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8 stellar front porch design ideas that will give you major house envy

Spring is right around the corner, and that means changing up your front porch to welcome in the season. There are so many fun and unique ways to decorate your front porch, and it’s a way to immediately transform the look of your home. It also helps welcome guests into your home and gives them a sense of your own personal style. If you’re looking for some inspiration, look no further than Instagram to give you some fresh new front porch design ideas.

Some styles work better than others depending on how much space you have, but we picked eight we think will give your imagination a kick start.

What are the different types of porches?

There are several different types of front porches, and they can impact how you design them. There are open porches in varying sizes, screened-in porches, bungalow porches that extend your inside living outdoors, smaller porticos, and large wrap-around front porches. Regardless of your porch’s size or type, there’s always a way to use decor, natural elements, rugs, and more to offer anyone who comes to your door a welcoming experience.

Create height in a small space

To illustrate, we love this small porch design filled with plants, muted gold planters in varying heights, and a fun front door mat to bring the space to life. While the space is small, there’s visual interest at various heights, creating an interesting, appealing aesthetic.

Let large spaces breathe

Conversely, this large front porch has room for lots of decor, but we love the simplistic approach the owners took with several uniform pots across the front of the house and minimal landscaping in front.

What should I put on my porch?

Depending on your style and whether you lean more toward minimalism or maximalism, you can really use whatever speaks to you.

Use texture to create a cozy space

We always love a nice seating area like this one with an outdoor sofa and throw pillows. We also love the curtains, which help with privacy and afternoon sun protection. If you don’t have that much room, you could replace the sofa with an armchair. The goal is adding layers, textures, and patterns on top of each other that create an inviting, cohesive space.

Add plants appropriate for your locale

It’s also a great idea to use seasonal plants on your front porch. You could choose to go full color or take a more muted approach, like this porch. Here, the homeowners have used cactus and other green plants that can handle high heat and full sun.

Can I entertain on my front porch?

The short answer is yes. If you have the space, why not bring the entertainment space outdoors to enjoy the warmer spring air?

Add a bar cart

While we typically think of a back porch to entertain, the front porch can be a nice change of pace to spend an evening. We love this front porch with a bar cart ready to welcome guests. (Just be sure to put the cart away properly when the entertaining is done.)

Add lighting for nighttime use

We also love this colorful front porch filled with all the colors of spring. It includes plenty of seating and ambient lighting for when the sun goes down.

Are front porch swings still in style?

We love everything a porch swing has to offer. It’s a place to sit, chat with neighbors, read a book, or sip your morning coffee. Porch swings can completely transform a boring porch because they come in so many styles and colors.

Double the fun

Check out this person’s idea of putting two swings on either side of the entrance to the home to give balance, with the darker wood complementing the blue front door.

Go big

We also love this oversized porch swing with tons of pillows in different colors. If you got into this one, you may never leave! With all this real estate, you could change out pillows, blankets, and other decor depending on the season.

We love adding different patterns and textures to draw the eye up and out, and to offer a bit of personality. That doesn’t mean you need to go overboard with something on every surface — keep in mind that people don’t spend a lot of time on your porch before they enter your home, so you want to give them something visually appealing that they can take in quickly and enjoy.

Front porches shouldn’t be an afterthought when it comes to decorating your home. Not only does your porch give your home unique curb appeal, it lets people know your design style before they enter the home. It’s another space to infuse your personality with decor, flowers, plants, and furniture, and it gives you more space to spend time and entertain. The good news is, no matter what size and shape your front porch presents, there is always a way to decorate it as much or little as you prefer.

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