Have you ever considered what people think about your personality as they walk by your house? Many homeowners like to express themselves through their landscaping, door decor, or Christmas lights.
Another aspect of your home that is just waiting for your touch of personality is your small front porch. Perhaps it’s the small space that causes you to distil your personality down to its essence when you decorate a small front porch.
Whether you want to use your front porch to enjoy your coffee in the morning or relax in the evening, there are plenty of ways to maximize the space and make it feel like it embodies YOU.
Check out our summer checklist for decorating your front porch below. You’ll be ready to show it off in now time!
Think of Your Theme
Thinking of a single theme to tie your front porch together will save you a huge headache and mismatched decor.
If you want a low-maintenance front porch, you should consider neutral colors with evergreen plants. All you’ll need to do is sweep and water your plants.
For the more ambitious homeowner, you might think about having rotational decor for the season and holidays. The idea here is to have neutral-toned furniture that will go with any color.
Other homeowners might opt for a single theme to reflect their hobbies like gardening or being a dog parent.
The possibilities are endless for your small front porch theme!
Small Front Porch Decorating List
Now, that you’ve selected your theme, it’s time to collect the furniture, plants, and decorations to transform your small front porch into the curb appeal statement of your dreams.
Pick a Seat
The seat you pick will greatly rely on how much space you have on your small front porch.
If you aren’t planning on spending much time on your front porch but maybe want a place where you can pull off your muddy shoes, then a small bench will probably be best for your needs. We recommend shopping around at thrift shops or upcycled furniture stores to find something to suit your needs. If you’re a crafty individual, you can even try out some bench DIYs to make exactly what you want.
For those with a bit more room and the desire to lounge around in the hot afternoons, we suggest a classic Adirondack chair.
Just remember when you purchase a seat, you’ll want to ensure it’s properly sealed and weatherproofed.
Add a Table
Again, whether you have a table or not is dependent upon what you plan to use your front porch for. If you plan on relaxing out there, you’ll definitely want a small table to put your coffee and newspaper on.
Even if you don’t intend to spend that much time on your small front porch, you’ll want a table to hold decorative items or plants.
To find that perfect table, you can shop at your local garden center or DIY one if you want another project. For the most part, you’ll find small outdoor tables at the same locations where you shop for your seat.
Show Off Your Green Thumb
We fully recognize some people have black thumbs, not green thumbs. That doesn’t mean those people shouldn’t get to grow plants on their small front porches.
Before you buy plants, you will need some pots and planters in which to put your plants. Plant vessels come in a variety of materials and colors, so they’re a great way to enhance whichever theme you’ve decided on for your porch.
If you don’t want colorful planters, clay pots and cedar planters offer a neutral option for your decor.
Once you have your planters picked out, you should select plants based on which direction your porch faces and how much sun it gets. Of course, if you have designated yourself as a black thumb gardener, you might want to start with some plants that are hard to kill, or check out this guide to starting a garden.
Add Some Homey Touches
This is where your personality should shine through. Adding homey touches to your front porch is possibly the most fun part of decorating it.
Some items to shop around for include an outdoor rug, cushions, twinkling lights, candles and lanterns, and antique mall finds.
They key to shopping for these smaller items is to always keep your theme in mind. For example, if you want to have a garden themed front porch, you might want an antique piece of gardening equipment, throw pillows with gardening tools printed on, and a flag.
If you’re on a budget, thrift shops frequently have great finds when it comes to knick knacks and decor.
Don’t Forget Your Door!
Your door is the final piece to tie your small front porch together. Some homeowners opt to paint their front doors a bright color and others choose to paint it a neutral color.
If you will have a single theme all year long, painting your door to match the theme will ensure your porch is completely cohesive.
For those of you choosing to rotate your themes throughout the year, a neutrally painted door will suit your needs better.
To add another surprise to your front porch, try hanging a decorative wreath on your front door. Wreaths are easy to rotate in and out each season. For a wreath that works year round, wreaths made of neutral materials like burlap and twigs work with nearly every color and theme.
Make Your Porch a Masterpiece
Decorating your small front porch shouldn’t be something you dread. You should see that space as a blank canvas on which you can express your personality and interests.
Perhaps the greatest thing about a front porch is it’s so easy to change the decor if you don’t like it or you grow bored of it.
Don’t wait until the end of summer to decorate your front porch. Get decorating today! And, if you need outdoor furniture, whether classic or custom, get in touch. We can build it for you!