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Everything you need for a front porch makeover

Jun 10, 2023

by: Sian Babish, BestReviews Staff

Posted: Jun 9, 2023 / 01:44 PM EDT

Updated: Jun 9, 2023 / 01:57 PM EDT

Your home may be warm and inviting on the inside, but what about the front porch? This is the portion of a house that grabs the attention of visitors and passersby, so it's vital that it has attractive curb appeal. What's more, a warm and inviting porch will create a welcoming first impression for guests.

From the walls and the floor to the door, there are easy changes and additions you can make to give your front porch a contemporary, refreshed appearance. A few key items and a little imagination are all you need to make it a neighborhood inspiration.

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Whether you have a specific look in mind for your front porch or you aren't sure where to start, you have many options for giving it a new look. However, it's best to begin with the basics. Give your porch a good cleaning, and touch up chipped or peeling paint.

Next, think about porch size. For example, if your porch is large, roomy outdoor furniture will create a cozy feel. When decorating a small porch, keep in mind that less is more. Too many furniture pieces, plants or other items can make a small space look cluttered. Instead, focus on the door and add wall art to make the space seem larger.

Additionally, let your personal decorative style guide you in accessorizing your porch. Do you love plants? Would you like to give your porch an artsy feel? Do you prefer minimalism when it comes to decor? The answers to these questions will guide you as you plan your porch makeover. Below are some ideas to get you started, followed by product suggestions for you to consider when giving your front porch a makeover.

In addition to providing a comfortable place to relax, furniture makes a porch more aesthetically appealing. As mentioned above, choose pieces and sets that work well with your porch size.

Adding a railing to a porch gives it a finished look as well as instant curb appeal. If the porch has steps, it also adds an element of safety. With a little DIY know-how, modern vinyl railing is a fairly straightforward install.

Painting a front door is an easy update. Bold colors like yellow, bright green, true blue, deep red and even black are trending for those who want an entryway that pops. Opt for exterior paint with a water, latex or acrylic resin base with a satin or semi-gloss finish for long-lasting results. Complete the new look with door decor or a door knocker for added appeal.

Plants brighten the appearance of any porch and are always in style. Colorful pots or planters will complement flowers and greenery and look great around your entryway.

Wall art isn't just for a home's interior. Today, eclectic pieces that are made of weather-resistant materials are designed to be displayed on outdoor walls and are great for creating a focal point on a front porch.

Nothing makes a porch feel homey and cozy like an outdoor area rug. Instead of a solid color, choose a rug with colorful patterns for a contemporary look.

Wade Logan Outdoor Sofa with Cushions

In addition to seating for three, this sofa has a modern design that will spruce up any front porch. It comes with a removable tray and two throw pillows.

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Winston Porter Raybon 2-Person Porch Swing

The Raybon swing boasts sleek, curved lines for a modern twist on a front-porch essential. This porch swing seats two and has a 550-pound weight capacity.

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Modern Masters Never Fades Front Door Paint

Never Fades paint lives up to its name, as it's water-based and long-lasting. It also dries quickly so there's no long wait to open and close a door. It comes in a wide selection of bold colors.

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Michael Healy Dragonfly Door Knocker

Add character to a front door with Michael Healy's dragonfly door knocker that's made by hand and signed by the artist. It's crafted in solid brass and comes in a choice of brass or oiled bronze finishes.

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Verel Set of 2 Tall Outdoor Planters

These two planters are ideal for enhancing a front entryway— simply fill them with beautiful plants and place one on either side of the exterior door for an inviting, upscale appearance.

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Thirdshiftfab Enchanting Starry Night Tree of Life Metal Wall Art

This artist-created wall art is crafted of steel that's coated with copper and resists the weather. The unique tree design makes it the perfect front porch conversation piece.

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George Oliver Deede Floral Area Rug

Regardless of the porch size or color scheme, this area rug has it covered with numerous sizes and colors to choose from. It's constructed of durable, low-pile fibers that stand up to stains and frequent foot traffic.

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