By Jackie Greene
The first thing that people see when they drive up to your home is your front yard and porch area. Make sure that the first impression of guests and visitors is one that correctly resembles the home that you keep. Here are 8 quick tips on giving your front porch a facelift.
#1: Wash It Down
It is easy to forget the original color of your walkway, steps, or front porch area. Consider pressure washing the area to restore everything back to its original color. Pressure washing is easy to do and you will be amazed at the difference that a few years of grime can put on your outdoor surfaces.
#2: Clean It Up
There is nothing that will kill a facelift like old cobwebs lawn that hasn’t been mowed. Make sure to keep the front of your home looking sharp by regularly and properly mowing the lawn–don’t forget the edging–as well as clearing away old cobwebs or leaves that have stayed past their welcome.
#3: Paint the Front Door
Nothing draws more attention than a freshly painted front door. Look online for color inspiration and don’t automatically rule out bright colors like red, yellow, or blue. If you are looking for more of a sophisticated look, consider going dark by painting your door black to add instant elegance to your front porch.
#4: Add Potted Plants
A few well-placed pots that accent your color scheme will go far in providing interest to a front porch area. Consider painting some old pots in a new color to brighten the space. Cluster different colors together to tie into your overall front porch decoration scheme. Choose plants that you love that will do well in the sunlight exposure of your front porch area. Vary the plants in different sized pots to add even more interest as well.
#5: Hang It Up
After you paint your front door, consider door hanging decor that will attract the eye of visitors. Choose a wreath with your favorite flowers or consider hanging seasonal items that celebrate an upcoming holiday. Have a regular supply of door hangings to change the overall look of your front porch in just a few seconds.
#6: Add a Sign
There is nothing better than a cute outdoor sign that will either welcome guests or get them to chuckle before entering your home. Choose from a variety of outdoor décor signs that come in a wide range of sizes, colors, and sayings. Adding a sign to your front porch area adds interest to your front outdoor space as well.
#7: Take a Seat
Invite guests to spend time with you outdoors by adding some easy seating to your front porch area. Chatting with friends outdoors is a great way to use your outdoor space as well as speak to neighbors passing by. Even small front porch areas can quickly find seating options like stools or lawn chairs that are easy to put away when not in use.
#8: Make It Cozy
Welcome guests to your home and invite them in with a cozy feeling on the front porch. Add new pillows or throws on your front porch seating that will convey that your home is comfortable as well. Hanging outdoor curtains will also help to enhance your front porch area.
Whether your home is in dire need of renovation or you’re simply looking to stand out from the pack, sprucing up your front porch is a great way to add instant curb appeal and set the mood for guest. Taking care of your front yard and outdoor living space is important when hosting guests. Provide interest to your home by doing these quick tips to freshen up your front porch.
Jackie Greene is a blogger, gardener, and nutrition enthusiast. She enjoys creating organic meals for family and friends using the fresh ingredients she produces from her backyard homestead.