Improve Curb Appeal – 6 Fast Front Porch Decorating Ideas Just in Time for Warmer Weather
There’s nothing like the sun and warmth of spring and summer after a typical gray and rainy Pacific Northwest winter. And with warmer weather, comes lots of neighborhood walkers, making it a good time for you to make your front porch more attractive and welcoming.
6 DIY Decorating Ideas to Make Your Front Porch Welcoming – or Even Turn It Into a Work of Art
Your front porch sets the stage for what visitors expect to see on the inside of your home. Dirty, neglected, weathered or broken on the outside can lead people to believe that the inside will be equally unkempt. On the other hand, a welcoming front porch begins to make your guests feel comfortable and intrigued before they even come in the door. Your front porch is also a space where you can create wild, whimsical, inspired design, turning what might otherwise be a bland, cookie cutter home first impression into a work of art.
Increase Curb Appeal with These 6 DIY Front Porch Fixes
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Work Your Way Up
Unless your home has a big wrap around front porch, chances are in terms of square footage it’s fairly small. You may not be able to make it much bigger, but you can take advantage of the vertical real estate you have and work your way up with DIY planters, ladders repurposed items and hang-able vertical planter and rack backdrops.
- DIY topsy turvy self-watering planter from HomeStoriesAToZ.com
- DIY vertical shutter planter from DIYAndCraftsIdeas.com
- Tiered planter with house numbers from InteriorPatio.com
- An old crib bed frame turns into a vertical planter from oFriendly.com
- DIY branch ladder from AshbeeDesign.com
- Instructions for making a DIY chandelier planter from DIYShowOff.com
Keep It Low Key
Let your guests have the low-down on what your home’s personality and feel is like. Welcome mats, DIY front porch stencil projects, garden stepping stones and other grounded décor can instantly up your front porch’s “wow factor.”
- DIY “HELLO” welcome mat from HappinessIsHomemade.net
- DIY Butterfly stepping stones from DIYandCraftsIdeas.com
- Bright HOME mat from LifeHack.org
- Totally-stenciled front porch from Homestead128.com
Thought it’s not shown technically on the front porch, what a great place to share your sense of fun with a stenciled or paving-stone hopscotch.
Reclaim and Repurpose
Your local thrift or antique store could provide you with all you need to come up with your own DIY repurposed or reclaimed front porch decorations. You may even have items like this in your own home now that you’d planned to throw away. Before you toss that old anything think about whether it can be repainted and repurposed to help you welcome friends and loved ones when they visit your house.
- DIY repurposed birdcage planter from DIYandCraftsIdeas.com
- DIY old chair repurposed planter from InteriorPatio.com (and extra points for turning painted flower pots into house numbers)
- Repurposed and paint-refreshed antiques with a hydrangea color palette from TheCottageMarket.com
- HGTV shows you how to repurpose an old tallboy dresser as a front porch planter
- DIY brightly painted repurposed drawers with spindle legs and shelves as well as rain boot planters from oFriendly.com
Though it could have been listed under reclaimed, this old wood ladder features several signs in addition to garland and bird feeders, earning in a spot here. Many people use their last name’s initial, last name, date of marriage or home purchase and other personal details in welcoming front porch signs, others simple post signs that say welcome. We’ve found a few other examples of how people use signs in front porch decorating ideas to share with you as well.
- Raggedy-Bits.com shows how to make a simple Garden Tours sign as part of a front porch makeover vignette
- Cursive hello sign from StartAtHomeDecor.com
- Gather sign from ChristinasAdventures.porch.com (link omitted due to number of pop-up and other ads on site)
Keep It Simple
You don’t have to spend a lot of money or time decorating your front porch. Sometimes simply painting your front door a bright color or adding bright statement pieces can give your home’s entry all the pop it needs to stand out from the rest.
- HGTV Wreath from 6 Ways to Get Instant Curb Appeal Under $100
- Bright DIY flower boxes from HappinessIsHomemade.net
- 12 front door wreaths that aren’t wreaths from HouseBeautiful.com
Paint by Numbers
Not only could your initial or last name be displayed to make your home’s entry more welcoming, from a practical standpoint, you can get creative in how you display your home’s address as well, helping tradesmen, delivery professionals, and guests know they’ve come to the right place with creative ideas for using your address in front porch décor.
- Beach-themed front porch from TheCottageMarket.com
- Reclaimed wood and metallic painted numbers from CraftivityDesigns.com (and don’t miss the umbrella-wreath with bouquet on the brightly painted front door).
- DIY framed house numbers from AllParenting.com
And since no front porch fix collection could be complete without at least one DIY pallet project, we’ll leave you with this one from TheCraftingChicks.com.