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10 Must-Haves for a Welcoming Front Porch

Thursday Jul 16th, 2020


Whether you’re preparing your home for sale, getting settled into a new abode or find yourself spending more time enjoying your porch, there are ways to make your front door setting feel more welcoming. Use these tips as inspiration to get started!

1. Landscaping
Landscaping leading towards your front porch can have a big impact on how your home looks and feels. Use shrubs and greenery to anchor your landscaping and add pops of colour with plantings to draw the eye in.

2. Greenery
Green plants, like potted ferns, boxwood topiaries and grasses, act as long-lasting foliage that you can enjoy from spring to fall – and maybe longer, depending on the plants you choose. Plant the greenery in beautiful pots to suit your space and place them in a corner or flanking your front doors.

3. Seasonal Blooms
Whether you fill a window box, pot or urn, flowers can add colour and life to your front porch. Remember to swap them out each season to get year-round enjoyment. 

4. Seating
Starting and ending the day on the front porch is a lovely ritual to have. Consider adding a comfortable chair or two to have a place to sit and relax. Better yet, install a porch swing for some old-fashioned charm.

5. Small Table
A small table, whether an outdoor coffee table, side table or garden stool, is a nice place to set a drink and a book or have a spot to prop your feet.

6. Colourful Décor 
Whether you want a cheerful and happy porch or something more sophisticated, adding colour to your front door setting can elevate your outdoor area to feel more like a room. Use your front door, trim or surrounding landscaping as a jumping-off point when choosing a colour palette for outdoor pillows and throws, wreaths, wall décor and accessories. 

7. Outdoor Curtains
If privacy is a concern as you’re waiting for your landscaping to grow in, curtains are an enchanting addition to any porch. They can also cut down on the sun’s glare and uncomfortable heat. Look for fabrics that are fade-resistant and suitable for the outdoors.  

8. Doormat
Adding a doormat to your front porch is not only practical in that it keeps dirt from entering your home, but it’s also a beautiful and simple accessory to perk up your space. Choose one to match your personality or the current season.

9. Fan
If bugs and heat are an issue and you have space on your front porch, a ceiling fan can bring a lot of relief and add to your enjoyment.

10. Lighting
A well-lit porch helps visitors find your place, but it also creates a warm, welcoming mood. Use wall sconces to flank your front door and outdoor lanterns to add ambiance. String lights also add some whimsy – better yet, add twinkle lights for a touch of sparkle.

We’re all spending more time at home these days. Investing in the spaces that you enjoy relaxing in will not only make your homeownership experience a better one, but these updates could appeal to buyers if you ever decide to sell.

For more ideas like these, please contact me, Deborah Clerk, Real Estate Sales Representative, ASA at Keller Williams Real Estate Associates, Brokerage, in Mississauga, Ontario. 

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