7 porch ideas: simple and beautiful ways to up your curb appeal

These porch ideas are sure to inspire you to have an overhaul this weekend...

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Looking for cute front porch ideas to up your curb appeal? Fall seems to be the time of year that porches come into their own, they are all over Instagram, donned with pumpkins and hay bales. So naturally, we want to get sprucing up our own front porches for the grid, no matter what size space you are working with. But that's not to say that you should give your front porch a little attention throughout the year. Especially if you want to impress passers by...

We have rounded up our favorite front porch decor ideas to inspire you to give your outdoor space a makeover. 

1. Decorate a front porch with the seasons

It goes without saying really, use your front porch to go to town with the festive feels. From fall porch ideas to Christmas porch decor, it means that you can up your game in terms of decor, and maybe even start a little competition with your neighbours...

No matter what size your porch, you can always squeeze in some fall porch decor. And, if you need small porch ideas then we would say keep things simple, a scattering of small pumpkins and some orange foliage could be all you need to give the space a fall makeover. If you have seating on your porch, switch out the soft furnishings on that too for some more autumnal hues. 

2. Make a porch feel like an extension of your lounge

All you need to make your porch feel like an extension of your lounge is some seating and possibly a small table for perching a coffee. A compact swing seat works well even in smaller porches because they are off the floor, allowing light to flow around it so it won't look too bulky. Decorate your porch with cozy pillows and throws, even put down a rug to the intimate feel. 

3. Pick out the best porch lighting 

Good outdoor lighting for your front porch lighting can will ensure your home's curbside aesthetics sing at night as well. Be sure to focus not only on sconces flanking the front door but also overhead lighting so you can sit out on your porch in the evening hours. Be sure to choose a look that complements your home's architecture and personal aesthetic — like vintage, traditional, or industrial. 

4. Add softness to your porch with curtains

If you have fair weather all year round, or are happy to run out in the rain to take your curtains down, they can be a lovely addition to a porch. They add privacy, can keep in the warmth and make a porch really feel like an extra room. You can switch them out with the seasons too, heavy materials and warm colors for fall and winter, and the light, white flowing curtains for summer. 

5. Use your front door to add a pop of color to a porch

We've said it once, and we'll say it again: It's a wonder what paint can do. Your front door color says a lot about your personal style. Sure, a classic gray or black never hurt, but the more bold may consider something more statement-making. 

Think oxblood red for an old Colonial, teal blue for a beachfront cottage, bright yellow for a city row house, or muted green for southern charm. You'll want to select a semi-gloss paint that will provide contrast with your home's matte exterior. 

6. Add  greenery to your porch with stylish planters

Large planters may feel like a splurge, but it's important to invest in a style that can last for years while standing up to the elements. Placing one on either side of your front door is one of the most striking container planting ideas. Then, you can style them with seasonal plants and blooms. 

Think tulips for spring, hydrangeas in the summer, autumnal mums, and boxwoods come winter. With quality planters, you can simply pick what you love at the garden center and plant them in your urns, instead of swapping cheap pots every season. 

7. A really easy porch idea? Switch out your doormat 

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What's better than an adorable doormat? Answer: two adorable doormats. The latest trend among home decor bloggers is to layer a patterned or textural outdoor rug under a slightly smaller, traditional doormat. 

The concept adds personal style to your front porch while presenting the opportunity to swap out your look every season. A buffalo plaid and kitschy autumnal style are great for fall, and you can trade the top layer for something festive come the holidays. When spring arrives, perhaps you choose a floral rug underneath topped by a monogrammed mat.