15 Welcoming Front Porch Decorating Ideas That Are Just Lovely

Go beyond a few plants to wow your neighbors.

<p>Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper and Stitch</p><p>Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper and Stitch</p>

Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper and Stitch

With spring officially about to bloom onto the scene, outdoor projects are top-of-mind for all of us. One task high on the list? Resurrecting your home’s curb appeal, which probably fell to the wayside (and/or died) during the winter months. Contrary to popular opinion, this requires more than just potting up a few plants and calling it a day.

To help you master that effortlessly charming appeal, we’re rounding up 15 designer-approved front porch decorating ideas that work for any season—and any budget. Whether you’re game to DIY a swinging chair or just want to find a unique way to bring color to the scene, these decorating ideas will shine a sunny light on your front porch and turn every head in the neighborhood.

Related: 20 Small Backyard Ideas for a Dreamy Outdoor Oasis

Carry Through a Color Story

<p>Katie Vail of <a href="https://stripesandwhimsy.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Stripes & Whimsy</a></p><p>Katie Vail of <a href="https://stripesandwhimsy.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Stripes & Whimsy</a></p>

There’s no better way to ensure your front porch feels cohesive and thoughtful than by echoing a complementary color scheme throughout. By dotting the same hue around the space, you end up with a thoughtful design that always feels pulled together. On the front porch of creator Katie Vail of Stripes & Whimsy, a quaint French blue shade finds a home on everything from the bistro set and front door to planters and pillows.

Play With Symmetry

<p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/ourforevertnfarmhouse/?hl=en" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Our Forever TN Farmhouse</a></p><p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/ourforevertnfarmhouse/?hl=en" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Our Forever TN Farmhouse</a></p>

If you’re after a front porch design that feels timeless and orderly, do away with any eclectic add-ons in favor of a setup that promotes symmetry. At their Tennessee farmhouse, creators Karey and Justin Foote styled up a stunning front porch that reads as crisp and modern, thanks in large part to a few strategic pairs—a duo of wreaths, matching boxwood topiaries, lanterns, and even a set of French doors all an eye-pleasing symmetry to the space. 

Add a Graphic Punch

<p><a href="https://nathanschroder.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Nathan Schroder</a> for <a href="https://www.maestristudio.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2">Maestri Studio</a></p><p><a href="https://nathanschroder.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Nathan Schroder</a> for <a href="https://www.maestristudio.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2">Maestri Studio</a></p>

Your front porch can be a great place to go a bit bold, especially if the rest of your exterior leans minimalistic or simple. The key to making it work lies in selecting prints that are a bit larger in scale so they can hold their own against the enormity of your exterior and be seen from the curb (which is, after all, the whole point of curb appeal!). This front porch, designed by Eddie Maestri and his team at Maestri Studio, relies on punchy, high-contrast black and white patterns—plus a charming teal door—to add impact and whimsy to a Texas family home.

Related: 10 Maximalist Decor Ideas That Prove (Sometimes) More is More

Try a Checkered Tile

<p><a href="https://www.madelineharperinteriors.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Madeline Harper</a>, Design by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/theinteriorcollective/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2">Anastasia Casey</a> and <a href="https://yardzen.com/front-yards/austin-tudor-meets-english-garden" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="3" rel="nofollow">Yardzen</a></p><p><a href="https://www.madelineharperinteriors.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Madeline Harper</a>, Design by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/theinteriorcollective/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2">Anastasia Casey</a> and <a href="https://yardzen.com/front-yards/austin-tudor-meets-english-garden" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="3" rel="nofollow">Yardzen</a></p>

There’s just something about a checkered tile design that feels perfectly classic and timeless, making it a great addition to almost any style of home—especially new builds that could use a bit of patina. For maximum impact, consider carrying the application from the entrance of your driveway or gate up to your front door, as seen here on a charming Texas Tudor home designed by interiors expert Anastasia Casey in partnership with Yardzen.

