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How to Create a Welcoming Front Porch

Updated February 21, 2017

Your home is where you go to relax and enjoy family and friends. It is important that the inside of your home be welcoming and comfortable, but what about the outside? The front porch should be welcoming to visitors, so take some time to create an attractive front porch and set the mood for your home at the front door.

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  1. Look for the bad. Step back and really examine the front porch. Check for peeling paint on the door or steps and examine the cement for cracks. Note any cobwebs or piles of dead leaves. Before you even think about decorating, clean up and repair anything that needs fixing.

  2. Add colour. Use things that draw visitors in visually. Place a colourful, seasonal wreath on the door and set potted plants on either side of the steps or front door. Invest in an attractive but heavy-duty welcoming mat that will last through the season.

  3. Look and listen. Add things to the front porch that appeal to the ears. Hang some delicate wind chimes or install a small fountain near the porch. The soft sounds of music and water are soothing and will quietly welcome visitors to your home.

  4. Look for light. Illuminate the space with a quality porch light. Many homeowners overlook porch lights, yet there are many decorative options for purchase, including period pieces and hanging pendant lights. Choose one that will compliment the style of your home and hang it over your door.

  5. Look for comfort. If you have the room, add a cosy chair with a comfortable cushion, a porch swing or bench. Add a small table and any additional chairs to create a lovely area where you can sit and drink your morning coffee, or relax with visitors.

  6. Look at your windows. If you have windows on your porch, make sure they don't have ugly curtains hanging in them, or clutter on the windowsills. This will distract from the welcoming feel of the porch.

  7. Tip

    If you have windows on the porch, make sure they don't have ugly curtains hanging in them. Also eliminate clutter on the windowsills as this will distract from the welcoming feel of the porch.


    If you think you might have serious structural damage to the porch, it is best to find a contractor you can trust to fix it rather than trying to do so yourself.

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Things You'll Need

  • Plants
  • Plant containers
  • Wind chimes
  • Welcome mat
  • Seasonal wreath
  • Porch light
  • Porch swing, chair or bench
  • Small table
  • Fountain

About the Author

April Sanders
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