“Make your front porch a part of your home, and it will make you a part of the world.” –John Sarris
Though easily overlooked, a home’s front porch should make a good and lasting impression. It is the first part of the house to greet guests and would welcome them into your home. In a sense, it should feel warm and appealing and should beckon your visitors to come inside and most of all; it should give a glimpse as to how the rest of the house should look like. After all, it is what would say, “Come on in!” to your neighbors instead of, “Go away!” So, your front porch should not only look clean and presentable, but it should be inviting as well. This holds true whether you are taking up residence in swanky neighborhoods such as High Park, or wherever. Here are some of the ways you can create a charming front porch.
1.) Light it up
Your front porch should be illuminated not only for aesthetic purposes but as a safety precaution as well. During your night excursions about town, it is important to have a well-lit porch to prevent stumbling and tripping and the dark and to serve as a deterrent to possible thieves who might want to break into your home.
2.) Decorate your door
A door with paint peeling off or a broken door handle would not give the impression of an inviting home. One of the best and easiest ways to have an inviting front porch is to make sure the door is freshly painted and is actually functional. A simple, fresh coat of paint will instantly and significantly upgrade the entire look of your front porch.
3.) Install a swing
In these modern times where people mostly hole up in their room and browse their smartphones for hours, installing a front porch swing can feel a little old school, if not, obsolete. However, there is a certain charm that the quintessential front porch swing brings. It does not only give your front porch bonus points for aesthetics, but it would also be an ideal spot for relaxing on a Sunday afternoon.
4.) Decorate with plants
You can never go wrong with a little foliage to decorate in your front porch. Decorating with potted flowers or plants is an excellent way to score some major visual appeal points when it comes to your entryway. Additionally, it would give the entrance to your home a much-needed splash of color and a bit of texture. Of course, you need to be a bit meticulous when it comes to choosing plants. You would not want something too big that it would overwhelm your entire front porch and you would also want something that would thrive in the shade to make sure it stays alive.
5.) Decorate according to season
Give your front porch a more festive feel by decorating according to the season. It might not be for everyone, and might take a little bit of work but it shows that you are in solidarity with most of your neighbors in celebrating a particular holiday. Break out those advent wreaths for Christmas, adorn your front door with spooky decals come Halloween. There are a lot of seasons which gives you opportunities for decorating and a chance at being creative.