Your front porch is the face of every home; it's what you, guests, and neighbors first see when approaching your home. Is yours doing you justice? With just a few simple changes, you can redesign your front porch to fit your own style and give it a modern update. Here are a few of our best front porch tips:
1. Install outdoor lighting
Just as lighting can change the feel of rooms inside your home, it can also change the way your porch feels. There are many different ways you can arrange your lighting to not only help people find their way to your entrance at night but also add some personality to your porch.
The most basic lighting objective is to illuminate your driveway, walkway, and the area immediately around your front door. At a minimum, try to ensure that visitors can find their way to your entrance and locate the doorbell. Lighting can also be used to highlight certain things on your porch. If you have foliage or other decor, consider arranging your lighting to shine on it enough to bring it out at night.
For porches, there are many different types of lighting you can install. Step lighting can be installed beneath each step on your porch, which gives you a more unique way of making sure guests can see exactly where they are walking. These lights are a great option if the rest of your lighting is somewhat dull, and doesn't properly reach your steps. Many step lighting fixtures can also be motion-sensor, so that you don't have to waste electricity and unexpected guests can still see their way. Hanging lights and lanterns are a great modern choice for lighting near the door. Floodlights can be used in different areas to create more light overall and can often be tucked high up or in corners that wouldn't fit other fixtures.
2. Spruce up your front door
Your front door is the main attraction of your front porch, and changing it can give the entire front of your home a new feel. You could try simple changes, like hanging new accents such as a wreath, or changing the handle design. You might also consider changing the color or style entirely. One of the biggest problems with front door design is that they often simply don't pop, either because the design is basic or because they are a similar color to your facade. So no matter how you do it, try to make your front door stand out!
3. Try your green thumb
Front porch landscaping is another great way to improve your curb appeal without breaking the bank. Two symmetrical plants on either side of the front door will give it a bold pop. Smaller plants lined along the stairs and walkway will make the area feel less empty and can be a great way to hide outdoor lighting.
4. Get creative with awnings, rails, and walkway
After the front door, your awning, rails, and walkway are the main components of the front porch. Experimenting with any one of these can make a huge difference in the feel of your front porch. If your door does not have a natural overhang, consider installing an awning or trellis - this will make your front door stand out. Rails around your front porch and stairs can work with the foliage and design you have. If you don't have much landscaping, a rail can make the space feel less empty. While it's a bit more of a project to replace your walkway, updating it can be a great way to revitalize your home front. Stone or brick are timeless materials that will often stay trendy longer than asphalt or concrete.
5. Play with colors
Like any part of the house, changing the colors of your front porch can make it feel like an entirely new place. If you have a light-colored facade, try a darker color for your door, railing, awning, light fixtures, or other accents. Likewise, if you have a darker facade, try lighter-colored fixtures. This contrast can be more appealing and bring out your design.
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These are just a few of the ways you can begin to revitalize your front porch. A couple of simple changes can make a huge difference and give you the chance to experiment with different designs. With a little practice, you'll be able to try your own front porch ideas!