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Monday, March 27, 2017

5 Ways to Update Your Front Porch in 2017

Your front porch gives you the opportunity to make a great first impression on visitors, whether you’re selling your home or staying put. Of course, if your porch has been looking a little lackluster, it can make the rest of your home’s exterior look lackluster too. If you don’t love the look of your porch, consider updating it with a few simple changes this year. Use our five porch design ideas for inspiration, but don’t limit yourself!

Go Rustic

Rustic design is popular right now, and if you’re a fan of the style, you should consider adding a few rustic elements to your front porch. You could add some new wood textures, such as a wood plaque with your metal house numbers on top, or a wood barrel planter flipped upside down to become an end table. You could also add a wood porch swing with marine-grade braided nylon instead of chains.

Go Green

For a quick way to give your porch new life, add some potted and hanging plants. Try growing various herbs in pots on your porch—not only will they look nice, but they’ll also come in handy when you’re cooking.

Not sure if you have a green thumb? You can click here to read about low-maintenance plants that do well in the northeast.

Brighten Your Door

Is your front porch looking a little dreary? One easy way to make it look brighter is to give your front door a fresh coat of paint. Don’t be afraid to choose a bold color, such as a blue or red that complements your home’s exterior. However, if you’re not a fan of bold colors, you can always make your front porch feel airier by painting your door a neutral shade.

Upgrade Your House Numbers

Have you had visitors complain that they’ve had a hard time seeing your house number from the street? It could be a sign that it’s time to trade out your old house number hardware. Consider adding sleek, modern house numbers to a planter box next to your door—the planter box will draw the eye and give you another space to add some greenery. If you want to get even more creative, you could add your house numbers to a repurposed item that you can display next to your door, such as an old oar, a vintage frame, or a large lantern.

Upgrade Your Lighting

The lights on your front porch obviously serve a practical purpose, but that doesn’t mean they can’t look great too. When choosing new light fixtures, think about the design of your home, and try to choose a complementary style. For example, minimalist round sconces might look good with a modern home, while refurbished antique lanterns might be the right fit for a renovated Colonial.

Add Seating

Adding seating to your front porch is a great way to stay connected to the community and encourage your family and friends to gather outside. Even if you’re working with a small porch, you should still be able to squeeze in some seating. For a narrow porch, you could add a pair of chairs with an end table in between. If you have an unused corner, you could add an L-shaped bench. A simple wooden loveseat with some decorative pillows could also be a good addition to your porch.

Making even just one or two small changes to your porch can dramatically alter the look of the space. If you’re looking for a simple home improvement project, make it your goal to implement one or more of our porch updating tips.

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