Here's How to Decorate a Front Porch That Will Make Guests Swoon

Have you ever overlooked something that was right in front of you all along? Case in point: your front porch. Sometimes an afterthought in the decorating process, the front porch is a well-traveled space in the home that plays a critical role in making both a first and last impression as you and your guests come and go. And when it comes to front porch ideas, the outdoors can, indeed, be great—even with limited space. Rushing out the door in the morning? Make sure you start the day off with a chic, inspired state of mind. Coming home from work? De-stress before opening the door with a relaxing front porch setup that serves as a detox from a busy day. Indulging in summer outdoor entertaining? Impress houseguests upon arrival with stylish seating and décor.

A stylish front porch is proof that outdoor style and entertaining don't need to be limited to the backyard. Most weekends during the summer (or, as I like to call it, patio season), you can catch me outside with friends with a glass of rosé in hand. And truth be told, I prefer doing this on my front steps over my back patio. Why? Consider it the entryway before the entryway: A front porch is the best spot to greet guests as they arrive. Sometimes outdoor design is just a matter of bringing the indoors a few steps out. Inspired by our favorite interior and exterior spaces alike? Check out 11 fresh front porch ideas to try this summer.