After years of apartment living, I sometimes forget that my home décor can extend to the outside of my house as well. (Not sure why I don’t remember since having a front porch was an absolute must-have feature when I was house hunting!)
Besides adding a porch chair and a holiday wreath from AC Moore, there's a ton of decorating potential with your front porch. And the change from winter to spring is the perfect time to tackle such a makeover.
Wow your guests and neighbors with these spring porch decorating ideas:
Refresh the essentials
The easiest way to give your porch a spring makeover is to replace the essentials. Maybe a new door wreath and doormat, plus fresh plants in pots and planters. And adding some spring-colored cushions on the chairs and benches is always a good idea. With just a few quick changes, your porch will have an entirely new look and feel.
Hang your plants
Free up floor space by using hanging planters to display your spring blooms. If you have a green thumb, get creative when picking plants or try growing a hanging herb garden. For those who don't trust their gardening skills, succulents may be a safer option.
Craft your own wall planter
This genius tutorial from Remodelaholic.com will walk you through how to make a large wooden wall planter in the shape of a letter (but feel free to go with a classic shape if monogram isn't your thing). It's similar to a shadowbox project, complete with shelves you can fill with soil and flower clusters. As they bloom, the flowers will permeate the planter with gorgeous spring greenery.
Lay down a rug
Anchor your porch seating area with a rug, adding comfort and barefoot-friendly action to your outdoor room. Pro tips from Southern Living: Always buy a rug designed for outdoor use, and don't splurge, because porch rugs usually only last for two or three years max.
Make everyone welcome
Put the finishing touch on your porch decorating with a new welcome sign.
Get your craft on and make your own (maybe add in your family’s name), or head to the store to find the perfect sign for your spring porch style.
While refreshing the outside, why not spruce up your interior home décor for spring as well? And while you’re at it, make sure your home is springtime-ready with this spring home maintenance checklist. Making your way down the list could help you to ward off system breakdowns and potential home repairs. (Not to mention a newly decorated front porch will look best with freshly cleaned gutters, repaired walkways and prepped sprinklers.)
Being prepared for unexpected home repairs and replacements is your best line of defense. See how plans from HomeServe can help with the costs of covered repairs.