Hang Some Planters for Privacy

<p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/blancobungalow/?hl=en" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Laura Genevieve</a> for <a href="https://www.blancobungalow.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2">The Blanco Bungalow California</a></p><p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/blancobungalow/?hl=en" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Laura Genevieve</a> for <a href="https://www.blancobungalow.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2">The Blanco Bungalow California</a></p>

Even if you love your neighbors, chances are you don’t always want them catching a glimpse of you—especially at 7 a.m. as you run for the morning paper before your coffee. To add a bit of privacy to your front porch without obscuring the space completely, strategically hang a selection of planters to deter prying eyes. On this California front porch, creator Laura Genevieve turned to macrame holders (and a few strategically planted trees) to partially disguise the view of her front door and add a dose of desert boho personality. 

Oversize Your House Number

<p><a href="https://www.pixelsandpigment.net/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Lauren Armellini</a> for <a href="https://www.massieinteriors.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2" rel="nofollow">Massie Interiors</a></p><p><a href="https://www.pixelsandpigment.net/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Lauren Armellini</a> for <a href="https://www.massieinteriors.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2" rel="nofollow">Massie Interiors</a></p>

Adding interest and curb appeal to your front porch doesn’t have to necessitate a huge design overhaul—in fact, sometimes it’s as simple as upgrading your house number. At this charming home, designer Amanda Massie made a grand entrance by trading traditional house numbers for oversized letters that clearly (and stylishly) spell out the home’s numerical location.

Related: 8 Front Door Decor Ideas to Refresh Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Hang a Porch Swing

<p><a href="https://www.lorihamilton.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Lori Hamilton Photography</a> for <a href="https://hudsonparkdesign.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2" rel="nofollow">Hudson Park Interior Design</a></p><p><a href="https://www.lorihamilton.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Lori Hamilton Photography</a> for <a href="https://hudsonparkdesign.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2" rel="nofollow">Hudson Park Interior Design</a></p>

There’s just something about a porch swing that oozes charm and calls to mind lazy afternoons spent swaying in the sun, sipping an iced cold lemonade. Who doesn’t want a little more of that magical nostalgia in their everyday life? If your front porch boasts enough room, hanging a swing can be a great way to add a place to perch. Here, the team at Hudson Park Interior Design paired a teak bench swing with a sturdy pergola and oversized porch light for a sweet scene that brings the charm.

Pile on the Plants

<p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/hectormsanchezphoto/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Hector Manuel Sanchez</a>, Design by <a href="https://www.laurenconnerinteriors.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2" rel="nofollow">Lauren Conner Interiors</a></p><p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/hectormsanchezphoto/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Hector Manuel Sanchez</a>, Design by <a href="https://www.laurenconnerinteriors.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2" rel="nofollow">Lauren Conner Interiors</a></p>

If the front of your house gets a lot of sun, you definitely don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to put those rays to work on some light-loving blooms or fruit trees. On this quaint farmhouse front porch, designer Lauren Conner paired a custom blue paint shade (for similar, try Saphireberry by Benjamin Moore), with plenty of colorful flowering planters, including pots filled with catmint, geraniums, citrus trees, and more.

Section Off a Seating Area

<p><a href="https://www.spacecrafting.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Spacecrafting</a> for <a href="https://oharainteriors.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2">O'Hara Interiors</a>, Remodel by <a href="https://www.mdsremodeling.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="3" rel="nofollow">MDS Remodeling</a></p><p><a href="https://www.spacecrafting.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Spacecrafting</a> for <a href="https://oharainteriors.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2">O'Hara Interiors</a>, Remodel by <a href="https://www.mdsremodeling.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="3" rel="nofollow">MDS Remodeling</a></p>

When you think of hanging outside, you probably picture chilling on a back deck—but there’s no reason your front porch can’t be just as welcoming. To foster conversation and neighborly vibes, set up a petite seating area on your front porch that acts as a place to hang and doubles as decor. At this charming home remodeled by MDS Remodeling, designer Martha O’Hara set up a cozy conversation nook—complete with pops of coral that echo the front door—where the homeowners can take in the neighborhood or enjoy a morning cup of coffee.

