There’s nothing more welcoming than a nicely decorated front porch. The way you decorate this area sets the tone of your entire home for visitors and your family alike.
When we first moved into our house last year, I didn’t fully decorate our front porch, but I kept it simple with a nice welcome mat and wreath. This year, I plan to take things to the next level by adding in a few more pieces. I’ll also need to update my welcome mat that has taken quite the beating this year.
In today’s post, I’m sharing the five easy things you can do to spruce up your front porch. As with all of my content, I’m sharing recommendations of the things I love but half the fun is making it your own!
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The top five things you need for a welcoming front porch:
- Welcome Mat
The products I’m sharing are in a variety of price points from Amazon, Target, Wayfair, and Pottery Barn in hopes of sharing options for every budget. You can also often find cute items in store at Hobby Lobby or Home Goods if you’re looking for different options!
Of course, a welcome mat is necessary for guests to wipe their feet but it can also serve as a focal point for your front porch. I love a custom option like the one below from Pottery Barn or one with a cute phrase like the “Home Sweet Home” option from Target.
Customized Mat from Potterybarn.com
Hello Goodbye Mat from Potterybarn.com
Striped Hello Door Mat from Target.com
Home Sweet Home Mat from Target.com
A current trend for welcome mats is to layer the traditional mat like the ones above on top of another, larger outdoor mat. Here are a few great options for the layered look:
Blue Indoor/Outdoor Rug from Potterybarn.com
Striped Indoor/Outdoor rug available in porcelain blue, navy blue or taupe on Potterybarn.com
Malaga Outdoor rug available in multiple colors from Target.com
Bolton Rug in Beige from Target.com
Gray outdoor rug from Target.com
I have a small collection of wreaths that I swap out throughout the year. One of my go-to options is a boxwood wreath because they’re classic and simple, but they can be spruced up with bows, monograms or other decor pieces.
Peony wreath from Wayfair.com
Boxwood wreath from Wayfair.com
White floral wreath from Wayfair.com
Hearth and Hand With Magnolia Eucalyptus Wreath from Target.com
Boxwood wreath from Target.com
Dogwood wreath from Target.com
Purple floral wreath from Target.com
Lemon Wreath from Wayfair.com
Hearth and Hand With Magnolia Wreath Hanger from Target.com
Command Strip Hangers from Target.com
Lanterns are one of my favorite decor items for a front porch. They are warm and welcoming and can be easily transitioned throughout all seasons to fit your decor.
Bronze Lanterns from Potterbarn.com
Weathered White Lanterns from Potterybarn.com
Park Hill Lantern from Potterybarn.com
Iron Lantern from Wayfair.com
Wooden Lantern from Wayfair.com
Glass and Metal Lantern from Wayfair.com
These welcome signs are a bit of a farmhouse aesthetic which might not be for everyone… I don’t go all in on “farmhouse” but I do love a good welcome sign. I think it adds a nice height to the decor and also can be seen from a distance so even those who aren’t coming to your front door can see your gorgeous decor.
Welcome Sign from Wayfair.com
Welcome Sign from Amazon.com
Maybe THE MOST important aspect of a front porch design is the liveliness of a great floral or small tree. For my house, we have very mature shrubs and trees surrounding our house so there is a LOT of green. I’m looking forward to adding gorgeous planters full of colorful flowers to add just a touch of color to our house’s facade.
Urn Planter from Target.com
Zinc Planters from Potterybarn.com
Textured White Planters from Target.com
Concrete Fluted Planters from Potterybarn.com
Urn Style Planter from Wayfair.com
If you want to make an even bigger impact, I’d also recommend you invest in the following things to take your porch to the next level:
- Updated light fixtures
- Seating if space allows (you can’t go wrong with rocking chairs or a porch swing)
- A fresh coat of paint on your front door
It’s so much fun to tackle small projects like this one… so much less overwhelming than thinking of ALL THE THINGS that need to be done at home. I’ll be following my own recommendations from this post and updating my front porch… Let me know if you choose to refresh yours too!
Stay tuned to the blog and my social media to see my finish product very soon!
If you’d like to see my inspiration for my upcoming porch update, check out my Home Decor Ideas Pinterest Board. While you’re there, give me a follow if you like seeing plus size fashion, home and lifestyle content on Pinterest!