor look. These farmhouse-inspired lights bring cottage style to the space and illuminate your evening. BUY IT: All Modern, $55.99 and up

Welcome One and All

Don't forget the front door; greet guests with an adorable doormat. This house-shaped cutie adds extra sparkle to your entry with its glittery finish. BUY IT: Anthropolgie, $42

Light the Path

Add instant ambience to your porch with an illuminated decoration. Line the front steps or pathway with brass lanterns that are antiqued with a hand torch to give them a burnished-over-time look. BUY IT: Frontgate, $129 and up

Coming Up Lavender

Dress your front door with an eye-catching new wreath. The grapevine base is decorated with a mix of lavender and ferns, bringing natural color and texture to the door, then finished with a burlap bow. BUY IT: HornsHandmade at Etsy, $89

Banner Style

Personalize your front yard with a colorful garden flag. Choose from over 20 different combinations of backdrops, monograms and font colors for a design that's made just for you. BUY IT: ChicMonogram at Etsy, $15.99 and up

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