DIY Decorative Tiles

<p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/paperandstitch" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Brittni Mehlhoff</a> for <a href="https://www.papernstitchblog.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2">Paper and Stitch</a></p><p><a href="https://www.instagram.com/paperandstitch" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">Brittni Mehlhoff</a> for <a href="https://www.papernstitchblog.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2">Paper and Stitch</a></p>

Landscape projects can be pricey, especially if they consist of ripping up perfectly good cement or concrete pavers to install a front porch material that is a bit more aesthetic. Instead of blowing your budget on unnecessary (but beautiful) upgrades, consider imparting a DIY touch instead. Here, creator Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper and Stitch transformed her front porch by painting a modern half-moon pattern on her home’s existing tile, giving it the aesthetic upgrade she desired and lending additional durability. 

Integrate a Garden

<p><a href="https://www.nicolefay.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Nicole Fay Interior Design Studio</a></p><p><a href="https://www.nicolefay.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Nicole Fay Interior Design Studio</a></p>

It’s typical to see a front porch decked out with planters, but an integrated garden is next level. Well-suited to one-story homes or anything with a mid-century modern tinge, a garden directly integrated into your front porch is an eye-catching twist on tradition. Keep in mind, this application is best paired with an xerogarden or cactus garden, as seen here in a home by designer Nicole Fay. Because this feature resides so close to the foundation and walls of your home, you don’t want anything that relies on water to survive.

Related: How to Xeriscape Your Garden

Add Some Creature Comforts

<p><a href="https://gracewagenman.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Grace Wagenman</a></p><p><a href="https://gracewagenman.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Grace Wagenman</a></p>

Like any space inside your home, you want your porch to be welcoming and comfortable, which often calls for a few soft touches, especially if you have a seating nook. Here, real estate agent and renovator Grace Wagenman leveled up a front porch scene with cozy additions like throw pillows, blankets, a coffee table, and a rug, all of which impart a neighborly feel.

Create Some Structure

<p><a href="https://yardzen.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Yardzen</a></p><p><a href="https://yardzen.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Yardzen</a></p>

Porches do more than create a welcoming entrance to your home; they also add some much-needed dimension to your exterior architecture. If your home is feeling a bit flat, you probably need a porch with more presence. Take this ranch-style abode for example. To give the front porch and exterior architecture more oomph, the team at Yardzen commissioned a wooden pergola, which created an outdoor “room” on the front porch, perfect for housing a few planters and Adirondack chairs. 

Add Vintage Appeal

<p><a href="https://www.malcolmbrown.net/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Malcolm Brown</a> for <a href="https://hadleywiggins.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2" rel="nofollow">Hadley Wiggins Inc. </a></p><p><a href="https://www.malcolmbrown.net/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Malcolm Brown</a> for <a href="https://hadleywiggins.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2" rel="nofollow">Hadley Wiggins Inc. </a></p>

If the exterior of your home is brand new or missing a bit of character, adding vintage touches to your porch is an effective and inexpensive way to give your home a bit of heart. At this coastal cedar shake cottage in New York, designer Hadley Wiggins peppered the porch with antique treasures—think side tables, steamer trunks, and more—that nod to the history and age of the home.

Go Bold With Lighting

<p><a href="https://rikkisnyder.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Rikki Snyder</a> for <a href="https://tamaramagel.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2">Tamara Magel</a></p><p><a href="https://rikkisnyder.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow">Rikki Snyder</a> for <a href="https://tamaramagel.com/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="2">Tamara Magel</a></p>

One surefire way to ensure all eyes are on your front porch? A little illumination, of course! Porch lights—either in the way of a pendant or sconces—are an architectural mainstay for most homes for purely practical reasons, but going a bit bolder with your aesthetic choice can be a great way to add some personality to your porch. At this East Hampton farmhouse, designer Tamara Magel opted for a duo of oversized hanging lanterns to frame the double barn doors and add even more prominence to the stately porch.

Related: If You Have a Small Front Porch, Try One of These 19 Decorating Ideas

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