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.
A Pair of Chairs
A simple way to create an inviting front porch space is to set up at least two seats for socializing (a conversation starter, if you will). The sleek shape and natural rattan finish of these chairs put them right at home on a minimal modern porch.
There's just something about hammocks that makes us think of vacation, and we like the way that feels for a front porch. No need to rush: Reading the morning paper just got a whole lot more relaxing.
An Outdoor Daybed
Courtesy of Byron Bay Hanging Chairs
A rattan daybed blends indoor comfort with outdoor materials to take the traditional front porch bench concept to the next level. Comfy seats for the win.
Tall succulents and cacti are a great way to use a smaller space to make a big first impression in a front porch design. We recommend mixing and matching eclectic succulents and planters to create visual texture and variety in color, shape, and height.
Nothing says hangout space like literally hanging out. Hanging chairs create a breezy, beachy vibe on a front porch. The bonus? They're removable if you need to clear floor space quickly, though they're also guaranteed to be a guest (and host) favorite.
Pattern tiles on a front porch add personality at first sight and first step. A blue-and-white pattern is a classic color combination for summer, and the geometric design builds energy in the space from the ground up.
When it comes to inviting front porch designs, what's more welcoming than a dining table? Bringing the indoors out with a large farm table, wire chairs, and a vintage farmhouse light gives this porch a comfortable, lived-in aesthetic that's sure to make it a summer hot spot.
Poufs and Floor Pillows
The porch décor of Spell & the Gypsy Collective's Byron Bay boutique is borrowed straight out of our boho dreams. Scattered pillows, poufs, and throws combined with natural wood, jute, and thatched textures give this earthy porch a nod to its relaxed beach-town surroundings.
A Classic Swing
A daybed swing is a classic move for any front porch design. To try a more modern riff on the traditional porch swing, layer throw pillows in fresh, new patterns when getting ready to entertain (you can always bring a few out from inside, weather permitting).
A Pop of Green
Even adding one chair in a bold color can give an entire front porch a new life of its own (not just for rocking chairs anymore). And if you're lucky, the space also comes with a view, giving you a front-row seat to that favorite age-old summer pastime: people watching.
With Moroccan-inspired décor trending, an antique rug is a great way to put global style front and center on the front steps. Say a fond farewell to the traditional welcome mat.
Next up: 11 outdoor lighting ideas to brighten up your summer evenings.
This story was originally published on July 7, 2017, and has since been updated.