If there's one mistake most dwellers are guilty of it's not paying enough attention to the spaces outside of your home. While we appreciate an impeccably designed living room and a dining space curated to a T, you'd be remiss not to decorate your front porch with an equal amount of flair as any other room inside of your house. We're talking adding some texture with exterior rugs and providing seating outdoor patio furniture. Whether you have just a few feet of space or a sprawling wrap-around porch, this is the inspiration you need to bring the cozy, homey feel outside your front door.
Your front porch is the first thing you see when you get home—use it to create an oasis you retreat to at the end of a busy day. Adding elements that remind you of vacation, like bamboo furniture and palm leaves is just what you need to create the sweet escape you crave right outside your front door.
Small Space, Big Impact
If you're working with a tiny space, the worst thing you can do is leave it empty—that only makes it look even smaller. Instead, utilize every square inch strategically to give the illusion of more square footage. Adding a bistro table and chairs, accented by your favorite potted plants and outdoor lanterns, not only gives you tons of curb appeal, it'll also become your favorite place to enjoy your morning coffee.
Farmhouse In The Front
If you're looking to create that classic farmhouse feel, the first thing you'd want to incorporate is a set of wooden rocking chairs. The addition of pillows, throw blankets and some iron fixtures completes the look. And if there's just one more element that is unapologetically farmhouse, it's mismatched pieces, like these two side tables. Hit your local flea markets to make your front porch look like a scene right out of the countryside.
If you're a fan of mixing prints inside your home, don't shy away from your pattern play when it comes to your front porch. This darling setup incorporates an outdoor rug, patio upholstery, and a mosaic technique on the floor to create tons of visual interest and an inviting space, even before visitors step foot inside.
There's The Door
There's one item that can make or break the final look of your front porch. It's none other than your front door. We're obsessed with this Dutch door (that's what you call the door functions on the top half as a window, and a full door when guests make their way in). And the best pair is the honey color of the wood complements this neutral space like a dream.
You would never put up with an ugly floor in your living room (We hope!), so why would you settle for a less-than-perfect flooring on your porch? Luckily, there are plenty of options for reflooring your outdoor space, including some that are budget friendly. If you're feeling crafty, you can invest in some peel and stick tiles, or stencil a design on your floor using an outdoor paint, like the homeowner did in this photo.
A Place To Hang Out
If a hanging day bed doesn't come to mind when you think of a front porch, we don't know what does. This bench swing made inviting by a handful of pillows makes for a comfortable space to hang out on your down time, while the classic black and white combination is sure to stay on trend for years to come.
Clean And Classic
When in doubt, stick with a clean color palette—it'll add to the open, airy feeling any front porch strives for. We love how this space incorporates all types of wood, from the beamed ceilings to the aged chairs, and slatted floor, but all come in a clean shade of bright white. The result is minimal, without being boring.
Kaleidoscope Of Color
On the other hand, if color is your thing, this bright and cheery front porch brings sunshine to your porch all year round. A fresh coat of paint in a pop of color on your front door sets the tone, while potted flowers in all shades of the rainbow adds tons of visual interest.
Just like you would inside your home, look for nooks and tiny vignettes to create purposeful spaces. Whether you're looking to create a space to cozy up to your favorite books, one to enjoy your morning coffees, or one that just looks out into a gorgeous view, knowing its purpose before you begin decorating will be key. If the goal is to plant roots for sunset watching, a bench and some cozy pillows work much better than, say a bistro table.
If you've always wanted a greenhouse but never had the space to fit it anywhere, consider making your front porch the new home for all your plant babies. A single rocking chair is all you need to sit outside and admire the growth of all your favorite greens.
It's All In The Details
No matter how much or how little space you have to work with, it's the little things that make your front porch look and feel inviting. Outdoor rugs add texture, while a doormat with a cute saying welcomes you home every evening.
A Minimal Approach
You don't need tons of patio furniture to make a space feel comfortable—you just need the right pieces. This minimal front porch features a single chair, bench swing and a side table, but that alone is enough to make us want to spend our afternoons relaxing in.
Whether you're lacking the space indoors, or you just prefer to entertain al fresco, bringing elements like a seating area and a place to dine onto your porch is just what you need to set the mood outside. Elements like pillows, throw blankets, rugs and outdoor lamps make it feel just as comfy as it would inside.
A Place To Kick Your Feet Up
If there's one surefire way to enhance your front porch (and maximize your seating), it's adding a built-in bench that spans the entire length of your porch. You'll have plenty of space to kick back with friends, enjoy sunsets, and maybe even catch a mid-day catnap.