Freshen Up Your Front Porch
The interior of the home certainly gets the most love, but people often forget the importance of making the front porch look fresh and updated as well. Just a few changes here and there can really make all the difference. Whether it is a pop of color or some newly updated accessories, you can liven up your home and give it a completely different vibe. So, we came up with a list of the essential things to focus on when updating your front porch. Time to roll up those sleeves and get in touch with your creative side.
Before doing any decorating, it is important to start with a clean, fresh space to work with. Since many often neglect the outdoor areas like the front and back porch, it is time to wipe those cobwebs away and give everything a good power washing. This will bring life back into your porch by washing away any dust, debris, and dried up mud that may have accumulated over the years. Don’t be surprised if you end up with a completely different color on your floors when you’re finished. If you have a table and chairs out on your porch, give them a quick wash as well. Just be sure to use a hose and a damp rag instead of the pressure washer for the furniture that is not heavy duty.
A great way to start updating the porch area is to give it a refreshing new paint job. Just like power washing the floors, some fresh paint will make a dramatic change to the entire look of the area. The most important thing to paint, or repaint, would be the columns or railings that frame the porch. Most people paint them white, however, a warm cream color or a cool grey can set you apart from everyone else and make it look professional. Giving the front door a splash of color is also a great way to spice things up, and it’s much easier than painting the entire outside of your home. A tip for picking out a good color is to follow the color scheme of the entire space. If you are focusing more on cool colors, a navy blue or pastel green would be a nice touch. If you have more warm colors going on, a soft orange or even a vibrant red can transform the porch area entirely. If choosing a color is starting to seem like a difficult decision, stop by to a local hardware store for some advice and inspiration.
Outdoor furniture and decor
Now comes the most fun part – the decorating! Start with updating the outdoor furniture. If you’ve always had chairs on your porch, try putting out a nice couch instead. This will give more opportunities for décor because couches can be accessorized with patterned pillows and plush throw blankets – a perfect addition no matter the time of year. It is best to follow your color scheme, but a good rule for outdoor decorating is to keep things bright and exciting with shades of yellow, red, and green. The ultimate decision, although, is completely up to you and what you prefer. Don’t be afraid to incorporate some cute outdoor accessories to make things more visually appealing. Things like candles, doormats, little statues, and table art add dimension and style.
Plants are such a great way to add more life and color to any space, indoor or outdoor. Setting up some potted flowers along the edge of the porch is fairly easy and will make your home feel warm and welcoming. The best part about adding plants and flowers to any area is that it’s hard to go wrong. No matter where you put them, they will flourish. As an added tip, try getting a variety of flowers that bloom at different times so that there are always some flowers out. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can even decorate the pots!
Here are the few tips you can follow to make sure that updating your front porch will turn out a success. Just remember, it doesn’t happen overnight. Updating a patio can be a pretty big project, so don’t forget to have patience and to enjoy the work in progress. In the end, you will have a beautiful porch that both you and your neighbors won’t stop admiring. Have fun and good luck!